The recent advances in portable consumer electronics have made made the dull parts of travel much more bearable. With tablets and smartphones we can have access a library of books, music, and video games in a device that fits in the palms of our hands and are capable of accessing a broadband internet connection. However, all of those devices require power to recharge their batteries and headphones to hear sound and travel can complicate your access to that necessary infrastructure. Here are five accessories that Forbes found that can minimize the complications travel causes that keeps you from your tablets and smartphones on the road:
Retractable Cables: Having long cables is nice when you need them but they can easily become a tangled mess in your luggage when you’re not using them. The solution to that are retractable USB cables. They will give you length when you need it and stay compact and organized when you don’t.
USB Wall Chargers: If you have multiple devices that need charging, these things are perfect especially if outlets are limited as they are in many hotels and airports. With one of these things you can charge up two devices simultaneously without a computer. These also come in a form that can plug into your car’s cigarette lighter if you travel by car. Best of all you can get these for less than $10 online.
Mini Power Strip – When you’re in places where outlet access is limited, these are perfect. Having one of these handy means you’ll have less fighting over limited outlets as well as easier access to the power if the outlet is hidden behind a piece of furniture.
Backup headphones and ear tips – How many times have you lost a pair of headphones or had a speaker go out in a pair? This happens all the time and when it happens it is often at one of the most inopportune times like when you’re traveling. If you look around on the internet you can find some good quality headphones for around $10. However, if you’re stuck without headphones in an airport those same headphones will be double or triple the online cost. Best to save that money when you’re not traveling. It’s also worth it to invest in extra ear tips if you have ear buds because they have a tendency to get lost too.
Battery Packs – What if you’re traveling to a place that not only has limited outlets, but no outlets or power at all? A portable battery pack with USB ports is a great thing to invest in if you can’t ever tolerate your phone or tablet running out of juice. These batteries are about the size of a smartphone and can recharge your electronics no matter where you are in the world (until it runs out of power itself). These are also great to have handy in emergency situations like natural disasters where power is out for days at a time. I would have loved to have had one of those after Hurricane Sandy.
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