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Travel Gadgets for International Travelers

Updated on September 20, 2011

The Top Gadgets for International Travelers

Certainly when you travel, there are many handy gadgets that can make your trip easier and more fun. But face it, you can't take everything. So when you're trying to choose which travel gadgets to take along you need to be selective.

On this page, you'll see the gadgets we feel are the most useful when you travel internationally.

Travel Gadgets to Keep You Healthy and Safe

If you haven't experienced it personally, you've probably heard the horror stories. Couples go to a remote island or beach vacation for a romantic getaway, and end up spending a day or two in bed from water that doesn't agree with their stomach. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, being able to drink the water without these extreme negative effects can be important and buying bottled water every time can be an added expense

With the Steripen you can destroy viruses, bacteria, and protozoa found in water with ultraviolet light. It's as simple as inserting the pen and pressing a button. It's quicker than many other options too, as it purifies 16 ounces of water in 48 seconds and 32 ounces of water in 90 seconds. It's very portable weighing only 8 ounces and measuring 7.6" long. It operates off of 4 AA batteries.

Of course staying in hostels and hotels can expose you to some risk. There are however portable door alarms you could consider taking along. They can alert you to any break in attempt and scare away potential intruders. They are small and lightweight, taking up little of your precious luggage space.

Travel Gadgets to Stay Connected

A good travel phone is the ultimate device to have along. Some can provide GPS location, perhaps a built in camera, MP3 player to keep you entertained, an alarm clock, and of course the ability to make calls. Of course you have to have the right international cell phone to do this. Typically it's a tri-band or quad band GSM phone. Afterall it has to work on the same network and frequencies as used in the locations where you will be.

The iPhone is probably considered the ultimate travel phone but there are plenty of other options. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is another. It's a CDMA phone but it can roam globally on GSM/GPRS networks giving you full voice and data services. It features e-mail access, web browsing, messaging, GPS, and a media player.

Finding your way around and being able to locate services is important. In lieu of a GPS cell phone, you can use a portable GPS device. These portable devices are another indispensible travel gadget. Of course, in any case, you need the right maps. Most GPS devices purchased in the US will come with preloaded maps of the US. However, you can puchase maps for your destination and get all of the functionality you need.

Travel Gadgets to Ease the Transition

If you travel outside of the country you can soon learn that the various AC powered devices you bring along can be quickly rendered useless if you don't have an adapter to use in the outlets.

Electric razors, hair dryers, laptops, your charging devices, and so forth often require adapters to make use of outlets. Having a design that folds up allows for better portablity in your luggage while an indicator light to let you know it's working is useful too.

Travel Gadgets for the Basics

If you're not fluent in the language that is predominant in the country where you'll be traveling, an electronic translator can help. They are faster than a book, as well as smaller.

Obviously when you choose one you want it to include the languages you'll be using. Some may offer up to 12 different langauges. Another convenient feature is a talking device, one that will speak the phrase; there's nothing worse than looking up a phrase and being completely unable to pronounce it.

A neck strap can also be a convenience to keep your translator close at hand at all times.

Certainly travel alarm clocks can be handy. The best ones use the atomic clock and eliminate the hassle of resetting the time as you travel. Of course if you take your cell phone along, it's alarm may be sufficient.

On the other hand, a good currency calculator is important as well, so if your cell doesn't offer this, a currency calculator device will come in very handy.

Travel Gadgets for Recording Your Trip

Sure, what traveler is going to go to a distant country and not take a camera along? In fact, as mentioned above, if you take a long the right smartphone, you may well have a good camera along with it. However, if you don't take a camera phone along, modern point and shoot cameras are highly portable and are great travel gadgets.

One feature that is particularly handy when you're traveling is GPS. There are now point and shoot GPS digital cameras priced under $300 which allow you to geotag your photos. This means that you won't get home and be unable to remember where you saw that church or monument.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS7 and Sony Cybershot DSC HX5V are two options. The Sony HX5V a 10 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 10x optical zoom, and a 3 inch LCD screen. It records 1080 HD video at 10 frames per second as well. The Lumix ZS7 is a 12.1 megapixel model which features 12x optical image stabilized zoom, 4x digital zoom, a 3" LCD display, face detection technology, and the ability to record 720p video.

Remembering to take along plenty of storage space (SD cards) and a charger is important too! Once you're home with your photos, you can also use some software to get other tourists out of your pictures quickly and easily. You can find this at SnapMania.


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      Wombara 7 years ago

      Really informative, not only on the products but for a british reader, some the unique challenges in the US, for example UK mobile phones are all international ready and we don't have the same power issues.

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      irclay 7 years ago from Barbados, Canada

      Good info - thanks for that - love you to do one on apps someday - we are just starting in the smartphone travel market - porting our booking widgets and tourism marketing systems into smartphones for travel like - more at

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      Many people don't know about SteriPen, this thing is very effective to kill germs and viruses. I highly recommend SteriPen if you are not sure the water quality when you travel. Great info!

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Nice hub on how to make travel better. I have never heard of the electonic translater. How cool. I do not travel much since I am a single mom, but great for those who do.

      Healing Touch

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Good info on travel gadgets.

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      ltfawkes 7 years ago from NE Ohio

      You've rounded up a nice collection here and presented it very well. Good job.


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      Janice S 7 years ago

      Love to travel so I think I have most of these gadgets except the Steripen which looks great. The only other thing I always recommend to friends is that they buy a travel adapter with a built in surge protector to protect their electronics. Great hub!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      The Steripen sounds great for different parts of the world. The language phrase would be very handy when you forget the Berlitz guide :)

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      Alex 7 years ago

      Thanks, it is very useful information.