Travel Tech Essentials

There are a few things you just can’t not pack when it comes to tech. Though these might seem obvious, here are some options you might want to invest in for your next big trip.

Tablet

You can’t do everything on your phone and you don’t want to carry around a bulky laptop + adaptor. A tablet is the perfect compromise and the most efficient. With the iPad dropping weight and price, it’s more convenient now than ever to do all your work on. It’s also really good for watching Netflix (because why would you watch a whole show on your phone…) and all your social media uses. You also have the option of getting one with a SIM card slot if you really need it. The Asus Zenpad 3S 10 is a cheaper option with ample storage space and a micro SD slot to add even more storage. Also a lightweight number, it’s well worth the money. If you’re just looking for an e-reader, Amazon’s Paperwhite is a great option. It has a non-glare screen, ample battery life, and, most importantly, a built in light that doesn’t bother the people next to you on the plane that are trying to get some shut eye. 

External Battery Charger/Battery Case

If you’re traveling, chances are, you’ll be out a lot and your phone/iPad/whatever else is out with you and you won’t have the convenience of plugging in your charger into an outlet all the time. This is why an external battery charger is essential. God forbid your phone dies when you were just about to upload that boomerang. A lot of people choose to go with a smaller one thinking it’s more compact and lightweight. However, keep in mind that a slightly larger one will provide you with more power. This one from Ankar provides you with a higher capacity battery but still weighs less than a pound. You can also invest in a battery case if you’re just worried about your Snapchat. Just try not to get stuck in an unfamiliar place with a dead phone.

A Power Converter

Don’t fry your electronics when you’re traveling overseas. I’ve done this before and it’s heartbreaking when you’ve killed something you’ve spent money on. It’s a bit on the heavier side but well worth the investment. This one from BESTEK has four USB ports and three outlets. You’ll be set for Europe, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.

Camera

If you want a quality camera and not just your iPhone, there’s always the cult favourite GoPro. If you’re looking for another option, there’s also the Nikon KeyMission 360 that captures immersive stills and 4K video. It has all your essential features such as time-lapse and loops. It’s also shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof.

Streaming Stick

If you’re stuck at a hotel with nothing to do and very limited cable channels, you could always rent a movie but it’s usually way overpriced. Use the spare HDMI port on that set to stream endless viewing options. The Roku streaming stick lets you enjoy smooth HD streaming and their channels. Google’s Chromecast lets you use your phone’s 4G connection to increase your viewing pleasure. Now you can take Netflix on-the-go as well as sports apps, games, and music.

Earphones

The earphones they give you on planes suck. Bose’s QuietControl 30 wireless headphones offer adjustable noise cancellation. The neckband battery stays charged for up to 10 hours and prevents tangled wires. Of course it doesn’t have to be as bougee as these. Just pack a better pair of earphones that won’t hurt your ear drums. 

 

Dopp Bag Essentials for the Modern Man

Packing can be a daunting task for people who aren’t used to condensing their wardrobe choices into one twenty-four inch luggage bag. It’s hard to not pack a shoe for every hypothetical situation. Sometimes you pack too much and end up forgetting your toothbrush anyway. This is why everyone should always have an organized toiletry bag — enter the dopp bag, a one stop shop with all the essential masculine supplies.

This one’s for the fellas — a full list of all your dopp kit essentials so you can stop searching for your deodorant in the depths of your weekender.

Sivani No.321 Expandable Dopp Kit

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Obviously this doesn’t need an explanation, because hygiene. Carry a travel brush that folds into itself and a mini toothpaste bottle (often found at the travel section of a drugstore). You can also pack a couple of Wisp travel brushes with the toothpaste already on the bristles if you need to brush on the go. If you can live without a bulky power brush, it’ll save a lot of space.

Deodorant

Again, hygiene. If you’re sitting in a plane or a car for an extended period of time, you will build odour. Think about the people you’re traveling with. Buy a travel sized deodorant and use it — often.

Body Wash (or Soap Bar)

Unless you’re adamant about the bar, I wouldn’t recommend it because of storage. Even if you put it back into a tin container after use, it’s still wet and mushy and, overall, a bit gross. Get yourself a pack of plastic travel bottles so you don’t end up bringing your whole shower caddy with you, and fill one with a body wash.

Shampoo and Conditioner

You can find these in travel sizes but the options are limited, so it’s best to just pour some of your trusted products into travel bottles. It doesn’t matter if they’re free, the hotel products are almost never as great and 99% will make your hair feel like straw.

Hair Products

This is personal preference, whether it’s pomade, serum, gel, etc.

Face Wash and Moisturizer

You can always use travel bottles/containers to store your face wash, scrub, and moisturizer. Certain brands also have travel sized versions of their products. The Clinique for Men Essentials Kit includes travel sized face wash, face scrub, moisturizing lotion, and anti-aging eye cream.

Sunscreen and Lotion

Sunscreen, because you need protection, especially if your itinerary includes a lot of beach time. Make sure your face is covered as well as the rest of you. Lotion, because you need moisturized skin.

Razor, Shaving Cream, and After Shave

Many brands sell electric travel razors that are compact and have a lid so it doesn’t shred up the inside of your dopp bag or cause any other damage. Don’t forget the shaving cream or after shave, which can also be bought in compact travel sizes as well.

Cologne

DO NOT pack a full bottle of expensive cologne. They can get stolen or just break in your luggage bag. I don’t know which is worse. Instead, use a perfume atomizer to bring the amount you need for your trip. This also saves a whole lot of space.

Grooming Supplies

A comb, tweezers, nail clippers, etc.

Lint Roller

It’s good to be prepared, especially if you’re going to be attending a formal event like a wedding.

Chapstick

Or lip balm. No one likes having chapped lips so if this is not already on hand, it should be in your dopp bag.

Extras:

Contact lenses: If you wear contacts, always carry an extra pair because you don’t know when it might decide to rip on you. Also buy a travel sized solution bottle because the regular ones are just way too big; Bandaids: Always good to have on hand; Chewing Gum/ Breath Mints: You can’t have enough; Tide-to-Go: Just in case you ruin that nice shirt at dinner.

So there you go, a full list of all your grown man dopp kit essentials. Happy travels and stay organized!

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