Most of us can no longer live without our smartphones, Kindles and iPads, and would feel lost holidaying without them. But what other gadgets do we need when we’re travelling, and which are the best? Here, we round up our top three holiday gizmos that you won’t want to leave the house without.
1) The Portable Charger
So, you might have the coolest smartphone and the most up-to-date tablet, but what use are they once your battery dies in the middle of nowhere (or by the pool!)? Portable chargers are fantastic when travelling, and the Magicstick from Powerocks has a lot of fans – and it’s not much bigger than a lipstick.
Meanwhile, the sCharger-5 is a solar-powered charger which doesn’t need to be plugged in and recharged. It’s also durable enough to survive even the toughest of hiking or camping trips.
2) A Portable Keyboard
Perfect for the business travellers among us, portable keyboards mean you can leave the laptop behind and simply make do with your favourite tablet. If you love flexible, portable keyboards that roll up – some even work as projectors – then The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio lets you combine both keyboard, tablet and case in one, protecting the entire iPad.
3) Hi-Tech Headphones
With all the hustle and bustle of travelling, noise-cancelling headphones are the ultimate travel luxury. Pricey options, such as headphones by Bose (you can find them on Amazon) are the best at drowning out noise, or check out Sony, Monoprice and Audio-Technica for more affordable options.
Try the Noisehush i7 headphones if you’re shopping on a budget. The headphones create a sound wave that reduces ambient noise, allowing you to relax and unwind, away from all the flying distractions including crying babies – the number one gripe for most travellers. The earpieces also have leather and memory foam for increased insulation, quiet and comfort.