If you’re off on holiday this summer then you’ll soon have to deal with the last minute shopping trip for your travel essentials, sun cream and after-sun, a new bikini and some small toiletries to get you through check-in. Your luggage can start to get pretty crowded. We’ve looked at some of the best gadgets that can make your trip easier and cut down on your luggage too.Image: geishaboy500
Extra charges for excess luggage can get pretty expensive especially if you’ve bought gifts for friends and family and don’t want to leave them in the airport because you’ve gone over your limit. Make sure you don’t by investing in some digital luggage scales. There are some great versions to help you pack on the way out and of course when you come home too.
If you love sunning yourself on the beach or just want to take some good reads in case you have a day of bad weather don’t take up most of your suitcase space with books. Amazon’s Kindle can hold up to 15,000 books and the battery fully charged can last a whole month whilst the iPad 2 can hold roughly 50,000 ebooks as well as games and magazines.
Everyone loves to capture their holiday highlights with a photograph but if you’re travelling alone or just want to get everyone in the shot then a tripod might be needed.
Don’t take up loads of valuable suitcase space with a large traditional tripod try one of the new versions like the Gorilla Pod or Bottle Top Tripod. Small, compact and perfect when you can’t ask a friendly local to take your snap.
You’re planning on taking your mobile phone, a camera, perhaps your Kindle and maybe an iPod plus (for the men) your electric shaver. The last thing you want is to take a load of different chargers and travel adaptors for each one.Check and see if your mobile charger will also work with your camer, cut down on the cables you are taking and then get yourself a worldwide travel adapter. They now even come with a USB slot for charging even more electronic goods. Check out solar powered chargers too like the Powermonkey.
Safety is always a worry when travelling abroad so if you want to keep your valuables on you and out of sight try one of the mini personal stashes. We really like the clever sandals from Reef and ArchPort, some flip-flops have a beer opener on the sole and others have a handy compartment for hiding money or ID.
Our last tip can help make more space in your suitcase especially if you have lightweight items that take up too much room. Try using a travel version of a vacuum bag. Most can simply be rolled up to take out excess air making it easier to pack your clothes a help you shut your bag.
Got a great travel gadget? We’d love to hear about your recommended apps for use abroad.