Ingenious Gadgets for Travel

From apps to help you get to your flight on time to Fitbit-like wristbands that open your hotel room for you, we rely on technology to make our travel easier and less stressful. We rounded up three gadgets to keep in mind when you set out on your summer travels.

Ventev USB Charging Hub

One of the worst nightmares of traveling is one or more of your devices running out of power. Communication and navigation are moot should your smartphone or tablet run out of juice. Instead of bringing several chargers on your trip I suggest bringing a multi-charger like the USB Charging Hub rq600 from Ventev.

This compact and simple hub can power up to six devices at the same time. It features auto-detect technology that can provide the maximum power to both your Android and iOS devices.

It also has one quick charge 2.0 port that provides 75 percent faster charging for compatible devices. Just bring some USB cables and you are set to go.

$50 ventev.com

Nite Ize Key Tools

As a Boy Scout I always know to “be prepared” wherever I go. Though it is tough to travel nowadays with a Swiss Army knife I have found some all-in-one tools that can get me out of most any jam or issue.

Nite Ize has a large lineup of gadgets that are perfect for carrying on trips or everyday use. Its DoohicKey 6x Key Tool is lightweight and compact with very useful features: a bottle opener, tape cutter, screwdriver, pry tool, ruler and wrench. The carabiner clip easily attaches to your key ring.

The DoohicKey QuicKey and SkullKey tools are also useful. They are cleverly shaped like a key and function as a file, screwdriver, serrated edgeand bottle opener.

Under $10 niteize.com

Micro Luggage Suitcase

Scooters and “hoverboards” are all the rage now with the promise of helping you get around easier and with less personal effort. The Swiss-based company Micro-Mobility offers a device that will assist your travels in its high-tech suitcase.

The Micro Luggage is a three-wheeled scooter with an attached hardcase suitcase. The Samsonite-designed, TSA-compliant case has a built-in kickboard that folds out to let you ride (or kick) along to your airport gate. When the kickboard is folded down it easily fits into standard-size overhead compartments.

The suitcase holds enough for a weekend trip and padding for a laptop with up to a 17-inch screen. Sadly it does not come with frequent scooter miles.

$300 microkickboard.com

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