Happy Friday! Since we’ve had packing on our mind this week (3 more days till Peru!), we thought we’d bring you a few of our travel favorites.
1. New Trent Portable Battery charger
Don’t know where I would be without this one. Now that I use my phone for everything when travelling (mostly looking at google maps for places to go and yelp for places to eat), I can always count on my battery dying at some point. With a portable battery charger, especially one that has 5200 mah or 7000 mah, you can charge your phone 2-3 times while you are out. Or if you don’t like carrying something extra (or your girlfriend dislikes carrying your gadgets in her purse – AHEM), I also use a built-in extended battery case like the Mophie JuicePack Air, which you can find on Groupon for half the price every so often.
I’ve gone with four electronics devices as my other four travel essentials, so I might as well continue the theme. TripIt takes a little while to set up to the way you want to use it, but once it is ready, you never need to worry about printing itineraries again. It syncs everything online, so whether you access your itinerary from a computer, or on your phone, you’ll know exactly what’s next. You have two options in the free version: you can forward your confirmation emails to TripIt, and it will automatically add it into your itinerary, or you can allow it to search through your emails for confirmations. I use the former, and it works great, but if you use the latter, I would love to hear your experience! TripIt is free to use, with a paid “Pro” version ($49/year) that enables instant alerts (like flight delays, cancellations, gate changes), frequent traveler points tracking, and seat alerts.
3. JVC Marshmallow Earphones
I’ve had several iterations of these for the longest time now, mostly because my ear canals are so oddly shaped that normal buds don’t stay in. These I chose because they have a memory foam tip, ensuring a snug fit regardless of the activity. They are dirt cheap (<$12, even for the one with the built-in remote) so you won’t kill yourself if you leave them on a plane, or in a cab. BONUS: the snug fit of the memory foam makes sure creates a semi-noise-cancelling effect, perfect for drowning out the hum of an airplane engine. Or a screaming baby.
4. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad
This thing is awesome. One, it serves as a sleek, magnetic cover for your iPad, complete with matching aluminum-casing, so you almost look like you are carrying a really small MacBook. In its other form, it serves as a sleek, full-functioned bluetooth keyboard so your iPad really becomes your laptop replacement. Keys are quiet, the stand is sturdy (and magnetic), and the battery life is off the charts. Get one, and say good bye to lugging your now (relatively) brick-like MacBook around.