Top Ten Gadgets for Travellers
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Traveling the world can be tough: you are often without your queen-sized bed or favourite pillow, the ample number of electrical outlets you might normally have are cut down to whatever meagre number is in your hotel room, and when you flip on the tele, you might have to take a peek at your guide to see your favorite channels. Yes, we know the toll this kind of stress can take on your psyche.
Luckily for you, fellow traveller, the year is 2016 and there are gadgets galore that meet many of your most dire concerns. Without further ado, read on for the top 10 travel gadgets to own for your future excursions.
1. Portable Battery
There are many number of portable battery or powerbank brands out there, with as many copy cats that are liable to break as there are legitimately useful phone extending batteries out there. That’s because there are few things worse than running out of juice right when you need to make a crucial call for a pickup, or look up an address to be able to meet your friends.
A bonus perk is that some of these have LED lights, which can also be super useful in poorly illuminated situations.
2. Microsoft Surface Book
If you are a dedicated Machead, than chances are you already have your ducks lined up in a row with your favourite Mac gear (you may prefer the lightweight MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for power users). However, Microsoft’s unique new compromise between its formerly tablet-exclusive Surface Pro line and a powerful, light-weight ultrabook does not come short on any of the features you would want for either graphics processing, casual gaming, or work applications. This kind of flexibility and power in a dual laptop/tablet device is unprecedented, but unfortunately, so is the price, which starts at $1,500 for the cheapest option and ranges up to more than twice that amount.
3. Bluetooth Speaker
Similar to the exploding (not literally) portable battery market, Bluetooth speakers are another indispensable part of the smartphone accessory market. That’s because they enhance the typically tinny sound that comes from your phone’s native speakers for those moments when you need to fill a room for a party, and many of them can fit in your pocket. The JBL Clip line is usually a safe bet for travel with portable Bluetooth speakers.
4. Digital Camera
For most travellers, photos and videos to bring home to show friends and family is a must, but they also don’t want to be burdened by unnecessarily large and heavy gear. The Fujifilm X-T10 represents a great compromise between an entry to mid-level camera whose body is lightweight, has an assortment of compatible lenses, and produces great, high resolution photos.
5. Swiss Army Knife
This is not merely for those who fancy themselves more rugged types. In fact, Swiss Army Knives come in handy in all types of situations. Whether you need a bottle opener, or maybe just have lettuce stuck in your teeth in a pinch, these are useful on the road.
6. Smart Phone
This is a no brainer: a computer in your pocket that can do everything from look up a recommended restaurant in your area, to take simple photos, or even play games that can be found on sites like casinoroller – mobile casino. Whether you prefer Android, iOS or Windows phones is up to you, as they are all viable platforms.
7. Ex-Officio Boxers
These boxers made of smart wool are legitimate road warriors. That’s because they don’t take on odours easily, and are even simpler to wash since they dry overnight. No problem, no fuss.
8. Camping Hammock
This Lawson Blue Ridge camping hammock is perfect for outdoor excursions. Simple to put up, lightweight, this keeps you comfortable and dry at night in the wild.
9. Scrubba Wash Bag
Also a handy item for those who like to rough it outdoors, this simplifies the laundry process when there isn’t a washing machine nearby. All you have to do is find a place to dry it afterwards!
10. Water Purifying Bottle
Don’t let appearances deceive you. This Camelbak All Clear Bottle water bottle uses ultraviolet light to make sure the number one cause of travel sickness – dirty water for the uninitiated – doesn’t come back to bite you.