So we’re all already wondering when the next public holiday will be. With Easter falling late this year, April 16 vs. late March last year, for last-minute bookers and Easter weekend travelers, there’s still time to reserve a first-quarter getaway, this time that offers more than a spring break cliché. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”, yeah, well he never had to take a ten-hour flight in coach. On vacation, your first inclination may be to unplug. But some tech accessories can make your travels even more enjoyable.
These days, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), gadgets are now both smart and portable enough to keep us entertained for hours while we get from A to B. If you’re just planning some spring travel to shake off cabin fever after a long winter, these ten gadgets will help you get the most out of your next adventure.
A High Capacity External Battery
Charge your tablet and your phone—at the same time—with this pocketable battery, and avoid the frenzy of airport-outlet hunting. Featuring two USB ports and one USB Type C, it has enough juice packed into it to charge your phone three to five times over, this thing puts your run-of-the-mill power bank to shame. Do yourself a favor and invest in a slightly larger, but way-higher-capacity battery like this one from Lumsing. Thanks to its new feature pass-through charging, the Lumsing Glory P2 offers great value and charges in just five hours as few power banks of this capacity. There’s nothing worse than thinking you have enough power to get you through a trip, but getting stuck with a nasty layover or missed connection.
Besides that, Lumsing power banks are the perfect companion for traveling given they have clear printed identification that remains for a long time because it´s protected with a plastic cover, compared with others. This is really important because the power banks with rated power exceeding 160WH or power banks without clear identification are not allowed to be carried on board or consigned. Don´t forget when you are going to travel, you should also know that power banks must only be carried in hand luggage or carried around. It is not allowed to carry power banks in checked luggage.
Noise Canceling Headphones
There are a lot of options when it comes to noise-cancelling headphones, but our favorite overall is the Bose QuietComfort 25s. They’re sturdy, sound great, and perform better at noise canceling than any other pair of headphones. There are better $300 pairs of headphones out there, but not in this category. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on a train, plane, bus, or any other noisy environment on your next trip, this pair of headphones could be your new best friend. They’re not cheap, but you can’t put a price on serenity.
3. Nintendo Switch
The hottest new innovation, Nintendo’s newest gaming console, sporting both true home and true portable gameplay abilities. The Nintendo Switch is a console comprised of a portable tablet-like device and a docking station for home play. The Switch is a truly innovative product that has the ability to literally switch between play modes. One moment it’s a traditional console, the next it’s a multiplayer tabletop device and in the next moment, a handheld. Partnered with strong launch titles such as the spectacular The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch has the potential to win back fans burned by a lack of big games from the last two systems — but only if it can consistently deliver great titles this time. Besides that the Switch is hands down the smallest console we’ve ever seen.
If you will be renting a car, bring a car charger/adapter. Recharging your stuff while driving helps combat the “not enough accessible outlets in the hotel” factor and allows you to use your device to map your route, play a podcast or distract your kids in the back seat without running down the battery. Lumsing Car Charger was designed for adding portability and convenience, it’s well built, rocks 4 ports and, thanks to the 9.6A output, it can handle high speed charging on demanding devices across the board. Grab a few extra charging cables if you need them, and enjoy a one-stop charger that keeps all your gadget glowing.
The hot new USB Type-C standard is here to stay so you will need some extra cables. There are plenty of benefits for using USB Type-C. For starters, the port is reversible! But that is only the tip of the cable. And like icebergs, there is much more than meets the eye in Type-C cables. They allow for faster transfers, charging, 4K monitor output and more. This Lumsing USB Type-C to Type-C cable measures only 3.3 feet in length, but it packs a punch under the hood. Thanks to its USB 3.1 compatibility, it can handle transfer speeds of up to 10 GB/s. Besides that its high-quality materials ensure reliability and provide super speed charging and transferring. Find more here.
Mirrorless cameras have a lot going for them. In reality, they have “little” going for them: they offer a compact and lightweight form factor, yet they produce very high image quality. Many DSLR users are finding mirrorless cameras to be a useful tool for serious photography, and some are even “switchers,” simply for the form factor. For photographers on the go, the size-and-quality combination is simply unbeatable. The Sony Alpha 5100 which is the perfect match between a lightweight camera which offers stunning image quality. Is a great companion for every traveler who is concerned about saving weight but won’t miss high-quality pictures and especially movies. Given that it’s very small and lightweight you easily carry it wherever you go and you don’t miss a shot.
7. USB Wall Charger
The best USB wall charger for travel is one that’s small, outputs lots of power, and has a built-in (ideally retractable/pivotable) plug. It needs to rapidly recharge multiple devices at once, and hopefully not cost a lot. Lumsing offers several kinds of USB wall chargers, with 2, 3 and 5 ports. If you have lots of USB gadgets to charge overnight or want to cut down on the number of chargers you pack in your suitcase, the Lumsing Wall Charger serves a useful purpose, it provides four or five USB ports to simultaneously juice up all your USB-connected devices.
International roaming charges when you’re on AT&T, Verizon, and to a lesser extent Sprint (but not T-Mobile), can be exceptionally expensive. The best option for cheap data is to buy a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination. But even that can be expensive if you’re on a tight budget (or crossing borders regularly). Most travel SIM cards, however, are a rip-off. ChatSIM, at least on paper, is a deal too good to be true: $30 for a year of unlimited international messaging.
There’s a catch, of course. ChatSIM only lets you a message using WhatsApp, Messenger, Line, and a few other services. There’s no web surfing, no photo uploads, just text-based messages.
VR video is the next big thing, but most of us still think that requires an expensive rig. It doesn’t. Sharing a snapshot of your travels is nice—but bringing someone into them, through totally immersive photos and video, is nicer. This pocket-sized device takes seamless 360-degree images and videos that can be edited and shared without any of the headaches we’ve experienced with some of its competitors. If you own an iPhone and want to get into capturing VR-friendly 360-degree video, the Insta360 Nano (or Air if you have Android) is one of the easiest ways to get started.
Never lose your keys, passport or backpack again. Just 5mm thick, these colorful and truly tiny Bluetooth trackers can be attached to almost anything. Load up the TrackR app and your gear will not only be shown on a map, the TrackR pixel device also lights up in the dark. If you walk away from your keys, or can’t find your TV remote, or have lost your wallet between the sofa cushions, the promise is that these trackers should help you find them. Launching this spring for about HK$195, they are available for pre-order at thetrackr.com/pixel.
Are you ready now to get the most out of your next travel destination?