2012 Guide to the Hottest High-Tech Travel Gadgets

For keen travellers and corporate travellers who spend significant amounts of time on the road, running out of power, hurried dashes to find AAA batteries, or drinking water can seriously disrupt your itinerary. While Malaysia hotels and quality accommodation elsewhere provide travellers with basic amenities such as water and electricity, a few well-chosen high-tech gadgets can make all the difference between a successful trip or a delayed journey. Other than your smartphone, these high-tech gadgets will make your life on the road easier.

Portable Water Purifier

Visitors heading to far-flung destinations will find that a portable water purifier comes in handy. Effective water purifiers remove bacteria and parasites so travellers don’t have to worry about sickness or delays as a result of drinking contaminated water

While iodine-based water purification tablets are popular and convenient, there are a growing range of electronic battery-powered or plug-in water purifiers. Some of these devices can render water drinkable in a matter of minutes. Many of these purifiers are inexpensive and can be reused for an extended period of time.

Multifunctional USB Key

Carrying around some extra memory is always a good idea, and it’s an even better idea when it comes in the form of a compact, light, and multifunctional USB key. Multifunctional USB keys may incorporate knives, pens, scissors, and LED lights.

Some USB keys incorporate password protection features, while others are water-proof and designed to withstand weather extremes. Still others are made to be worn rather than carried: these keys can be purchased in necklace or bracelet shapes. Armed with the high memory capacity of these new generation USB keys, travellers can back up their photos, files, or music on the road with peace of mind.

USB Rechargeable Batteries

If you still have devices that are powered by disposable batteries, then a USB rechargeable battery set will prove to be useful on the road. You can recharge while checking your email or watching your DVDs.

Most models can be recharged and reused hundreds of times. Similar products include solar battery chargers or phone battery extenders that can be snapped directly on to your phone or mobile device.

Electronic Multi-Language Translator Apps

While globe trotters can access internet translators and on their smartphones, the cost of mobile downloads can become expensive. If you’re a frequent traveller in need of quick access to local vocabulary and phrases, a standalone electronic multi-language translator or smartphone apps can have you communicating with locals at the touch of a few buttons.

The most basic standalone models are bilingual, but the higher end devices will have as many as 12 or more pre-programmed languages. Smartphone apps will tend to be the more cost-effective option.

Wi-Fi Modem

While Doha hotels and hotels elsewhere often incorporate broadband access as part of their service, you might need to access the internet away from the hotel. Why look around for Wi-Fi hotspots if you can create your own?

High end Wi-Fi modems are smaller than a bar of soap. Provided you stay within areas serviced by your provider, travellers can access the internet on multiple wireless devices with a portable Wi-Fi modem. Connect your smartphone, notebook computer, e-reader, and iPad simultaneously.

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