Some folks might like to unplug on vacation, but if you’re a gadget hound, travel can be the perfect time to break out a new toy. If you’re looking to upgrade a piece of tech before hitting the road, take these suggestions into consideration.
If you’re a digital nomad or traveling on business, a good laptop is a must-have. Most traveling professionals swear by their MacBook Air, and for good reason. It has a nine-hour battery life, over 500GB storage, and squeezes it all into a 2.38 pound package. If you’d prefer to keep something less expensive on hand, in case of loss or theft, the ASUS T-100 netbook is a small, but strong option that can be used as a tablet or laptop. Some travelers like to pack a separate Kindle, but if you’re bringing a tablet, it can easily serve as your e-reader.
If you travel purely for leisure, you likely need nothing more than a smartphone. The iPhone is naturally a popular choice, and those who stay loyal to Android have options like the Samsung Galaxy and XX. Whatever model smartphone you get, make sure you get one that’s unlocked. This way once your flight lands, you can pick up a local SIM card and be good to go.
Unless you’re a professional photographer, there’s no need for you to take up space in your luggage with an expensive and bulky DSLR camera. Simple point-and-shoot models and even modern smartphones can still capture great images for the everyday vacationer. If do you want something a bit more substantial, consider a bridge or mirrorless camera. These models are more compact than a DSLR but offer greater functionality than a point-and-shoot. Fujifilm makes excellent mirrorless cameras in a variety of models.
Business travelers who opt for a smaller, inexpensive computer, like the ASUS T-100 or a Chromebook, will need a solid storage option. Backing files up in the cloud, such as with Google Drive, is a great option, but if internet access is spotty, you may want an external hard drive. Western Digital and Seagate are both good producers, but keep in mind that external drives like this need to be treated rather delicately. If you’re more of a rough and tumble traveler, stick to an assortment of flash drives and SD cards.
Chargers & Adapters
Whatever electronics you bring with you, you’ll need to charge them. If you’re looking to save space, you might consider bringing devices that use the same type of charger, like a micro USB charger. But you will need to be economical in your power use, so both devices aren’t out of battery at the same time. When it is a charging emergency, an external battery could be your best friend. Anker makes a model roughly the size of a tube of lipstick that can add a full charge to practically any phone, whether or not it’s an Apple product.
If you’re traveling internationally, a plug adapter kit is a must. The LOOP World Power Adapter is top of the line with a super compact all-in-one design. Need something extra? Satechi makes a plug adapter that also works as a portable WiFi router in over 150 countries, which could be a godsend for those who frequently roam off the grid.