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7 Tiny Travel Gadgets You Can’t Leave Home Without

Having the latest technology at your fingertips doesn’t have to mean weighing down your suitcase. We’ve found seven can’t-be-without tiny travel gadgets you never knew existed (until now), and best of all, they’re all pocket-sized.

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Panasonic Technics True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Panasonic Technics True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds in silver

Panasonic’s Technics small and packable earbuds will be a lifesaver on your next flight. The incredible noise canceling technology will drown out the loudest passengers (even if they’re sitting right next to you). The crystal clear sound makes everything from music to video calls sound good, and multi-point connectivity allows you to easily switch between your phone, laptop, and tablet. 

The earbuds come with seven sizes of earpieces, so you can get a comfortable, custom fit. Battery life lasts for seven hours, and the charging case can provide 24 hours of power.

Ultra Portable Pocket Charger

Multiple views of the Ultra Portable Pocket Charger

Charge your iPhone and your Kindle using the same device? We never thought it was possible until we saw the Ultra Portable Pocket Charger, a magical device that has built-in Apple Lightning and Micro USB cables. It’s small enough to fit in your back pocket, while still packing enough power to give your phone about 2 full charges.

Dizaul Solar Charger

Multiple views of the WakaWaka Power+ Solar Charger charging devices

If you’ve got the sun and the Dizaul Solar Charger, then you’ve got power. It’s shockproof and water resistant design make it extra durable for the more adventurous traveler. It features dual USB ports for multi-device charging along with an emergency flashlight. Secure it to your luggage or hiking pack via the included carabiner clip.

Kenu Stance

Horizontal and vertical mode of the Kenu Stance

Tired of shaky smartphone videos or photos? The Kenu Stance, available for iPhones and Android or Windows, fixes your problem (and photos). It’s a tripod that mounts right into your phone’s charging point—and it only weighs 1.2 ounces and folds down smaller than a pack of gum.

Victorinox Jetsetter 3-Pocket Knife

Two views of the Victorinox Swiss Jetsetter multitool

Finally, a TSA-friendly multi-use tool that you can actually take on airplanes. The Victorinox Jetsetter packs tweezers, toothpick, scissors, key ring, screwdriver tip, bottle opener, and wire stripper into one tiny tool.

Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

A diagram of the EWA mini bluetooth speaker (left) and a hand holding the EWA bluetooth speaker (right)

This Mini Bluetooth Speaker is by far the smallest wireless speaker we’ve ever seen. It’s only 1.89 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces. Despite the small size, this speaker delivers big sound and bass, thanks to a built-in air pressure system.


Diagram on how to use the BlueDriver car diagnostic tool (left) and solo image of the BlueDriver car diagnostic tool (right)

If you’re headed out on a road trip, the BlueDriver diagnostic scan tool could save your vacation if your car quits on you. This tiny tool works with your smartphone and lets you diagnose problems with your car (wireless, and no mechanic required). You can read and clear diagnostic trouble codes all on your own via Bluetooth, which will save you time and money for minor problems.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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