The summer travel season is upon us. Deciding what to pack can be almost as difficult as deciding where to go, especially with new travel gadgets being launched daily. With so many options out there, it’s hard to figure out what’s a must and what can be skipped. Below is our list of eight items that are tried and true must-haves mixed with some that made their way onto our pack lists this year.
#1: GoPro Camera. We’re still blown away by the quality of videos and photos produced by our GoPros, especially underwater. They keep getting smaller and better.
#2: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. No matter how noisy the bus, plane, train, or destination, these headphones bring peace and quiet.
#3: Zolt Wall Charger. One wall outlet, multiple gadgets. You can power a laptop and two mobile devices simultaneously. One Zolt replaces three power adapters.
#4: Travel Hammock. A recent trip to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast reminded us how relaxing a hammock and a breeze can be on a hot, humid day.
#5: Deet Insect Repellent Wipes. Protect yourself from biting insects like mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers without the hassle of traveling with liquids and aerosols.
#6: Cooling Headwear. Sun protection and cooling. Functional and versatile.
#7: 2-prong to 3-prong plug adapter. This old-school travel item still comes in handy on trips. You never know when you’ll be staying in a hotel with only 2-prong plugs.
#8: Lipstick Portable Charger. In addition to #3 and #7, you may find yourself needing to charge electronics on the fly. There are a variety of models that fit in the palm of your hand on the market.
Numbers 4, 5 and 7 made our 2015 list, too.