Tech gadgets you need for spring break

Tech gadgets you need for spring break


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If you haven’t booked your spring break trip, get on it. For those who already have their confirmation number ready, the next item on the to-do list should be figuring out what to bring. Whether you spend your holiday skiing in the mountains, wandering around a national park, exploring Disneyland or Walt Disney World or lounging on the beach with a bookpacking the right tech gadgets can make all the difference.

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We have recommendations on in-air entertainment essentials, like iPads, Samsung tablets, mounts for your smartphone and portable charging stations. But don’t forget mini versions of fans, hair tools or speakers to improve your quality of life while staying at your hotel or rental.

Apple AirTag (4 pack)



Traveling with young ones? Worried about losing your luggage? Apple AirTags help keep track of your kids and your belongings should they get lost at any point during your trip.

Apple AirTag (4 pack), $99

Apple AirPods Pro



Unless listening to a crying baby or the snoring person in the seat next to you tickles your fancy, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds should be your top travel tech investment. Apple AirPods Pro, with active noise cancellation technology, sweat and splash resistance, and 24 hours of battery charge with the MagSafe Charging Case, are great for the plane, beach or poolside.

Apple AirPods Pro, $197 (reduced from $249)

Bose QuietComfort 45 noise-cancelling wireless headphones



For those who prefer superior sound quality paired with over-the-ear comfort, try these wireless, Bluetooth-enabled and noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort 45 offers 24 hours of battery life per charge and dual modes, aware and quiet, to suit your situation.

Bose QuietComfort 45 noise-cancelling wireless headphones, $279 (reduced from $329)

Panasonic wet/dry compact electric razor



You can’t bring a traditional razor in your carry on, so anyone who plans on shaving during travel should invest in a portable electric version. This Panasonic version weighs just 5.4 ounces and requires no charger. AA batteries are not included.

Panasonic wet/dry compact electric razor, $25

iPad Mini 6



The new iPad Mini 6 features an edge-to-edge liquid Retina display, Apple Pencil support, a USB-C port and 5G connectivity, making it the perfect compact travel companion. It also features Center Stage, a camera that will stay trained on you even if you move around during your FaceTime sessions with family.

iPad mini, $474 (reduced from $500)

Samsung Tab A7 Lite



For those not on an iPad budget, another great tablet alternative is the Samsung Tab A7 Lite, featuring up to 64GB expandable memory and up to 1 TB of expandable storage. At the moment, you can get the compact gadget with an 8.7-inch screen starting at just $130 or the full size with a 10.4-inch screen starting at $230.

Samsung Tab A7 Lite, $130 (reduced from $160)

Samsung Tab A7, $230

Victorinox Lexicon Framed Series Global Hardside carry-on



Frequent fliers who travel with tech understand the importance of investing in luggage with a reliable USB charging port. With an aluminum frame and innovative molding with recessed wheels and handles, the lightweight Victorinox Lexicon enables you to pack as much as possible while keeping all your gadgets charged during your travels.

Victorinox Lexicon Framed Series Global Hardside carry-on, $575

Sonos Roam SL



Sonos recently introduced a less expensive version of its ultra-portable, sound-blasting speaker. The Roam SL, retailing for $20 less than the original model, offers all the same features, minus a microphone/voice assistance. Small enough to toss in your backpack with an all-day battery, bringing tunes to your final destination has never been so convenient. It’s available exclusively on the Sonos website for preorder and ships starting March 15.

Sonos Roam SL, $159

Or, pick up the original Sonos Roam at Best Buy.

Sonos Roam, $179

Quip smart electric toothbrush



This Bluetooth-enabled smart electric toothbrush from Quip eliminates the risk of running out of battery power during your travels, boasting three months of tooth brushing charge. It also comes in a sleek, compact travel cover that doubles as a holder and mirror mount.

(Looking for more options? Check out our guide to electric toothbrushes.)

Quip smart electric toothbrush, $60

Jisulife handheld mini fan



Planes, trains and hotel rooms get hot and stuffy, and sometimes, the available AC or fans simply don’t get the cooling job done. A portable, rechargeable mini fan will keep you cool wherever your travels take you.

Jisulife handheld mini fan, $14 (reduced from $17)

Perilogics airplane phone mount



For air travelers relying on their smartphone for in-air entertainment, an airplane phone mount upgrades the experience. It easily clips onto the tray table and tilts to your desired angle for a hands-free experience.

Perilogics airplane phone mount, $13

Matein laptop backpack with charging port



A frugal find with many positive reviews on Amazon, this backpack makes for a great travel buddy. It offers not only a padded pocket for your laptop and multiple pockets for cords and other gadgets, but also a convenient USB charging port, just in case your gadgets run out of juice during your travels.

Matein laptop backpack with charging port, $30 (reduced from $42)

Chi Tourmaline sets



There’s no need to bring along full-size versions of your hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron. Choose from one of these genius sets from Chi, which include mini versions of their highly rated hair tools.

Chi Tourmaline 3-piece set, $109

Chi Charming Cherry travel set, $100

Anker PowerCore III wireless portable charger



Taking photos, uploading posts to social media and streaming batteries during travels can drain phone quickly. Make sure to pack a wireless portable charger so your electronics don’t run out of juice. Whether you’re an iPhone user or Android user, the Anker PowerCore III offers high-speed USB charging up to 18 watts.

Anker PowerCore III wireless portable charger, $50

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