Our favorite travel gadgets to gift in 2018

By Eric Wright

Although most of us travel to escape from work emails, the hubbub of the office, and the distractions of technology-based modern life, having the right gadgets to take on your upcoming trips can be a real life-saver. Whether its something practical or a brand-new invention, an inspection of these gadgets will have you adding a few more items to your 2018 holiday wish list. Here's to your future getaways being safer, more comfortable, and more incredible than ever!

1. Waterproof camera

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A fitting gift for friends and family who regularly give in to peer pressure, these sleek devices come with a great image quality—some even being resistant to shocks and freezing temperatures. Whether it's a vacation of relaxing at the beach, an unforgettable scuba expedition to the depths, or a kayaking trip, help your buddies capture those once-in-a-lifetime underwater moments with a waterproof camera.

2. Portable projector

We all know there's no place like home, but what about watching your favorite flick while surrounded by thousands of distant stars and planets? Well, say hello to my little friend! From ultra-small, mini-models to more up-scale versions with an eight-foot projection screen, these gadgets allow you to bring the cinema to the great outdoors.

3. Camera drone

Perfect for travelers looking to catch the ultimate sunset, these ultra-modern machines come with all the trimmings. Able to fly up to four miles away, the soaring robots allow you to capture those unforgettable vacation moments with astonishing clarity. Equipped with intuitive smartphone control, GPS, and several flight modes, a camera drone is the ultimate gift for someone looking to take their vacations to the next level—literally.

4. Portable fire pit

Going camping with friends and family just wouldn't be the same without a night of chatting, stargazing, and, of course, roasting marshmallows together around a fire pit. These lightweight models range from simple steel pits to trendy, modern designs, and they're all easy to carry and store in the back of the car. So, as Gandalf once so famously said, "Fry, you fools."

5. Water-resistant Bluetooth speaker

Enabling you to listen to your favorite tracks anywhere in the world, a water-resistant, portable speaker is an absolute must for music lovers on vacation, especially during that November rain. Both dust and splash resistant and with almost 10 hours of playtime, this nimble party-goer should definitely be your next travel companion.

6. Sandless beach mat

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Originally created for military purposes, this incredibly handy towel allows you to enjoy those idyllic beach days without having to worry about getting any pesky sand on your electronic devices or picnic snacks. Practically impossible to cover in sand, help your friends get the ultimate suntan next year from one of these super useful beach mats.

7. Water purifier bottle

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With the majority of traveler's health problems coming from drinking contaminated water, a water purifier is an absolute must for the explorer in the family. From state-of-the-art devices that can clean naturally sourced water in 15 seconds to more affordable models, these life-saving gadgets offer safe drinking water wherever you may be exploring.

8. Battery-charging backpack

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Never miss a photo op due to a dead cell phone battery with this battery-charging backpack by TYLT. Perfect for those who love to go on long hikes and won't be near a power source for hours and hours, this backpack, complete with a 5,200 mAh battery, has got your phones and tablets covered. What's more? It even has a built-in laptop sleeve that is TSA-compliant, making getting to and leaving your destination a breeze.


Need to find somewhere to use all of these amazing travel gadgets? Check out our staff's 2018 holiday wish list!