Essential ItemsThree Essential Items I Can Not Travel Without It's summertime and summertime usually means travel. Whether it is a well-needed week long vacation or a quick weekend getaway, most of us travel a little bit more in the summertime. When I travel, there are a few modern conveniences I cannot do without.
Besides any essentials like toothpaste and a toothbrush, here's what I deem necessary to take: A Rechargeable External Battery These have helped me charge my phone or tablet while camping or flying on a plane. Literally a lifeline to my digital life such as my books and magazines on my Kindle Fire or all the podcasts and music on my smart phone. I never leave for a trip without one. They have become increasingly inexpensive and more compact in the last few years. They are durable as well. My 10,000 mAh Anker Power Core has lasted me 5 years and is still going strong. With a compact footprint about the size of my Samsung Galaxy 5, a rechargeable battery or power bank is a do-not-forget-to-pack item.
WHY A PHONE?
My Phone Sure...a no brainer you are saying out loud right now. To some people however a phone, or smartphone more specifically isn't that obvious for travel. Besides the ability to make phone calls and store all your contacts information, a smart phone replaces several items that were traditionally packed for travel around your state or abroad: 1. An alarm clock. Today's phones have the ability to store multiple alarms for a variety of situations. No more need to pack that old clunky travel alarm clock or call the front desk at the hotel for a wakeup call, the solution is in your pocket. 2. A camera. Travel and cameras go together like peanut butter and apples (bet you thought I was going to say jelly!) and most of today’s phones take extremely high quality images suitable for printing. With an online connection, most photos can be stored in the cloud via Google Drive or a Box account so you can continue to take pictures of the scenery and landmarks along your travels. 3. Maps. No more need to pack those clunky, hard to fold maps that are extremely inconvenient when needed. Today’s phone and a connection to the Internet will get you to your destination easy and quickly. 4. A flashlight. Sure, most of us don’t pack a flashlight for travel unless we are camping but the convenience of a torch in your pocket cannot be underestimated and is included here.
A Tablet Or Netbook Let’s face it, even if we are traveling for relaxation and to get away from it all, most of us like to have a little entertainment for the slow times and that is where my Kindle Fire comes in. It is my lightweight, fairly small video player and eBook reader that goes on every trip with me. Most streaming services like Amazon Prime video and Netflix let you download shows for watching without a connection, making those long cross country flights a little more bearable. I have access to email with my tablet in case I want to stay in touch with work or my family as well. An external battery, phone and tablet when traveling can go a long way to making your travel easier and mare enjoyable. In fact, I won’t leave home and go on a trip without them.