Last week I was contacted by Fabio Virgi who asked if I would promote his top 7 gadget essentials infographic on the blog. Whilst I am always open to collaboration opportunities and working with fellow travel bloggers, I actually thought this was a worthwhile topic to discuss as tech gadgets have become so important in everyday life now!
It was only five years ago that I went backpacking with my beaten up Blackberry and my miniature pink Dell laptop. Both were frustrating slow, but somehow I still managed to upload all of my travel snaps (sometimes after several attempts, mind you!) and maintain my blog, albeit in a very premature state at that time! Nowadays, however, my hand-luggage is brimming with i phones, cameras, i-pads, various cables and leads, i-pods (can you guess I’m an Apple fan!?) and numerous other tech items. So, with my growing reliance on the likes of Google maps (coupled with my decreasing skills in map-reading!) and Trip Advisor and a baby on the way (thus justifying even more ‘Googling’ and ‘reviewing’), I thought this infographic was one worth a share!
Taking the tablet along with me is a recent edition to my hand-luggage items. Previously I relied on my phone a lot and I often still do. However sometimes the iPad has better wifi reach and is easier to use due to its size. My husband and I have also used the i-pad to store films, this was a particular God-send on our recent trip to Mexico when we were staying in the middle of the jungle on our visit to Calakmul and there was nothing to do in the evening. I had a poorly stomach and he had a terrible cold so snuggling up in bed in our jungle bungalow to watch a film was pure bliss! I am also planning to use this as children’s entertainment while travelling when my little one is big enough to be distracted by cartoons and games!
My husband and I also recently purchased a DSLR camera for our honeymoon to the Galapagos. Now I look back at my photos and kick myself because the quality is not as good as what I take now! We currently only have the one lens (yes, I know-complete amateurs!), but we plan on buying more. We also plan on buying a Tripod. This all means extra ‘tech’ gear in the hand-luggage!
As for headphones, did you know that some airlines now give free in-flight entertainment, but they charge you for headphones!? Well if you didn’t it’s worth taking some along with you! Plus the in-flight headphones are always made of cheap plastic anyway which hurts my ears after a while. Whilst I haven’t splashed out on any fancy head phones just yet, my husband swears by them. He always takes his Beats on the flight not only to listen to music/watch movies, but also to help him sleep as they are great at noise cancelling. I will have to monitor this once we’re travelling with baby though… otherwise I’ll be the one awake with the baby all flight!
Likewise, my husband is far more of a music expert than I am. As a result he always has a stash of the best music for any given moment- tropical, zen, party… you name it, he has it. We particularly appreciate the music when we can play it on a speaker over dinner whilst staying in an air b’n’b or when we are lucky enough to have a private pool. Speakers might even come in useful when we’re having a sneaky evening beverage on the balcony while the baby sleeps, we might have to keep the volume down though! You can use your phone for this purpose, but it doesn’t go very loud and it tends to sound a bit ‘tinny’. I recommend a tiny transportable speaker such as this .
One thing that Fabio recommends which I don’t currently take with my is battery packs, although this is a great idea, I just haven’t purchased any of these yet! And as for cables, I have so many of these I have filled an entire cupboard… unfortunately I don’t always remember to pack them though! Lastly, I would recommend apps such as Trip Adviser, Skyscanner, Air B’n’B and Google maps. Google is my absolute life-saver when travelling, whether walking, getting the train or driving, it always shows me the way, and as a person who gets lost simply walking around the supermarket (!), this comes in VERY handy!
So, that pretty much sums up my travel tech list. As technology progresses I’m sure that this list will quickly change, but I’d love to know which tech items you take travelling- any recommendations? Especially seen as I will soon be travelling with the baby on board! If so, please leave your comments below!