7 Gadgets I Take With Me When Travelling

Day 219/365: Number 2 is an absolute must!

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People are very curious about my travels. I’m not even travelling as much as I’d like. I’m doing a fraction of my goal. I’m doing more work and less travel this year, but never fear, as 2019 will be mostly dedicated to travelling and working, not the other way around.

For now, I’ll let you know about my carry-on bag and what’s in it. These are the 7 gadgets I never leave home without. These are travel esentials for all trips, regardless if you’re going on a longer or a shorter trip.

Phone

My phone is the number one gadget I need while travelling. Not as a distraction, but as an actual tool that helps me with my travel. I don’t just turn on Spotify or ramble on Facebook for hours. I actually try to avoid doing those things because I’m travelling. I can listen to music and stay on Facebook later.

The phone allows me to check transportation on Google Maps, to look up restaurants and hotels on TripAdvisor or to watch over my expenses through my ING mobile app, for example. It’s all in there. The Black Brick with magical screen and a camera that takes better pictures than my DSLR. What a beautiful world we’re living in!

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Kindle

I never leave home without my Kindle. I even take it with me for short trips to the supermarket. My dad has a tendency to stay inside the store for a tad longer than normal. And I’m in the car, sitting and doing nothing. Which is the perfect time to catch up on some reading.

On the road, the Kindle has proven itself to be the best thing you can have at hand. It matters less if you’re on a plane, train, bus or car. You can turn it on and immediately have access to all of your library of books. The fact that you’re one click away from your books and don’t have to carry them around with you makes the Kindle my favourite travel gadget on Earth.

Laptop

Fortunately for me, my laptop can hold up about 3 to 4 hours of work. Unfortunately for me, my laptop is huge, heavy and therefore takes a lot of space in my backpack. Still, I never go away without it if I’m out of town for 3 days or more.

I’ve been known to go on weekend trips without it, always ending up with a headache for trying to do stuff that you normally do on a laptop with a phone or something else. Like a tablet. Who even takes a tablet seriously?

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Anyways, in order to avoid these situations, I now take the laptop with me every time that I travel. It’s easier to have it with you when you need it than not having it with you when you need it.

Camera

I have an old Nikon D3100 with me everytime I travel, especially overseas. I now have a great phone that lets me take great pictures and it’s the size of a phone, of course, but I still have the urge to feel it’s a little lacking in details and colours, which is why the antique D3100 is still the better choice.

Universal charger

It’s crucial to have a universal adapter so that you can charge your gadgets on the go. I bought one in London out of necessity and I’ve never travelled anywhere without it. The best 5 pounds ever spent!

Headphones

Whatever you might think, a good pair of headphones could make the difference between a nice walk and a disatrous walk. It could mean a great flight, while you submerge your brain into your favourite tunes, or a terrible flight, listening to the tens of little kids crying over the clouds.

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I’m now using a $25 set of Sony headphones. No, I’m not going to pay 100 bucks for some headphones. I’m crazy, but not stupid. There’s a difference. If you think the $100 headphones are worth it, then, by all means, buy them. I just think my $25 set is just as fine as your fancy, expensive one.

Memory cards, USB sticks, accessories

Never leave home with just one memory card, never leave home without a USB stick and never leave home without your cases, your external batteries, your extra batteries for the camera and so on. It really depends on your favourites with this category.

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