If you frequently travel you will know that certain things are more difficult while you are away. As holidays and trips are meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, anything that can make your life easier gets a big thumbs up. Take a look at the following gadgets that might just come in handy next time you are on your travels.
A holiday wouldn’t be the same without some snaps to show your friends and family back home and a nice reminder for yourself months and years after your trip. It’s easy to take photos of the scenery, but when you want to get yourself in the shot, it’s not so straight forward – you either get a willing passerby to lend a hand or you awkwardly try to snap yourself while still holding the camera. The option of standing your camera on a surface to take the picture is always there, but that relies on there being a flat surface, which when you’re out and about, particularly in the countryside, isn’t necessarily the case. This is where the Gorillapod comes in handy. The Gorillapod is a camera tripod that can be attached to anything, that’s right, anything. It has bendable legs, which are able to rotate through 360˚, allowing it to be wrapped around whatever is handy, be that the branch on a tree, a gate post or the railings on a balcony.
Portable solar charger
If you are camping or staying anywhere to which the power supply is limited, you can’t beat a portable solar charger. You know the story, you want to make a call only to find your mobile phone is out of charge; or you are in the perfect spot to take a picture, but when you try to switch on your digital camera, the battery is dead. However, with a portable solar charger, you won’t be in this tight spot again when you are away. As long as there is some sunshine, you can charge up your electronic devices. Many of the portable solar chargers available are compatible with the main makes of mobile phone and if it does not fit your particular model adaptors are available. USB connections mean that you can charge up your camera, MP3 player or handheld games console, all commonly taken on travels. The manufacturers are savvy to the needs of a traveller, so those on the market are increasingly tending to be water resistant, handy when staying in the great outdoors.
For anyone who is an avid reader, you probably know the dilemma – you have a number of books that you can’t wait to read while you’re on holiday, but don’t think you have room to fit them all in your luggage; this is particularly a problem with the strict weight limits set for baggage on aeroplanes. The Kindle provides the perfect solution, as it weighs in at fewer than 300g, lighter than an average paperback book. Storing up to 1500 books there’s no chance that you’ll ever run out of reading material again and with the cost of e-books so much cheaper, you will quickly recoup the cost of the Kindle as long as you’re careful and don’t need to get the screen repaired.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
This is a must for keen walkers on their travels. While a GPS should never replace a map and compass for navigation, it is a useful tool to check your position when visibility is poor or when there are few distinguishing features in the landscape. This gadget also provides information about how far you have walked, the height you have climbed and the calories expended, so you needn’t feel guilty about indulging in those extra treats while you are away.
Anyone who finds themselves in hotel rooms racking up costly charges for wireless internet, this is the travel device for you. The little white box of Apple’s AirPort Express may not look much, but the 215g device is the best addition to your laptop bag when you are away. Although the AirPort Express was originally designed to increase the coverage of an existing Wi-Fi network, it can also act as a wireless base station. Simply connect the Ethernet cable to the AirPort Express and that to the modem; on starting up your laptop you are able to configure your own Wi-Fi domain. Hello reliable internet connection, goodbye unwanted charges.
Lizzy writes tech reviews for a phone repair school where the latest gadgets are the first ones the students love to rip apart and explore.