Five of the best smart travel tools

Travelling Well | Lucy Cleeve | Posted on 14 February 2019

The latest and greatest travel devices for your next adventure.

There are travellers who seek to ‘get away from it all’, and then there are travellers who seek coffee, cameras and consistent wifi. Connected adventurers, we’ve rounded up a few of the latest and greatest travel gadgets to take away on your next trip.

1/ Travel with – a barista 

What do Melbourne coffee lovers do when they leave town? They either: a) complain about the rest of the world’s inferior brews, or b) make their own. 

This portable, hand-powered espresso maker lets you brew a perfect cup, wherever you are in the world. First, grab some ground coffee and hot water, then press the pump a few times to extract a delicious single shot with beautiful crema. Finally, close your eyes and think of Melbourne. Standing at just over 15 centimetres tall, this coffee machine is super compact and won’t hog too much of your precious luggage real estate. 

The Wacaco Nanopresso costs about $90.

hand-powered espresso machine with lake in the background

Travel like a Melburnian with Wacaco Nanopresso.


girl sitting and using her phone after a hike

Stay connected with goTenna Mesh.


2/ Travel with – an off-grid network

No service? No worries. Venture right off the grid where mobile coverage is non-existent and still stay in touch with the rest of your crew. This sleek little smart device pairs with your phone to keep your group connected, no matter how remote your destination. The makers say it’s the first 100 per cent off-grid, long-range Mesh network. Create your own private, secure network and send texts, GPS locations and even public broadcasts to users in your area. 

The goTenna Mesh costs about $300.

3/ Travel with – a luggage tracker

Lost luggage in Laos? Duffel disappeared in Detroit? Missing gear creates major stress and a whole lot of wasted time. This smart luggage tracker clips onto your bag and lets you use your phone to pinpoint its exact location anywhere in the world in real time. Whether your luggage has been stolen, delayed or simply disappeared in a puff of smoke, this device will track it down immediately using mobile-connected technology. You’ll instantly receive a clear, mapped location of your wandering toothbrush and underwear.

The LugLoc Luggage Tracker costs about $250.

4/ Travel with – a smarter suitcase

Did you know that dead-battery anxiety, or the phobia of being out of mobile phone contact, is an actual thing? It’s called nomophobia. A phone’s low battery warning is one of the only warnings today’s travellers take seriously. In the last year or two, a few ‘smart’ suitcases with device chargers have entered the market, but many have since been banned by major airlines due to the security risk of inbuilt batteries. This one, however, has a fly-safe, ejectable battery that can charge any phone up to five times, plus an unbreakable, streamlined design that’s guaranteed for life.

The Carry-On by Away costs about $300.

5/ Travel with – a virtual reality camera

Still sharing your holiday snaps on Facebook? How 2018 of you. Capture and then relive your best travel experiences in three-dimensional virtual reality. This lightweight, easy-to-use camera has dual fish-eye lenses to let you create 180-degree videos and super-wide 3D shots. Watch back with the matching VR headset and wander again through cobblestoned Sicilian alleyways, up the steps of Machu Picchu or just look back on a perfect game of summer backyard cricket.

The Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream costs about $500.