Packing for travel is not my strong suit, but as they say, practice makes perfect. I always tend to over pack, but I am also the person everyone turns to when they have forgotten something. One of the things I concentrate on when packing for any trip is ensuring that I have all the necessary gadgets with me. Hence the inspiration for my list of Best Travel Gadgets 2017 for Road Trips.
Travel Gadgets 2017
Below I have listed the items I reach for most often when on a road trip. The list may vary slightly according to where I am travelling and the type of activities I am engaged in, but I consider these my go-to gadgets.
My iPhone 6S is probably my most used gadget day-to-day and even more so when I am travelling. From communication, taking photos, connecting on social media, to navigating from destination to destination, it is a powerful little tool!
Mobile Power Bank
Rand for Rand this is probably the best money I have ever spent on a gadget! I bought mine from IToys for R699, which I think is excellent value for money, as I use it all the time. It has two USB ports and is suitable for charging all smartphones and tablets.
On most trips, I tend to take many of my photographs with my iPhone, but I do love my Nikon DSLR. Naturally, it is heavier and more cumbersome than a smartphone but getting the perfect shot, makes having it with me, worthwhile. I shoot most of my images with a 35mm prime lens, but I will usually take a zoom lens along just in case. Currently, I am shopping around for a wide angle zoom lens to replace the one I have.
I love listening to music or podcasts when I travel, but this can be tricky if you are in a group, which is why I always pack my Wireless Earbuds. Earphones are also a good way to drown out noise if you need some sleep.
3 G Dongle
Having a 3G Dongle can be extremely useful, especially if the WIFI connection is bad and you need to work on your laptop or tablet. I have also found a dongle especially handy when travelling with kids so that they can download games or books.
Laptop/ IPad/ Tablet
Packing a Laptop is probably last on my list as not every trip warrants me taking one along, especially if I know I am going to be too busy to work. Having a laptop does come in handy if I need to download photographs or send emails. Most often my phone or Ipad is sufficient, particularly if I am only away for a night or two. Ipads and tablets are great for checking up on emails, watching Netflix or reading an e-book.
These are my Best Travel Gadgets 2017. What are your must-have travel gadgets and accessories?
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