Navigating the vast array of technology available to travellers can be daunting. Which phone is best? Do I need an e-reader – and if so, which one? How do I keep my photos safe?

These questions – and dozens of others like them – are what we try to answer around here. For those who don’t have time to search through hundreds of articles, however, we have gathered together our recommendations across several categories. In each case we’ve chosen a few of the best products on the market, and explain why they’re better than anything else out there right now.

What does that mean? In our opinion, recommended products do the job better, faster, cheaper or easier (or, likely, many of those things) than the competition for most travellers. It’s as simple as that.

  • Smartphones

    Galaxy S7 in hotel room

    Their small size and combination of functions make smartphones one of the most useful travel gadgets out there.

    They’re definitely not all created equal, however, and picking the wrong one could end up being a frustrating and expensive mistake.

    See our smartphone picks
  • Laptops & Hybrids

    Laptop picks
    While many travellers have switched to tablets or smartphones, there’s still nothing better than a laptop or hybrid to get real work done on the road.

    If you want maximum performance, flexibility, and storage space, here’s what to buy.

    See our laptop and hybrid picks
  • Storage & Backup

    Sandisk Extreme lifestyle
    Whether you’re backing up your files, sharing photos with friends, or just adding a little extra capacity to your camera, storage matters more than ever.

    Here are our recommendations for all the options that matter to travellers – hard drives, flash, wireless, and up in the cloud.

    See our storage and backup picks
  • Accessories

    Dart charger
    It’s easy to get carried away with the number of gadgets and accessories you take on a trip, and most of them are unnecessary.

    There are a few, though, that are definitely useful enough to justify their size, weight, and cost, from chargers to tripods, batteries to Wi-fi extenders, and more.

    See our accessory picks
  • Tablets & E-readers

    Kindle Paperwhite
    For many travellers, tablets are replacing laptops as their main way of staying in touch from the road. The best are light, well-made, and can do everything you need… and the worst are none of those things. Which is which?

    Travel brings a lot of down time. It’s hard to justify the extra weight and space that physical books take up, however, and it’s not always easy to find replacements on the road. E-readers solve both of those problems — but what model should you buy?

    See our tablet and e-reader picks
  • Sound

    NYNE TT on the beach
    Whether it’s screaming kids on a longhaul flight or blaring music videos on an overnight bus in Laos, sometimes decent earphones are all that stands between you and a miserable few hours.

    Other times, it’s all about sharing your music with those around you — a day on the beach, or a party back in the hotel room.

    Here are our recommendations for better sound, no matter your travel style.

    See our sound picks
  • Tools & Services

    Tools and services
    Need to know which company has the best travel insurance, or makes the best VPN for travelers? Which site gives the best hotel deals, or how to get into airport lounges without being a high roller?

    These are the tools and services we use.

    See our tools and services picks