Friday, May 11th, 2018
Any traveler knows that packing light is essential when it comes to avoiding excess baggage fees at the airport or hassles trying to lug all of your stuff down a cobblestone street.
Having said that, there are certain things that no traveler should be without. They are lightweight, useful and could completely alleviate your next travel headache.
Have you ever been on a red-eye and you’re dying to just grab an hour or two of sleep before your plane lands but there’s a chatty passenger next to you, or a crying baby three rows up.
Never fear, noise-canceling headphones are here! These bad boys will keep your mind clear and commotion from getting to your ears. You’ll be blissfully asleep before takeoff and wake refreshed and ready to start your adventure.
These days our entire lives are on our smartphones, and with essential apps like Uber to help us get around it’s more important than ever to make sure your phone is charged and ready to go. Unfortunately, traveling long distances often means traveling without an outlet, so you should always pack a portable phone charger.
Most models are slim and quite powerful. You just simply charge them up when you have the availability, and tuck them into your bag for emergency use. If you’re staring down a phone on 3 percent battery, you’ll be happy you bought a phone charger.
With the popularity of streaming services exploding in just the last few years, you now have the opportunity to watch all of your favorite shows and movies on your smartphone or your mobile device without having to be plugged into a traditional TV set.
Using a Chromecast device (or any of the other pieces of hardware out there that do almost the exact same thing), you’ll be able to cast whatever you have on your mobile device to any television or computer monitor without having to bring a bunch of cords and cables with you.
This turns ANY TV or monitor into the ultimate entertainment center, but it also helps you dramatically improve your productivity while you are traveling as well. You can cast or extend your mobile device to boost your available screen real estate immediately. This can help you turn your phone or tablet into a mobile work center without a headache or hassle.
Super lightweight and ultraportable, these casting sticks are effortless to throw into your carry-on or your travel luggage. You’ll always have them on hand when you need them, and they won’t ever get in the way when you don’t.
The only hurdle you have to jump over when you are on the go and hoping to watch your TV back home is that most services lock down the content that they make available in Ireland the moment that you start to head abroad.
This can be trouble if you’re holidaying in Spain, for example, but want to catch up on your favorite shows, movies, or sporting events and find yourself locked out because of the geolocation technology built into your streaming device.
Back in the old days, you had to bring a whole mess of different adaptors with you on your trip because you never knew what kind of weird outlets your destination had. Those days are no more, thanks to the universal plug adapter. There are few traveling nightmares that compare to the realization that your gadgets won’t plug into a strange outlet.
Many times if that happened youíd have to fork over a ton of cash to buy an adaptor of questionable quality and hope it holds up for the duration of your trip. Most universal adaptors are compact and can easily fit into your checked or carry on luggage. You will not regret bringing one along.
If you’re someone who loves books, you know the struggle of figuring out what favorite tomes to bring with you on a trip.
Craving a nice beach read, but not wanting to tuck that 1000 plus page book into your carry on? You need an e-reader. There are plenty of options available, from the standard Kindle to the Apple tablet, and they all allow you to download books and read them at your leisure.
The best part about this is that you can cram as many volumes into your e-reader as you’d like and still just need to carry around a slim device.
E-readers used to be expensive when they first hit the market, but the technology is now several years old so you can pick yourself up a high-quality one for a really reasonable price.
If space is a premium and you like to read, an e-reader is a must. Newer models come with anti-glare features so reading at the beach is not a problem at all.
These gadgets are great for hotels or hostels that promise universally accessible WiFi but really mean that if you wander out of the lobby you’ll be struggling to get online. This piece of equipment does exactly what it advertises; extends the radius from which you can get WiFi. It’s great for when you want to lounge by the pool and scroll through Facebook or check emails from your room.
Best of all, most of these extenders are pretty durable and low cost so you don’t have to worry about spending a ton of cash. Simply tuck it in your bag and you’ll avoid any annoying WiFi dead zone issues.
Traveling can be made much better by simply picking up a few low-cost gadgets that will allow you to make it to your destination in comfort and peace. All of the items on this list are lightweight and relatively cost-effective so they won’t weigh down your bag or drain your wallet.