With tech gear getting faster and lighter, you never have to leave home without your favorite gadget. Whether you’re heading out of town for business, or a family vacation, here are four gadgets you need to have on your next trip.
Combining lightweight portability and the processing power of a full size laptop, an Ultrabook is the perfect solution for travel. A MacBook Air or Lenovo IdeaPad can give you the power you need for any application. If you only need to surf the web or write documents, a Chromebook would suit your needs. Bear in mind a Chromebook will require an Internet connection even for some basic uses.
A tablet, such as an Apple iPad or Samsung Nexus 7, can serve a multitude of purposes for business or personal trips. Avid readers can take a library’s worth of books without taking up excess room in their luggage. For business, cloud services and apps, such as Evernote, will help you stay connected with the home office.
While a tablet is a great thing to have, an iPhone or Nokia Lumina 1520 is essential. Whether you need to stay in contact with your business associates, family members, or need one in case of emergency, there is simply no better way to stay in contact with the world. In addition, the camera technology in phones continues to increase meaning you can snap all the pictures you want without having to worry about sacrificing quality, or needing to bring extra gear like SD cards or batteries.
Speaking of batteries, you’ll note that all of these devices require them. While you can always charge them once you get to your hotel or a café, heavy use can drain a battery faster than you would like. If size is a consideration, something like the Anker Astro Mini would suit your needs. At only 2.7 oz., it can easily fit in your pocket. The Solar Roll is a charger that can be used for your laptop, and is solar powered. Good if you’re environmentally conscious, or going where power options are limited. Be sure to check the compatibility on any charger to make sure it will work with your device.