Non-Tech Gadgets for Travelers
Being on the road is an exciting time; full of new memories, wonderful people and of course some pretty stunning photo opportunities. Of course, traveling also has a habit of not leaving much room for charging a multitude of gadgets.
Which is why whether you’re camping down the road or on a tour of the world, there are a number of non-tech gadgets that you simply shouldn’t leave without!
1) Anti-Theft Camera Backpacks
As one of your most expensive holiday essentials, no doubt you will be worried about the safety of your camera. Whether a simple point-and-shoot or a top range of the range DSLR, the memories that are stored on the device are priceless and so protecting them is essential.
With that in mind, a backpack that deters thieves and the like is your first essential non-tech gadget for the road. Depending on the bag you buy, there are secret compartments for your camera, wallet and other essentials cleverly hidden throughout the bag. A thief will be more likely to seek out the ‘main compartment’ of the bag, but this will be a false front. Store a spare jumper in this section or something equally inexpensive.
2) UV Pen
Traveling in a group can be fun, but also a logistical nightmare. Especially if a number of people in the group split up to enjoy different activities. Wi-Fi or phone signal may not be accessible at all times, so having a good way to relay messages in your place of residence for the holiday is a sensible idea. To keep these messages private a UV pen can be of use to maintain your privacy and keep meeting locations, etc., between your group.
Whether hiking a mountain trail, out camping or simply being too far away from the light switch can mean a disturbing level of darkness when traveling. A flashlight is essential to maintain safety in these situations and to keep you on the right track at all times.
4) Credit Card Sized Utility Tool
Can opener, fruit peeler, screwdriver, bottle opener and even nail clippers could be needed throughout your travel experience. However, it is not always possible, or practical, to take all of these things individually. A smaller version of all of these in one convenient package is the perfect solution.
There are a variety of different credit-card-sized utility tools that you can purchase, depending on your needs. But, remember if you are flying then make sure it fits in with security guidelines!
5) Noise Cancelling Earplugs
Traveling on planes, trains and buses can be a noisy affair. For quick trips from town to town this might not matter, but for longer and more arduous journeys where you would rather sleep this can be a real issue. A good pair of noise canceling headphones can be a lifeline when surrounded by other noisy travelers – so invest in some quality ones if you’re traveling frequently or long distances!
Timekeeping whilst traveling is essential. From departure times to tour bookings, you need to know what time it is! If any of your techy gadgets fail you or run out of juice, you have to rely on good Samaritans are accurate public displays to keep you on track. However, by wearing a traditional wristwatch – and not one of the smart varieties – you can be assured you will always be on time for everything.
Of course, any old Casio or the like will do. But, there are also plenty of opportunities for you a stylish travel alternative. Offerings from the likes of Thomas Sabo are stylish, extremely accurate and a perfect match for whatever travel experiences on offer – from a night around the campfire or at the opera.
7) Lens Cleaning Kit
Smudges. Smears. Grease. Sand. All enemies that your lenses have to face on a day to day basis whilst traveling. Having an effective, quick, non-damaging remedy for these on hand is essential for the perfect photos. Cleaning solutions and a cloth are often enough, but for those who wish the very best for their lenses, there are plenty of other alternatives out there.
8) Cable Organiser
Inevitably you will be traveling with a large number of technical gadgets. Having something which can organize the cables that inevitably come with these gadgets can be a lifeline. A simple cable organizer is a low cost and fits snugly in the small compartment of your bag. So, say goodbye to tangled wires!
9) Water Purifier
Finding yourself thirsty on a trail can be precarious. Do you trust the water enough to drink it, or do you risk dehydration? Neither are particularly safe options. So, a simple water purifier is the essential trailblazer’s gadget to keep the thirst and impurities at bay on your hikes.
For wildlife enthusiasts or just someone who wants to see what’s ahead, binoculars are the perfect gadget to bring the distant horizon into clear focus. For those venturing into nature, a pair of binoculars can really enhance your overall experience and bring a few of those elusive photos to your eyes if not your camera at least.
So, there you have it! A comprehensive list of essential non-tech gadgets for travelers. From the useful to the essential, there’s plenty of reasons to leave your gadgets at home and go for a non-electronic alternative.