Still get weirded out by going to the movies alone, or treating yourself for dinner or drinks out? You’re becoming the minority: Americans are traveling alone more and more. The world is better connected than ever before, which means that it’s easier to head off on a solo journey — and new advancements in personal tech and gadgets mean you’re safer, less lonely, and more entertained when you do.
We personally love a solo trip, but there are definitely some things to keep in mind and bring with you on the road. These include a decent set of headphones, a light pair of speakers, portable chargers, and a good camera. We’ve pulled together our top picks for gadgets to bring along on your next adventure.
If you’re considering taking a long-haul flight, or embarking on a solo trip, the first thing that comes to mind is that you’ll need a great, sturdy pair of noise-canceling headphones. These MW65’s are incredibly light, making them easy to take on the go, and feature custom 40mm Beryllium drivers, meaning you’ll get crisp sound. They also come with a cable and flight adapter, so you can easily listen to in-flight entertainment.
If you’re not keen on bringing a big pair of over-ear headphones, and in-ear suits you fine, then look no further than the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Gen in-ear earphones. These little guys are good looking, discrete, and pack just as much as sound quality as chunkier models.
If you’re looking for an all-around solid point-and-shoot camera with superzoom functionality, look no further than the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. For a reasonable price, you’ll get UHD 4K video recording and 7.4fps burst shooting, meaning this camera should capture all the travel action you encounter.
For the more serious filmmakers and travel vloggers, this kit featuring the PowerShot G7 Mark III has everything you need. This means you get a tripod, Bluetooth remote, 32GB memory card, an extra battery pack, and the camera itself has 4K video recording, live streaming, and vertical video support.
Here’s a practical piece of equipment you probably haven’t thought about: a wireless flight adapter. Gone are the days of trying to cram those filthy, uncomfortable little airplane headphones into your ear to watch old Friends reruns on your 6-hour flight. This wireless adapter can turn any signal from a 3.5mm device or in-flight socket into a hi-fi Bluetooth signal, allowing you to send the audio right to your wireless headphones. You’re welcome!
Portable charger — enough said.
Unless you don’t mind getting an insanely astronomical phone bill in the mail, you’ll want to be careful with when and how you spend your precious data abroad. We’re offering up an alternative: a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. This 4G LTE hotspot promises fast Wi-Fi in more than 130 countries, lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge, and fits right into your pocket.
Sonos makes some of the best affordable audio tech out there, so it comes as no surprise that they make a damn good portable speaker. The Sonos Move is a durable, battery-powered smart speaker that is weather-proof AND drop-resistant — ideal for travel. It allows for Bluetooth streaming, so no Wi-Fi is no problem!
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