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10 must-have Apple accessories for business travelers

The proper tech accessories can make or break a business trip. Here are ten Apple extras for the road warriors out there.

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The influx of Apple products in the enterprise means that more MacBooks and iPads are finding their way into overhead compartments on airplanes as professionals bring them along on business trips.

Apple created its products to stand strongly on their own within its ecosystem, but there are a plethora of additional tools that can take your experience to the next level.

Here are ten Apple accessories that will make your business trip even better.

Screen protectors

We've all had this experience: You're furiously typing away on your MacBook while your legs slowly go numb from the cramped space in economy. Everything is fine until suddenly you notice your neighbor peering over intently at your screen trying to decipher what you're working on.

Screen filters are nothing new, but they're a great option to prevent this kind of thing from happening. This filter from 3M is a good option for your MacBook Air, and it comes in gold.

World travel adapter kit

If you're an international jet-setter, you've likely had the unfortunate experience of landing in a country without the proper adapter to charge your device. Lucky for you Apple makes an adapter kit with seven adapters for iOS and MacBooks that work on plugs in North America, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, and Brazil. It's $29.

PlugBug

Want to bring fewer chargers with you when you travel? The $35 PlugBug is a 2.1-Amp USB wall charger that acts as an adapter for your existing MacBook power brick. When connected, it allows you to power both your iPhone/iPad and your MacBook at the same time.

Bobino Cord Wraps

Sometimes, wrapping the power cord around the power brick isn't the best way to store a charger. If you travel with multiple chargers, try the Kikkerland Bobino Cord Wrap. The Bobino cord wraps are available in different sizes and colors so you'll be able to tell at a glance which cable it is that you're grabbing.

Reserve Strap

Running out of battery is always annoying. If you're traveling with an Apple Watch, consider investing in a Reserve Strap. It's a little pricey at $250, but it charges your Apple Watch while you wear it, making it perfect for long days on the road or while out at an event.

iPhone Battery Case

A go-to travel accessory for iPhone users is a battery pack case. In addition to protecting your phone, it has additional battery power that you can use to charge your device. The Mophie Juice Pack is a great option for a standard battery case, but there are plenty to choose from.

NomadClip

You can never have too many cables when you travel. The NomadClip is a $30 carabiner clip that is also an iPhone charger cable. Clip it on your bag or belt loop and you'll never be without a cable. It's also available as a keychain.

Bluetooth Earbuds

Wireless earbuds will keep you from getting tangled up as you board and leave a plane or throw your bag on and take it off. The LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) is a great option at $90 and it looks professional as well. Check out this list of Bluetooth headphones and earbuds for other good options.

Laptop lock

For the security conscious, a laptop lock can be an another layer of protection for added peace of mind. The Kensington WorldLock is a great lock for MacBook users and, at $20, it's not too pricey either.

Backup battery

Everyone knows the panic of a dealing with a dying laptop battery with no outlet in sight. Before your next trip, throw a backup battery in your MacBook bag to make sure you'll always have extra juice. They're available from various brands and at a wide range of prices. Examples include this Targus model and this smaller Monoprice model.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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