Style Pro Tile, $49.99
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Skip expensive smart luggage and purchase a Tile tracker. Equipped with Bluetooth technology, you’ll never leave your passport or keys behind in a hotel room again. The Pro Series versions (Tile Style pictured) look slightly more chic and have twice the range of the original Tile. Going off-shore? They're also waterproof up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
Cocoon Grid-It!, $34.95
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Take control of the web of cables in your bag with this handy cable management solution. Your cords will be tangle free, ready when you need them and your bag will pass through airport security without setting off alarms or raising eyebrows.
Bellroy Travel wallet with RFID blocking, $159.95
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With RFID blocking to protect your e-passport and credit cards from being “skimmed”, Bellroy’s premium leather, beautifully stitched travel wallet is big enough to fit your passport and travel documents without being bulky.
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The original app travel companion app, Tripit can automatically parse your hotel and airline confirmation emails, creating a detailed itinerary of where you need to be next and when you’ll need to leave for the airport. Share your itinerary with your partner or colleagues so everyone is on the same page. Free, available for iOS and Android.
Joby Gorillapod, $39.95
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The GorillaPod is a tripod alternative small enough to fit in your carry-on. The adjustable legs can wrap around tables, fences or sit on chairs and countertops to turn any surface into a makeshift tripod. Finally you can capture selfies without a stretched out arm filling the frame.
iPhone X, $1,579
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Apple’s iPhone X OLED screen is the only flagship handset that supports Dolby Vision HDR, making it one of the best portable devices for movies and its dual-lens camera out-performs all smartphones and many point and shoot cameras.
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More than just a checklist, PackPoint keeps a list of your favourite travel essentials based on the trip you’re taking. Make sure the portable shaver and spare phone charger is packed for business, while the DSLR and sunscreen stays on the list for personal holidays. PackPoint will even remind you to pack an umbrella if the weather turns at your destination. Free, available with iOS and Android.
Osmo 2, $209
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Ditch the selfie stick and step up to the Osmo 2. DJI has taken the steadicam technology of their award-winning drones and packaged it in mobile phone accessory. Add time-lapse functionality, sweeping pans and silky smooth motion to your next holiday video.
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As the official app of Smart Traveller from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the varied travel information you’ll find here is up-to-date and accurate. Open the app to find if your next destination is on the visa-waiver program, whether you’ll need vaccinations, as well as any risks or travel warnings in the region. Free, available for iOS and Android.
Apple Watch Series 3, $459
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Apple Watch makes the best argument for why we can’t resist smart watches. With just a glance at your wrist, you can see your next appointment, the time at your destination, the time back home and understand whether you’ll need a jacket when you disembark. Then swipe across to listen to music, book an Uber or map a jet lag-busting run.
Apple AirPods, $229
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The final piece of the iPhone puzzle are AirPods. While the design was mocked when AirPods were first introduced, these have become a surprise hit. With simple controls – such as the clever pause mechanism that’s activated by removing one headphone - the AirPods are a joy to use and the easily transportable case keeps them recharged for days at a time.
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There are many ways to keep children entertained on long haul flights but few are as well designed as the games from Toca Boca. Apps from Toca Boca developers are created by early learning professionals and tested by children, so they’re always educational, while still being fun and playful. That translates to guilt-free screen time for the kids. Prices vary, available for iOS and Android.
Local Roaming SIM
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Just a few years ago, roaming plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone were prohibitively expensive. Today, all the major carriers offer roaming calls and data for just a few dollars a day. Don’t waste time looking for a local sim; save time and organise roaming before you travel. And if your carrier can’t offer you a cheap roaming deal, switch to one that will.
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Duolingo is a fun little app that helps you master a new language before setting off on your next overseas trip. With simple courses and an addictive system of rewards and badges, you can challenge your friends to see who can learn a language fastest. From Japanese to French, Italian and even Klingon (though we’re not certain how handy it will be), you’ll be surprised how addictive learning a language can be. Free, available for iOS and Android.
Maglite XL50, $39.95
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This simple flashlight is made from high strength aluminium, so it’s strong enough to survive drops and bumps, as well as being water resistant for use in the rain. The XL50’s tiny size belies the powerful 200 lumens LED beam and just 3 AAA batteries will power the torch for up to 25hrs.
Samsonite Digital Luggage Scale, $20
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When the bargains abroad are just too tempting and you’re worried your luggage might be tip you towards paying excess baggage fees, this handy luggage scale will set your mind at ease. (And help you to repack).
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We’d all love to travel business every trip, sometimes it’s just not possible - that’s where Loungebuddy comes in. This app from Australian developers will let you know which lounges offer casual visits in any airport and if you’re lucky, you’ll even be able to purchase a pass at a discount through the app. It’s perfect for those extended layovers. Free, available for iOS and Android.
Moment Snap-on iPhone Lenses, US$99 ($131)
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The Wide Angle lens from Moment will add a beautiful cinematic perspective to your smartphone photography. With a clever case that secures the lens in place, it’s easy to swap out the lens just when you need it.
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Google’s simple, small, puck-like device can plug into the back of any hotel TV, allowing you to cast movies, TV shows and podcasts from your phone or tablet.
GoPro HERO6 Black, $599
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For the adventurous traveller, the GoPro Hero 6 is a waterproof, go-anywhere camera. Shoot super smooth 4k with built-in image stabilisation and transfer the video quickly to your smartphone with GoPro’s simple and intuitive software.
