People travel abroad for plenty of reasons – for work, to get away from it all, experience new cultures, or learn something new. Lots of people leave the cell phones, iPods, and laptops behind in their overseas pursuits, which is fine and well. But if you are anything like me, and experience Facebook withdrawal at the slightest of interruptions, then perhaps you should figure out another arrangement. Even if you aren’t a tech junkie, you can have a better time by preparing a little and bringing these essential tech items.
Universal Power Adapter
This is a must have for even the most rustic of travelers. Europe’s electricity lines, for example, are set up quite differently than ours. Europe runs electricity at 50 hertz and the United States runs electricity at 60 hertz. Small difference? Maybe, but it will destroy your electronic devices. This means cell phones, hair dryers, laptops, anything you bring. You MUST have an adapter.
Camera and Accessories
I definitely consider this a must-have. The best part about overseas experiences is being able to record them and bring them home! A good camera is important for this. You don’t necessarily need something expensive, though you certainly may want to consider a high quality camera for historic landmarks or other memorable locales. However, if you want to watch your budget, a cheaper camera does everything you need: remind you of your awesome trip.
Overseas travel is great, but sometimes you have to grab sleep in awkward places, especially when traveling on a budget. Riding on a train, stuck for hours in a crowded airport, or staying in a noisy hostel are all times that being able to pop in some ear buds and listen to your favorite music is invaluable.
This option is not as essential as the others in my opinion. You can definitely go without one if you want. My question is: why would you want that? The GPS navigation, being able to surf the net for locations, and the host of other perks that come with smart phone apps almost cannot be listed. Trust me, the streets of Venice are as confusing as they are beautiful. You want to be able to navigate.
This also is not as essential, but it goes back to the long travel times I mentioned earlier. Twelve-hour flights and three-hour train rides can be taxing. A good, relaxing book, magazine, or newspaper paired with good music makes a world of difference and always starts the trip off right. You can always bring a book, but e-books are so much more convenient and portable.
Choose your gadgets wisely and enjoy your travels!