Top 20 Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs

Posted on 22 May 2009

In modern era of technology surely there is no shortage of useful travel gadgets. So I am posting 20 mind-blowing travel gadgets that every geek needs.

1-Trackstick II

Trackstick II is specially designed for integration with Google Earth;it is a GPS device, which keeps all your travels and record of your explorations. Its like live map following you wherever you go. There is no setup or configurations for it just turn it on and go. When you will be back just plug it into any USB port and watch the live map of your entire journey through Google earth. It works anywhere on the planet. Traveled locations can be shown via a red line that is traced on satellite photos and 3D terrain using the latest mapping technologies from Google Earth. Trackstick continuously records its exact route, stop times, speed, direction, and other valuable information, all of which can be quickly downloaded and viewed on your computer.

Its can be carried on belt, in a bag or purse and it can be placed on anything which moves.

2- Ultra Slim Universal power Adaptor Kit

Ultra Portable Notebook Adaptor that comes with an array of tips that fit just about any laptop computer or USB device. Tumi sells virtually the same kit, but more elegantly packaged with a spring-powered retractable cable and a leather-trimmed carrying case.


3- Ultraviolet Bacteria and Pathogen Killing Steri Pen

If you are in rural or in exotic locale there you gets any doubt about purification of water or any other drink which you are going to take. Then you’ll understand the importance of a good water purifier. The SteriPen has no dissolving tablets or plug-ins, you just stick it in a glass or bottle, turn it on and in roughly 48 seconds 16oz. of water is rendered safe and potable. It’s particularly good at killing Cryptosporidium, a common cause of diarrhea.

4- Grilliput

It’s the smallest portable barbecue grill. Its weight is almost 20 ounces and in size so small that you can fold up also in size of thick ruler. Its price is almost 30$.

5- The Fly Clear Biometric Card

Its almost common that on airports security takes more time than the flight after it or at least it feels that way. It really take times and makes unnecessary delays and undue stress also.

The Fly Clear card is like and easy pass/Fast Lane card for airline travelers. Currently available at selected airports it’s expanding to other airports also. It allows you quick and easy access through long security lines.

6 – Imation USB Flash Drive Wristband

Travelers mostly keeps thumb USB drive to store software applications, web settings and passwords etc. But there is back draw of thumb USB drive sometimes it misplaces or you have to take out all things out from bag to get the USB drive and it can be lost or stolen. So forget about your usual thumb USB drive, get the Imation Flash Wristband you can wear it right on your wrist. It’s available up to 256 MB capacity. A great backup drive makes you free from tension.

7 -Seagate Free Agent GO

There are restrictions of too small storage size on a usual USB drive for that you can always choose Seagate FreeagAgent GO. Its available up to 500GB capacity and in size its like deck of cards which makes it extremely portable. Best thing in it is that you can connect that with any computer. Whether you have vital company data or personal files and programs that you need to access, the Seagate Free Agent Go protects your most valuable information via drive-level encryption that provides a more robust solution than most software encryption on the market today. Delivering high-end protection against unauthorized use with encryption for sensitive files, this device keeps your data safe while you’re on the go. With the Seagate Free Agent Go, virtually any computer can temporarily become yours. The software/drive combination allows you to move files or other content quickly via USB 2.0, allowing transfer rate of up to 480 MB/sec for USB. Its weight is less than 4 pounds means you can carry practically your desktop as you rounds from computer to computer.

8 –A Revolutionary Tobacco Pipe

A delight for smokers because of this they will get rid of usual old-fashioned pipes. Its manufacturer describes it as a revolutionary self-igniting smoking apparatus that haves adjustable butane lighter with high quality tobacco smoking pipe, refillable also.

9 –The Super Secret Leather Money Belt

I am not talking about old school belts, it’s an actual belt. Hide your money in your belt. This belt is having complete hidden pocket in which you can easily hide your cash up to 1500$. So as a travel gadget it’s a best thing for a traveler to save his money.

10 –Hand Powered Generator

It’s a human-powered pull-cord generator. Ergonomically designed so that pulling on the cord for a minute will give you sufficient power to charge up a variety of different portable devices.

