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October 21, 2017 Gadgets No Comments Email Email

With the holiday season around the corner, many Australians are booking tickets, packing bags and getting ready for an adventure.  While it is important for globetrotters to unplug on holiday, some travel-ready tech should make the carry on bag.

Whether it be protecting valuables from pickpocketers, making that long flight more bearable or breaching language barriers, the five below items are the ultimate tech essentials every tourist should pack.

1. The foolproof backpack

Every day, around 400,000 pickpocket incidents occur worldwide[1]. The XD Design Booby Anti-Theft Backpack is a sleek but secure solution to this travel problem with several key features such as cut-proof material, hidden zip enclosures and secret pockets. With additional integrated USB charging ports, illuminating safety strips and a luggage strap, this backpack is the ideal accompaniment for all keen travellers.

2. The oncall doctor

Jet lag, sore backs and cramped joints are part and parcel of a long flight, leaving many people dreading an otherwise picture-perfect holiday. Not to mention, you are more active on holiday, making you more susceptible to back strain, neck pain and other niggly ailments. Thanks to an Australian invention called the PainPod (, travellers can enjoy drug-free pain relief at the touch of a button. The revolutionary technology harnesses the body’s bioelectrical system to moderate and manage pain levels, accelerate recovery and increase performance. The PainPod range includes the pocket-sized PainPod 3 Physical Therapy Device and ultra-wearable PainPod Mi,  as well as range of attachable foot and hand accessories. Suitable for all ages, the pocket-friendly technology is convenient to use and has enough charge to combat those long hours on the plane. Non-invasive and drug free, this health tech gadget is on call 24/7.

3. The assistant interpreter

Google’s latest innovation – the Pixel Buds – are revolutionising face-to-face communication in foreign countries. By activating Google Assistant, the artificially intelligent voice-activated product allows tourists to speak to locals in other countries. How? Simply voice your command and the phone’s speakers will output your translated words as you speak them. The other party’s reply will then translate real time through the Pixel Buds. Talk about being clever!

4. The portable money-saver        

While Aussies love to spend abroad, the cost of exceeding maximum baggage allowance can put a damper on the return flight home. In 2015, airlines made an estimated $22.5 billion in fees, most of which came primarily from checked-in baggage[2]. To avoid the hassle (and the unwanted bill!) Etekcity created the Digital Luggage Scale. It attaches to your suitcase’s handle and displays the weight on an LED screen, so that you can track the weight of your luggage and avoid being overcharged.

 5. The outdoor starter kit

For the outdoor adventurer, it is hard to avoid clutter when packing for a trip.  The VSSL Flask is a multi-purpose tool that can remove the clutter from the campsite. It holds up to 285ml of your favourite beverage and includes collapsible stainless steel shot cups, a bottle opener, a compass, and a powerful LED flood beam flashlight. Portable and lightweight, this multi-functional tool is perfect for glamping enthusiasts, festivalgoers and fishing fanatics alike.

[1] Irish Examiner (2013),

[2] National Economic Council (2016). Washington, DC

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