Essential gadgets for summer travels

Essential gadgets for summer travels

Summary: What are some of the best gadgets to have in your backpack this summer?


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  • Sony's Playstation Vita

    Traveling can be a joy, but spending hours in an airport when your flight is delayed or hours on the craft itself can be dull. 

    So, why not take along a portable gaming console with you? The Playstation Vita, for example, is the successor to the PSP range and sports two quad-core processors, a 5-inch OLED display and dual analogue control. 

    The Playstation Vita is a pricey bit of kit, coming in at over £200 for the 3G version, but the rear-control and comfortable joysticks make it a comfortable, entertaining way to spend time on the plane.


    Via: Sony

  • Noise cancelling earphones, a necessity for flying

    When you're off on summer travels, a lot of people who follow the backpacking circuit end up using cheap — and often long — public transport. 

    If you're on a bucket-and-spade airline, a way to forget about the constricted blood flow to your legs and the screaming child behind you (most likely as annoying to you as embarrassing for the parents) is to zone out with your favorite music.

    This particular pair of headphones from Bose are a staple in my backpack. You can connect them to any media player or your smartphone, and you can switch between your music list and taking a call. 

    They're pretty comfortable (although in my opinion a little bulky), but certainly do what they say on the tin — just don't wear them crossing a road.

    Price: £299.99 ($460).

    Via: Currys


  • The Mu

    If you're traveling on a baggage allowance and want to slim down as much as possible, the Mu could be a good option to charge your electronics.

    The U.K. travel adapter can charge any smartphone through a USB connection, and is a compact alternative to bulkier charging gear — as flat down, the measurements are only 14mm x 55mm x 60mm. The foldable plug is able to charge any smartphone, but keep in mind that it cannot handle any high-voltage gadgets, including your tablet.

    Currently, this £25 piece of kit is only available for U.K. customers, but the developers plan to release overseas versions in the future.

    Via: The Mu

Topics: Emerging Tech, Android, Apple, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • cooking by rats

    err, I think i'd be more comfortable using local flora as fuel, rather than fauna..
    • local fauna

      maybe she means handy road kill!
  • Essential gadgets

    Charlie you might have a butt load of money but if I bought all of this stuff I would spend $2994.96. I would not be able to walk out of the front door much less take a trip somewhere.

    Further more there are some things listed in this list I would not want floating around lose in my backpack.

    Sweety you need to get a grip!
  • What with things going like the are...

    In North Korea, I think some dosimeters, and a radiac meter would be in order!
  • ummm...

    Can I see a video of that cooker burning fauna?
  • Yes and no

    Some of the suggestions are good. Others are far from "essential." Rather than calling the article "Essential gadgets for summer travel" it ought to have been called "A few curious travel gadgets."

    E.g. The voltage adapter is only "essential" if you're traveling to a country with different power specs than your own.

    The laptop mentioned is a good one, but a laptop is only "essential" if you need a full-on computer while traveling. For me, a 7-inch tablet is a much better travel device.

    I have a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and I used to take them with me always. But these days airplanes seem to be less noisy than they used to be, and a set of snug-fitting noise-blocking ear buds works well enough, without the weight and bulk of the big headset.

    All the gadgets mentioned might be useful, depending on your circumstances. But none of them is essential.