10 of the Best Travel Gadgets for Backpackers & Travellers

10 of the Best Travel Gadgets for Backpackers & Travellers

Everyone loves an awesome gadget right? So it’s no doubt that there’s a ton of cool travel gadgets for backpackers and travellers out there. I know for sure that I can’t resist getting my mitts on the latest must have travelling accessories to help me to travel smarter.

So with the minefield of awesomely tantalizing backpacker gadgets on the market, I’m going to let you in on some of the best backpacking gadgets out there to save you the time, so you can get back to planning your awesome trip.

With all the options out there, trying to find out what the best travelling accessories are can feel like a bit like an Aladdin’s cave. Like, literally with all the enticingly cool travel gear available it’s easy to get lost in it.

So, the reason why all these cool backpacking gadgets made it onto the shortlist is that they are either multifunctional (like the USB charging backpack), will make your life easier or are just downright fun – psst go check out the camera glasses to see what I mean!   

Whether you’re a newbie backpacker looking for essential travel gadgets to invest in, or you’re looking for gift ideas on the best accessories for travel addict friends, there’s 100% going to be some awesome stuff here to check out.

So, grab a brew, or whatever your tipple is, and find out what are the most awesome gadgets for backpackers and travellers are right now.

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

A lot of the time I travel on a budget because I prefer to spend the money on awesome experiences. However, budget accommodation sometimes comes at a metaphorical price – dorm rooms with snorers!

I ended up having so many sleepless nights on my trip around the Balkans, and a pair of noise-cancelling wireless headphones were the solution. They’re also pretty good at blocking out the sound of screaming babies on flights. I’m in love with these headphones by Sony, my only regret is why I didn’t get myself a pair sooner!

Although there are loads of noise-cancelling headphones on the market, I’m a little bit obsessed with these by Sony. They really are one of my favourite pieces of backpacking tech and an absolute gamechanger.

  • Foldable, compact and come with a hard carry case
  • Touch & swipe to skip track, pause, change volume
  • 24 hrs battery life
  • Smart listening and adjust to external noises

Smartphone Gimbal Stabiliser

One of the things you’re probably going to be doing while you’re travelling is making epic videos of your trip. Ever wondered how people get those super smooth professional-looking videos just from their smartphones? They are using a gimbal stabiliser.

I use the Zhiyun Smooth 4 which is one of the best smartphone stabilisers on the market. For starters, Zhiyun produce a load of awesome camera accessories, what I love about this gimbal compared to others, is that it moves across 3-axis (most gimbals only have 2-axis), and it comes with a tripod, so you can do those cheesy clips where the camera follows you walking down a street #noshame

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Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Stabiliser

Out of all the travel gadgets I own, this is by far my favourite (and most used) in the travel electronics category. After you try a smartphone stabiliser, you’ll never want to go back to just regular hand-held videos.

  • Ultra smooth professional looking videos
  • Works with nearly every smartphone
  • Comes with tripod attachment and carry case

ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4 SMARTPHONE STABILISER

Lightweight and Compact Travel Drone

The DJI Mavic Mini is arguably one of the coolest travel gadgets out there as well as being ultralight and super compact. Unless you’re recording high-end video footage to sell (which you’ll need to get yourself a drone licence for anyway) this is the perfect drone for travel.

Not only does the DJI Mavic Mini fold up into a compact size it also only weighs in at less than 250g and is controlled from your smartphone making this one of the most ideal gadgets for backpackers and anyone who’s travelling.

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DJI Macni Mini Drone

This is a great option if you’re looking at getting this beautiful cinematic style shots from a birds-eye view and not wanting to break the bank. DJI are renowned for making top of the range camera and filming equipment, so the Mavic Mini is an absolute steal compared to drones of a similar spec.

  • Super lightweight and compact for travel
  • Up to 30 minutes flight time
  • Transmission distance approx. 2km

Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank

The Skyroam Solis the worlds first go-anywhere wifi hotspot (call itself the worlds first smartspot). If you’re wanting to stay connected while you’re travelling this is up there with a top contender of essential travel accessories. It ditches the need of having to buy local sim cards each time you land in a new region as you just connect to your mobile hotspot.

As far as gadgets go for backpackers go, out of all the awesome gadgets on this list, the Skyroam Solis will probably be the one you use the most. It also comes complete with a power charge option so you could sit all day on a beach on a desert island while watching Netflix or ahem working on your blog (hey, it beats an office any day).

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This is a great option is you’re travelling as a couple or family, because you can connect up to 10 devices at once. Currently, it works in 130 countries. Click here to see the full list of countries you can use the Skyroam Solis.

