Technology can be a help or a hindrance when you go on your next trip. But for people who want to remember everything, it is a necessity. Still, it can be heavy, big, and dangerous for certain trips. If you are looking for tech that travels well, here are some things to consider:
Lenses for Your IPhone
There are plenty of lenses on the market today that will attach easily to your iPhone. This eliminates the need to bring a big, bulky camera with you wherever you go – which is heavy and those are quite expensive, so you might not want to take them everywhere.
These devices slip over the existing camera, adding different types of zooms, angles, and photo taking options. You can get better photos, different types of photos, and they all save to your phone like your traditional photos. Prices for lenses really range, but you should expect to pay between $50 and $100 for ones that are worth your time.
They are extremely easy but don’t really work as well with protective cases, so you’ll have to consider that. Some lens brands offer cases as well, which might be a good investment for serious travelers.
Not that the lenses aren’t always interchangeable, so pay attention to what type you order.
With all of that photo taking, Instagramming, Snapping, and Facebooking that you are likely to do on your travels (how else will you make your friends jealous?), your phone battery will die quickly. Make sure to bring portable chargers with you so that you can keep going.
Most people suggest bringing at least two chargers so that you can always have a back-up, just because you don’t always know where the night it going to take you.
Power converters ensure that you will never be left without a way to charge your tech. There are quite a few models out there that have all of the different “ends” that you need for your various devices. It is designed to be used all over the world, and there are even options that are waterproof.
Make sure to do some research into the different options that are out there, because you want to invest in something that you can use for a long time.
This one maybe isn’t a necessity by most standards, but it can really help. If you like to listen to music, podcasts, or even the news while you get ready in the morning, it can come in handy. You can also use it as a way to get a louder alarm clock, a way to play white noise while you fall asleep, or a way to watch movies.
Go for a sturdy brand that comes with great battery life. There are plenty of options at all price levels, including some under $6.
Headphones make a huge difference when you are traveling. Not only can they make those long commutes feel shorter, but they can also keep you safe. Use headphones to get directions “whispered” into your ears so that you don’t attract attention and look like a complete tourist – aka the person to rob in certain cities.
Get a pair that is lightweight and won’t attract attention. Wireless headphones come in all different makes, so choose the ones that fit with your lifestyle the best.
If you need the internet while you’re on the go, a travel router can really help you. These routers can be extremely small and boosts the power of the internet wherever you go. Some of them can be used for charger as well. You just have to plug it into a router or your adaptor and you will get a wireless hotspot in places that only have hardwire internet connections.
Remember that all of the tech you take on vacation with you, whether you are going to some remote country or just going to Disneyland with your family has a chance of being lost, broken, or stolen. Make sure to keep track of everything that you have and get proper luggage to take care of them if need be. Most importantly, remember to look up from your technology and just enjoy the world around you every once in a while.