Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Essential Gadgets and Accessories for Travel

Take a break. Pack your bags and go travel! Leave the stress behind. See new places or just unwind in your favorite place.

Here is a list of gadgets you can bring for added excitement or to save you from boredom during waiting periods:
iPhone and Apple Watch

Mobile Phone: Everyone these days can't leave the house without their mobile phone. It is an essential tool for communication. With the many apps available, it now has a variety of use. The most popular smartphones today are the Apple iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8

Smartwatch: Use the smartwatch not only to look at the time but to answer and receive calls and messages as well. Some smartwatches like those made by Fitbit also have health and fitness features to help you monitor your body stats. If you own an iPhone, you can pair it up with an Apple Watch.


Tablet: Waiting for something or traveling for a long period of time can get boring so bring a tablet if you want to watch a movie or read an e-Book or play games with a big screen. There are lots of tablets available in the market but the two highly recommended tablets are the Samsung Galaxy Tabs and the Apple iPads.

GoPro Hero5

Camera: Use not just the camera on your phone. Get a camera that has more features and flexibility. Bring a selfie stick if you will be traveling alone. Try the GoPro Hero5 camera. It has a rugged design, very compact and easy to use.

Drone: This is an essential gadget for those heading to an open area with a beautiful view and wanting to shoot all those hard to reach places. It lets you view and record those subjects in almost all angles. DJI just released their latest drone, Spark. It already has a 2-axis gimbal-stabilized camera with sensors. You might want to check it out.

Charger, adapter & cable

Powerbank: Don't miss-out on a call or a game because your gadget needs to be charged. Bring a powerbank to extend your gadget's battery life. There are different brands that carry powerbanks. Michi, Xiaomi and Mophie are worth mentioning.

Chargers, Adapters & Cables: If you will be staying in another place for more than a day, bring power chargers for your gadgets. To be sure that your chargers will work on the power outlets, take a universal adapter as well. You might also need to connect your gadgets to other devices so add the cables in your list.

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

Earphones or Headphones
 You wouldn't want the person next to you be bothered with the loud music or video you are enjoying. Using earphones or headphones usually do the trick. For added ease, it is recommended to use the wireless ones. Good quality headphones and earphones with these brands are worth it: Beats by Dr. Dre, Monster, Bose, Plantronics, Shure, Sennheiser, JBL, Klipsch and Sony.

USB Flash Drive, SD & MicroSD Cards

USB Flash Drive: You'll never know if you'll need to open those precious files while traveling so back it up in a USB drive. There are many brands of USB flash drives but some popular of the popular brands are Lexar, Sony, Transcend, PhotoFast, Samsung, Strontium and Verbatim. You can also find generic brands but you wouldn't be sure of the quality.

Memory Card: Use a memory card to expand your gadgets storage space. Bring a spare just to be sure because you don't want to get that "Storage Full" warning while taking those wonderful videos and photos. Known professional SD and MicroSD card brands are Lexar, Sony, Strontium and Samsung

Data SIM Card: If you're going overseas and want to be online most of the time, get a data SIM card to use because mobile data roaming can be expensive. You can buy it in advance and put it inside your phone even before you arrive in another country.

Logitech UE Wonderboom speakers

Wireless SpeakerIf suddenly you find yourself in a party, bringing a portable speaker with powerful bass is a must-have. Pairing it up with cool music from your library can liven-up a boring party. Some of the latest wireless speakers with good reviews are Logitech UE Megaboom, Bose SoundLink Revolve, Logitech UE WonderboomSony SRS-XB10, Sony SRS-XB20, Sony SRS-XB40 and JBL Flip 4.

Kids GPS Watch: If you are traveling with a child, it is recommended to have the child use a GPS smartwatch. You can easily find him/her if you suddenly lose her in a crowded place with the GPS tracking. Some models even have SOS signal or call features for emergencies. One of the most popular brand for kids GPS watches is Xiaomi. Read more about Tips When Traveling with Children.

So, there you have it -- a list to help you enjoy that much-needed vacation or that quick getaway.

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