After a few years of travelling we’ve whittled our gadget bag down to house the absolute essentials. Gone are the days of external hard drives and compact cameras. Of course we carry the essentials such as a Macbook Pro for Gaz, a Macbook Air for me and our iPhones, but there’s a few other bits and pieces that always come in handy when you’re on the road so here’s out list of essential travel gadgets…
Avoid that dreaded moment when you’re on the road and your iPhone battery dies, meaning you have no access to sat nav, your hotel reservation, and no way of contacting anyone. After learning the hard way, we decided it was time to invest in an external battery. The Astro E4 from Anker is great value for money at just £14.99 (reduced from £49.99), it provides almost 6 charges for an iPhone and has an 18 month warranty.
Although we always take an SLR with us, these little 4 in 1 iPhone lenses are great to have in your day bag for times when we’re not carrying the SLR, like when we’re on a dive boat or trekking volcanoes. The various lenses include fisheye, wide angle, and two macro lenses (10x and 15x makro) for taking perfect snapshots with your iPhone camera. The Olloclip is priced at £49.99 with free delivery in the UK.
If you’re travelling in a pair/couple make sure you grab a headphone splitter before you leave home. We bought one before we first set off on our travels in 2011 and it’s been a staple in our gadget bag ever since. From watching movies on long journeys to enjoying the latest sporting event in a noisy hostel, for £3 you can’t go wrong!
Where ever we go we usually need to be connected whether it’s to answer emails, organise orders, write blog posts, etc. So having portable wifi is really important to us. This Huawei E5330 Mobile Wifi is unlocked so you can buy a SIM from any country, top it up and away you go. You can connect up to 10 devices at a time so there’s no arguing about who gets the connection. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt along the way, is that relying on other people to provide good wifi connections can be extremely frustrating but with this little device you’ll never be at the mercy of a slow connection again!
Although it’s not a physical gadget, setting up Google Drive to store and share all your important documents is a really good idea. That way if anything happens to your laptop or any other device whilst you’re away, all your files will be saved and accessible from another device. Plus, it’s the perfect way to share files with colleagues when you’re on a limited wifi, simply send them the link and they can access the file without you having to download/upload large files.
And of course, what use would all your gadgets be if they weren’t kept secure and dry. As Gaz and I like to mix business with pleasure we often work from the beach and as surfing and diving are our two favourite past times we need a dry bag to protect all of our gadgets. The roll top also means they’re really secure and pretty impossible to pick pocket so are the perfect bag when travelling abroad. Try the 40L from Craghoppers.
Award-Winning Travel Pillow
And finally, I find it’s always useful to carry a travel pillow for long journeys. There’s nothing worse that arriving at your destination feeling like a zombie, so to make sure you get a good kip in before you arrive try the award winning J-Pillow. With its special shape, the J-Pillow provides support for head and chin so you can sleep soundly.
For more ideas, check out these business travel gadgets. And, if you’re a regular business traveller, take a look at the IHG Business Advantage scheme. It’s available in over 300 hotels in the UK (including Northern Ireland), and you’ll benefit from free credit on stays, corporate hotel discounts and traveller rewards. If you’d like to know more visit the ‘how it works‘ page.