There are many things you’ll need to pack into your suitcase or backpack before you head off on your travels. As well as the clothes, travel documents and other essentials, there’s also the technology and gadgets you need to take to make the trip more enjoyable, easier and safer. There’s always new gadgets and technology coming out all the time so it’s honestly hard to keep up (I know I have trouble!) but here are eight of the best tech essentials you will never want to leave home without in 2018…
Nova Virtual Private Network
One of the first things you do when travelling is secure all your important documents. The same goes with your access to the internet and the data it carries. That’s why a Virtual Private Network or VPN should be one of the first things you organise. Picture the scenario – you’re in café on your travels and you’re ready to connect to the public WiFi but a hacker is sitting next to you ready to steal all your passwords. Sadly cybercrime is on the increase and in the worst-case scenario, it can be devastating for the victim. With something like a Nova VPN Service – which offers perfect encryption on all your devices, from a mobile to a laptop – it means you can browse without worrying! Another benefit is that you can have secure access to your favourite streaming websites such as Netflix and YouTube while you’re travelling and also check out your favourite TV shows as they air instead of waiting for translations or re-broadcasts – essential for entertainment whilst on the road!
Jet Lag Calculator App
Travelling is great – jet lag is not. Understanding how hard it is going to hit you can help you better plan your holiday. That’s where a jet lag calculator app comes in. Technically, this isn’t a gadget but an app that lets you plan your jet lag based on your normal sleep pattern, where you are flying to and from and the travel dates. Kiss goodbye to feeling tired for weeks after your trip!
Wi-Fi SD Card
Hands up if you have gone on holiday, taken lots of amazing shots with your DSLR then got home to find the memory card is missing? Now you can avoid the possibility of lost memories with a clever new Wi-Fi SD Card. This device connects the SD card to other devices and transfers images instantly. It comes with an impressive amount of storage and you can share straight to social media as well.
Jaybird Freedom 2 Sport Headphones
Most of us would agree that wireless headphones are one of the top inventions of recent times. No more irritating wires getting in a knot and giving you stress. The Jaybird Freedom 2 Sports headphones are an impressive example that is perfect for travelling. They have a portable clip-on battery for 4 hours extra life, so they can last a long-haul flight without the need for recharging.
If you have ever lost your luggage or known someone that has (and that’s probably most of us) then the Bluesmart Luggage will have immediate appeal. It can’t stop your luggage getting lost, but the built-in GPS means you can track it anywhere in the world. Not only that but the cases weigh themselves, so you know there are no baggage fees in your future and you can digitally auto-lock them from your smartphone.
Pixel Phone + Google International Data
The Google Pixel is one of the most impressive phones of the last couple of years. With its 15-minute charge time, lightning fast operating system and impressive 12.3-megapixel camera, it is on par with the big names in the smartphone world. For the vacationer, the added international data plan will be an ideal extension that means any data plans works in 135 countries around the world.
The Flux Portable Charger
Another of the challenges of being away from home can be charging your smartphone. The Flux Portable Charger removes this problem by holding enough power to recharge a smartphone three times. The device is about the size of an iPhone and has built-in lightning and micro-USB connectors so there’s no need to carry around numerous cords.
Skyroam Global Hotspot
We take internet connections a little for granted but not everywhere has the coverage we are used to. Avoid being in an internet blackspot by using the Skyroam Global Hotspot. This little device lets you pay for 24-hour periods of access to the internet anywhere in the world. You can also connect up to five devices at a time.