No doubt about it -- high-tech gear can be a true lifesaver when you're traveling. Not to mention a stress reliever. Whether to help you relax en route or to keep you connected while remote, these 13 smart tech items will make getting away easier and more enjoyable.
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1. Nest Cam Security Camera ($199)
It's hard to get in the vacation mindset when you're worrying about your home. Never fear, the Nest Cam security camera is here.
2. The Power Wallet ($80)
You may not think there's such a thing as taking too many photos while on vacation, but your phone battery would disagree. If your iPhone or Android phone needs a recharge before you do, skip the hotel and simply tuck your device inside the stylish faux leather Power Wallet. Inside, a hidden lightweight battery backup allows you to conveniently and discreetly charge your phone wherever you are.
3. Braven Lux Speaker ($100)
Braven's Lux Speaker connects to your Bluetooth-compatible device with a push of a button for those times when you need to pump up the volume. Crafted from water-resistant plastic in trendy gold, the portable speaker makes the experience of watching a movie or listening to music on a phone a whole lot more enjoyable. Hotel room dance party, anybody?
4. Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens ($80)
Go ahead, leave the heavy DSLR camera at home. With the award-winning Olloclip 4-in-1 lens, you can take fish-eye, wide-angle, and macro shots on your iPhone using your front and rear-facing cameras. The advanced optic quick-change lenses let you shoot panoramic landscapes, group selfies, and extreme close-ups for an Instagram feed that's never looked better.
5. Logitech Keys-To-Go ($50)
Try as you may, it's hard to avoid all work correspondence while you're traveling, but at least you can give your thumbs a vacation by connecting the Logitech Keys-To-Go to your iPhone or iPad. The ultra-lightweight portable keyboard pairs via Bluetooth and features full-size keys for fast typing so you can get back to relaxing sooner.
6. Mophie Juice Pack ($100)
Perfect for long day trips, the sleek Mophie Juice Pack doubles the amount of time you can talk, surf the web, and watch videos on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its proprietary Impact-Isolation System protects the phone against drops and falls, which is handy when using it on an adventure vacation -- as long as you don't accidentally drop it off a mountain.
7. LugLoc ($70)
You know that moment of panic when the baggage carousel stops and your suitcase isn't on it? If your luggage has LugLoc, you can tap an app on your smartphone to trace your bags, alleviating some of that anxiety. The rechargeable luggage locator can last up to 15 days in "on" mode, but we hope it doesn't take two weeks for anybody's lost bags to find their way back home!
8. Native Union Power Link Tassel ($60)
Crafted from the finest grade cowhide leather, the POWER Link Tassel by Native Union is equal parts fashion and function. Simply link your mobile device to any USB power outlet using the two connectors hidden inside its leather pouch, and voila -- your keychain is now a charger.
9. Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ($27)
This portable essential oil diffuser can transform any hotel room into a soothing spa retreat through the power of aromatherapy and light therapy. The diffuser, which functions like a cold mist humidifier, releases your favorite scented oils into the air, while its seven LED colors are a relaxing treat for the eyes. Good thing it has an auto shut-off function because you'll quickly be in dreamland!
10. Kindle Paperwhite ($99)
Books are heavy and take up too much precious space in your luggage -- even paperbacks. The all-new Kindle Paperwhite, now with a higher resolution display and an exclusive easy-to-read font, is lighter than a paperback yet holds thousands of books. And if you choose the model with Wi-Fi and free 3G, you can download new titles anywhere, even from the tarmac while waiting for your delayed flight to take off.
11. Cool Mist Humidifier Stick ($23)
Traveling when you're sick isn't pleasant, but this portable cool mist humidifier stick can help alleviate your cold and flu symptoms anytime, anywhere. To use in a hotel room, simply place it in a cup of water, plug the 9-foot USB cord into a power port, and turn it on. You'll be surprised by how much relief you can get from such a small personal humidifier.
12. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones ($300)
Noise-canceling headphones sound like a luxury, but for the frequent traveler, they're practically a necessity. Imagine how much more enjoyable air travel would be without the roar of the jet engines, the never-ending conversations between your seat mates, or the music blaring though your neighbor's earphones. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are a splurge, but they could totally change your travel experience.
13. Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm ($99)
This product might be the hero of your home. You can have some serious peace of mind with Nest Protect as it notifies you (on your phone, of course) when there's smoke or