One minute of pulling the PCG 1 provides:

· 20 minutes of talk time on a mobile phone

· 6 hours of music on an MP3 player

· 45 minutes of play on a Nintendo DS light

The power adaptor can typically generate between 15 – 20W, with USB output at 5V at 850mA. It’s compact, measuring 2.2 x 4.3 x 3.4 inches, or 5.6 x 10.9 x 8.6 cm and weighs 1 pound or 453 grams.

11 –Theft Proof Day Pack

There are a few different ways to guard against theft loss while traveling. Some solutions just require some common sense (leave the Rolex at home, don’t travel with gear you can’t afford to lose), while other solutions are technical ones where the right travel gear can make a difference.

Here is what built in to make it resistible:

· Lock and leave eXomesh built into the construction. It’s slash proof, snatch proof, and tamperproof.

· Slash proof adjustable shoulder straps

· Snatch proof shoulder strap allows the bag to anchor to a secure fixture

· Tamperproof zippers

One interesting feature of this bag is that you can remove the inner eXomesh compartment and leave it in the room as a separate permanent safe. You use the included padlock with a key and the attached cable to lock the whole slash proof inner bag to a permanent structure. Then you can take the daypack with you for sightseeing.

12 –iCache

This device small and economically designed for security of debit and credit cards, in size it’s not larger than Motorola RAZR. The makers if iCache kept in mind that the technology behind the debit and credit card haven’t changed much in the last 40 years. The iCache could not only alter day-to-day shopping, it could also change the way people travel. Instead of carrying a wallet full of credit and debit cards while you travel domestically or internationally, with the iCache travel gadget, you could streamline all your cards into one device.

13 –Credit Card Size 8GB Storage Device

Wallet-sized, slim-line sized & under 1 ounce – so now you have NO excuse not to have your flash drive with you! Features a 8GB capacity, sleek aluminum casing, and retractable hi-speed USB 2.0 connector. How swappable with Plug & Play technology.

14 –A Solar Charger

There are so many solar chargers in market but Earthtech Product’s POWER MONKEY EXPLORER SOLAR CHARGER is better than others.

Power Monkey Explorer Solar Charger details

· Power Monkey can be charged anywhere there’s sunshine, via wall adapter or USB.

· The kit includes a universal mains travel charger with interchangeable heads for use in 150 countries.

· The solar charger provides short-circuit, over-charging, and over-discharging protection.

· It stores up to 96 hours of reserve power for cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, PDAs, MP3s, PSPs, iPhones and most electronic devices.

· USB connectors power up iPods and accessories, MP3players, PDAs, smart mobile phones, digital cameras, games consoles, BlackBerrys, Bluetooth headsets and many more digital devices.

· Works with iPod (3rd, 4th, 5th Gen), Mini, Nano, Photo, Video, Shuffle, iTouch and iPhone.

· Compatible with the majority of standard mobile phones & electronic devices.

· Solar-slave solar charger + Powermonkey-eXplorer = 2 reusable sources of power (no batteries needed).

15 –Rosetta Stone Version 3

After a long time at last Rosetta Stone finally released its much-needed update for its suit of language software packages. Like typical language software PacSafe which travelers have Rosetta Stone is not different also. In my opinion their products are fantastic.

16 –X-Ray Gear Bag

I just stumbled across this cool x-ray bag on ThinkGeek. The concept of bags with x-ray prints on the outside is not new. It’s a fascinating bag made of woven plastic fiber. It appears as your stuff had gone through security check at the airport. But I recommend that to not carry it on checkpoint as the NTSB because rule don’t haves sense of humor.

17 –The Beerebelly

The beer belly is made to keep beverage. Its so cool fill it with your favorite beverage. You can keep six packs of any beverage in it. And you can drink it anywhere, whenever you want. It holds 80 ounce, that’s more than a six-pack of your favorite beverage. Your drink is held in place in an insulated very comfortable sling under your clothes looking just like a real homegrown beer belly. One size fits more, up to a 40-inch waist and up to 6’8” tall. You can drink from the tube/nozzle or you can pour directly from the tube. You can keep hot or cold drink in it.

