Best travel accessories and gadgets for any and every holiday – Evening Standard


ettling down on the plane with an overpriced sandwich and a bottle of water, you may be fooled into a false sense of security that you’re about to embark on a relaxing trip where nothing can go wrong.

But, unless you are the most meticulous of packers (we salute you if you are) then at some point during the journey you’ll sit bolt upright in a panic remembering you forgot that one essential item.

If you’re anything like us, there’s nothing we love more than travelling but equally, nothing we hate more than packing our bags. The endless lists and ‘don’t forget me’ post-it notes can most definitely be a stressful affair but with our latest roundup of travel essentials, we hope to make the process, and the holiday, far more enjoyable.

From adaptors that work in every country to travel pillows that won’t leave you with everlasting neck pain, we’ve got the best gadgets for all types of holidays. So, whether you’re topping up your tan on a beach or exploring a new city, you’re going to want to take these smart products with you.

Pocketalk S Voice Translator


Gone are the days of awkward hand gestures and elaborate games of charades to order your dinner or ask for directions on holiday as the Pocketalk S device can translate 82 languages bi-directionally – all at the touch of a button.

This pocket-sized device also has a text-to-translate camera which instantly recognises and translates, making this a perfect gadget for helping you explore a new city. Utilising the best translation engines in the world, Pocketalk S ensures accurate translations and helps create the best experience by picking up localised dialects and slang.

The Pocketalk also comes with an embedded SIM that provides a two-year mobile data plan so you can use the translator in over 130 countries without needing to rely on Wi-Fi or your precious mobile data. Its small size and lightweight characteristics means it is perfect for carrying around, wherever you’re going.

Buy now £259, Amazon

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iBlockCube Worldwide Travel Adapter


At least once during every holiday packing process, usually whilst rummaging through a box of travel plugs, I consider how much easier it would be if every country used the same sockets.

Even if that’s not possible, the iBlockCube travel adaptor takes away the need to buy several adaptors for different countries and devices as it works in over 150 countries including the US, EU, UK, Australia and much of Asia.

The travel adaptor has 4 plugs which can be accessed by the multiple sliders and lock buttons on the side. It also has 3 fast-charging USB-A ports and 2 Type C ports meaning you don’t have to pack hundreds of plugs and adaptors for your next trip as you can charge up to 6 devices simultaneously and quickly.

Buy now £27.99, Amazon

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