Summer time is travel time.
Whether heading to the cottage, a wilderness camping adventure, family road trip or exotic overseas excursion, small business owners need to stay connected, no matter where your travels take you.
We’ve rounded up five go-to gadgets that should make the trip with you this summer if you plan to stay productive.
1. goTenna Mesh
If your travel plans take you way off the beaten path, goTenna Mesh can keep your Android or iOS devices connected even in locations where there is no cellular service. The pocket-sized device pairs with your smartphone via an app to enable communication among users without reliance on cell towers, WiFi routers, or satellites. Additionally, goTenna Mesh enables automatic and private message relay, effectively doubling or tripling any device’s effective range, creating a network which actually gets stronger the more people join it.
2. Anker Jump Starter / Portable Charger
When your road trip does double duty as a work trip, your gadgets need to do double duty as well. Anker’s portable charger / jump starter saves you from the dangers of dead batteries in both your mobile devices and your car.
The car battery jump starter is compact enough to fit in your glove box and comes equipped with two USB ports to charge phones, tablets, and other gadgets on the go.
3. Apple AirPort Express
Hard to believe so many hotels still charge for WiFi these days or worse yet, provide instructions on how to connect to their network with an Ethernet cable.
With Apple’s AirPort Express, you can create your own secure wireless network by simply plugging the hotel’s DSL cable into the device. AirPort Express also features a built-in firewall to keep your network secure.
Pocket translator gadgets seemed like an indispensable travel tool when they first appeared on the market, but quickly became redundant thanks to near-universal adoption of smartphones.
Apps are now the go-to choice for those travelling and working abroad, offering real time translation and so much more. TripLingo bills itself as the ultimate tool for international travelers, helping you learn essential phrases, instantly translating your voice or connecting to a live translator, and even offering a crash course on the local culture.
You can even avoid roaming fees with the app’s WiFi dialer, which allows you make free international calls when connected to Wi-Fi.
5. Tumi Electric Grounded Adapter With USB
Looking for a safe and convenient way to power your tech toys and mobile office essentials while travelling abroad?
The Tumi Electric Grounded Adapter with USB offers four different plug configurations, works in 150 countries and is suitable for use with most 2-pole and 3-pole plugs. The compact adapter has a retractable plug and comes with a durable, travel safe storage case.