Speaking of the right cables… chances are you’re wrangling a whole mess of them on this trip. Smartphones, tablets, watches, portable game consoles, USB sticks, the whole thing. A slim cable organizer, like this or this, allows you to keep them all tucked away in a nice and orderly way, ready and accessible for when you need it, and takes up very little room in your carry-on or rollie.
Rather than having to bring along a separate charger for each and every one of your gadgets, bring along one that has enough ports for all (or at least most) of them. This Nekteck charger has two USB-A charging ports, and two USB-C, so between all four you should be able to charge just about anything. And an instant way to make friends at an airport is to plug one of these in, and let multiple people grab juice from a single wall plug. And it’s always safer to charge a USB device off your own charger rather than directly off a USB port at the airport or on an airplane, as those can be used by hackers to install malware on your phone or computer, and you may never know it.
The size of a small remote and a USB thumb drive, a Roku streaming stick is the perfect antidote for bored kids on a beach vacation that got rained out. It plugs into the HDMI port on just about any TV or monitor, and connects to all your streaming services. So if you’re stuck in an AirBnB or a motel, you can just plug it in, and have Disney+ up and running in no time. Plus, if you’re trying to watch something while everyone else is sleeping, the remote has a headphone port, or you can limit the sound to coming out of just your phone (and its bluetooth connection).