School holidays are fast approaching which can often leave even the well-seasoned traveller scouting for the emergency exits. Many jetsetters are unaware of the thousands of travel gadgets on the market simply begging to improve their travel experience.

Here are five products designed to make your next trip much less turbulent.

1. The Amazon Kindle

With the advent of tablets such as the Amazon Kindle, e-book sales are now surpassing the traditional paperback; and the Kindle has become an invaluable weapon in the jetsetter’s war on travel-boredom.

With inbuilt WiFi, users can take any of the 800 000 downloadable titles anywhere in the world without going over their baggage allowance. Its simplicity and portability makes the Amazon Kindle an essential item for long trips, killing the kids’ boredom or when you simply feel like getting lost in a good book.

2. Apple iPad

There’s a reason why Apple sold over 90 million iPads since their inception two years ago. Its sleekness and ability to sync with almost every aspect of your life gives its users and instant feeling of control and organisation.

Email, music, Google Maps and the web all come as standard. Combined with downloadable apps such as mobile banking, online travel agents and Google Translate, the iPad is the must-have travel companion.

Oh and did I mention that you can download and play movies on it to keep the kids entertained on those dreaded long car trips?

3. The iCache Geode Mobile Wallet

The recently released iCache Geode is a pickpocket’s worst nightmare. Via the Geode iPhone app, users can securely store all their credit card details in one secure place and safely use the accompanying universal credit card ‘GeoCard’ at any place where debit or credit cards are accepted.

The iCache makes traditional money belts redundant and completely removes the need to carry all your credit cards while travelling. The biometric fingerprint security means only the owner can access their financial information or use the GeoCard.

While it still has a few kinks to be worked out, I’d still keep an eye on this new toy.

4. Apple Airport Express

The last of the Apple-related products to make this list is the Airport Express. It allows travel groups or families to simultaneously connect to the Internet via the one outlet or allows users to use WiFi when a hotel wireless network is unavailable.

By simply plugging the hotel Ethernet cable into the Apple Airport Express, users can quickly and easily set up a WiFi network with just a few touches from their Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

5. KODAK Playsport Video Camera

This video camera fits in the palm of your hand, weighs as much as an apple and simply dares you to test out its endurance qualities. It’s shockproof and waterproof, allowing users to capture their underwater adventures in full 1080p High Definition.

The Playsport can take 5 megapixel still shots and has the functionality to allow you to quickly edit and send your multimedia around the world or share it on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What is your ultimate technology travel companion?

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Telstra.