We know that better business travel makes us happier. From great WiFi to comfortable bedrooms, there is a tick-list of perks that make the experience more comfortable. However, we also love convenient travel gadgets, and once you find the perfect charger, the smartest padlock and the entertainment you need, you’ll save time and energy – you won’t look back.
Travel gadgets we can’t live without
1. The next-generation suitcase
Bluesmart One Suitcase, £399
Gone are the days when suitcases simply carried your clothes. One of the most high-tech cases on the market, Bluesmart One has a range of useful features. These include a power bank that can recharge your mobile up to six times, two USB ports and a built-in digital scale. You can even lock your suitcase from your phone and locate it across the globe with its GPS tracking and 3G data capabilities. Fitted out with a weather- and scratch-resistant shell, it looks pretty darn stylish, too.
In a nutshell: A case packed with wheely great ideas
2. The find-anything hero
Tile Mate, £23
This handy gizmo is a Bluetooth tracker that helps you find lost items easily. Once you’ve attached Tile Mate to an item, you can use an app on your phone or tablet to make it ring. As long as your Tile Mate is within a 100-foot range, it will play a tune to help you locate your item. If you’ve lost your phone, simply double-press Tile Mate and your phone will ring (even when on silent). We’re thinking passports…
In a nutshell: Never leave anything behind again
3. The smart padlock
Nokē Padlock, £52.88
Nokē is the world’s first Bluetooth padlock: a keyless lock that you open with your smartphone. Stylish and simple, Nokē automatically finds and connects to your Bluetooth phone, as well as keeping track of lock use for added security. And don’t worry if you forget or lose your phone – Nokē also allows you to create a custom security code of short and long taps, so you can always access your possessions.
In a nutshell: Security at the touch of a button
4. The entertainment lifeline
Roku Express, £29.99
This is a handy HD streaming stick, providing access to more than 350,000 movies and TV shows, and channels including Netflix, Amazon Video, BBC iPlayer and Sky Sports, on the go. Simply plug into your nearest TV and connect to WiFi to get started. Its Hotel and Dorm Connect feature is ideal for travellers, easily connecting to nearby wireless networks for speedy streaming.
In a nutshell: Pack your favourite shows
5. The super charger
Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C Power Bank, £45.99
The ultra-high-power output of the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C Power Bank has seen it dominate the portable charger market. Not only can it charge three devices simultaneously (and speedily), its ability to recharge a phone up to seven times before running out of juice makes it one of the best travel gadgets for those constantly on the road. Compact enough for travel, it will save you space – and stress.
In a nutshell: The only recharger you need
6. The go-anywhere adaptor
Go Travel Worldwide USB Adaptor, £29.99
Say goodbye to adaptor stress with the Go Travel Worldwide USB Adaptor. Compatible with electrics in more than 150 countries, its two USB ports enable you to connect and charge devices simultaneously using power points around the world.
In a nutshell: A multitasking tool for multi-stop tours
7. The ultimate toothbrush
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush, £270
An electric toothbrush that’s no hassle to pack, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush comes with a recharging travel case that can be connected to your laptop via USB. It also happens to remove plaque up to seven times more effectively than a manual toothbrush, thanks to its specially shaped bristles and 62,000 movements per minute.
In a nutshell: A toothbrush you won’t want to forget