Top 10 Travel Gadgets
Heading off on holiday? One of the best ways to keep the whole family busy is with a selection of tech gadgets that’ll delight and distract – perfect for long journeys.
Here at Hawkin’s Bazaar, we’ve got a great range of gadgets for men and women that add a bit of fun and excitement to any trip. Here are a few of the must-grabs ahead of your holidays:
1. Portable Power Pack
The days of worrying about running out of power on the go are virtually over thanks to portable power packs. Unlike solar panels and other charging tech, portable power packs are charged from mains or USB sources and hold on to their charge, giving you access to power on demand and on the go. Opt for a larger mAh capacity – this means it will hold more charge.
Reading books on a holiday is one of the best ways to idle away the time and make the most of your days off. Whether you’re into fiction or non-fiction, fantasy or crime thrillers, an eReader can store a variety of books in one lightweight gadget. You can read with one hand and carry an entire library around. If you’re unsure about making the switch from physical books, a holiday is the perfect time to give it a try.
3. Selfie Stick
Where would our society be without the ability to snap selfies on your mobile phone? A selfie stick is a great addition, as it means you can take family snaps that have everyone in the photo. No more missing out on great photographs because you’re taking the shot.
4. Portable Speakers
Music on the beach or the campsite is one of the world’s most simple joys. You can opt for a generic portable speaker set with Bluetooth connectivity or make things a little more chic with a stylized set.
Harken back to simpler times, when camper vans roamed the roads and family trips to campsites were all the rage, by picking up this VW camper van speaker. Great for playing your music via Bluetooth, the speaker works with your phone and is a good way to keep the whole family entertained on nights around the campfire.
5. Waterproof gadget cases
Don’t bring your tech to the beach and expect it to survive unless you’re very careful, or very clever. Buy a suitable waterproof gadget case to protect your goods, so you can hop on your lilo and read your eReader or play on your phone by the river.
6. Recon Observation Drone
Heading off to a campsite or other holiday destination and want to see things from the skies? This affordable Recon Observation Drone is both fun to fly and great for recording videos and snapping aerial shots. Get the lay of the land like never before.
A gadget that has attracted lots of attention over the years, the Lifestraw has won awards for helping people in impoverished countries get access to safe drinking water. For travelers, it’s a very useful gadget when holidaying in countries that have less than safe water.
The Lifestraw is a water purifying straw that filters 1,000 litres of water and removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and parasites. Place it in water and drink safely, which can literally be lifesaving if you’re dehydrated on your travels.
8. High-Quality Camera
Smartphones are great and their cameras are sufficient for most kinds of on-the-fly photography. If you’re heading off on your travels and you’d like to capture shots properly, you’ll need a better quality camera.
These days, the choice for high-end photography mainly falls into DSLR cameras and mirrorless systems. Both have interchangeable lenses, but mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller and lack an optical viewfinder. For travel, they’re a great option because they’re relatively small yet still provide excellent image quality.
9. UVSunSense Wristband
Heading somewhere sunny? Pack one of a UVSunSense Wristband and you can keep on top of your sunscreen needs. Just slip it on, apply sun lotion all over your body and on the band and it will change colour when you need to reapply. This can help prevent sunburn — a must in sunny climates.
10. Smart suitcase
In a world of interconnected devices and ‘the internet of things’, are you surprised that even a suitcase has been made high tech? There are a few models on the market that offer digital locks, location tracking and other handy features. The Bluesmart suitcase is the standout brand, offering an in-built phone charger, location tracking and a digital lock.