Best Travel Gadgets 2011
On Our Radar
When it comes to portable speakers, it’s hard to beat the Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker DS 7550 ($130; philips.com), with its deep, expansive sound and a flat-panel form that slips easily into briefcases and laptop sleeves.
For kids (and kids at heart), the Nintendo 3DS ($250; nintendo3ds.com) puts a 3-D spin on the popular handheld gaming device—no glasses necessary.
Only 1.4 pounds and smaller than an iPad, the Powergorilla mobile charger works with smartphones, tablets, and even higher-voltage laptops. $250; stuffjunction.com.
Our favorite all-in-one worldwide adapter? The iPhone-compatible Kensington International Travel Plug Adapter with USB Charger ($30; us.kensington.com).
Stay hands-free in your next rental car with
Ford Sync (syncmyride.com), which controls your MP3 player and mobile phone with voice commands.
Keep yourself connected when traveling domestically with a Clear Spot 4G+ personal hot spot ($64 a month; clear.com), which comes with a blazingly fast (and unlimited) 4G network.
Say adieu to data roaming and hotel Wi-Fi charges by renting an XCom Global International MiFi Hotspot (from $15 a day; xcomglobal.com), a high-speed mobile hot spot that works in 39 countries.