When you’re going away on holiday or travelling, then there are some gadgets which are a must to keep you safe, connected and entertained. Check out this list to see what you need to be packing.
How annoying is it when you’re out and about, and your phone dies when you need it most. Whether it’s to give someone a ring to tell them you’ve arrived, to Google which way you need to go or to just use it for reading or playing games to keep you entertained. Your phone or any devices you have are invaluable when you are travelling for so many reasons meaning that today, Power banks are one of the ultimate travel accessories. Whether it’s to recharge your phone, laptop, Nintendo Switch or any other piece of tech you take around with you, a power bank can ensure you’re not left without charge wherever you are. There are so many to choose from as well so you can spend as little or as much as you want depending how much power you think you’re going to need.
If you’re wanting to travel light then chances are you’ll be using your phone as your camera rather than taking an extra camera and with the quality of cameras on phones these days, then why bother taking a camera as well? There are loads of smartphone tripods on the market these days, and the best ones will hold almost all types of phones. You want one with legs which can bend easily so that you can take steady pictures anywhere or that can lock onto fencing or trees for impulsive digital photos.
Mini drones are great fun for taking travelling or on holiday and mean that you can capture your memories from angles like you never have before. Try to get one which is suitable for beginner photographers with a small and portable quadcopter for taking pictures or even shooting short videos. Nowadays, these devices are quite common as they are affordable and can be used in tight spaces where other larger drones may not be able to fit. Most of them have a flight time between 5 and 10 minutes, which is just enough for capturing beautiful pictures on short trips.
If the power bank is still too large or heavy for your travels, then check out the most compact portable charger around, the LifeCard. The LifeCard is almost as thin as a credit card and will fit comfortably into your wallet or purse. The standard LifeCard has a capacity of 1500 mAh and looks very smart in either brushed copper, mirror polish stainless steel or a gold sheen.
If this summer you’re going to be out doing activities such as sailing then you might want to look objects further out in the sea which would mean you’ll need a pair of marine binoculars. Remember that sea environments require equipment with specific features that are compatible with such, so check out The Optical Advantage to see which would be the best binoculars for your needs.
Sony Waterproof Walkman
Whether you want to exercise while travelling or just easily listen to music, audiobooks or podcasts on the go, the Sony Waterproof Walkman is made for the outdoors and can endure the harshest elements. It’s lightweight, takes up barely any space and can keep up to 16GB of content on there. The best thing is that you can even use it while you’re swimming in the pool or on the beach.
If you are going to be doing any watersports over the summer or even just going to the beach every day, then it’s a great idea to get a dry bag. They are great for when you’re kayaking, canoeing or rafting and are used to protect electronics from water. As well, they are used to prevent sleeping bags and spare clothing from getting wet if you’re going camping and can be really useful.
There are some great Bluetooth portable speakers available now, so whether you just want music while you’re in your hotel or villa, by the pool or even a waterproof speaker for the shower. There are speakers to suit any budget and many different needs. Portable speakers are now a must-have holiday accessory, so don’t be jealous of your neighbours on the balcony or in the next tent listening to their music when you could be too.
Enjoy reading but can’t take a mountain of books with you when you’re travelling, then get yourself an eReader, so that you’re never be stuck for something to read. While you can use your smartphone or tablet to read books, having a dedicated eReader is still a good idea as they’re a lot cheaper than an iPad, they can also be lighter than a book, yet store thousands of books, so you can read your way through a fortnight-long holiday just by taking your eReader along. Most eReaders have a 6in screen, although some go a little bigger and they look more like paper and are easier on the eye than the colour LCD screen of a phone or tablet.
When it’s time to go away, does the prospect of travelling without a reliable 4G or Wi-Fi connection make you feel a little nervous? If so, then one of the best things you can get for your travels is a mobile Wi-Fi device. Again, there are a lot of options on the market right now many of which can connect a number of devices at the same time (phones, laptops, tablets, and more), can get excellent coverage in different countries and boast easy connection with a unique Wi-Fi network name and password is displayed on the screen. Also look for one which is fast-charging, lightweight and gives you over 10 hours of device usage from one charge.