Gadgets aren’t just for geeks. Anyone embarking on a travelling adventure, whether just hopping over to Australia or travelling around the world, will benefit from gadgets. These electronics will make your travelling adventure more fun or easier. As we consider ourselves to be travelling geeks, we have created this top 10 list of gadgets that are perfect for travellers. This new and updated top 10 list is created from our travel experiences. It’s either stuff we always have on us when travelling or items we discovered on the road.
Our top 10 list of gadgets for travellers
Our top 10 list of gadgets that are perfect for travelling is probably a bit different from what you were expecting. Putting things like iPad, smartphone, or laptop on it is a bit too obvious as so many of you have that stuff already. We focussed on different, smaller, and cheaper things. Things that will make travelling easier and more fun. Simple gadgets that will make using the big geeky gadgets mentioned above easier on the road.
1. Great music, starts with good (in ear) headphones
Always make sure you have good headphones to enjoy your music. And good doesn’t mean you have to buy the super duper expensive ones. Just don’t buy the cheapy cheapy ones. An A brand name headphone (like Monster, Philips, Sony, or Sennheiser) will give awesome bass and crispy clear trebble, even if you buy their middle or low-end series. It’ll definitely beat the nameless stuff. Personally we prefer in ear headphones when travelling, because it just takes up less space. They are easy on board a plane and on the road. Easy as.
The biggest advantage of bringing your own set of headphones on a plane, is that they are so much better than the one-size-fits-no-one-headsets that the airlines give you. Plus you can enjoy the music and movies for much longer as they always collect their headset well in advance before landing.
Monster Cable NCredible NErgy In-Ear Headphones
2. Handy gadgets come in small packages: airline headphone adapter
Using your own headphones on an airplane means that you have to plug your single 3.5mm male jack plug into a twin 3.5mm female jack plug. It fits, but doesn’t give you a stereo sound (if you fiddle with it, it might worlk). Simply bring your own airline jack plug adapter, so you have the best stereo sound possible on any airline. These adapter plugs cost less than NZ$7 and are so worth their money.
Airline Headphone Adapter
3. Charge your gadgets for free with a solar charger
A solar charger is the perfect gadget for anyone going tramping or music fans who are going to festivals overseas. No matter where you are, you can always charge your gadgets, for free. No power outlet needed, the solar charger will use the power of the sun to recharge your gadgets. Awesome.
Opti-Solar Power Bank Charger
4. Heaps of memories on a single memory card
Buy a good quality SDHC memory card that can hold heaps of photos, either 16GB or 32 GB. For instance, if you shoot photos at 8 mega-pixels you can store 5,080 photos on a 16GB memory card and at least 10,000 photos on 32GB. Make sure you check whether your camera can handle these high GB memory cards. Oh and if you like to shoot videos overseas, make sure your memory card is a class 10 card so it can keep up with your camera, like the one below.
Kingston SD10V-32GB 32GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Card
5. Capture your overseas adventure as time-lapse video
Taking photos and shooting videos is so old skool. Time lapse videos are perfect to capture the beauty of a national park, life in the city, or a roadtrip. A time lapse video enables you to show a long period of time in just a few minutes. The camera will shoot a photo per x second and stitch it together as video. Add some cool music and you’ll have awesome videos like the one below. More info about time lapse photography.
Most action cams can shoot time lapse, but the Brinno TLC200 (see below) is by far the easiest one to use. The plus of the Brinno is that it does the stitching together of the photos itself. You don’t need to do any editing with photo or video software.
Brinno TLC200-Green Time Lapse HD Video Camera
Check out this video made by this Brinno time lapse camera…
6. Shop till you drop and no excess luggage fee
Shopping overseas is an amazing experience. Massive shopping centres in the USA or Europe, where you can find awesome deals on heaps of stuff. So one of the most useful gadgets (and most simple gadgets) is a lugage scale. It’s small, light-weight, and doesn’t cost much. And as you can use it to weigh bags, backpacks, and suitcases you always know how much weight you are carrying. No surprises at the check-in desk at the aiport. No more excess luggage fees.
GripScale Digital Luggage Scale
Mitaki-Japan Portable Luggage Scale
7. Travel light, travel with just one power adapter plug
As there are many different countries and cultures around the world, there are also many different power plugs. You can’t just plug in your New Zealand power plug. With this Swiss Army knife of power plug adapters, you are prepared for almost any kind of power plug system worldwide.
Beware, a plug adapter like this doesn’t convert voltage levels. But who needs a voltage converter nowadays? Almost any electronic device can deal with both 110V and 230V. Have a look at the back of your gadget or its manual. Therefore a simple 4-in-1 power plug adapter is sufficient. No worries.
Universal 4-in-1 Travel Adapter
Or you can opt for a travel charger that includes a USB port and worldwide plugs. With this one you only need to attach a USB (to mini/micro USB) cable to charge all your gadgets with a USB port, from smartphone to MP3 players. No matter where you’re going in the world, both word plugs will give your gadgets the power they need.
Opti-UPS USB Travel Charger
8. Recharge your gadgets in the car (perfect roadtrip gadget)
Any gadget with a USB connector can be charged in the car with this USB car plug. With this plug you can connect two USB devices and charge them will driving around. Easy as.
PowerBolt Duo Car Charger, 2.1 + 1.0 Amp Ports, Detachable 30 Pin Cable
9. Save heaps on wifi charges overseas: connect your devices to a travel router
Of course you’ll go for free wifi hotspots will travelling overseas. But every once in a while you’ll have to pay for your wifi in a hotel, motel, or hostel. By using a travel router you can connect with several devices to one wifi hotspot, without paying any extra charges. Configuring a travel router is easy, especially with an easy to read manual like thise one.
This device will act as a local wifi hotspot and you can connect your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to it. Perfect, especially when travelling with mates. You simply give them access to your travel hotspot and no one pays extra wifi fees.
ZuniDigital ZTRP150 WiFi Travel Router Plus USB Charging Station
10. Capture your actions with an action cam
Anyone going for a ski or snowboard adventure overseas or at home needs one of these. An action cam will capture the thrill, so you and your mates can relive the adventures at home. An action cam is the perfect gadget for anyone going for action (no pun intended) overseas: skiing, scuba diving, snowboarding, cycling, and much much more.
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS10 Camcorder
Check out this video and you’ll know what this bad boy can do…