Feb. 19, 2016 - Austin Grandt
Staying connected is key for many travelers these days. Whether you are a digital nomad or just wanting to stay in touch with friends at home, you need to make sure you have the right gear to keep keep you charged and connect. Having the right gear means the difference between huddling around the nearest outlet at the airport and snatching a comfy seat while you wait for your flight. Take a look at our list and have the tech travel essentials that every road warrior carries.
Smart Phone (unlocked if going abroad)
A smart phone is the ultimate tool for heading out on the road. In the palm of your hand you have entertainment, your travel plans, and nearly unlimited options for whatever you need to have your trip go smoothly. Whatever platform you prefer, Android or iPhone, there are plenty of apps that can recommend restaurants, itineraries, etc. for any city that you are visiting.
If you are headed abroad, having an unlocked phone is key as you can buy SIM cards in other countries for cheap. T-Mobile has recently begun offering unlimited global data and texting in a huge number of countries. If you are an American traveler take a look at either of those options to stay connected while mobile.
I always have my laptop on me no matter what the trip. For tech junkies like myself, I keep my laptop close because you never know when you will need to send off a quick email or get work done. For casual travelers, a laptop is a great way to quickly stay in touch with friends, upload a quick video, or store photos. Either way, it can really come in handy in a pinch and modern laptops don’t take up much room.
No matter what the trip, there is going to be a time when you want to drown out the noise around you. Having a good set of headphones is key to making trips enjoyable and staying sane on the road. If you can spend the money, spring for the noise canceling headphones.
Charger cords and bricks
I am 100% guilty of constantly leaving my charger at home. I have paid through the nose many times in an airport when I need to recharge between flights. At the airport, the cables cost a minimum of $20 and getting the charging brick is even more expensive. Making sure you have enough chords and power bricks to get a quick charge is key for staying connected on the road.
Power Bank / Spare Battery
Sometimes on long flights or when you are out for the day you won’t have access to an outlet and need to carry a backup battery. There are many out there on the market and they all range in how much they can store, size, etc. We suggest having one that can charge your phone at least twice. The battery won’t be so big that it takes up a ton of room and will still have enough juice to get your through a couple days.
An iPad is by no means a necessity on the road, but it can make life more enjoyable. It is great for playing games and can often replace your kindle as it has a large enough screen to effectively read books. If you feel like you don’t need a laptop on your trip, think about carrying an iPad. You can still get work done on it, but that isn’t the only focus.
For avid readers, having a Kindle is the ultimate tool for killing time. You can store thousands of books on one small device that will keep you entertained on the longest flights. Kindles start at around $60 so they won’t break the bank and will save you a ton of space versus carrying other books.
Staying connected on the road is both becoming easier and more important as technology continues to improve. If you carry the essentials above, you will always be prepared to stay online and connected no matter where you are.
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