The Best Tech for Your Next Vacation: 5 Gadgets You Shouldn't Leave Home Without
How many times have you hit a snag when you were on vacation? Nothing major, like getting on the wrong plane, but something small that nevertheless added a note of frustration you could have done without? Well, before you pack your bags for your next trip, here are a few gadgets you should definitely bring along for the journey.
Gadget #1: Battery Pack
We don't always appreciate just how much power our devices go through on a daily basis, until we're on the move and totally relying on them to help us pass the time. And, if you've ever found yourself sitting in a train station or an airplane terminal, you know how hard it can be to find an outlet that isn't currently in use. And if you've ever been unfortunate enough to have your phone, iPod, laptop, or other device die while you were in transit, then you know how difficult it can make things. Especially if you kept important information on your devices.
So take USA Today's advice, and make sure you bring an extra battery pack or two. Just in case you don't have time to sip a coffee and charge-up during your connections.
Gadget #2: Signal Booster
Whether you're going on a road trip through mountain country, or you're hiking far away from the nearest cell tower, you should be sure you can still reach people if you need help. That's why Pocket Now recommends you bring a signal booster for your phone. Because whether you just need to call the hotel to confirm your reservations, or you need to let people know you're in trouble, you want to be sure you can depend on your call going through.
Gadget #3: Wireless Speakers And/Or Headphones
Whether you're in the middle of a really good audio book, or you want to be sure you've got enough music to discourage your seat mate from telling you all about their Farmville setup, it's important to have the right listening devices. As Stuffed Suitcase points out, we live in the modern, digital age. Which means there's no reason for you to get tangled up in cords and wires just to enjoy your music. A pair Bluetooth headphones or earbuds allow you to enjoy your audio with minimal fuss and mess, and without the worry of broken cords or cables leaving you stranded. The same goes for wireless speakers, which can be a godsend if you're staying at a cabin, or spending time down at the pool.
Gadget #4: Wireless Travel Router
If you're going abroad, the first thing you want to do is shut off your phone's connection to avoid getting hit with expensive roaming charges. However, you still need to get online, and stay connected. So take the Times Square Chronicle's advice, and buy a wireless travel router when you get where you're going. These handy little devices are kind of like pay-as-you-go Internet, and one will often last you the whole trip if you aren't binge-watching your favorite shows.
Gadget #5: Smartwatch
While it might seem like an unnecessary extravagance at best, or a silly gimmick at worst, a smartwatch is actually a great accessory for traveling. It saves you a lot of power, and it allows you to take care of notifications quickly and easily. You always have the time right on your wrist, and your watch can keep you tuned-in to everything from when your tour group needs to meet, to when your plane is departing. It will take a bit of getting used to, but once it's part of your travel routine, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it.