One of the wonderful things about new technology is how much easier gadgets and consumer electronics can make our everyday lives.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago that business travel meant leaving your phone calls, emails, and the rest of your everyday business behind.

And remember when just checking your emails while abroad meant tracking down an internet café or choosing a hotel with a business center?

Now with Wi-Fi becoming more prevalent in international destinations and new gadgets and electronic devices solving our daily problems, carrying on your normal business with traveling is easier and more accessible.

That is, if you have the right travel accessories. Here are our picks for essential accessories to make your business travel go as smoothly as possible.

Aim: Keep Your Mobile Workspace Clean

It’s easy to become quite attached to your mobile devices, and not every hotel you stay at will be as clean and hygienic as your office. Thankfully, travel wipes are a simple solution to the problem.

Rather than bringing a full packet of cleaning wipes, throw some individually wrapped surface sanitizing wipes into your luggage. One wipe and the little hotel desk won’t seem so grubby, and you’ll feel fine about setting up your personal devices to create your mobile office.

Aim: Make the Most of Restrictive Hotel Wi-Fi

Some hotels only allow one device to connect to their network, whether wired or wireless. Fix the problem with a device like the HooToo TripMate Elite Wireless Travel Router. This travel router splits your connection over multiple gadgets, and also includes a 6,000mAh battery and two USB ports that will charge your gadgets at the same time.

Aim: Reduce the Risk of Lost Luggage

Luggage gets lost sometimes. It happened to the writer on a solo Africa trip, and let’s just say it’s not much fun washing the dust out of the same set of clothes in the bath each night until your luggage is found.

A luggage tracker won’t stop your luggage from being misplaced, but it sure will help you locate it afterward. Trakdot runs from a GSM chip, the same technology that powers your cell phone, so there’s an ongoing subscription to take into account. But if it saves you from wearing the same outfit day after day, it could just be worth it.

Aim: Make Texting Easier

It’s not always convenient to set up your laptop at every destination while abroad, and hours spent in transit mean that you’ll inevitably use your cell phone to type out email replies or send messages.

While it’s perfectly possible to type out messages using the onscreen keyboard on your cell phone, it can become tedious after a while. (Just think back to the old “multi-tap” days when the “3” button also included “D,” “E,” and “F,” so typing the letter “F” involved pressing the “3” button four times!)

A solution is a small foldable Bluetooth keyboard, and a brilliant solution in particular is the Jorno. It’s foldable and comes with a custom protective case that includes a handy stand for your device. Running on Bluetooth, it will pair with any device: great news for people who use a mix of Android and iOS devices.

What are your essential accessories for business travel? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share this list with your friends too.

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