Travel Gadgets: My Current Go To Favorites For Traveling
Do you love travel gadgets? I do!!!
I love all the gadgets! I’m a bit of a gearhead so I wanted to share some of my favourite travel gadgets and accessories that I take along with me on trips. I find these gadgets to be useful and I would say that I travel with them about 85% of the time. If you know of a traveller in your life, they would make really great gifts for someone. Or they would even make great gifts for yourself!
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HELPFUL GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS
- Flights: Find a cheap flight using Skyscanner or Momondo. I like these two booking sites because they both search all websites and airlines around the globe including budget airlines.
- Accommodations: I use Booking.com or Tripadvisor to find the best rates on hotels. Hotels.com offers a free night after booking 10 nights
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- Travel Insurance: Having gotten sick on my travels in the past, I never travel without being insured. You never know when something may happen. For my round the world trip and extended long-term travel, I use World Nomads. For other trips, I have used Roam Right and they cover activities like extreme sports.
**Updated May 2019
Anker External Battery
I carry so many travel gadgets and will go out for a whole day so sometimes I need that extra “juice”. I have been very happy with my Anker external battery as well as their customer service.
Click here to buy Anker external battery on Amazon
Travel Power Strip
Do you ever notice that hotel rooms only have so many outlets? If you have ever travelled with friends you may find yourself fighting over plugs. Even worse if you’re a budget traveller and are in a hostel dorm room. I took a travel power strip with me and it was one of the best things I packed on my round the world trip. Now as a travel blogger, I can’t leave without one since I carry so much gear.
Click here to buy a travel power strip on Amazon
Universal Plug Adapter
If you travel overseas, you can’t have power without a plug adapter. I have a universal one from my round the world trip since I went to several countries.
Click here to buy this universal plug adapter
I have to store all the photos and videos I take! I’ve gone through several hard drives and sadly I’ve had a few die. So besides having a cloud drive, I also back up onto a physical hard drive. The “Rugged” ones by LaCie are better than the other ones I’ve tried.
Click here to buy this hard drive
If you or someone you know is a solo traveller, X Shot extenders are awesome travel gadgets. I know, I know!! Selfie sticks! But seriously, I don’t use them in places where there are tons of people or indoors. I don’t use them when people are around. But I do use them since I travel solo most of the time.
Are you tired of taking selfies with your outstretched arm? My late mother used to joke that I wasn’t really on a round the world trip because I wasn’t in any photos. There are moments where there aren’t any people around to ask or your arm is too short and you can’t get the monument or scenery in the shot.
Here are two examples of selfies that I took up in Canada while travelling solo:
Here’s a selfie I took on a solo hike on the Sunshine Coast of Canada
I’m trying to up my video game because well…it’s easier to watch a video and sometimes you catch some really awesome experiences. I received a GoPro Hero to test out and I love it! It’s perfect for elements because you can take it in the water, snow, etc. I have yet to but hopefully soon!
Click here to buy a GoPro
I posted this already but if you didn’t see my Whistler Zipline trek, here it is.
Lifeproof Waterproof Cases
Do you like taking photos and videos underwater? Or do you want to protect your phone from any kind of spills or accidents? I have been known to drop a phone in a toilet when drinking (sad horns). Lifeproof sent over an iPhone case and I took to the snow and the water. I have one for my phone as well as my Ipad. I love reading by the pool so the iPad case is awesome to avoid spills!
Click here to buy a Lifeproof Case
Lifeproof case in the hot tub at Painted Boat Resort. It works!!
Years ago, I bought a Panasonic GX1 and I haven’t looked back since. During my round the world trip, I carried my DSLR and lenses but sometimes it’s so heavy and cumbersome. I really love that I can carry this camera in my purse and have it on me all the time. The quality of the photos is great. There are so many cameras to choose from but the price was right on this at the time and I wanted to see what the fuss over micro 4/3 cameras was about. Honestly, it was the best decision I ever made.
If I had more money I’d probably get the Fuji or a Sony.
Update: I spilled water all over my Panasonic and it died. It was amazing and I’m still really sad that this happened. I bought a new Sony though!!! I bought this Sony camera and love it.
Click here to buy a Sony Mirrorless Camera on Amazon
Here’s a self-timed shot I took with my Sony RX100M3
A Portable Speaker
When I travelling through Asia and hanging out on beaches, I remember missing one thing. Music. When I was in Manila I went to a shop specifically to buy a travel speaker. My friend had one when we were in Bali together and I remember how much fun it was to have tunes. This one by Divoom is portable, not too expensive and tough.
Click here to buy this travel speaker
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