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17 must have travel gadgets for your summer holidays

So you've found a cheap holiday deal, and all that's left to do is pack for your travels. If you're wondering which gadgets to take with you, we've got you covered. Whether you need a camera for those surf shots or a practical luggage organiser, this guide has all those fun summer essentials you'll need.

Business travel gadgets

1. KNOMO Amesbury travel bag

Best for: Male business travellers

KNOMO’s range of luxurious and robust travel accessories for men look professional and protect treasured tech from any bumps and knocks during transit. Our pick is the Amesbury, a spectacularly tough 15” top zip laptop bag-cum-briefcase made from full-grain leather and available in black and brown. The spacious main compartment has a 15.6″ shockproof rear-section to protect your laptop from pretty much anything you can throw at it. Turbulence, do your worst.

2. KNOMO Elektronista

Best for: Female business travellers

KNOMO’s women’s accessories are just as practical as their male ones. If you’re after a tech-oriented clutch bag, try the Elektronista. It doubles as a stylish clutch and practical organiser, designed specifically to keep digital devices and cables manageable. The integrated battery keeps your gadgets charged on the go, too. Never has lugging a tablet around looked so glamorous.

Looking for a new cabin bag? Check our reviews of the best hand luggage bags on the market.

3. Aukey Power Bank 

Best for: Smartphone addicts

This light rechargeable battery pack has a whopping 10000 mAh capacity, so it’ll keep your phone topped up multiple times during your journey – perfect if you’re always snapping videos for your Instagram stories. The built-in safeguards protect your phone from overheating and overcharging, while the tough scratch-proof case can stand up to being chucked in your hand luggage. It has two charging ports, so your travel buddy can give their gadget some juice too.

4. PlusUs: LifeCard

Best for: Flashpackers

The most compact portable charger around, the LifeCard is nearly as thin as a credit card. It’ll fit comfortably into a wallet or purse, ideal for emergencies when you’ve drained your main battery pack – the standard LifeCard has a capacity of 1500 mAh. We bet you won’t find a better looking battery pack, either. The brushed stainless steel and laser welding give it a premium look and feel. It’s also available in brushed copper, mirror polish stainless steel and a (very flashy) gold sheen.

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5. Joby GorillaPod for smartphones

Best for: Selfie lovers

Standard tripods are big, bulky and hard to travel with which is why we love the GorillaPod. It’s light, foldable, great value for money and well-designed. The tentacle legs provide stability on rocky, uneven ground, and can even be wrapped around trees and fences. This mini tripod is a solid solution for capturing incredible sunrises and sunsets, as well as hands-free selfies of you and your travel buddies. Because it folds up small, it’s an ideal gadget for travelling and is super easy to squirrel away in your hand luggage.

6. Khyanna Mini Drone

Best for: Next-level selfie takers

Beautiful aerial shots from around the world are becoming a popular sight on Instagram, and you can join the trend by snapping up your very own drone. Taking these own breathtaking shots doesn’t have to be expensive – the Khyanna Mini Drone costs less than £30. It’s light, travel-friendly and can be used for some seriously fun selfies.

7. Polarizing Filters

Best for: DSLR owners

Few things are more frustrating than having your perfectly set-up photo shoot ruined by over exposure, so keep some polarising lens filters in your camera bag to avoid glare. They work in the same way as polarised sunglasses, minimising lens flares, darkening skies and keeping the exposure from becoming too light.

Our tip: Check the dimensions of your DSLR lens to make sure the filter fits.

8. GoPro Hero5

Best for: Adrenaline junkies

If you’re a keen rapids rider, mountain climber or deep sea diver this tough little action camera will turn your memories into crisp 4K photos and video. The GoPro Hero5 is waterproof up to 10m without a special case, perfect for beach and waterfall days, and has a voice control camera for the ultimate in hands-free technology. It also automatically transfers imagery wirelessly onto your phone, so your adventures can go straight on social media.

