THE TOP TRAVEL ACCESSORIES FOR WOMEN TO GET IN 2017
From thief-defeating handbags to uber-secure USB keys, this list of the top travel tech and accessories for women to get in 2017 is sure to have something new and innovative. Check it out to stay ahead of the game and be prepared for all those adventures in the coming year…
Granted the innovation of the fold-up hairdryer is hardly anything new for 2017. But with different styles and designs always coming onto the market, perhaps this year is high-time to take another look at that trusty compadre in the suitcase? In fact, this season sees some big-name salon brands enter the travel hairdryer market, with global companies like Drybar and GHD all staking their claim on the fold-up blower. One that's sure to catch the attention of globetrotters with a love of minimalism though is the addition from Dyson. This pint-sized little hairdryer can be packed up so small you can whack it straight in a sock (seriously), and even comes with the its own digital temperature regulation!
If you find your constant bag checks and dodgy bloke-radars are keeping you from fully enjoying the majesty of the Taj Mahal or the Sagrada Familia, perhaps it's time you invested in one of these trusty pieces of kit. Manufactured with the globetrotting female in mind, they are imbued with oodles of anti-theft tech. Take the tuck-away zip features, which make it harder than ever for those marauding pickpockets on the Subway or Tube. Or, look to the Jane Bond-esque frequency blocking materials; embedded in the entire makeup of the pack to ensure no one can hack into your contactless cards or mobile transmissions. And on top of all the hardy burglar-defeating niceties, the plain-black look means the bags will go with almost anything, from summer wear to ski gear!
FIDO 2-Factor security keys
If you're worried about your cybersecurity, or simply have a cascade of different passwords and accounts to keep remembering as you travel, then this bad boy piece of tech might just be for you. Simple, sweet and affordable, it fits right into your handbag or jacket pocket, and can be used to add another layer of security to those all-important accounts. It's also great if you find yourself forever locked out of Instagram or Facebook at the wrong moment - such as just when you were about to post that top-quality selfie of you supporting the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
Pocked keyboards or roll-up keyboards
This one's for all those budding female nomads and traveling bloggers out there. Just imagine it: a keyboard that can be neatly rolled up and stashed away in a sock or shoe! Or, a fold up keyboard that fits into spaces no larger than a smartphone! Which self-respecting globetrotter wouldn't want to get their hands on that sort of kit? Apart from making working on the go all that easier, these things can also speed up your management of those important jealousy-inducing social media streams, from Facebook to Pinterest to Instagram. What's more, it also means it's now possible to use things like tablets and phablets as your primary device – no need for those bulky laptops in 2017. Nice.
Withings Smart Body Analyzer
So, you're jetting off to Thailand but still want to keep your health in mind? Perhaps you're about to hit the Carnivals of Rio but need to keep an eye on how many calories those endless Caipirinha cocktails will add? Or, is it Europe that's a-calling, and the stream of pizzas and pastas and coq au vin that goes with it? No worries, because 2017 has just the thing for the health-conscious female traveler: smart body analyzers with a portable edge. Pack these things up neat and small into your backpack and you'll be able to keep an eye on your body mass index (BMI), your weight, and a whole host of other fitness-related metrics. Oh, and it can even let you check the quality of the ambient air (not so good news for those traveling to Beijing!) and room temperatures. Nice.
Grid-it by Cocoon
Okay, okay, so Grid-it isn’t strictly a new addition to the worldly travel tech scene – these guys have been going for a couple of years now. However, there's really nothing quite like this simple piece of kit for when it comes to organizing all those annoying little additions to the suitcase, so Cocoon's flagship tech remains on this list for 2017. What is it? Well, just a flat piece of material with loads of tight elastic bands over it. That's all really. What does it do? Let's you sort those irritating phone leads, batteries, pens, stationary, chargers, smartphones, gadgets, notepads, toiletries – you name it – into a neat and easy-to-manage grid of objects. Seriously, it will change your life. You can thank us later!
Luckies of London Smartphone Projector
Perhaps you're planning on being lost in the Aussie Outback in Christmas 2017 and wondering where you'll get that compulsory fix of Christmas movies from? Or, do you think you'll be bored silly as that 14-hour train rattles across the jungles of Java to the Isle of the Gods? No fear, portable entertainment for the whole hostel or carriage awaits in the form of the Luckies Smartphone Projector. Small and pack-able, this tiny little audio-visual machine can be used to cast movies and music videos, self-filmed clips and other little reels onto any wall, no matter where you are on the planet. All you'll need is the counterpart app and some decent speakers. So, crowd around, grab some popcorn and get ready for the flick!
Eager to transport that bottle of Argentinian red back for Thanksgiving dinner? Loved that French Champagne and want to take a bit home for the fam? Can't resist a liter of real Polish vodka before you leave the dives of Warsaw? Well, you best get your hands on some Jet Bags then. These trusty compadres will leave nothing to chance when it comes to packing glass in the luggage. They come with padded, air-filled pockets, and even a liquid-absorbent membrane that will make sure nothing leaks into your wardrobe if there is a mishap – god forbid! There's really no better way of ensuring those all-important bottles survive the flight…
Of course, there are entire catalogs of great travel accessories for women to get in 2017; we’ve only dipped our toe into the ocean of awesome gadgets. If you can think of any more to add to this list, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below. Or, if you think it's time you hit the trails of the globe, why not head over to LBW for some seriously bucket-list-busting trip options?