18 –Apple Nike + Armband for the iPod Nano

You can easily view your iPod nano screen through the durable window, and use the no-look buttons to control your tunes. Made with ultra-soft, lightweight fabric, it stretches securely to fit your iPod nano with or without a receiver. The low profile, adjustable closure gives you a perfect fit, and the reflective dot pattern keeps you visible while you run. Fits fourth-generation iPod nano with or without receiver. Easy-to-adjust D-ring design for one-handed adjustment. Easy control of iPod with tactile no-look button. Sweat-resistant cover to protect iPod. Reflective details for greater safety in the dark.

19 –Swiss Army USB

Swiss army Knife is a geek dream gadget brought to life having a built in USB flash drive. Its perfect combination of technology, practically, materials and quality design.

Features of Swiss Army USB:
· The ultimate geek multi tool
· USB storage in a beautiful Swiss Army Knife design
· Available in 4GB, 2GB, 1GB capacity
· USB Flash Drive (easily detachable)
· Includes: Red Led light, ballpoint pen, knife, scissors, file with screw driver, key ring
· Works with windows 98/SE/2000/ME/XP, MAC OS 9.x or above, Linux 2.4 or above
· USB 1.1/2.0 interface
· Legendary Swiss Army quality construction and materials
· Red LED light uses a single CR 1025 battery (included)
· Comes with USB cable (1 meter length)
· Size: 2.4” length .75” wide x .6” height
· Weight: 1.2 oz (33gm)

Its price is 39.99$ to 69.99$

20 – Third Generation WiFi Detector .

Typical WiFi detector will only show the presence of a signal and relative signal strength not very helpful. This Digital WiFi Detector has a backlit LCD screen that provides information on signal availability and strength as well as essential network information, including SSID, security status and channel. When multiple networks are present, the LCD will allow you to scroll through information for each network.

Also have these great features.

  • Backlight LCD screen shows signal strength, network ID (SSID), encryption status and channel
  • Provides specific information about each network when multiple networks are present
  • Detects Encryption (WEP and WPA)
  • Shows channel used (1-14)
  • Coverage: Up to 200 feet (60m) open environment
  • Identifies 802.11b and 802.11g networks
  • Dimensions: 2.5″ x 2.75″ x 1″ thick (65mm x 70mm x 24mm)
  • Batteries: 2 x AAA (included)
  • CE approved and FCC compliant
  • Auto power off

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17 Responses to “Top 20 Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs”

  1. Iren says:

    The integrated PDF Reader Kindle on the DX is also another welcome feature, since many documents in these days there are in PDF format, so it is a breeze to tote around wherever you are.

  2. Toni says:

    Neat stuff! #1 would be a great tracking device…Mark Sanford’s wife could have used that!

  3. r1Pped says:

    As of June 22nd, Fly Clear has closed. They are no longer in use.

  4. asdf says:

    Great list. Next time, would be nice to have some links where to purchase.

  5. rj says:

    “Like typical language software PacSafe which travelers have Rosetta Stone is not different also.”

    What?

  6. sennarien says:

    rubbish English!

  7. Q.AB. says:

    this article is not about english grammar please read it again thats about gadgets. Thanks for reading

  8. nmb25 says:

    The grammar on this post was so bad i couldn’t even make it past number 10 on the list. I will agree that it was interesting, but very annoying to read.

  9. CreamKreator says:

    Forget the Seagate Free Agent, i bought Western Digital Passport and it’s waayy smaller, up to 1TB and can be fitted with the same encryption methods. Much much better.

  10. CreamKreator says:

    Oh, didn’t realize this article is old… my apologies..

  11. I think Samsung B2100 Xplorer also great for traveling.

    In my opinion it’s solid and shockproof mobile phone ..

  12. I have a charger from POWER MONKEY. Works really great! I can charge many other devices like camera, ipads etc. I hope it will be a competitors for other solar manufacturers.

  13. Mike says:

    The Trackstick is sweet.
    Mike´s last [type] ..Car Insurance Estimates

  14. Nice list of gadgets. I would like to have a Money Clip with built in flash drive. I bought one from Amazon before visiting Gangtok.

  15. Lucas Suthar says:

    We have just started to use an electric vehicle on some farming land, which is 95% made of recyclable product – this was the first of many to come, I think.

  16. Pregancy belly button rings are piercings placed on the stomach.


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