When it comes to travel, I prefer to pack light. My electronic travel gadgets are carefully chosen to travel well, while providing me with the best of service. Here are the tech items I won’t leave home without.
Digital Camera – I bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V digital camera and can’t be more pleased with the clarity and overall quality of the photos it takes. It has 18.2 mega pixels with a 20x optical zoom and up to 40x clear image zoom. It has a 3″ LCD and shoots a full (1920×1080) HD movie. It is great for scenery and close-up shots of flora and the like. I travel with extra memory cards, so I don’t have to download to a computer, but I also carry a memory stick or two in case I have time to download at my hotel’s business service center.
Super Trackstick – Have you ever forgotten where you’ve been? My Super Trackstick tracks my
every move and its Lithium-Ion battery allows the unit to keep its charge for 6-8 weeks in the power save mode. When my trip is over, I can download my movements and every location I have visited is shown as a red line on a Google map.This handy tech gadget allows me to Geotag my photos so that I can remember where every shot was taken. With this great little tool, I know exactly where I’ve been!
Kindle Fire – I always bring my Kindle Fire for leisure reading as opposed to a pile of books. I load
my Kindle books in advance, using local and regional library services to obtain them for free. I also use my Kindle to access the internet, read the local paper and catch up on my email periodically. With my Kindle, there is no need for me to carry my laptop. In the future, I will trade in my Kindle Fire for a Kindle Fire HDX which has bluetooth and will allow me to type with my Microsoft wedge and eliminate the need for me to carry my iPod Touch.
IPod Touch – I love my little iPod Touch when I am not interested in the larger size readout of my Kindle Fire. I also like it because it works with my Microsoft wedge bluetooth keyboard which allows me to type longer correspondence with ease.
Bluetooth Keyboard – I carry a Microsoft wedge mobile blue-tooth keyboard, which works with my IPod. It folds up into a small hard cased rectangle and takes a minimal amount of space, but is very convenient to use if I need to do any serious texting or write a lengthy email response.
Low-Cost Tracfone or Mobal – My Samsung Tracfone has bluetooth and a QWERTY slider keyboard. I don’t spend money on expensive contract phones and Tracfone service is great everywhere I go. It has a 2.0 mega pixel camera and mobile web. For international travel I use a Mobal World Phone Classic. These phones are low cost, work from 190 countries including the US, and the calls you make are billed to you. There is no expensive contract to buy, and when your trip is over, you can put your Mobal away until the next international trip.
All of my tech items fit in my medium-sized cross body purse. I carry each one in a soft cloth carry bag to keep them separate, and I still have plenty of room for my wallet and other essential items. Since I’m carrying a thousand dollars in high-tech gizmos, it’s better that I only have one bag to keep track of, and my electronics are secure but easy to access at a moment’s notice.