Business travelers are constantly fitting as much as possible into their trips. These must have gadgets help businesspeople use tech to their advantage while on the road.
Must Have Travel Accessories for your Phone
Busy business travelers rely on their smartphones for boarding passes, conference schedules, keeping in touch with the office and calling home. All of these essential functions rely on having a charged phone at all times. A portable phone charger and any cords you’ll need to use it are a business travel must have. Other important power gadgets include a power converter for international travel, a mini power strip that doubles as a surge protector and charging cords for all of your accessories.
Instead of relying on spotty airport WiFi, invest in a personal hotspot for business travel. You’ll be glad you did in the off chance your hotel or meeting space doesn’t have reliable internet service either. Having a speedy connection will make downtime much more productive.
Airports, conference rooms and even shared hotel spaces are hotspots for germs that can derail your travel plans. Keep germs at bay by regularly cleaning your phone with a portable phone sanitizer. These sanitizers use UV rays to kill most of the germs your phone gathers while you’re on the road. Many come with travel-friendly features, including built-in chargers and the ability to hear your alarm through the sanitizer.
Essentials for Staying Safe while Traveling for Business
As a business traveler, it’s likely at least part of your trip will be solo. You can invest in a few pieces of technology to keep you and your luggage safe during your travels.
A smart luggage lock acts as both a phone-operable lock and a GPS for tracking your luggage, whether carry on or checked. You can easily substitute this technology with a classic TSA-approved lock and a GPS device tucked inside your luggage. There are also smaller GPS tags you can add to your keys, purse, passport case or any other item you’d like to keep a close eye on while traveling.
It’s important to keep yourself safe as well. There are plenty of business travel gadgets designed with personal safety in mind. Download apps that educate travelers on suspicious behavior, notify the police (and/or your emergency contact) in situations you don’t feel safe calling 911 and alert you to nearby natural disasters. For a sound night of sleep, consider adding an extra layer of security to your hotel room with a door alarm. For travelers who prefer Airbnbs, bed and breakfasts or inns, you can find a lot of options for securing doors that open with a key. All are small enough to slip into a carry on.
Business Travel Gadgets that Make Life Easier
Of course, there is plenty of travel tech that is not essential, but can make business trips more enjoyable and productive. Pack a digital luggage scale to make sure your bags are under any airline weight limits on both your departing and arriving flights. This gadget is by no means a new one; it is one worth having.
If you often travel between time zones, consider investing in tech that battles jet lag. There are apps, portable lights and smart sleep masks that can help travelers adjust to their new schedule more quickly. Staying hydrated can also be key to arriving at your destination ready to work. Use a filtering water bottle to enjoy water from airport drinking fountains and hotel sinks. You won’t have to spend money or time searching for the nearest kiosk with bottled water.