USB Travel Gadgets

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg

In installing this fun USB wall socket from Think Geek, I was thinking of the USB-related gadgets that make life easier (or more fun!) on the road. 

For starters, Belkin’s mini surge protector is one that I keep with me at all times. It allows me to charge whatever I need, is tiny enough that it doesn’t take up too much room, and comes in handy when there’s only 1 outlet in a hostel and people are clamouring for it.

For those of you with a serious amount of USB charging required, the USB Octopus has your name on it: 7 USB ports in one tiny gadget. 

A similar idea for USB only is the Flip-It, allowing you to charge a device even when all the outlets are taken. 

Less practical but very fun to have on the road is the X-Mini II speaker. The tiny podlike speaker fits in a felt bag and gives off far more sound than their size would indicate. I’ve used them all over the world to play some of my music to locals who are curious about what I listen to; inevitably, people forget about the music and start oohing and aahing over the X-Mini instead!

Finally, for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates: JuiceBar solar charger for USB charging goodness.

What kinds of USB gadgets do you travel with? Leave ‘em in the comments!