Double-Duty Travel Gadgets That Save Space

by  Lindsay Silberman | May 14, 2014
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As airlines continue to crack down on the size of checked and carry-on bags, your luggage space has become more precious than ever. One of the easiest ways to guarantee extra room in your suitcase is to invest in clever gadgets that do double duty. Check out five of our favorite dual-purpose devices.

Anker 5-Port Charger ($19.99)
Fighting over the limited number of outlets in your hotel room (or at the airport) will be a distant memory when you travel with the Anker 5Port Charger. It offers five separate USB ports but only takes up a single outlet. Plus, it charges just about any device - Androids, iPhones, cameras, iPads, and more.

IdentiGrip Luggage ID ($5.95)
This is one of the most useful travel gadgets we’ve ever come across. The IdentiGrip actually serves three purposes: It acts as a cushion for your hand when you’re rolling your suitcase; it helps you to identify your bag on the carousel; and it unwraps to reveal an address label if your bag ever gets lost. At $6.99 each, it’s cheap enough to get one for each of your bags.

Justin Power Products iPhone Power Case ($69.99)
Every savvy traveler should have a battery case for their phone - there’s nothing worse than missing a perfect photo opportunity because you drained your battery while exploring all day. This power case not only protects your phone and extends battery life, but it also has a built-in stand for watching videos or playing games in flight. Available this summer.

Style Solutions Iron ($32.99)
Attention ladies: You’ll never have to choose between your curling iron and your flat iron again, thanks to this four-in-one tool by Remington. The iron comes with a small extender piece that offers three different sized curls, plus a standard ceramic plate flat iron. It also has an auto shutoff feature that turns itself off after 60 minutes, so if you ran out in a hurry to catch that tour, you won’t have to spend the rest of your day worrying whether you left the iron on.

Periscope Kindle Case ($49.95)
Got your Kindle before the Paperwhite or fancy tablet-like editions were released? Having a little light built into your case is the solution to those clip-ons that never seem to stay put. This light automatically turns on when the arm is extended, and shuts off when it's folded down. And the microfiber case, which comes in three colors, also acts as a stand to prop up your device.

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