(Inga Hendrickson)
2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Travel Tech of 2019

Gear for next-level adventure, no matter how far afield you’ll be


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Somewear Global Hotspot ($350)

(Courtesy Somewear)

Turn your smartphone into a satellite communications device with this wallet-size hotspot. As long as you’re outside with an unobstructed view of the sky, you can send and receive texts, and if necessary an emergency SOS, without cell service. Choose from four data plans (starting at $15 per month) and hit any trail with peace of mind.

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LifeStraw Universal Filter ($35)

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If finding clean water could be challenging where you’re headed, pack this clever filter. It’s compatible with narrow and widemouthed bottles and protects against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, and chemicals. That filtration helps improve flavor, too.

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Quip Toothbrush ($40)

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Once you go sonic, you never go back. This slim electric toothbrush is the most travel-ready on the market. Because it runs on a single AAA battery, there’s no bulky charging stand to pack. Adhesive on the case lets you stick it to your hotel mirror.

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Skyhour Mile Money ($60 per hour)

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This app allows you to buy hours of flight time, trade them with fellow Skyhour users, and use them to book travel on more than 350 airlines. As with a crowdfunding campaign, you can set a trip goal and share it, so friends and family can chip in.

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Away the Bigger Suitcase ($245)

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Four-wheel rollers are good. One that charges your phone is even better. This piece has an armored shell, interior compression straps, and a TSA-approved combination lock. Plan to check it? The battery pops out to comply with safety regulations.

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Tile Pro Tracker ($35)

(Courtesy Tile)

Place this powerful Bluetooth chip on your key ring, in your pack or purse, or on anything (or anyone) you need to keep track of. If you’re within 300 feet of the Tile, you can see its location on the phone app and make it chime, so you can zero in on it.

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SealLine Blocker Compression Drybag ($36)

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Is cargo space tight? After closing the roll top, use the Blocker’s waterproof valve to vent trapped air. The ten-liter nylon sack will keep your gear safe and moisture-free in crowded overhead bins and boat holds.

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From Summer 2019 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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