Travel gadgets make your spontaneous road trip easier, safer and fun

HOUSTON -- We are halfway through summer, but there is still time to plan a last-minute trip to escape the Houston heat. Tech expert Ashley Small shows us which gadgets will help make your travel plans easy, safe, and fun.

"These are my favorite must-haves whether you are on the road, in the air, these are my go-to gadgets for summer travels," Small said.

The Champ: Survival Sidekick 8-in-1 Multitool costs $24.99 and includes a glass breaker, seatbelt cutter, compass, and red flashing distress light.

CarMD is a hand-held diagnostic tool that plugs into your car to help assess your car's health. It could help save you money by diagnosing problems early. It provides free web-based Vehicle Health Reports and plugs directly into any 1996 and newer car, minivan, light duty truck or hybrid (foreign and domestic).

Get your perfect Perfect the Poolside Selfie with the Bracketron: TriCaddy Flex for $39.99 If you are traveling alone, this flexible tripod can fit in your purse and allow you to capture photos at a distance.

The PureGear Selfie Stick ($29.99) features a foldable monopod for easy stashing in any purse or luggage case. The built-in rechargeable battery comes with a cable, and extends between 7.8 inches and 2.8 feet. The 270 tilting phone clip allows users to capture panoramic shots.

Just for fun, the Braven Wireless Bluetooth Speakers for $99.00 makes it easy to listen to music or speakerphone while you are globe-trotting. The speaker boasts 12 hours of playtime.
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