Essential Gadgets for Travelers
Every year more gadgets appear on the market and it can be hard to know what to buy since there is so much to choose from. If you are traveling though, you will want gadgets that are not only useful but also light enough to be portable and items which you can use anywhere, either with its own power source or one with suitable attachments. So choosing the right gadgets to take with you is an important decision and something you should spend a little time thinking about before you set off.
If you have an upcoming long distance journey or a stopover in another country, you will find time passes quicker and you are happier if you are wired into the world instead of out of contact. You can also get some work done while you are on the move instead of wasting time staring out of the window. But what are the best new gadgets for travel and how are you going to take it all with you?
You should choose items considering not only their function but also their size and weight. Less is more in this case, so choose the lightest and smallest items you can use. There has also been a rise in technology with can be worn ie wearable technology which is designed for easy use for people on the go and varies from cameras to watches and personal computers.
The Best Computer for Travelers
A computer is something you would probably like to have with you, and a laptop is perhaps the first gadget to come to mind, but do you want to carry a bulky laptop around when a tablet is thinner, lighter and just as powerful, at least for most tasks? There is a lot of difference between a bulky 6-pound laptop and a slim 8-ounce tablet. If you want to get some typing done and you do not get along with the touchscreen a tablet offers, consider a fold-out keyboard for your tablet. Just checkout that latest Amazon Fire Tablet with up to twelve hours of battery life.
You can get cases which hold both the tablet and a keyboard, thus giving you the functionality of a laptop but without the bulk or weight. Actually some modern tablets are more powerful than some laptops and you can also get a lot of the same software options.
What about Entertainment?
Although your laptop or tablet is certainly adequate if you wish to listen to music or watch a movie, what about multitasking, when you are working (or playing games) on the laptop or tablet, but you still want music? The answer is an MP3 player which also doubles up as photo storage. An iPod is the king of MP3 players but you can also consider other brands if you want to save money. Or else grab yourself an iPod Touch and you will be able to browse the internet, listen to music, watch videos (albeit on a rather small screen) and send emails too, all on the same little device.
Cameras and Accessories
Most travelers will want a decent camera with them when they travel, especially if they are traveling for pleasure and not just making a brief business trip. Your iPod or phone might be fine for the occasional snap to upload to Facebook, but if you are into photography you may want to consider the alternatives.
When you are at home and you head out for the day, you might take your 35mm SLR and 3 spare lenses, but is your trip away really going to justify all that bulk and weight? so unless you are actually going on a photographic expedition, you might be better off with one of the new, smaller and much lighter compact digital cameras on the market. A lot of the latest ones boast 6 megapixels or more, meaning you can take great images with a camera small enough to easily slip into your pocket.
Don’t Forget About Insurance
Obviously and maybe not so exciting as the thought of all those cool gadgets you could possibly consider, but it is very important to consider insurance. Even if you do not get robbed, gadgets can break or get knocked about a bit when you are traveling, so ensure you have enough cover in place just in case anything does get lost, stolen or damaged, you can get it replaced easy enough.