Cygnett Charge Up Battery Pack, $79.95
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This svelte battery pack can slip into your jacket pocket, while still holding enough power to top-up your smartphone five times over. Perfect for long days in meetings and conference centres.
Victorinox Deluxe Travel Backpack, $319.00
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The Victorinox Deluxe keeps all your gadgets within easy reach with a quick access compartment for your tablet and laptop, front-facing pockets for your passport and a detachable cable tidy insert for the various chargers and dongles of modern life.
Polaroid International Travel Power Board, $29
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Small enough to permanently live in your travel case with two Australian outlets and four USB ports and adaptors for almost every region on earth, the Polaroid Power Board is the perfect compliment to your many devices.
Nintendo Switch, $448
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Nintendo’s best selling console has a wide variety of games available. Take a journey into the world of The Legend of Zelda or enjoy the instant gratification of a quick Super Mario Kart level, without the need for Internet access or the constant nagging of micro-payments that can make smartphone gaming more frustrating than fun.
Anker 5 Port USB, $49
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If the even the Polaroid Power Board is too bulky or you’re only travelling with USB powered devices, the Anker 5 Port USB is your most convenient choice. The USB C port can charge a MacBook Pro or Nintendo Switch, while the wall connector can be replaced with any standard two-prong charger.
Samsung T5, $189
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Samsung’s tiny SSD card offers lightning fast transfer speeds which is perfect for quick backups when you’re offloading photos on the road. Samsung’s T5 disk is encrypted by default, so if you misplace it, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing your data is safe. The T5 also comes with USB-C for speed and standard USB for backwards compatibility.
Anker 1.8 iPhone Cable, $32
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This lightning cable is about three times longer than the cable that’s included with your iPhone, which makes it easy to use when the powerpoint is hidden under your hotel bed or is more than a few seats down at the airport gate. And thanks to the durable, bright red coating, the cable is easy to find in your bag and will last through countless journeys.
Bose QC35s, $499
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Consistently rated the best noise cancelling headphones on the market, Bose QC35s are perfectly tuned to knock out the background low level hum of modern airplanes. Whether connected to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth or to in-flight entertainment with the included adaptor, the in-built battery – that boasts a 20-hour life cycle – will see you through most long haul trips.
Bose Soundlink Micro, $149
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With surprisingly rich sound from such a tiny speaker, the Bose Soundlink Micro is small enough to live in your travel bag but loud enough to generate complaints from nearby hotel guests.
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From London to New York, Berlin to Tokyo, CityMapper is the simplest way to navigate the most complex public transport systems across the world. The app provides real-time tracking of your journey, letting you know when your stop is coming up and it even alerts you to the best exit to take from the subway. The Apple Watch app will give your wrists subtle taps for those journeys when you’d rather keep your phone in your pocket. Free, available for iOS and Android.
SanDisk Extreme Pro, $79
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This memory card is fast enough to capture 4K video and faster still to transfer all those massive files onto a computer for safe storage. When your photos are too important to trust to no-name SD cards, SanDisk is the reliable choice.
AirHook iPad Holder, US$22.95 ($30)
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The AirHook tablet holder will make you the envy of your fellow passengers when you set up your screen at eye level for the most comfortable viewing angle. Like changing into pyjamas for a long-haul flight, there’s no shame in getting comfortable.
Panasonic G85, $1,199
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A great all-rounder, the G85 is a compact mirrorless camera capable of exceptional stills and thanks to built-in image stabilisation, handheld 4K video as well. The G85 has a ‘weatherproof’ casing, so while you can't take it swimming, it’s made to withstand light rain or fog, making it perfect for hiking.
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Apple’s entry-level iPad is the ultimate travel companion. Streamlined enough to be your personal in-flight entertainment without taking up too much carry-on space, it’s also powerful enough to get real work done when needed, thanks to the iOS 11 update. The iPad is the computer to take when you don’t want to take a computer.
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Concur is a simple way to collect receipts and travel expenses on your smartphone. While Concur is first and foremost an enterprise tool, designed for companies to track the expenses of their staff, anyone can take advantage of the platform, even if their organisation still insists on paper receipts, letting you keep in control of your daily expenses. Free, available for iOS and Android.
Sennheiser CX 6.00BT, $149
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If you prefer in-ear headphones, the fantastically sounding CX 6.00BT is your best choice. With rich high notes and a bass that is never muddy or overpowering, these buds have a well-balanced sound, while being light enough to take jogging.
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Google offers unlimited backups of all your photos for added peace of mind while travelling. Their machine-learning search is also as powerful as you’d expect from the world’s most popular search engine, so finding photos back home is quick and easy. Free, available for iOS and Android.
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Sync all your favourite shows and discover new ones, in a clean and clever interface that is simple for new users but has all the power features to deep dive into each show and adjust your preferences. Want to hold onto every This American Life but discard every Hamish and Andy after listening? Pocket Casts can do that. $5.99, available for iOS and Android.
Kindle Paperwhite, $179
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This lightweight ereader is the most popular Kindle on the market, owing to its backlit screen that enables easy night time reading and 300ppi resolution for seriously crisp and clear text. The biggest drawcard though? Being a Kindle, the world’s largest bookstore is just a tap away.