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Useful Tech Travel Accessories

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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

Macbook Air work station. Taken by Alejandro Pinto via Flickr.
Macbook Air work station. Taken by Alejandro Pinto via Flickr.

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

Navigation with the iPhone. Taken by Kārlis Dambrāns via Flickr.
Navigation with the iPhone. Taken by Kārlis Dambrāns via Flickr.

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

Portable charger. Taken by Dennis van Zuijlekom via Flickr.
Portable charger. Taken by Dennis van Zuijlekom via Flickr.

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

Power adapters for international outlets. Taken by Alen Levine via Flickr.
Power adapters for international outlets. Taken by Alan Levine via Flickr.

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.

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