I love gadgets and any sort of technology. I’ve spent so much money on items that have then just lay gathering dust for years. These are the items that have passed the test of time and those that I still regularly travel with. In no particular order, here are the 6 essential travel tech items for travellers.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (pictured at the bottom of this post) is probably the best value travel tech item i’ve ever bought. The Paperwhite can hold around 1,000 books and weighs less than a standard paperback, what’s not to love about that?! This helps you meet those annoying weight limits with ease! There are various options for Kindles but the Paperwhite also comes with a back lit and anti-glare screen making it perfect for the beach or for lying in bed.
The battery life on Kindles is also fantastic so you’ll have no problems even if you’re on holiday for a couple of weeks without the charging cable. There are so many free books available through Amazon too so you’re never going to struggle for books. This is definitely one of the first items in my travel bag.
Only recently have the cost of drones come down enough to make them a viable tech item for travellers. Now you can get the kind of pictures that just weren’t possible 5-10 years ago while you’re travelling. The pictures from above are amazing but you do have to be careful where you fly it. Be sure to check out local laws and only take it where you’re allowed to take it!
One of the biggest brands producing drones is DJI. I purchased the DJI Mavic Air and absolutely love it. The Mavic Air is such a great size as it folds together and fits comfortably in a small case. Whether you’re travelling with a backpack, small hand luggage or a suitcase you’ll definitely be able to fit the drone in your bag. When you buy your drone be sure to buy multiple batteries too and some filters to make sure that you’re able to get as many shots on the road as possible!
Top Tip: Download the app ‘UAV Forecast’ to check when it’s safe to fly your drone. It looks at weather, wind, visibility and various other things that will impact the ability to fly your drone.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
We’ve all been on a plane or a train and we’re sat next to a noisy person. Someone talking loudly, someone on a phone call. It’s something that happens to everyone. Fortunately there’s a way to block the noise out! I was travelling to India a couple of years ago and decided to treat myself to the newly released Bose QC35 noise cancelling headphones. They’re wireless and are excellent at silencing the noise around you.
Wherever I go I take them just in case, they can connect to any device by bluetooth or you can use a cable to make them ‘normal’ headphones. The Bose QC35s are quite expensive but definitely worth it. There are so many noise cancelling headphones out there so do some research and pick the ones right for you. They’ll get you through those long haul flights so you only hear who you want to hear!
This one is essential for me. I love to get some photos wherever I travel but I have great difficulty finding the right camera for me. Wherever I am I always have my mobile phone with me so that’s become my go to camera. The iPhone X is excellent and much better than some other travel cameras that are recommended. I get some fantastic photos and I can easily edit them on the device too so they’re ready to post.
Having said that, there are other great options for travel cameras. You can go for a point and click camera, a mirrorless camera or even a DSLR. The options are endless so, again, do some research to find out what suits you the most. It depends what kind of traveller you are what space (and money) you have available to play with.
I’ve heard some amazing things about the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II point and click digital camera which is used by the majority of vloggers. The mirrorless cameras I’ve seen get good reviews are the Sony A6000 and the Fujifilm X-T20. There are also some great DSLR options which give you much more control over your photos. Some to look out for are the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and the Nikon D3300.
I deliberately left the GoPro out of the camera section as I felt it deserved it’s own part! The GoPro range is fantastic for adventure travels or even documenting your visit to a city. I was given the GoPro Hero4 as a gift a few years ago and I’ve only just replaced it with a GoPro Hero7; I can’t fault them one bit! You do need a case for the GoPro Hero4 if you want to use it underwater but it’s a cheap way of getting in to GoPro products.
The GoPro Hero5 and the Hero6 are other options too. You can use the devices underwater without the need for a case and they’re so small you can carry them everywhere and get all different kind of videos. The newly released GoPro Fusion is also available which allows you to get 360 degree footage! It looks like an amazing tech item for travellers!
Whilst the majority of the GoPro range does come with image stabilisation features, I would definitely recommend the GoPro Karma Grip. The Karma Grip gimbal is brilliant for keeping your videos steady and you can get some really professional looking footage. The Karma Grip also charges your GoPro while you’re on the move which is really useful for those long days.
I couldn’t list all of those battery draining travel tech items without mentioning portable chargers! If you’re anything like me then you’ll be out and about for most of the day and that can really take its toll on your tech. I always carry at least a couple of portable chargers with me. You can get some really cheap Anker ones that will charge items two/three times so if you have enough room, I’d definitely recommend a couple with an assortment of charging cables!
What are your must have tech items for travellers? What can you not live without while you’re travelling? Let me know in the comments below.