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Must Have Travel Gadgets

In this day and age, there are so many cool devices. What was travel like without our smart phones or tablets? Paperback crossword puzzles probably wouldn't cut it in today's world. Aside from our personal devices, there are some amazing travel gadgets perfect for your next rail vacation.


Getting to and from our travel destinations can either be a breeze or a burden. Long lines, delays, crowds—you never know what can happen. But being prepared can make a bad situation much better.

In this day and age, there are so many cool devices. What was travel like without our smart phones or tablets? Paperback crossword puzzles probably wouldn't cut it in today's world. Aside from our personal devices, there are some amazing travel gadgets that you may not have heard of.

One of the greatest things about our smart phones, when it comes to travel, is the camera feature. Smart phones are so sophisticated that you don't need to haul your heavy camera. But when you want to take your photography skills up a notch, then check out the Olloclip. A four-in-one lens that clips on to your phone and lets you take wide-angles and fisheyes that will look professional for under $80. This is a great accessory if you're doing a lot of sightseeing in places like the Grand Canyon or the Big Apple.

For long journeys, sleep is crucial. But more often than not, noise from others or just being off schedule makes it difficult to fall asleep. Sleepphones is the answer. Unlike ear buds, the soft headband makes it easy to get comfortable while listening to music. You can stream audio wirelessly through your bluetooth device. If you need help falling asleep on trains, planes or automobiles, then this product is a must-have.

And one of the best travel tools on the market is Bluesmart luggage. If you're traveling alone, this luggage will be your best friend. It has GPS tracking, a USB charger for all your devices, a digital scale, and it's own app for lock features and functionality. If you're taking a 17 day vacation with multiple legs, then this piece would be a good investment. And the best part, it's under $500. For rail vacations, always bring a light weight bag that you keep with you. A shoulder strap or a backpack are essential for hands-free travel. Tumi has a great selection and something like the Albany Commuter style will last a lifetime and come in handy for all types of travel.

If you're more of a light packer and like to keep your clothes to a minimum, then the Scrubba may be something to look into. The Scrubba is a compact personal washing machine so you actually can pack lighter. So, if you're headed to Europe and know that most of your trip will be walking and exploring, then this product may be perfect for keeping your bag light.

There are so many amazing travel products on the market. Think about your needs and what would be most beneficial for you and your journey. On the same note, don't overdo your travel accessories, you don't want to be lugging a lot of extra gadgets that you may not use. Consider where you're going and how you're traveling. 

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