Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The Best Travel Gadgets for Tech Enthusiasts


Technology has become a part of our daily lives and there is no doubt that it continues to improve the way we travel. Whether it’s an action camera to capture memories, a power bank to keep devices charged, or headphones to block out noise on the go, the right gadgets can go a long way. If you’re looking for a tech-savvy globetrotter this holiday season, consider what gear they don’t have yet or what might need updating, as there are some exceptional new updates to tried-and-true accessories this year. But to help you decide, here are 11 gadgets they’ll love to pack in their bag.

More compact than ever, DJI’s Mini 3 Pro weighs less than 249 grams and has a flight time of up to 34 minutes and can fly up to just over 18 miles with the standard battery included (there’s the Plus kit option with upgraded batteries for even better performance). performance). The camera can shoot 4K HDR videos and 48MP RAW photos, but perhaps its best feature is its ability to capture content vertically, a game changer for anyone with a social media presence. It also features incredible modes such as panorama, including wide-angle, 180-degree, and sphere shooting, as well as a tracking function that tracks any selected moving obstacle. But if you’re looking for someone who doesn’t care about the weight or size of a drone and wants the highest quality, the DJI Mavic 3 still reigns supreme.

When traveling, noise canceling headphones are a must to block out the noise from airplanes or chatty passengers. For one of the best pairs, check out Sony’s WH-1000XM5. These over-ear headphones not only have the best noise canceling technology in the game, but also prioritize high-quality sound. It also has great battery life, lasting up to a whole day with noise canceling activated or up to 32 hours with it off. But if you know your traveler prefers earbuds, then the Sony WF-1000MX4 is also a winner and delivers great noise cancellation for its compact size.

GoPro outdid themselves with the Hero10 Black, but they still managed to raise the bar with the latest iteration of the much-loved action camera. The Hero11 Black can still shoot videos at up to 5.3K/60fps, but has a slight improvement with 27MP stills, including frame grabs, and RAW recording in all modes. It can now also record up to 10-bit color, which is most beneficial for professionals who colorize their footage; even more stabilization; and three new night modes with some nice effects. But the most notable difference is the new 8:7 sensor that makes editing social media content much easier than any of its predecessors and enables a HyperView lens for extremely wide shots. And of course, it’s still waterproof to 33 feet.

A battery pack is a must if you’re constantly on the move and the Anker 633 does double duty. This 10,000 mAh magnetic battery snaps onto the back of any iPhone with MagSafe technology. But in addition to keeping your phone charged, it also has a built-in kickstand so you can prop your phone up while you watch a binge-worthy show on Netflix during a long-haul flight, for example. You can also turn the battery off if you just want to use it as a stand, a huge improvement over the smaller 622. And if you want to use it for other devices, the 20W USB-C port is both for input and output.

Does your loved one use a sound machine at home? Maybe they often complain about ambient noise in hotels. Or maybe they just have sleeping problems in general. Whatever keeps them from getting a good night’s sleep, Bose Sleepbuds II can be the solution. These wireless earbuds play soothing sounds that can help the user fall asleep easier, stay asleep longer and mask noise. They feature comfortable silicone ear tips that provide a secure fit and last up to 10 hours on a full charge, with three additional charges in the case. The earbuds are paired with the Bose Sleep app, which has a library of over 50 songs and the ability to create alarms with customization features such as time, repeat schedule, volume, and sound.

Fitbit’s latest health and fitness tracker is not only small and light, it also costs just under $100, making it extremely affordable. And while it costs less than other options out there, it doesn’t compromise on its many useful features. Scroll through the colorful screens of the slim device and you’ll see information such as the number of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate and blood oxygen level. Swipe horizontally from the home screen and you’ll find exercise tracking, a relaxation timer, alarm settings, and countdown and stopwatch timers. The companion app lets you do even more, such as track your menstrual cycle, manually record water and food intake, view health stats such as respiratory rate and lean temperature, and examine your sleep profile.

While smartphone cameras now have stabilization, gimbals do a lot more than just smooth videos. The DJI Osmo Mobile has come a long way over the years and the latest version is foldable, making it more compact than ever. In addition to enhanced portability, this device features three-axis stabilization, easier side wheel control for smooth zooms, the ability to switch between horizontal and vertical at the touch of a button, a built-in extension rod and an attachable tripod. It also boasts plenty of features including active tracking, simple time-lapse templates, dynamic zooming, gesture control, and three panoramic modes to take videos to the next level. Content creators will also appreciate the additional accessories, such as the OM Fill Light Phone Clamp for low-light situations and the DJI Mic for enhanced sound quality.

Traveling internationally means worrying about the right adapter for different outlets in different countries. All-in-one adapters are not only easier to pack than individual ones, but they also offer multiple ports. Covering more than 200 countries, the Zendure Passport III prioritizes fast charging with four USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and a multi-input jack. The USB-C port can deliver watts of power that can quickly charge a laptop, meaning you can leave the huge rock at home. Whoever you buy this for will probably love it so much that they will even use it at home.

Whether it’s someone who likes to party while traveling or simply loves music, the Sonos Roam is an exceptional portable smart speaker. The sound quality and volume are incredible for its small size thanks to the tweeter, midwoofer, two Class-H digital amplifiers and adjustable EQ. It can be connected via Bluetooth, WiFi or AirPlay and has an IP67 water resistance rating, meaning you don’t have to worry about splashing in the pool. The speaker comes in five colors including white, black and three pastel shades that are exclusive to their website.

Some trips don’t justify carrying a clunky laptop. But if your crush is anything like me, sometimes I wish I had a keyboard to type those long emails instead of using the screen version on phones and tablets. For anyone you know who has been in a similar situation, Logitech’s Keys-To-Go is the answer to such problems. This portable and lightweight keyboard is completely wireless and connects to devices via Bluetooth. It even comes with an attachable stand so phones can be placed upright for easy viewing. The device also features a full row of keyboard shortcuts; a liquid-repellent seal so you don’t have to worry about spills; and can be charged for up to three months.

With over a dozen pockets in different sizes, the Tech Pouch from Peak Design helps you stay organized. Whether it’s cords, SD cards, batteries, power banks, earbuds or really all your small stuff, there’s plenty of room to store all your stuff. The case is designed with the techie in mind and even includes a cable grommet for charging devices. There are also both internal and external zip pockets which are great for cards, cash or a passport. And because it’s made from recycled 200D nylon with a durable water-repellent coating, don’t worry if you get caught in the rain or accidentally spill a drink on it.