Travel Technology–Staying Connected While on the Road

What Travel Technology should you pack?

Travel Technology--an outlet extender with USB inputs can expand the amount of outlets you can useZDNet had an article on traveling smart with mobile gear.  I found the article interesting because his approach is different from mine but revolves around the same theme–thinking ahead so you can stay connected.

My favorite tip is his cable stash.  I have been really good at keeping alternate battery power packed, but not so good with the cables.  I forgot all my cables for my camcorder when I was in Hawaii for three weeks!

As for my approach:

Keeping Charged Up On the Go

And just a reminder that we keep a running tab of our travel tips.  You can find them all listed here.  Thanks, Keri, for putting that together!

What are your tips?  What travel technology do you pack?


About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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  1. I just broke in my newly purchased Belkin 3-outlet + 2 USB mini power strip which you have in the picture. So far pretty pleased.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      It’s great! Do you have the regular model or the high-powered model? The USB plugs (like any regular ones) couldn’t handle the amount of power iPads need to charge, so they released a turbo-charged (my words :P) version of the outlet.

      Have you ever tried it plugged into an international adapter? My gut feeling says that’s a bad idea to do, but I can’t think of any scientific reason why.

      • I have the BZ103050-TVL model, which only puts out 0.5A per USB plug. But I don’t have a high-power-draw tablet to charge.

        Don’t plug this or any other US-made surge protector designed for 110v current via a plug adapter into a 220v outlet. To the surge protector circuitry, the 220v current looks like a very long and stable surge. I burned out a power strip that way in Paris once. I’ve never searched for one but probably a surge protector could be designed that understood both 110v and 220v input current.

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