Saturday, 1 April 2017

12 of the Top Tech Gadgets and Essentials for Travel Addicts

Knowing which of your favourite tech gadgets to take with you when you're traveling can be tricky.  As we do more and more online we want to have everything with us, at least I do.  So I've tried to narrow it down to the items I always use wherever I travel to. 

Firstly when it comes to reading news, watching a TV show or looking at emails when you want something larger than your smartphone I don't think there's anything better than an iPad.  I am both and Apple and a Windows user as you'll see lower down and believe that I have the best of all worlds with an iPad and Windows Surface, which is what I'm using right now.   You don't have, of course, to have an independent keyboard for your iPad and I frequently don't take one with me, but to have a keyboard that also acts as a cover/case seems to me to be offering the best of all worlds.

As I'm one of those people who hates to have anything below a 50% charge on any device I take with me I'm always the one with the chargers, not to mention the ability to charge absolutely anything, anywhere be it plane, train, hotel room or Starbucks.  New on my list is the universal charger that'll charge any device from one small hub.  I find it particularly useful plugged into a single USB port and not so good when you want to charge more than one device at the same time but it will charge them all. 

I also never travel without a headphone splitter - it'll keep kids quiet so they can watch the same thing without having to fight over the iPad/laptop or the headphones and of course you can share what you're listening to....should you want to.
On to supremely portable laptops/tablets.  My No 1 here is Microsoft Surface Pro.  I have the 3 version.  I have a much larger HP Envy laptop for long trips away but the Surface is beautifully portable if you're moving about, and very fast.  Personally I don't like the keyboard smart cover that you can buy with it.  It looks good, but make sure you get a UK keyboard if that's what you're looking for, there are many with a US keyboard.

I found that the Tecknet mini full function keyboard and mouse worked excellently.  And my Surface/ charger and keyboard fit perfectly into the Belkin notepad bag.

Finally some tech accessories I wouldn't be without, my trusty portable charger which I charge up each night and drop into my handbag each day so that no matter how long I'm out for I never run out of charge (and nor do my fellow travelers), the case I keep all my charging cables, splitter and headphones in on the move - make sure you get one like this that you can see inside, and last but definitely not least a mini speaker so you can play your music wherever you are.