No wall sockets at the airport? No problem. 5 gadgets I pack to avoid digital disconnection

No one expects their next flight to be delayed or canceled, but the reality is that it happens often.


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On a return trip from Japan in 2013, my flight was delayed for 14 hours. At the time, I had no money in my account and couldn’t afford to leave the airport and book a hotel. I had to stay connected and have power on my terminal if I wanted to share updates with loved ones and avoid boredom. Having the right gear in your carry-on would make the whole ordeal much less stressful.

These gadgets have come in handy over the years on all kinds of trips. I’ve been a digital nomad for eight years, so I travel all year round; having the right technology keeps me entertained, informed, and able to work anywhere in the world. I’ve used my gadgets on trains in Japan, on ships in Greece, on planes in South America, on buses in Africa, and on car trips in Europe.

A recent survey found that 25% of Americans plan to travel internationally this summer. If you are one of them, pack one or more of these items in your hand luggage to avoid getting into trouble in the event of an unexpected delay.


Traveling has taught me that I can’t always rely on Wi-Fi in the places I stay.

In Kenya, where my family is from, I had to disconnect my phone because the network at Airbnb was non-existent. I’ve also stayed in too many hotels with terribly slow Wi-Fi.

Having a mobile Wi-Fi device has helped me avoid many unexpected travel adventures. I like the RoamWiFi 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Router because it’s fast, has good range, and can connect to a variety of devices to provide Wi-Fi coverage. It’s an investment, but if you need internet connectivity while traveling, consider prioritizing a hotspot router.


Over the years, international adapters have become smaller and more versatile, and now they can fit into a backpack.

I travel with the EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter because it has multiple port types, making it work as an all-in-one option. Be sure to check that the country you are visiting will be compatible with any adapter you end up packing.


This Anker cable has both normal electrical outlets and USB ports and is small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage. If I need to, I can charge 11 devices at once, which is great for Airbnbs that look the part but lack wall outlets.

The extension cord also has surge protection, which is important because power is sometimes regulated differently in other countries. Connect the extension cord to your international adapter; Thanks to this, you will only need one adapter for the entire trip.


I spend a lot of time traveling and don’t have many opportunities to power my electronic devices. Power banks save lives on planes, trains, buses and cars.

I use the Anker MagGo Power Bank to charge my main electronic devices, which in my case are iPhone, iPad, Bose headphones, and MacBook Pro. It’s small enough to fit in my carry-on, but durable enough to meet my power needs in the event of a disaster, such as when my Airbnb or hotel experiences a power outage (which has happened before).

You never know when you’ll get stuck somewhere while traveling. Ensuring you have enough power to power your devices can help you in emergencies and give you peace of mind.


Since I work remotely, I have to do a lot on my laptop when I travel. Typing so much on the laptop keyboard can hurt my wrists. Once I was even hospitalized in Colombia due to severe wrist pain. After this experience, I now pack a laptop stand wherever I go.

The Tonmom laptop stand is adjustable to various heights, easy to assemble and small enough to fit in your laptop bag. Your wrists will thank you. Laptop stands are also good for your device because the height gives the fans more room to dissipate heat.

The right gear makes traveling easier

You never know what might happen while traveling, but having the right gadgets can help you prepare for those unexpected moments. Take a look at your upcoming trips and see if any of these gadgets will make your trip easier.