20 Travel Survivalist Gadgets That You Didn’t Know Existed

1With all the crazy stories going on around the world – terrorist attacks, Brexit, and political coups – I’m beginning to think that these whack-job survivalists I see on television aren’t that whacky. While I’m not deterred from traveling (and neither should you be), I might consider packing some of these gadgets just in case crazy happens.

Packable Tents

Just in case you’re on a road and Armageddon strikes wiping out your hotel, a packable tent will help ensure you have shelter for the night. ALITE makes tents that fold into a disc which you can easily stuff in your trunk or suitcase.

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Luggage Tracker

Not all survivalist gadgets need to be for events that resemble summer blockbuster movies. Some are for practical, regularly occurring incidents like lost luggage. Tile makes a Bluetooth enabled tracker that will help you locate lost luggage.

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PhotographyTTL / Shutterstock

External Battery

Popular apps like SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, Pandora, and YouTube are all huge battery drainers. You don’t want to be stuck without juice stranded on the side of a highway with a broke down car. How in the world will you call for help, let alone capture the incident on SnapChat?

Always keep a charged external battery with you to avoid having to use your packable tent.

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