The 5 Travel Tools You Need Now
As a modern traveler, there are a number of items you should always carry; the first being your passport (of course), the second is your cellphone and charger and the third are your credit/debit cards (and if you work online or have a blog, it goes without saying that you will be bringing your laptop). But what about other technologies and tools – which ones should you carry and which ones aren’t worth the added bulk? Here are the 5 travel tools you need now.
It took me awhile to get on board with this one – I love hardcover books and have a lot of them. But when traveling (and when opting to only use a carry-on), hardcover books take up too much room and weight. An eReader (like this Kindle) can hold up to thousands of books – no more choosing only 1 or 2 hardcover (or paperback) books to bring on a trip. With an eReader, you can now read with reckless abandon! The average eReader goes for less than $100 and weighs less than a paperback book. Score!
Portable Phone Charger
Because how many times have you had to go back to your hotel/hostel/airbnb in the middle of the day to charge your phone? Every. single. day. You could always carry your phone plug with you but you might not always find an outlet or be in one place long enough to actually charge your device to 100 percent. Instead of stressing about a dying battery, invest in a quality portable phone charger (I like myCharge) and always have a charged phone. A no-brainer!
Waterproof Phone Case
Depending on your trip, you might want to invest in a waterproof phone case. For adventure travel or if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors – in summer (beach, anyone?) or winter (snow and slush can cause water damage too) – a waterproof phone case is a smart purchase. Just remember to test it first to make sure it works and really protects from the elements (and test it without your phone inside the case, of course!). I like LifeProof, but there are a lot of brands to choose from. Now you don’t need to carry a bag of rice with you in case of water damage 😉
#4 – Selfie stick and #5 – Tripod
The last two go together: selfie stick and a tripod. The essential tools for the solo traveler. Now that I am going on my third solo trip, I finally got on board and purchased a selfie stick/tripod set. Despite the many beautiful photos I’ve taken of the places I’ve visited, I do wish I were in a couple of those photos! But with a selfie stick now I can be. Everyone’s using them so there’s no need to feel strange about posing and capturing the right shot. Tripods are great for the solo traveler and for traveling in pairs or groups – now everyone can be in the photo!
For more travel tools and tips like these, check out 7 tips for comfortable and calm air travel.
Now it’s over to you! What tech tools do you carry when traveling?