You can’t easily bring your custom built gaming PC with you overseas, and you probably shouldn’t anyway. How are you going to use your tech smarts to highlight your holiday? There are plenty of neat gadgets on the market to make your trip easier, and some staple pieces of tech you should bring with you in the event that you need them. It never hurts to thoroughly prepare, and it’s always good to have an excuse to make a trip to the electronics store.
- A GoPro
Do you plan to do anything particularly adventurous while you’re away? You’ll always have your memories, but how great would a video be? If you’re going to take an incredible hike, go scuba diving, windsailing, or surfing, it may be worth investing in a waterproof GoPro.
When you get back home, you’ll be able to show your friends and family your experience just the way you saw it.
- Backup Phone Battery Packs
It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare: you’re separated from your group, and your phone ran out of battery. Other than wandering around a strange city hoping you’ll run into someone familiar, you’re pretty much out of options.
Pick up a couple of backup battery packs that you can charge ahead of time, and carry one with you.
- A Wireless Mini WiFi Router
Hotel WiFi is the worst, but nobody wants to be tethered to the wall. This creates something of a dilemma. Many hotels have Ethernet cords available in every room, and you can turn that cable into your own personal WiFi. Get a mini adapter, plug it in, and hook it to the Ethernet cable. Bam! Your own WiFi network.
- Universal Plug Adapter
Of course you’ll need to charge your gadgets while you’re away, and chances are none of your chargers are compatible with outlets in other countries. You may want to pick up a few universal adapters. Many newer adapters feature USB ports, allowing you to charge up to two USB compatible devices at once off of the same adapter.
- Extra SD Cards
You probably won’t have time to go through all of your pictures and videos when your cards start getting full. Instead of having to sacrifice their contents to make room for more, just swap out the SD card.
Keeping a few high capacity SD cards on hand means you’ll be able to take high resolution HD photos and videos without ever running out of room.
- An eReader
What do you plan to do in your downtime? You’ll be on planes, trains, and busses as you go from destination to destination. Unless you want to stare at the wall, it helps to bring some reading material. An eReader is easier to pack than books, and you’ll never have to worry about losing your page.
There’s no reason to order movies at the hotel when you have Netflix on your devices. Most newer televisions are compatible with Chromecast, and you can use your phone as a remote control. Stream from a variety of video sites directly to the TV.
- A Point and Shoot Camera
If you got some great pictures while you were away, you’ll probably want to frame them and hang them up. This can sometimes mean enlarging the photos, and if you took them on your smartphone, enlarging them will significantly reduce the quality. Point and shoot cameras are relatively inexpensive, and offer a lot more customization than a smartphone camera. Get great shots and stick them in the photo album without worrying about loss of quality.
If you’re a real techie, you probably have a lot of these devices sitting around your home. When you’re making a list of the things to pack, don’t forget these things. None of them will take up a ton of space in your luggage, and all of them are immensely useful.
Sophia Beirne is a frequent business traveler who shares her experiences and thoughts writing for Stayz, Australia’s #1 holiday rental website.