Gadgets are a crucial part of everyone’s travel package. No, gadgets aren’t limited to smartphones and laptops, they practically include everything that makes your experience easy, including bags, wallets and luggage trolley itself.
It is pretty easy to forget about an important tool whilepacking and extremely painful to repent it later, which is why you need aproper gadget and tools guide for travelling. This article briefs you aboutimportant things to consider for every trip and a few picks that will save yourtravel time one day.
GADGET GUIDE FOR TRAVEL: IMPORTANTTIPS
The purpose of a gadget is to solve a problem. When you takeyourself to an entirely different place that encompasses an unlike environmentand are left with the task of carrying the least stuff you can, you have tomake choices. And if you already know how to make good choices, they will makeyour trip easier than ever.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while shopping forgadgets and appliances for a trip:
- KEEP A FEW BASIC GADGETS: Every trip requires general stufflike luggage carriers, bags, wallet, earphones, etc. These things being basicdoesn’t mean that they can be bought in a hassle. It is better to make surethat every item you take on has more than a single-use to it. For instance, ifyou’re going to buy a new wallet, it should be protective as well as spaciousenough to store enough cards, cash, etc. because you never know when aparticular usage becomes the most important one.
- ALWAYS PACK ACCORDING TO THEDESTINATION: Everysingle place has its unique characteristics. Blending in is often necessary fora unique experience. For you to not catch a cold during a trip to Chail, a portableair heater and chai/coffee maker is a must to include in your bag.
NOTE- IF YOU ARE THINKING THAT YOURHOTEL WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING YOU ASK AND THAT TOO FOR FREE, YOU SHOULDTHINK AGAIN
3. WHATEVER THAT SAVES TIME ANDSPACE: For a journey lasting less than 3-4days, which is almost all short trips, you should pack gadgets which are usefulconcerning the journey as well as destination. Tools that are capable ofsolving problems faster are a must if you want to enjoy your next trip withoutspending time on relatively useless stuff such as drying clothes, heating watermanually, etc.
Similarly, compact and small tools are always preferablesince everyone wants to travel as light as they can. Sometimes, really usefulobjects are heavier than expected and become a headache instead of a utility.
4. KEEP EMPTY SPACE FORSOUVENIRS:Alright! Now that you have stacked all the paraphernalia for your journey,there is one and the only fact to keep in mind while putting it all in yourbags, which is you will have to createsome space for all the souvenirs and/or gifts that you will be returning with. Numeroustimes we forget this and over-pack instead of under-packing knowing that we aregoing to bring something home.
BEST GADGETS FOR TRAVEL PURPOSE
These are a few awesome gadgets sub-categorised into fourparts, (a) commonly used, (b) for videos and photos and (c) audio and (d) connectivity,most of which ought to be included the next time you travel, especially to faroff places.
This list includes general items that save time and space. Mostof these are modern tools which work under daily circumstances and evenemergencies. They come in handy at unusual moments. Packing some of them, justin case is always a good decision.
There is a high chance that you will get visit a chillyregion at least once in your lifetime, especially if you’re living in India. Aswe live in a tropical country, places like Shimla, Mussourie and Ladakh becomehubs for college/school trips, honeymoons and all short trips.
A warm place of restafter an exhausting hike is the best thing for the thrill-seeking wanderers outthere who like to go for trekking and camping at places with high altitudes.Camps are usually small in area and handy heaters are specially made to heat enclosedspaces in no time, which make these a perfect tool for cold places.
Even the peace-loving travellers can find utility through aportable room heater. The hotels where we stay usually run out of heaters,especially during the vacation season and this happens a lot more than youthink. The only way to not catch a cold and catch good experiences is to pack alightweight heater that can be used at the place you stay.
Travelling is time-consuming, especially the long journeys thatwe take to reach our respective destinations. Be it air travel, trains or roadtrips, we keep our luggage packed and closed until we reach the journey’s end.But where does the food, snacks, water, chargers, headphones, power banks, etc.go? Answer- travel bags.
The best thing about a backpack is the vast numbers ofpeople it serves. Everyone including business persons, college students,hikers, etc. carries a backpack for items that she would regularly have to useduring the journey. Electronics, food, travel pillows, secondary wearable andalmost every other accessory, including the valuables that you wouldn’t want tobe stolen become the reason to have a backpack.
Another purpose of a backpack is keeping the perishables, beverages and water, or basically anything that can spill and blot your clothes with irrecoverable stains, away from luggage. Modern bags have separate compartments for different types of items which keeps them safe as well as within your eyesight.
A travel pillow may look like a light-quality gimmick forcedby salespeople but is exactly the opposite in terms of health benefits. Ifyou’ve travelled overnight, you might have experienced a hard time resting yourhead as most trains and economy flights aren’t meant to help you sleep.
Since different people have different heights and neckshapes, and airlines don’t customise their seats for people, you are better offwith a travel pillow which is made of a material that adjusts according to yourheight and neck shape. People with neck and spinal injuries and especially cervical can find a great tool in theform of a travel pillow.
SHARP POCKET KNIFE
You might have been wondering to yourself, “Who usespocket knives these days except the army?” but it is a tool so useful andunderrated that you would probably regret not carrying one during an emergency,and most importantly when you’re alone out of your hometown.
