What’s in My Carry On: Tech Gadgets for Long Haul Flights

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There are tech gadgets, and then there are tech gadgets for long haul flights. I would not be nearly as happy a traveller if it weren’t for these few fab finds: the tech gadgets for travel that I just can’t go anywhere without. And better yet…. some of them you haven’t even heard of! Here’s what’s (always) in my carry on…

Bose Noise Cancelling

1. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Did you know that sleeping on a plane doesn’t actually allow you to reach a deep enough level of sleep to properly rest your body, due to the loud engine noises? Well of course you did, ‘cos you can’t remember the last time you actually walked off a long haul flight feeling well rested! My favourite trick to put myself to sleep on a flight is to put my set of Bose Noise Cancelling headphones on – headphones on, world off.

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2. Apple Macbook Air (11 inch)

This is a little pocket rocket if ever there were one. It weighs nearly nothing, is small and compact, but I personally find it much more usable than an iPad/tablet. This is what I have been using to blog daily for nearly three years… and as such my letter keys are starting to rub off! But the computer itself still works absolutely fine.

Tip: If you need more storage, try an external “passport hard drive” for so much space you’ll never fill it!

This is Ground

3. This is Ground Everything Organizer

Have trouble keeping your cords, plugs, gadgets and tools in one place? Look no further than the This is Ground “Mod Laptop II”.

Epl7 Olympus

4. Olympus PEN E-PL7

After that perfect plane shot? I’ve been singing the praise of this little gadget for a while now, and I won’t stop any time soon! Having previously used DSLR’s to capture my travels, it has been the best decision ever to swap over to a small compact camera that still takes images of the same quality. Better yet, I get steadier videos from this little machine and love to use the little drop down screen when vlogging to ensure I’m in focus (and when you look at the drop down instead of lift up or to the side screen, your audience can’t see you’re looking at yourself)!!! Genius!

Battery Box

5. Battery Box (MacBook Charger)

Introducing: pure magic. One of the biggest problems I face when spending countless hours (sometimes up to 14 or more hours) in an airport is charging my devices, particularly when at an overseas airport I don’t have an adaptor for. Then I found out about battery box for Macs. All you do is charge it up, plug it in, and you have an extra 11 HOURS of battery life! This has been my lifesaver of late! It also charges iphones… if you needed any further reason.

Tech gadgets for travellers

6. Lifetrons Power Solution (iPhone charger)

If you like the sound of a battery box for your computer, you’ll love the lifetrons dual phone charger that gives your phone a whole new life (literally). I keep this in my handbag ALL the time, but it comes in particularly handy during long layovers.

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7. Gorillapod

So how do I take solo travel photos? I’ve written a post about it, made a video about it, but what I have forgotten to share prior to this, is the ingenious gorillapod that lets me take the perfectly framed photo anywhere. 

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8. LifeProof iPhone Case

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one iPhone case – the original and the best, by Lifeproof. This thing has saved my phone’s life so many times and even allows me to use it to answer my emails in the shower or take it under water and photobomb my own Snapchat. Yep, it truly is life proof.


Over to you! Are there any travel gadgets you simply cannot fly without!?

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    August 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I love the Battery Box! And it’s not just for long haul flights. It’s great for making my Mac Air last the day, since its battery life isn’t the best.

    August 26, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Love all these tech recommendations! Tech always makes me happy for no particular reason, and love all these efficient/logical choices you have made!

    August 26, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Love the write up. I am considering the Olympus myself. You might have just pushed me over the edge :-).

    Daniela Frendo @ Grumpy Camel
    August 25, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Must get one of those organizers! I got a gorilla pad a few years ago and had forgotten all about it – this is the first time I’ll be taking it with me on a trip.

    August 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Great article, shame about the price tag of the gadgets, one for the christmas list I reckon!

    August 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I have the 60D but as you well know it’s too heavy. I’m looking for lighter camera. Does the Olympus Pen take great pictures? I know it takes great videos.

