The holiday season is upon us, which means a lot of us will be hitting the road. In fact, with the rise of the digital nomad population, for many folks, travel is the default setting. While most of us love traveling, we all have to admit that some parts might be less enjoyable than others. Luckily, technology is coming to the rescue. New gadgets are emerging every day that can make your trip much more enjoyable and comfortable. Here are some of our must-have items.
Bring your beats
Most of us can’t imagine life without music. Instead of having to listen whatever is being played around you, or nothing at all, solve the problem by bringing your own source with you. Playing music from your phone is easy enough. Take a small portable speaker with a Bluetooth connection for the time you spend in your room or have company. When you are alone, wireless headphones are a must. If you can’t sleep or relax in noisy environments, a pair of high-end headphones is a great solution for your problem.
Keeping your devices charged when you are away from home can be a pain. First of all, bear in mind that not all countries in the world use the same kinds of plugs and sockets. Check out the standard in your destination country and get a universal converter. Solar chargers can be very useful too, especially if you don’t intend to spend too much time in the hotel. If you are planning on renting a car, or if you are driving instead of flying, a car charger is a nifty invention. After all, navigation apps and Google maps can drain the juice from your phone in record time. If you plan on taking pictures with your phone, don’t forget to get a big memory card and bring a couple of extra USB sticks – they can be used in any number of occasions.
Don’t forget to have fun
Even though trips tend to be inherently fun, there is always some time for leisure. Maybe you’ll have a long flight, or maybe you are planning on spending ten days lying on the beach with a cold drink and not a care in the world. Whatever the circumstances, some downtime is to be expected. Come prepared and avoid boredom. An eBook reader, such as a Kindle, Nook or Kobo is a great way to keep up with your reading without lugging around heavy paper books. Just fill it up before you leave, and you’ll have your very own library to choose from. If reading is not your leisure activity of choice, you could also bring a portable gaming console. Not only is it optimized for games, it will also save your phone battery for more important purposes.
Travelling to a different country could make you vulnerable to fraud, theft and other troubles. Always try to stay as safe as possible. If you are going to a high crime area, protect yourself with a personal alarm. You can avoid the hassle of lost luggage by using Bluetooth trackers. Protect all of your accounts using two-factor authentication keys. That way, if someone were to find out your passwords, they still won’t be able to access your accounts. Electromagnetically opaque wallets and phone cases can protect your cards and phone from being electronically swiped without your knowledge.
Once you have equipped yourself with a few basics, you can be certain your trip will be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Being prepared means you will be able to relax and savor every single moment.