A pocket knife, as you might have guessed is the best toolfor self-defence purposes. One is bound to get attacked by unknown animals,thieves and intruders (who wait for suckers to travel and end up without help).Secondly, you can use it as a multipurpose tool to cut various stuff whilecamping out or even on a picnic. It can also be used for first aid especiallyto cut clothes if you get wounded or injured.
The only drawback with a pocket knife is that you cannottake one to a flight. The officials take it away, which is why you can alwaysbuy it from a store at the destination.
A carry-on (also known as hand luggage) is a spacious bagthat holds all the clothes, souvenirs and large valuables. They are widelypopular for air travel as they save check-in time and money since you can carrythem with you as compared to traditional luggage that has to be checked byairport authorities.
Carry-ons are best suitable for short trips. Since tripshave gotten much shorter than they used to earlier, the average luggage volumehas also significantly reduced arising the need for luggage that can be handledeasily.
But the problem is that carry-ons hold a lot less luggage ascompared to traditional luggage, which is why you should only opt for it if youwant to travel light and short.
No matter how hard you try, your normal smartphone isn’tenough for those kickass Instagram pictures. Heck! You can even create a Vlogabout your vacation these days and gain viewership, which requires someenhancements and equipment like the ones below:
A handheld gimbal is a stabilizer for smartphonevideography. Professionals use it as a tool to prevent their natural handmovement from shooting a shaky video. It reduces the number of distractions invideo footages which makes the video a treat not only for the creators but forthe viewers as well.
A gimbal acts as abarrier between people who travel just for fun and people who want to make acareer out of it through vlogging. You can shoot live sessions as well asthird-person videos without even worrying a little about your movements and howthey would affect the smoothness of the video.
But gimbals come with drawbacks as well. To begin with,durable gimbals are made out of metal and consume a lot of areas as well whichincreases the cost as well as luggage. And if that wasn’t enough, learning howto use a gimbal takes effort and time. If you aren’t ready to give up any oneof them, you shouldn’t buy one
It is OK if you do not want to spend your money haphazardlyon an expensive camera. It also takes time to learn how to take good photos,and more time to get used to the interface. What could be an alternative to theproblem that is as simple to understand as a smartphone and has an imagequality better than that of a smartphone? A mobile camera lens.
It is always better to buy a set of lenses if you would want to buy clip-on lenses, the reason being that they have a much better value for money and can be used for several purposes. The biggest limitation of independent mobile lenses is that they get lost and broken easily.
You know what a smartphone mount is if you have ever satinto an Ola/Uber cab. They have these installed to drive and navigate easilyusing Google Maps. Keeping aside this great utility of phone mounts which makesthem useful for confusion-free long drives, there is another great use forwhich phone mounts are unknown.
When we generally go to places that aren’t visited frequently, we see it several times that no one is around to help us with a family picture or sometimes we just don’t want to bother strangers and click a selfie at the end. Using a phone mount you can get pictures clicked and include everyone in your group without needing to ask strangers for help.
If you listen to music a lot and travel solo, a pair of goodquality headphones or earphones is something that you should opt for. It’s ascientific fact that good music always shortens the journey. Whether to buyearphones or headphones is entirely your choice.
The improved Bluetooth technology has made almost everyaudio utility wireless. Wired earphones, that had limitations like gettingtangled in bags, breaking easily, small lifetime and constant earaches havebeen replaced by Bluetooth headsets and earphones that are much better than thetraditional ones, especially for outstation purposes.
Music is the gist of every party. Any place can become abash with the help of food and drinks (that can be bought) and a good musicsystem. Since transporting bulky speakers is impossible and something that anormal person wouldn’t do, you can turn up to the next best alternative, whichis a compact Bluetooth speaker.
Apart from other benefits, Bluetooth speakers consume muchless energy and can be put everywhere which makes them a perfect companion forjamming with friends and family during bus and train journeys.
When you’re far off from home where there is rarely acharging port nearby, a power bank is the best way to charge all other gadgets.There’s no point stressing out on how much we use power banks even in our dailylives, so a much bigger need arises when we are completely out of daily life.
Powerbanks enable you to click as many pictures, do as much as videography and listen to as much as songs as you can without worrying about battery drain. Some power banks also charge faster than traditional chargers.
Imagine a situation: You took all the required gadgets toyou on an international trip. When you reach the hotel, you realise that theswitches, plugs and pins they use aren’t the ones that are used in yourcountry. It becomes impossible to charge anything and everything. You areforced to buy an adapter there, wasting time and money.
This is an unforeseen nightmare for any consumer. To preventsuch mishappenings, one needs to carry a gadget called travel adapter thatconnects to different switches available in different countries. Traveladapters are suitable for international trips, especially when you need tocharge multiple devices with different kinds of plugs, all at once.
Travelling is easy and fun, and probably thedream of many people who want to be free like birds. But a few unanticipatedproblems can make your trip hard for which you planned a month ago. Which iswhy it is important to put some tools in your bags to make your travelexperience cool and charming.
Yougot to learn how to find those tools according to your trip and gave you somemust-haves which needs to be in your bucket list before you plan on your escapefrom the world. Do give us your views and some additions from you which couldhave been there in the comment box.
I am Gagandeep, a college student and a gadget blogger, always keen to create a name in the world of content creation. Just like being a blogger in a world of MBAs, I like to take the road less travelled by. I have been to zillions of expeditions across North and South India and even travelled across Asia quite a few times. Like every gadget enthusiast that breathes gizmos in an out, it took me some time to get how I could make these trips smooth through my knowledge of gadgets, and I have been doing the same since then.