Five Essential Business Travel Gadgets


There are countless ways your business travel plans can go awry: a canceled flight that leaves you stranded for hours; the screaming baby a few rows back; and the hefty surcharge for overweight luggage.


But chief executive Rick Seaney, who spends a fair bit of time in the air, says a few gadgets can make the difference between a stressful trip and a calm one.


“There are not many amenities on planes today, one must make their own luxury,” Seaney tells The Financialist. “That starts with an excellent tablet and a great pair of headphones, which by themselves can turn the dingiest planes into a temporary virtual oasis.”


Frequent flier Seaney shares with The Financialist a list of gadgets that he says will sooth today’s rough and tumble travel reality:


1. Portable luggage scale

Seaney’s tip: “A hand-held scale can cost around $10 and save you $100 or more in overweight charges (on top of the regular bag fee). Be sure to use it before your return trip home, in case those souvenirs have packed on some pounds.”

The EatSmart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale ($29.95) runs on a lithium battery and weighs up to 110 pounds.


2. Noise-canceling headphones

Seaney’s tip: “Prices range from $29 to $350, but even on the high end it may be worth it to drown out the sound of screaming babies on planes.”

Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headset ($299.95) also features a remote control for iPod/iPhone control.


3. iPod Touch

Seaney’s tip: “Cheap entertainment and no Wi-Fi required. And I know you already have one of these (if not, borrow one).”

Apple claims the new iPod Touch ($199-$399) has a battery life of up to 40 hours of music playback and up to eight hours of video playback.


4. Travel Apps

Seaney’s tip: “In case of delays, a phone loaded with free airline apps makes sense, since whoever contacts the carrier first is more likely to get on the next flight out.”


Most carriers have free apps, like the above American Airlines version, that help fliers keep track of flights.



5. Wrist or ankle belts and pouches

Seaney’s tip: “Everyone needs a place to put cash, cards and keys… works anywhere a bag is an encumbrance.”


The WristSafe® 150 ($24.85) is made of nylon and can hold a phone, keys and cash.



Photos: EatSmart, Bose, Apple, Michael Coté (Flickr), Magellan’s