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.
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.
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.
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.
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.