Deciding what gadgets to bring along with you on a trip can be a daunting task. Of course you’d like to just leave it all at home to travel lighter and avoid having to deal with bulky luggage. But at the same time, you may need/want all those gadgets with you for meetings and presentations (if travelling for work), to document the trip or to just pass the time.
According to Sophie of Travelettes, there are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding what to bring along:
…before I reel off the top tech things to travel with, you do need to ask yourself, “What do I want to do whilst away?” as that can dictate the size, model and complexity of the equipment.
A. Want something to just get good photographs?
B. Need something that enables you to keep in contact with loved ones at home?
C. Have something that allows you to blog and write whilst on the move?
D. All of the above?
Once you determine this, then you start selecting what (and what not) to pack.
Sophie goes on to list a few must-bring-along tech items. Here are our picks (from Sophie’s list) of the gadgets you should have with you on any trip:
Gone are the days where the most exciting thing that your phone could do (outside of making calls) was have a torch light built into it. Now new and exciting smart phones flood the market and I would highly recommend taking one on your travels.
Most of us Travelettes are severe fans of the classic iPhone (Oh iPhone 4S, how you complete me!) and when you want to take minimal items with you, why not get hold of one of these beauties? Not only does it allow you to phone/text whilst away from home, but with all these swanky exciting apps that you can now get, it pretty much doubles as a teeny computer. You can Skype, Viber, check emails, use a compass, still have a torch, surf the net and, importantly, still be able to take awesome shots with their high-quality camera!
The photos you take can easily be shared and emailed home to your mum, plus fantastic editing apps like Afterlight can help you photoshop your photos to relative perfection.
“But what about expensive roaming charges?!” I hear you cry! Yes, they can be a pain in the arse and something I try to avoid at all costs… but I was seriously surprised on my last trip to Asia at how many hostels had WiFi. And cafes. And bars. And airports. It’s freakin’ everywhere now, so think smart and take a smart phone if you want minimal equipment, but high technology!
A great complimenting gadget: When traipsing the world armed only with your iPhone, you’re going to be depending on it a lot for all its bells and whistles. A battery pack like the Anker External Battery Pack (with built in flash light!! Phew.) is a top way to keep your batteries juiced up. Fully charge it up from a power point and this little baby will provide hours of life for numerous items.
We’ve all seen some amazing footage from GoPros. From epic mountain biking where we got to sit on top of Kelly McGarry’s helmet as he whizzed down scary slopes, to Jeb Corliss’s breath-taking “Grinding The Crack” video of him flying in a wing-suit (these videos will blow your mind). These cameras have finally allowed us to capture scenes in extreme sports that a regular camera wouldn’t have survived. Our Travelettes have used and abused them on trips, and have fully given them the thumbs up for those passionate about outdoor activities, such as surfing and recording the exact experience.
But they are a touch expensive since the technology is so incredibly robust and they churn out high quality footage, so see our DIY tips for making sure your GoPro doesn’t get lost out at sea…
Kindle or Kindle Fire HD
Cordula lovingly compiled all our Things We Never Travel Without, and the Kindle cropped up a few times. Frankie swore that a Kindle is a no-brainer for those who read a lot whilst on the move, and Annika would rather risk taking a kindle than running out of books! Although I do love the feel of the pages of a real book beneath my fingers, sometimes it can be too cumbersome to cart around multiple volumes when you’re trying to pack light.
However, I was lucky enough to get to try out the new Kindle and I must say that I was incredibly surprised! It’s definitely more of a tablet than a Kindle, as not only can you access your Kindle books easily but you can do a ton of other things that would help any digital nomad.
It is ridiculously light and the thinnest piece of tech I have ever held. We all know of iPads being a great light piece of technology to travel with, but at around £159.20, the Kindle Fire HDX is a fraction of the price. It doesn’t have the range of apps available for Apple products, but the apps that you can get include my top app choices, such as, WordPress, so I can blog for Travelettes whilst on the move; a Mail app, so I can sync up all email accounts for easy access; Pinterest, as I am an addict don’t cha know; and Padgram, which is an alternative app to Instagram that allows you to see your feed clearly, post photos off your Kindle Fire and have access to fun extra features. Did I mention it has a front and back facing camera? Perfect for capturing those selfies on the beach or a stunning sunset.
There are a load of other apps including games, but as a travel blogger I need to be able to write whilst on the move. OfficeSuite gives me the ease of using Microsoft apps and then it allows me to back-up to my Google Drive or DropBox whilst in WiFi. The Amazon Cloud is also available to sync your smart phone to the Kindle Fire HDX or anything on your Kindle to a laptop.
All in all, if you’re on a budget then this is a great gadget to take for all your online needs and entertainment. Yes, I do have Netflix on there and it is fabulous.
A great complimenting gadget: As I love to write whilst on the move, I do find a touch screen keyboard a bit frustrating at times. I like to type fast so I’d highly recommend getting a bluetooth keyboard to use with the Kindle Fire HDX, or any table/iPad that you take with you!
What other equipment made it on to Sophies list? Read the rest of her article at the link below:
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Reposted from: Travelettes
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