What is technology? Travel gadgets you can actually use

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Many people go on vacation for the first time in 2-3 years. Whether you’re traveling by plane or on the highway, it’s important to pack light. It is also important to pack enough.

And enough, I’m talking about the things you’ll need to make sure you have enough power to keep all of your devices charged and ready to go for a day of sightseeing.

The hotels and condos don’t seem to have enough outlets to charge everything. Phones, laptops, watches, tablets, headphones, and all the other things. If you haven’t hit the road for a few days since 2019, you’re probably packing more gadgets that you need to charge each night.

Behold, the first thing my family does in a hotel room is look for an outlet they can claim for the week.

You can turn 1 outlet into 5 with a portable power strip. You can pack one of the old electrical connectors often found in the garage. You can also top up a travel-only energy subscriber.

Anker, one of my favorite tech brands, has several portable batteries. They are small enough to be thrown in
suitcase. With 3 AC outlets, 1 USB-C and 2 standard USB ports, you don’t need charging pads.

Instead of packing separate cables for your devices, take a look at this 3-in-1 charging cable.

You can find it online and in some large retail stores. He really is a genius. The cables have a micro-USB socket but they also have two adapters connected to the Apple Lightning and USB-C cable.

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When you need to charge a device with a different outlet, simply connect the adapter to micro-USB. It’s especially handy to pack into your backpack so you always have the right cable when you need it.

You will need a portable charger at some point and there are many brands to choose from.

iOttie makes a stylish and completely wireless portable battery charger, just place the phone on the charger. Anker has portable power banks for all devices and a new portable battery model that attaches to your iPhone 12 and above with a magnet, so you don’t have to worry about cables or wires.

One word of caution when buying a portable battery charger: Make sure you have the right cable to use. Some newer charging packages only have outputs for USB-C cables.

Check what you get.

Vacation photos look better if the phone camera is stable. Joby makes a pocket tripod that doesn’t need a stand, just place the phone inside the clips for stable shots. The tripod is small (I might call it a mini microphone) but it gets the job done whether you’re taking pictures of the kids by the pool or trying to shoot a sunset video.

If you need readers when you want to sit poolside and read, you may find yourself supporting the readers inside your sunglasses. Nothing looks worse.

Thin optics make for a very gentle style of readers resting on the bridge of your nose. It is small enough to fit inside your sunglasses. I bought a pair of these years ago and have finally worn them. you
Cheap versions can be found online. Wear them behind your favorite sunglasses and no one will notice you are wearing them.

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It’s tied with technology because it folds into a small case that can be attached to a phone, tablet or e-reader so you always have readers with you. They come with full force.

Here is my art packing list to take on vacation:

● An e-reader like Kindle is offline, splash-proof, and distraction-free.
● Portable power strip.
● Portable battery (I usually carry two because someone always needs to be recharged).
● Fast charging pad When I go back to the hotel room and need to recharge my phone battery.
● 3-1 charging cable with micro-USB, Lightning and USB-C ports.
● Thin optical readers.
● Smartphone camera lenses for wider sunset shots.
● Tripod for small smartphones Joby

And when we travel, I make sure to download movies or TV shows to a phone or tablet so we can watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu even when we don’t have an internet connection.

But don’t forget the sunscreen, too. Like these travel kits, it’s more expensive if you have to buy them at the airport or at the hotel gift shop.

Samantha Arnold

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