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What to take with you on a holiday… apart from your phone

13 Jan 2015
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

Here are our top five devices and gadgets to take with you on a holiday.

Last week I pulled together a blog on how to avoid phone-related disaster when you jet off on an overseas holiday. This got me thinking about some of the gadgets and devices I couldn’t live without while traveling. So, here are my top five devices and gadgets to take with you on a holiday.

1. Noise-cancelling headphones

We’ve all been there – you’re on a long-haul flight, the guy next to you is snoring his head off and the complementary airline headphones won’t quite cut the mustard. Investing in some noise-cancelling headphones is the right way to go for long, flights. If you don’t travel that much, look into getting some noise-cancelling ear-buds (they’re smaller and kinder on your wallet). Remember to always take double headphone jack so you can plug them into your seat as well. For all the frequent flyers out there, this is your new number one must-have for travelling.

2. Portable charger

If noise-cancelling headphones are your saviour in the sky, then a portable phone charger is your Messiah on land. After a full day of sight-seeing, in Paris I found myself at the Eiffel Tower with a flat battery. Luckily, my friends’ phones still had juice in them, but from that day on I bought a portable charger and took it everywhere with me. They’re pretty inexpensive, small and easy to find.

3. Ditch the laptop for a tablet

Go for the tablet – a laptop takes up more room and is usually heavier than a tablet. With luggage fairs getting more expensive, every gram counts. This will also mean that you can also use the same USB power adaptor that your phone uses.

4. Australian power board

We all know to take travel adaptors with us when we travel, but instead of taking a whole bunch of them to charge all your devices, just take one as well as an Aussie power board or a double adaptor. That way, you can charge more than one thing at a time and only have to scrounge around for one international adaptor.

5. Should I get a camera?

Alternatively why not check out a Go Pro? It’s small, durable and takes some pretty awesome snaps.

Lastly, I highly recommend that you buy all these things before you leave Australia, and certainly don’t buy them at the airport – just do yourself a favour by planning ahead and getting your stuff together before you head off.

What can’t you travel without? Got any travel tips you’re keen to share?

Mariah – amaysim’s communication's coordinator.