The travel gadgets that’ll help you get the most out your holiday
Whether you’re jetting off to the Med or heading for few days in Cornwall, we’ve got the travel gadgets to ensure things go smoothly
Ahh, holiday season. Schools are mere days away from breaking up; kids and parents are itching in anticipation. Goodbye homework, so-long commute and ta-ta to the same old routine, for a while at least. As the country braces itself for the busiest weekend of the year on road, rail, sea and air, here’s a list of the top tech items to help get your holiday off on the right track.
From portable battery chargers to noise-cancelling earplugs and bluetooth speakers, our breakdown of the top tech gadgets will ensure things go smoothly, so you can relax. Bon voyage!
Take flight in style
Whether you’re a nervous flyer or not, air travel in peak season is enough to test the most seasoned traveller. Luckily, we have all the practicalities you might not have thought of, including flight socks (good when flying long haul) and digital weighing scales to ensure you don’t get stung for excess baggage. Travel pillows have come a long way since the awkward blow-up variety you may remember from your gap year – this bestselling memory foam style moulds to the shape of your neck. Add a pair of noise-cancelling wireless earphones and a lightweight e-reader (the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is super-light) and you’re ready for take-off.
Pack to perfection
A shorter break means you can just take hand luggage (oh joy) but even if you’re off on a two-week family holiday, getting your suitcase organised with packing cubes and handy travel pouches will help you feel on top of everything. Those who like to look smart and pulled together while on holiday (yes please), may want to add in a travel iron and hairdryer – both more lightweight and efficient than ever before. Just add some smart luggage labels and you’ll feel like a proper jet-setter.
There’s nothing more annoying than constantly worrying about your mobile phone running dry and being at the mercy of a plug socket. Luckily, that’s avoidable with a portable charger, which means your device can be topped up on the go. There’s a bigger and better range of lightweight wireless speakers than ever (the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, below, is waterproof) so wherever you find yourself, from bell tent to hotel suite, you can listen to your favourite soundtrack. Now might also be the time to upgrade your travel adapter to one with USB ports, such as this one.
It’s easy to get into the habit of just taking photos on your phone, but a real camera has more functions and still takes better pictures. A waterproof camera gives you maximum versatility, including the option of taking snaps in the sea (great for watersports enthusiasts). Binoculars are also a much-overlooked travel accessory that you will never be disappointed you took (note: also handy for spotting your wayward child on the beach). And while we’re on the subject of the beach, a small but fast-drying beach towel means you’ll have more room for the fun stuff.
Keep your calm
Whether you’re glamping, camping or staying in a plush hotel, a good night’s sleep is the key to a truly relaxing break. Dodow Relaxation and Sleep Aid Light will help you achieve a calmer state by emitting light pulses for you to breathe in time to. If you’re a light sleeper, try a pair of sleepbuds, which deliver soothing sounds to mask outside noise. You can always add in a sleep mask, a beauty travel kit and portable handheld fan for tip-top wellbeing potential. Enjoy!