The best thing about travelling is that you get to see the most amazing sights and experience different cultures that can completely change your outlook on life. However, I’m sure that many of you will agree that one of the worst things about travelling, is well, the travelling. It can get very boring sitting in or waiting for transport for long periods of time, so you need to think of ways to keep the boredom at bay. Luckily, we live in an age where there’s a wide range of electronic devices to keep us entertained, so here’s 10 must have devices for travelling.
Portable USB Charger
The most important electronic gadget you can take with you is a portable charger. Often consisting of a small power bank and a charging cable, this little beauty will give any of your other electronic devices a quick boost to stop them dying on you. Most portable chargers hold enough juice to recharge a smartphone a couple of times, extending its battery life considerably. Don’t leave home without this.
A Hand-held Console
If you’ve got a long travel ahead of you, then a portable console is a great way to pass the time. The 3DS is incredibly popular because of its touch screen which adds a different dimension to way the you play games, as well as the 3D capability, of course. Alternatively, the Nintendo Switch has recently been released which comes close to allowing you to take next-gen graphics and gameplay with you wherever you go. It does only have 2-4 hours battery life though, which is why the portable USB charger is so important.
The Amazon Kindle is a must for absolutely any traveller. With the ability to store thousands of books and a battery that can last up to 20 hours of reading time on some models, the Kindle is a great way to disappear into your imagination or learn a new skill whilst simultaneously killing time.
If you want a device that can pretty much cover all bases, then you need to make sure you pack a tablet! From gaming, to listening to your favourite music and watching your favourite TV shows, the tablet will have you covered. Services like Amazon Video and Netflix let you download content to your device to watch offline, so it’s not even a big deal if you can’t get wi-fi.
A Compact Camera
When you’re travelling, you’re going to see some incredible sights and share some amazing moments with your fellow travellers. The best way to capture them all is to take a photo, so you can have something to show your friends and family when you get home. When you’re stuck waiting at an airport, you have an entire scrapbook of your favourite moments on your camera to reminisce over and kill some time. It’s the perfect travelling companion.
Sometimes you might be travelling for a long distance in the car or hiking up a mountain and have the urge to listen to some music with the group you’re with. A portable Bluetooth speaker is the perfect solution, allowing you to all pass the time listening to some tunes. Many portable speakers are water resistant and dust resistant, which makes them perfect to take along on an adventure.
A Smart Watch
The last thing you want to do when you’re travelling is to sit their glued to your phone all the time. A smart watch is a great way to quickly receive and answer texts and messages without getting your phone out. Most models also track your heart rate and steps to see how much exercise you’ve done each day. This is perfect if you’re going on an active holiday and hoping to lose a couple of pounds, because a smart watch will allow you to track it all accurately.
A Decent Pair of Headphones
When you’re travelling, things can sometimes get a little bit claustrophobic on the plane or in other situations. A great pair comfortable of headphones can completely shut the outside world out so that you can close your eyes and just focus on your music. They’re also great if you’re in a busy environment and just want to get stuck into a new game on your hand held console.
A Selfie Stick
Whether you’re a fan of the selfie stick or not, it’s absolutely blown up in popularity over the last few years. Some of you may feel a little silly using one, but when you’re travelling, the chances are you might only visit these places once in your whole life. Getting a picture in front of iconic landmarks with your friends is a must, but there’s always that one friend who gets nominated to have to stand and take the picture. With a selfie stick, you can all get in to perfectly capture the moment.
A Smart Suitcase
A smart suitcase will set you back a fair amount of money, but it’s the best way to keep your belongings safe. With a Bluetooth lock that requires your phone to unlock it, there’s no way someone is getting in there. It has built in GPS, so if your case goes missing you can easily locate it. You’ll no longer need to worry about packing too much stuff, as there’s a built in scale to tell you if you’ve gone over the allocation.
Modern personal electronics are getting smaller and handier all the time. Savvy travelers will want to carry these must have electronic devices on all their trips. They’re a great way to kill travel time, unwind after a hectic day of sightseeing, document your trip, and better organize aspects of your travel.