Whether you are going for a luxury getaway or a back-packing adventure, every traveller needs a personal supply of gadgetries to keep them occupied and connected to reality while away from home.
Here are the top 5 gadgets to take with you when travelling:
1. Mobile Phone
This is the most important gadget to have amid your travels. For both social and safety reasons your mobile phone can keep you in touch with the VIPs of your life and get you out of some tricky situations.
2. Digital Camera
Capture and later share all your travelling memories on your digital camera.
If while travelling you have business or social networking to commit to, a laptop is essential.
4. MP3/DVD Player/Games Console
Depending on the assortment of appliances that your home entertainment consists of, one of these devices is appropriate when travelling to keep you occupied.
Wherever you are, it is a good idea to keep a note of the time and date during the departure and arrival period of your travels.
In all honesty the best gadget to have with you when travelling which contains all of the above essentials is the Smart Phone. Equipped with all your necessary gadgets for travelling, the Smart Phone provides you with a multi-purposeful item that is both practical and compact (two attributes that with or without can make or break a holiday!)
If you are already fortunate enough to own a Smart Phone then we recommend downloading applications to your handset from the following app categories to accompany you on your travels:
Learn the lingo with a translation app that will convert words and phrases into a language of your choice.
Pinpoint your exact location and the nearest hotspots for banks, hospitals, restaurants and supermarkets with one of many Map applications.
Keep track of your finances and have the opportunity to transfer and receive money on the go with a Mobile Banking app.
For alternative or late bookings, a Hotel app will provide information on local and preferred accommodation in the area and you can book hotel rooms on the go!
Track your entire travel itinerary with an app that provides you with flight details, check in times and booking confirmations.
An additional factor to consider when travelling with your numerous gadgets is their safety. Not only do high-tech gadgets such as these attract a certain amount of attention but they can go missing at a flick of a hat. Guarantee you have insurance on your items before travelling and place a hold a secure safe at your chosen accommodation. It is also worth considering a tracking device to install onto items such as your laptop if they were to suddenly go missing.
Alternatively you could always pick up a strange souvenir on your travels to ward off any potential thieves. But while packing an alligator’s head in your case may seem like a good idea at the time, you may run into a few difficulties with customs…
One final suggestion is to invest in an on-the-go power charger. They are available for most electronic devices, allowing you to energise the battery life of all your gadgets on the go, but don’t forget your mains adaptors too!
If you have any other ideas for vital gadgets to take travelling, let us know.
Naomi Clark is a creative English and Journalism graduate with an enthusiasm for blogging. She is a globetrotting queen, who enjoys travelling the world and reporting back. She currently writes for Hotelopia .