Beach travel accessories

9. Sony Waterproof Walkman

Best for: Water babies

Music and water can mix, so you don’t have to leave your tunes on the sunlounger when you go for a dip in the hotel pool. Sony’s Waterproof Walkman lets you build soundtracks and Spotify playlists for swimming, surfing or paddle-boarding; the headphones have been designed to work at their best underwater. If you’re only planning to dip your toes in the shallows, you could use waterproof headphones with a waterproof case for your phone. These cases usually only work up to two metres below the surface, so you don’t test them out while scuba diving!

Ready to hit the beach with your waterproof travel gear? Check out the UK’s best beaches to start planning.

10. Polarised Lens Sunglasses

Best for: Sun-seeking adventurers

Sunglasses with polarised lenses dramatically reduce the glare caused by light reflecting off of water – perfect whether you’re planning an active holiday cycling around Alpine lakes or simply lazing around on a bright sunny beach in the Canaries. They come in all different shapes and styles: look for ones with a 100% protection guarantee against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

11. Swimsuit by Cynthia Rowley

Best for: Surfer chicks

Cynthia Rowley’s stylish range of surf wear is probably the coolest way to protect your skin from the sun – and the ravages of leaning your forearms on a body-board. It’s made of Nylon/Spandex for a close and comfortable fit, giving you full range of movement. It has an SPF 50+ for sun protection and comes in a variety of colourful prints. It’s a great alternative to a wetsuit when you’re surfing in the warm waters of dream destinations like Gold Coast, Australia.

12. Karrimor Dry Bag

Best for: Sailing trips and beach days

While we feel great after a refreshing dip in the sea, our phones (and spending money) unfortunately don’t. Packing your non-waterproof essentials on a dry bag can help to make that bucket-list boat trip more enjoyable, as you won’t need to worry about any splashes. This simple piece of kit doesn’t cost much, and it packs up small – perfect as a day bag.

Next stop, island hopping through the Canaries!

Road trip travel gear

13. Besteck power Inverter

Best for: Tech-heavy travellers

If you’re heading on a road trip this summer, you’ll want to keep your electronics charged. We recommend swapping your external battery pack for a charger that plugs straight into the car’s 12V electric system. The Bestek 300W MRI3011J2 Power Inverter has a UK plug outlet and two USB charging ports, perfect for keeping your laptop and smartphones fully charged throughout your trip.

14. iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth kit

Best for: Music fans with old cars

If your current set of wheels lacks Bluetooth support, and you don’t fancy shelling out for a whole new stereo, pick up a Bluetooth kit. iClever’s Himbox HB01 offers top-notch incoming and outgoing sound quality, has easy-to-use controls and can draw its power from any USB power source – this means you can use your 12V port for something else.

15. UV Window Shade

Best for: Family road trips

If you’re so fair-skinned you catch yourself turning red at the slightest hint of sun, even inside your car,  the Britax EZ-Cling Window Shade will make summer drives less painful. It’s easy to stick to your car windows, and provides great sun protection for passengers – especially kids with sensitive skin. There are lots of shade models to choose from and it’s made from super durable material to keep those embarrassing car tans at bay.

Best travel gadgets for backpacking

16. Samsonite digital luggage scales and torch

Best for: People who really can’t travel light

Especially useful for longer trips, when you may have accumulated a few souvenirs along the way (or been hit by an impulsive shopping spree in New York). Samsonite’s digital luggage scale will track your added weight and stop you being hit by unexpected baggage fees. It’s a practical and well designed tool that comes with useful extras – the 80cm tape measure and a built-in torch. Maximum capacity: 40kg. Really can’t deal with packing light? Maybe it’s time you checked out this wearable luggage.

17. JBL Flip 3 Portable Speaker

Best for: People who like their music loud 24/7

Portable speakers are an essential piece of travel kit: great for partying, singing in the shower or chilling by the pool in your private luxury villa. The JBL Flip 3 is perfect for any type of trip or holiday and better than most: it’s splash proof, so getting caught in a wet season downpour in Bangkok isn’t going to ruin your podcast collection. It works with Bluetooth connectivity, and has a built-in speaker which smoothly transitions from music to calls with zero hassle. Sound quality is terrific and best of all, it comes with a rechargeable battery (3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers up to 10 hours of playtime). Throw in an optional protective pouch and it’ll serve you well in pretty much anywhere on the planet!

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