Essential Gizmos and Gadgets for Travellers
by Heidi Raker
Traveling is one of the most stressful activities adults have to do in relation to their professions. There are delays, cancellations and long lines at security that can occur. The unpredictability of travel is inevitable. Whether traveling for business or personal reasons, there are some ways to reduce the stress of travel with a few tips. Take the angst out of traveling with these foolproof devices and gadgets that will make your journey and time away from home more convenient, enjoyable and relaxing.
1. Universal Adapter Plug (with USB port)
International travel can lead you to places that do not have the outlet that is compatible with your chargers and other electronic devices. Purchasing a universal adapter plug will avoid this problem. They are quite inexpensive and retail for under $20 on Amazon. There are even adapters that have a USB port that allow you to conveniently charge your iPhone.
2. Portable Phone Charger
As you are traveling, streaming music on your phone and using apps to pass the time, you will quickly realize that your phone battery will not hold a full charge for very long. Avoid the issue of a quickly dying phone by always having a portable charger stowed on your carry-on bag. There are extremely inexpensive ones that are about $10 and other high end ones that retail for about $40-$60, such as the Nomad wallet charger. There are even cases for the iPhone that you can purchase that will charge your phone without having to plug it in. No matter what kind of phone you have, there are loads of options for portable chargers, all within a manageable price range.
3. Wireless Headphones
The best way to relax on a long flight or train ride is to put on your headphones and cancel the outside world for the duration of your journey. What better way to immerse yourself in relaxation mode than with calming music streamed through Bluetooth headphones? You will not have to worry about wires getting tangled and they instantly connect to your device. Wireless headphones are pricier than regular earbuds, but many of them feature noise cancellation, which is a big plus. If you do not want to splurge on Beats or Bose headphones, there are alternatives for under $100 such as the Insignia Wireless Headphones.
4. Portable Tablet
Having a portable tablet to travel with is a lot easier to use than a laptop, especially for streaming TV and/or reading books and magazines. If you are looking for something more elaborate than a traditional Kindle tablet, try the Kindle Fire for just $49. However, if you are looking for more features and storage, and don’t mind spending more money, the IPad Mini is a good choice for you. It’s chock full of features and offers a crisp image on its small screen.
5. Apple Airport Express
Would you spend $99 if it meant that you can get your own private WiFi on all your devices anywhere you went? The Apple Airport Express is a high performance dual band transmitter that allows you to securely connect your phone, laptop and iPad to WiFi. It even allows for wireless printing and customizable range. The days of frantically trying to find a cafe or restaurant that has WiFi are over with Apple Airport Express.
If you are an executive who is always on the go, traveling doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. With portable charging, noise cancellation, entertainment, and WiFi at your fingertips, you are sure to have a smooth and enjoyable trip.
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