Guest post by Maria Hughes

Want to make your corporate travel trips easier, fuss-free and, heck, a little more fun? Arm yourself with these five must-have gadgets for road warriors.

Travel shelf

Flying’s supposed to be easy, right? Hmm. Try telling that to seasoned business travellers fed up with cramped leg room and seemingly ever-diminishing seat-back trays. When you need to work but you ain’t got the space, it’s not a lot of fun, and the last thing you (or your fellow passengers) want is for you to start taking over more than your fair share of space. Thankfully the people at spAIR tray know the problem all too well. To remedy it they’ve designed a travel shelf that slots on to airplane windows, giving you 33 percent more space. Pop your drinks, food and smartphone on the shelf and use the seat tray purely for unencumbered working. It fits with the majority of commercial airline windows and is small enough to fit into your carry-on. Just make sure you book a window seat!

Power bank

Running low on smartphone juice? Not ideal if you’ve got important emails to send and crucial calls to make. Ensure you never run out of battery life with a power bank. Now pretty much a corporate travel essential, these devices connect to your soon-to-be-drained phone and give it a much-needed boost of energy, allowing you to carry on with work as normal. There are tonnes on the market, with one of the best being the power banks offered by Anker. The firm’s PowerCore 20100 weighs about as much as a can of soup but is capable of charging an iPhone 7 nearly seven times…

Projector in your pocket

Want to ensure your business presentations pack oomph even when you’re on the road, without all your usual useful office gizmos? Opt for a pocket projector, like the ASUS ZenBeam E1. It might be pocket-sized but it packs a punch, offering 150 lumens and up to five hours of projection time. It’s also super easy to set up and get going, allowing you to project content from phones and laptops, media streamers and games consoles. Oh, and it doubles as a power bank for mobile devices.

Carry on cocktail maker

Want to fly in style? Release your inner Sean Connery or Grace Kelly at 30,000 feet with this carry on cocktail kit from the folks at W&P, a Brooklyn, New York-based food and drink design firm. Each kit has everything you need to make two cocktails while flying high – not too much, and not too little either. From a gin and tonic to a Moscow mule, these kits are small enough to fit in your pocket and you’ll be amazing your fellow travellers with your magic mixology skills the moment you whip this bad boy out.

Streaming stick

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Travelling for work is usually exactly about that — work — but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some downtime too. Invest in a media streaming kit like Roku’s Express Streaming Player. As long as you can connect it to the TV in your hotel or Airbnb (we’d advise you to check beforehand), you can enjoy movies and TV shows on thousands of free or paid channels, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, NOW TV and BBC iPlayer. No monthly fees, just buy it and you’re good to go. Perfect for some R&R after a long day on the road.

Prepared and edited by @EdinaZejnilovic, Journalism Student at DCU

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