  • Works in 130 countries in the Americas, Eruope, Africa, South Pacific and Middle East.
  • Connect up to 10 different devices at once
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life

Anti-Theft USB Charging Backpack

This antitheft backpack by Kopak is the ideal solution to keeping your valuables safe. No one sets out to be pickpocketed, however, the reality is that it happens.

The hidden zipper to the main section can only be accessed when you take the bag off. This bag also has a ton of hidden compartments so you can quickly access your cash or bank card without having to take the bag off.

My favourite thing on this bag, it’s also had an external USB charge point making this one of the best backpacking gadgets out there.

These bags anti theft bags have so many features (more than just the few I’ve listed here). If you’re not not convinced why I’ve added this to this list of gadgets for backpackers go check out some of the reviews. Honestly, this is a backpacking essential.

  • Water resistant and scratch proof fabirc
  • More than 5 hidden pockets
  • External USB charging point

Snapchat Spectacles

This will certainly top the list for any social media fan as one of their must have travel gadgets. These camera glasses surely have to be the most fun travel accessories out there.

The Snapchat Spectacles are water-resistant, so they’re perfect for using on the beach, in the snow, chasing waterfalls and even under shallow water. Not only do they take photos, but record in HD video.

Your friends and followers will be at your envy when they see stunning photos and videos from your perspective. The glasses connect wirelessly to your mobile making it super simple to upload your amazing footage across your social media platforms. This is one for the best gadgets for backpackers in love with social media.

  • Water resistant, suitable to use in snow, rain,and even under shallow water!
  • Take HD Video and Photos
  • Sync and share anywhere wirelessly to Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc
  • Plarised lenses with 100% UVA and UVB protection

Action Camera

GoPro has always been the industry leader in great action cameras, which is why the latest addition to the Hero series had to feature somewhere on this list of gadgets for backpackers.

Improvements on Hero8 include quick-mount changing (so gone are the days of wrestling with fiddly clips from previous models – Hero4, I’m talking about you!). The Hero8 also features improved stabilisation with reduced blur even in lower lights.

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GoPro Hero 8 Black

As with all GoPro products, you’ll find a load of great add on accessories to suit your needs. I’m big into my scuba diving, so I particularly like the underwater accessories, I’ve got my eye on the giant fish eye lens. Because they are so versatile, GoPros are always going to be a classic choice for travel gadgets and accessories for backpackers.

  • Waterproof 4K Digital Action Camera
  • Inbuilt stabilisation
  • Touch screen and voice controlled
  • Live HD Streaming

GOPRO HERO 8 BLACK

Inflatable Solar Light & Charger

I love the story behind this gadget for travel. LuminAid is a women-owned business which started up as a result of needing light and power after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Since then the Give Life Light programme has distributed more than 200,000 of these lights as part of disaster relief in places like Syria, Nepa and Puerto Rico.

These lanterns are powered by the sun so you can easily clip this to your day bag while you’re out for the day. When fully charged they can give up to 12 hours of light as well as a charging function via a USB socket.

There are so many potential uses for the Luminaid, which is why I certainly rank this as one of the best gadgets for backpackers and travellers. Although the standard solar light comes in white, they are also available in a colour changing variety.

  • Lightweight and collapsible making it ideal for travel
  • Waterproof and durble
  • Up to 12 hours of light when fully charged
  • USB charge socket for phones

Pocket Multi-Tool & Light

In the words of Inspector Gadget, ‘Go gadget go! I think he’d be impressed with this take on the classic Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox.

These credit card-sized multifunctional tools have been dubbed the ‘Swiss Card’ and like the old style arm knife feature tools like scissors, a ballpoint pen, tweezers as well as an LED light.  sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

This is one of the best gadgets for travelling because it offers so much versatility in a tiny little tool. Just make sure to pack this in your main cabin luggage if you’re flying so it doesn’t get confiscated.

  • The same size as a credit card
  • 13 different tools
  • Includes pocket flashlight

Travel French Press

I’m a total caffeine addict, I can’t start the day without a decent cup of coffee. Back home I have my (glass) french press, and I decant it into my travel mug to drink on the way to work. But let’s face it, a French press IS NOT going to survive travel.

The clever people at Bodum have come up with a novel idea and one of the most must-have travel gadgets for us coffee addicts, a stainless-steel-french-press-come-insulated-cup.

There’s no question about why this made it on to the list of best gadgets for backpackers and travellers. Coffee on-demand, anywhere in the world. Simple as.

  • Fresh coffee on demand
  • Better for the environment, no more disposable take-out cups
  • Durable & insulated stainless steel cup

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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