Maybe you’re going on a road trip, or perhaps you’ve got a long flight or train ride. You feel like there are essential tech items you should bring, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. What should be in your travel bag? It’s time to find out!
1. External Batteries (For Days)
This one may be quite obvious, but you should have plenty of external batteries for your trip. Plan out how long your travel time is, and how long you’ll have to go between plugs. If you’re going on a 12 hour trip, you mi
ght want to consider a 10,000mAh-15,000mAh external battery. For you Quick Charge 2.0 fans, Anker has you covered with their 10,000mAh, premium external battery. For longer trips, consider the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 external battery. If you’re going to be doing some walking (at a theme park or hiking, for example), a battery case would be good for convenience. Mophie is a very credible brand, so consider the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6/6s or the Mophie Juice Pack for Galaxy S7.
2. Cables, and Lots Of Them
When traveling, it’s important to have multiple good cables. Ones that are long, durable, and will last. Anker makes a great line of cables, the PowerLine+ cables. You can find this cable in Lightning and Micro USB variants.
3. Storage on Storage on Storage
I can’t stress this enough: you’re on a trip, and you will want to take pictures and video. If you’re in the iPhone (or any other phone with non-expandable storage) camp, check out the SanDisk iXpand for iPhone and the SanDisk Ultra drive for Micro USB. If you’re lucky enough to have a Micro SD slot on your phone, pop in a SanDisk Ultra Micro SD card.
4. Music and Videos
For long travel times, you’ll need some form of entertainment. As mentioned in many earlier articles, YouTube Red is my subscription service of choice. It offers access to all the music you can take, as well as the ability to download (almost) any YouTube video for offline viewing. It has become an essential for my road trips.
5. Headphones for Your Music
This one is a given. If you’re taking music and videos with you, you’ll want some sort of private audio source. For the ultimate headphones, try the Audio Technica ATH-M50x. For a more discrete experience, you can’t go wrong with the Jaybird Freedom Buds (Fifth Generation). If you’re on a budget, the Skullcandy Ink’d 2 earbuds are just the thing for you! While not stunning, they’re the best you can get for the price.
That’s it for this countdown! What did I miss? Be sure to leave your favorite travel tech down below!