10 best SMB travel gadgets

4 November 2014

5 min read

Does your SMB do a lot of business on the road? These smart travel gadgets can help you make the most of your trips away.

10 best SMB travel gadgets (Desktop)

The internet has revolutionised the way we work, and that is as true for business travel as it is for anything else.

Before the technology boom, travelling for work meant losing touch with the office. The internet, and in particular cloud technologies, allow us to take the office with us wherever we go, says Simon Burckhardt, a frequent business traveller and managing director of internet telephone provider Vonage UK.

June Bower, chief marketing officer at global Wi-Fi network iPass, agrees. "Today's business traveller wants to stay productive and connected to what matters most whilst on the move: from emails and cloud business apps such as Google Docs for work, to Skype and Facebook for speaking to family and friends during downtime," she says.

But taking the office with you and staying connected is about more than just packing your laptop. Here are five gadgets that help you make the most of every business trip.

  1. Secure your luggage

    The Eviate eTrackThe Eviate eTrack

    Not all the important documents and irreplaceable tech that you take on a business trip can fit in your hand luggage, and given that 22m suitcases are lost every year around the world, can you really trust airlines and baggage handlers with sensitive company information? The solution, in part, is the Eviate eTrack, an unobtrusive gadget that tells you where your luggage is at any time, alerts you when your case is on the baggage carousel (so nobody walks away with it by mistake) and even tells you if it has been opened during the journey. The Eviate eTag, meanwhile, is a digital baggage tag which allows passengers to check in at home, skipping long queues at the check-in desk and saving time that could be spent more productively.

  2. Adapt to your environment

    Worldwide USB adaptorWorldwide USB adaptor

    Business travellers need to adapt to new environments, both culturally and technologically. For the latter, one cheap and simple solution is the Go Travel Worldwide USB Adapter, which sidesteps the need to squeeze extra wires and plugs into overstuffed suitcases. The adaptor’s four sliding pins alternate between American, British, Australian and European plug configurations, and its two USB ports mean you can save time between meetings by charging multiple devices at the same time.

  3. Type light

    ZAGG Pocket wirelessbluetooth keyboardZAGG Pocket wirelessbluetooth keyboard

    On some trips you simply don’t have the space or spare baggage weight for a laptop, and given that you may have a smartphone and tablet in your hand luggage already, a laptop can sometimes seem surplus to requirements. Except, that is, when you have anything longer than an email to type, when the deficiencies of small virtual keyboards are soon made abundantly clear. That’s where the ZAGG Pocket wireless Bluetooth keyboard comes in. It’s 85pc of the size of a desktop keyboard but folds into a travel case that fits snugly into pockets or purses.

  4. Protect your essential technology

    Tech21 range of casesTech21 range of cases

    Whether it’s sudden turbulence, a bumpy taxi ride or the jolting of a train, working on the move is not always easy, and damaging the technology upon which we all rely these days can render an important business trip all but redundant. So keeping your phone or laptop working is key, and the Tech21 range of cases, featuring state-of-the-art FlexShock protection, means that whatever your gadgets come up against – dodgy driving, clumsy baggage handlers or spilled coffee – it won’t ruin your trip. You can still work when the cases are attached, too, so a dropped computer should never mean a missed business opportunity.

  5. Keep account of your spending

    PrepaysolutionsPrepay solutions

    When travelling on business you need things readily to hand. An old-fashioned organiser is the answer, though old-fashioned perhaps doesn't apply so much, with compartments for a tablet and phone as well as credit cards and boarding passes.

    The sturdy and stylish Knomo Knomad does just that. It also folds out flat and comes with a battery pack to keep your devices charged whilst on the go.

  6. Portable router

    1.png Netgear Trek Travel Router and Range Extender

    "Travelling has become an integral part of my work," says Enrique Dans, a professor at IE Business School in Madrid, but when travelling he remains ìheavily dependent on access to the internet.

    Business travellers need to stay connected these days, and modern portable routers like Netgear's Trek Travel Router and Range Extender enable you to instantly share any public internet connection, and with firewall protection for public hotspots, you'll be secure too.

  7. Secure data storage

    iStorage datAshur Personal iStorage datAshur Personal

    Business travellers need to be able to back-up important data quickly (an electronic contract from a new customer, for instance), transport it easily, and most importantly know that itís secure. Flash drives are notoriously easy to lose, but data on the iStorage datAshur Personal is secure, as it can only be accessed by entering a personal PIN code using the on-board keyboard, before connecting to a USB port. Whatís more, all data transferred to the device is hardware encrypted to military standard.

  8. Mobile printing server

    xPrintServer xPrintServer

    So youíre on a business trip and need to quickly print out a boarding pass, copies of a passport page or a couple of business emails before a meeting. That would ordinarily be a time-consuming faff, but the xPrintServer which is about the size of a mobile phone allows you to print direct from mobile devices to wireless printers, including a wide range of HP printers. It is available for Android and iOS devices.

  9. Portable keyboard

    Logitech K480 portable keyboard Logitech K480 portable keyboard

    You might be used to travelling light with just a phone and tablet, but in all likelihood you're still going to have to do plenty of typing a slow and painful experience on mobile devices. The answer is a multi-device keyboard, and the Logitech K480 is slim and light enough to throw in a briefcase or backpack and forget about. It connects via Bluetooth to phones, tablets and laptops, and allows you to type everything from text messages to reports quickly and accurately. The integrated cradle means mobile devices are held at just the right angle for you to read as you type.

  10. Old-school travel organiser

    Knomo KnomadThe Knomo Knomad

    When travelling on business you need things readily to hand. An old-fashioned organiser is the answer, though old-fashioned perhaps doesn't apply so much, with compartments for a tablet and phone as well as credit cards and boarding passes.

    The sturdy and stylish Knomo Knomad does just that. It also folds out flat and comes with a battery pack to keep your devices charged whilst on the go

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