Next up in our 2016 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’re sharing 15 of our top picks for cool travel tech gifts. Whether you’ve got a business traveler on your list, a college kid coming home on holidays, or just family members who hit the road to see each other every weekend, we hope these gifts help make traveling in the digital age a little easier and a little more fun.
Don’t miss our big CMT Holiday Gift Guide giveaway! Details below.
Spoiler alert: You can win an iPad.
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A variety of sizes keep those wires wrangled and safe, in gorgeous handcrafted leather bags from one of our favorite small US brands. Ooh — and get it monogrammed too, if you want to make it more special. ($129-249, This is Ground)
Lightweight, strong, waterproof, and TSA approved — while the companion app helps you track it, weight it, and use it to charge your phone four times over. Plus, oof Raden’s colors are just gorgeous. ($595/set with individual cases available, Raden)
Forget spending a fortune on magazines in the airport gift shop; Texture gives you access to more than 200 top magazines — from Wired to Real Simple to The Atlantic — on your tablet for a reasonable monthly fee. (Current special offer: $10/3 months; $40 six-months, Texture)
One of our favorite brands of all our top portable power charger recommendations, this one happens to be a fantastic price right now making it useful and affordable travel tech gift. ($15.99 – $19.00 on sale, Amazon)
Handcrafted in the US, this water-resistant waxed canvas backpack looks stylish, but is perfectly suited for travel. Compartments, pockets and 7 padded dividers keep your precious tech safe and we love the manageable size for when you already have your hands (and shoulders) full. ($225, Lomography Store)
We searched high and low, and the Nuforce BE6i remains our pick for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, making them a boon for travelers. They’re comfy, they stay in, the listening time on a single charge is terrific — and ooh, the gold is pretty too. ($129, Amazon)
This amazing device works with any Moto Z phone to project everything on screen from travel photos to streaming shows onto the wall, essentially turning it into a 70″ flat-screen TV. Whoa. Way to make hotel rooms a little less lonely, or impress the grandparents at the next family reunion getaway. ($299.99, Motorola)
Color us impressed with Zagg’s compact, foldable Bluetooth keyboard that easily turns your phone or tablet into something you can use to actually get work done, even on a small airplane seatback tray. ($49.99 on sale, Zagg)
I never travel without my PlugBug World, and any Macbook or iOS user will feel the same. The 5 snap-on plugs let you adapt currents whether you’re in Europe, Hong Kong, or Australia, and it charges any USB device with terrific speed. ($44.95, Amazon)
As much as I totally love Whoosh Screen Shine (and really, I love it) the liquid spray form isn’t always ideal for travel. Instead, check out the cult-favorite iRoller screen cleaner now available in a convenient mini size. Which is good, because the big one is sold out everywhere. ($14.95 on sale, Amazon)
Saving money on the overpriced hotel room pay-per-view movies? Check. Plus you can get 2 free months of Hulu, Showtime and CBS All Access right now. ($49.99, Target with free shipping)
If travel means anywhere that things could get messy, rugged, or wet, this is the portable Bluetooth speaker for you. Oh, and because such things matter when it comes to speakers — the sound is fantastic. ($95-99, Amazon)
We remain longtime fans of this travel itinerary management app and for a practical travel tech gift, it’s worth every penny of the pro membership. In fact, the alerts about fare drops alone have saved us hundreds in a single click. Boom. ($49/year with 30-day free trial, TripIt)
For windows users, these nicely redesigned portable storage drives are lightweight, affordable, and an easy way to travel with some added peace of mind when it comes to data back-ups and security. Plus, lots of colors to choose from and storage up to 4TB. (Starting at $59 on sale for 1TB, Amazon)
Someone got to keep an eye on the place when you’re away. Or, something. ($199 on sale, Amazon; with optional monthly subscription upgrades starting at $9.99/month)
Whoo! The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Guide Giveaway
We’re so excited to give away a 32G iPad Air 2 (WiFi only) to one lucky winner!
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Contest ends at 11:59 pm PST on December 26, 2016. Void where prohibited. US only please, 18+, see our general contest and giveaway rules for other details. Good luck!
Visit all our holiday tech guide posts:
* 12 of the coolest educational tech toys for kids
* 15 custom photo gifts to make your friends and family swoon
* 15 awesome travel tech gifts for the frequent flyer or weekend warrior
* 10 stylish holiday tech gifts for the fashionista
* 24 of the coolest geeky gifts for kids and teens to keep the holidays nerdy and bright
* 28 seriously cool tech stocking stuffers for everyone on your list
* 22 fantastic holiday tech deals to reward you last-minute shoppers