I love writing for a travel website!
Besides giving me the freedom to go where I want, when I want, it is also the perfect excuse to visit new and exciting places (it’s research, okay!).
With that being said, it means I can’t really unplug during my travels. Sometimes I do just try to disconnect for at least a few days, to really get the feeling of the place I’m visiting but I also think it’s important to write down at least a rough draft of the experience shortly after it happened so that all the important details are still fresh in my mind. Considering that I try to pack light, there are a few electronic essentials I consider absolutely necessary for any trip!
Here is a list of he ones I’ve got already and stay tuned for the ones on my wish-list!
Tech Accessory #1: Laptop
Essential item number one is my laptop. I’m really lucky to have a 13 inch MacBook Air, which is super light and doesn’t add much weight to my luggage. I have a case that I always keep it in to protect it and also is the perfect lap pillow to use if I don’t have a table or desk to use.
Also- I use a keyboard cover like this one, which I think adds a little extra insurance when you’re bringing an expensive electronic around with you, in cafes, at hostels and traveling throughout the city.
Tech Accessory #2: Smartphone
Any seasoned traveler will tell you that your mobile phone is the perfect travel tool. I have an IPhone 4S, which is great to have when I need to connect quickly to Wi-Fi for directions or look something up. Also, I am working on improving my picture taking skills (and motivations) before I switch to a real camera, so the IPhone takes acceptable photos for the time being.
Tech Accessory #3: Portable Charger
I just got a portable phone and laptop charger for Christmas (thanks, mom!) and I’ve already put it to use a few times. It’s the best accessory, especially for long trips such as bus rides when you won’t have access to an outlet. This insures that if I have to at the very least connect with a friend I’m meeting, check directions or find some other important information I won’t be of out of battery and out of luck.
Tech Accessory #4: Adapter
With a U.S. charger cord, I always have to carry an adapter with me. It’s ideal to get one that converts the voltage because it varies by country. I’ve had a few hair dryers or straighteners short out so I make sure also to check the voltage before I plug in.