    Thanks Karolina in Cali

    August 25, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I se everything except for macboooook .. That will b on my christmas wishlist 😉

    August 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    So handy! I need these gadgets x

    August 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    These items would all be so, so handy.
    But they’re all very expensive.

    August 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    The noise cancelling headphones is a great idea. I must invest in a pair for my next flight. 🙂

    Growing Positive
    August 24, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Love the look of the organiser, really cool. Those macbook airs are sooo light, I agree about tablets and such, they’re just not quite the same. That camera looks like the dream, maybe when I have a salary I’ll save up for one :p


    August 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great post, might need to check out that little organiser! x

    August 23, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Great post! Always looking for handy travel gear. We’ve been mulling over different types of cameras, leaning towards a DSLR, but now we’ll have to do more research on the Olympus PENs. Definitely want something that’s not too bulky but will still take good pics.

    August 23, 2015 at 8:14 am

    The noise-cancelling headphones are a MUST. And I love that little organizing case as well!

    Fashion Travel Accessories : Fashion Girl
    August 23, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I definitely can’t go traveling without my gadgets (iphone, macbook air, camera, external hard drive and etc). But I need to invest on gorillapod next time 🙂 That’s way better than selfie stick. lol Oh one thing you should include is an external hard drive for your backup. I store most of my photos using the cloud system Dropbox but I also keep another backup on my external hard drive 🙂

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    August 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    That Everything Organiser is so gorgeous! It looks so useful for travelling, I’ll have to pick one up for myself next time I’m on the road!

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    August 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    the macbook charger is something i need to buy ASAP, and i also need a new phone charger.
    I always forget so much of these things when i fly, thanks for the list !

    // grenobloise
    August 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Oh gosh, how I dream to have a salary high enough to buy All. Of. These. Gadgets. (Honestly, I kind of rolled my eyes at the second picture with the huge LV bag.) The Bose headphones are awesome, but so expensive! I know there are cheaper brands. How wonderful it must be to get proper rest on a long flight. MacBook Air is another dream..

    Over to me… Well, I’ve got my little 2-year-old Android smartphone to snap quick pics and upload to Instagram, haha, and my 20-euro headphones. Thankfully, my bf lets me use his SLR which I take with me everywhere, as well as the 50mm lens my girlfriend gave me. I do have a film and video camera somewhere; but I would not want to try and fit them with everything else in my carry on, unless I absolutely had to bring them for a project. When I exhibit internationally I do bring the video camera.

    In any case, I’m perfectly OK not having 100% top-of-the-line/designer brands. Traveling is always amazing; fancy gadgets are a plus, but not a necessity. More money for food, social and artsy events makes for a better travel experience IMO.

    This is not a gadget; but I always have my sleep mask with me to block out light if I’m trying to sleep. Emphasis on trying.

    August 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good external battery for ages, so glad you put those on your list! I’m also in desperate need of those head phones, so thank you! 🙂

    August 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    The most important tech gadget is for me my external battery for charging my smartphone. I don’t know how I was able to survive without having this before 😀

    Allison @ Head Elsewhere
    August 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I had no idea there that a device like the battery box existed – what a game changer! I definitely need it for my MacBook Air, which you’re also spot on about as well.

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    August 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I have the 11-inch Macbook Air and I absolutely love it. That leather organizer is gorgeous, I should look into that. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

    August 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I definitely need to invest in a gorilla pod! I love the lifeproof case- although I am still too scared to actually use it underwater!

    August 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for both a new camera and reliable tripod so I am definitely going to be looking into. I love these kinds of posts – I just binged your Youtube channel last night actually and my favorites were the Whats In My Bag clips. I’m obsessed with your site! Using it for inspiration for my own travel blog (majorly in the works). Thank you 🙂 Have a lovely day!

    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    August 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Noise cancelling headphones on flights are absolutely necessary! And I agree with you, those little portable phone and computer chargers are LIFE SAVERS.