7 must-have tech travel accessories

7 must-have tech travel accessories

Summary: I'm planning a road trip for next month that will see me roaming some of the wildest parts of Scotland in search of haggis, fine malts, Nessie, and a midge repellent that works. Since this tour will take me to some wild places, I want to make sure that I'm kitted out so I can stay on the grid.

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  • Introduction

    I'm planning a road trip for next month that will see me roaming some of the wildest parts of Scotland in search of haggis, fine malts, Nessie, and a midge repellent that works. Since this tour will take me to some wild places, I want to make sure that I'm kitted out so I can stay on the grid.

    Here's a selection of tech travel accessories I'm taking with me.

    (Image: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

  • 3G mobile wi-fi hotspot modem

    It's easy to think that in this day and age all you need to remain connected to the internet is a smartphone or tablet and you're ready to rock. That's true in an area where you can be guaranteed to get good mobile coverage, but I'm heading into an area that has patchy coverage at best. Also, chances are good that the network my iPhone or iPad is on won't be the one I need at a critical moment.

    This is why I'm taking with me an unlocked 3G mobile wi-fi hotspot. I've chosen the Huawei E5776s.

    Now I could swap SIM cards in my iPhone or iPad, but I have visions of the SIM card tray falling into an air vent in my car, something that would put a crimp in my day.

    There's another added advantage of using a 3G modem over a tablet or smartphone. If you're in a poor signal area you can sometimes get better reception by attaching it to a paint roller extension handle and sticking it up in the air, MacGyver style.

    (Image: Huawei)

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  • Snow? Really?

    You coud'nt find a picture of a Jepp on beach for example? Just saying.
    Low_tech
  • On the grid?

    You actually are looking for ways to remain on the grid? While traveling that beautiful country, you need the intrusion of high tech? Why don't you skip the trip, save money on all the junk "kit" and stay home. Maybe do an Internet tour of a couple of countries so you can feel like a real explorer.
    DKFlorida
    • Couldn't agree more!

      I have made many driving trips all over Scotland, as well as the rest of GB, and the LAST thing I wanted was to be "on the grid". What the he11 kind of vacation is that?

      So yes..."Why don't you skip the trip, save money on all the junk "kit" and stay home. Maybe do an Internet tour of a couple of countries so you can feel like a real explorer."

      And you do not need an SUV in Scotland. Either rent a good DRIVER'S car like I did years ago to tour GB & Scotland...a 911 Porsche Targa...or just stay the heck home...and fire up Google Street View from your office...and be done with it.
      IT_Fella
  • A Tech Travel guide that's actually worthwhile!

    I've read all of the tech travel gear guides by all of the ZDnet writers but this is the first one that was actually useful.

    My work requires I travel locally a lot, but "locally" for me is the northern wilderness for most. I'm always looking for better versions of some of my gear. It'd be nice if my Galaxy Tab 3 would stop falling off the windshield. Of course, the RAM-HOL-UN7BU AKH uses is too small for the Tab 3, but it lead me to the larger RAM-HOL-UN8BU.

    And the idea of a 3G modem on a paint roller extender arm? Never heard of it before. I'll add the extender arm to my CUV.

    DEET doesn't work in our area at keeping away the noseeums and eat you alive tiny black flies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo&feature=kp. (We get them here too.) Thankfully, citronella still does. I find I need to use it and icaridin together to be most effective. AKH may want to bring along some alternatives. The bugs adapt fast to the different repellents.
    mheartwood
  • leave the kit at home

    And learn to appreciate the history, the landscape, the people and the culture.
    krossbow
  • No, No

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO !!!!!
    Get this to the ****** editor that dictated this totally unacceptable article format ( Slide Show). We have been going over this for YEARS ! If you can't publish an article on a single - copyable one - page format, you need to get out of the business years ago - permanently. We don't want you!

    You have done this deliberately, knowing that it was wrong and totally unacceptable to your client / reader base. NO EXCUSE ! Maybe you can find socially productive work cleaning tables in a local fast-food joint.
    Leo Regulus
    • Slide shows not as bad as before

      Now slide shows don't do full page load, so it's less annoying except with the Modern IE in Windows 8 (Windows 8.1 fully patched here), then the Next button seems to take longer on each picture, taking an eternity by the time the last picture is reached.
      lepoete73
  • Have Fun.

    On the grid or off, you will have a great time. Love the country and it's people. One not well known spot to see if you happen to be up near Wick is Whaligoe. The Whaligoe steps take you down to the ocean for a breathtaking view of the cliffs but watch out for the nesting birds.
    bonnie@...
  • Roaming

    If you are in OZ, get a red sim from Vodafone! Much cheaper, I spent $30eu on data & $40eu on voice the first time (+recharges, when I chould buy one). Last time went to EU. Got voda red $50 sim, at $5/day. And didn't blow my recharge calling home. Plus work & family called me for std mobile call cost, from OZ.
    revlup66
  • For maximum enjoyment:

    forego the kit and haggis, concentrate on the fine malt. :) Bon voyage!
    Userama