Top 10 Essential Travel Gifts for 2023: From Backpacks to Portable Power

I’ve been traveling a lot this year, which has been refreshing after being stuck at home during the pandemic. Every time TechCrunch does a gift guide, I like to assess whether I’m packing efficiently. As a hardware editor, I’m always trying new travel products, and I’ve compiled a list of gifts for tech-obsessed travelers from less than $20 to over $1,000. Some are on sale for holiday and Black Friday deals. This article contains links to affiliate partners where available. When you buy through these links, TechCrunch may earn an affiliate commission.

Tom Bihn Synik 30 Backpack

Price: $330 at Tom Bihn
The Synik 30 can fit laptops up to 16 inches and is suitable for both travel and daily commutes. The deep Wilderness Ballistic green color and ample space make it one of the best backpacks I’ve tested.

Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe

Price: $150 at Anker
This 3-in-1 charger is compact and charges a MagSafe compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once. It supports 15 watt fast charging and is perfect for travel.

Apple MacBook Air 15-inch

Price: $1,049 at Amazon
The M1 and M2 chips have transformed travel for me. The long battery life makes it an investment, allowing for real work on long flights.

Ozlo Sleepbuds

Price: $229 at Indiegogo
The Sleepbuds aims to fix issues with the original product and is available for pre-order at a discount.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $199 at Amazon
This portable system is great for travel and downtime at the hotel. It’s ideal for long plane rides, and the lower price point makes it worth the sacrifices.

Apple AirTags 4-Pack

Price: $79.99 at Amazon
These are worth the peace of mind for absent-minded travelers, especially when used on keychains and luggage tags.

Amazon Kindle Scribe

Price: $239 at Amazon
The 10.2-inch display and Send-to-Kindle feature make the Scribe a great travel companion. It is the first Kindle to have on-device handwriting detection.

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