Travel Tech

 

Travel Tech

When I’m travelling I take a fair bit of travel tech with me. I don’t mind carrying it, I’m not a backpacker. When I was a backpacker, electronics were not a big thing. Nowadays, it’s different. I don’t like sleeping on floors and sofas. I like my creature comforts. In my bag now I have a laptop, phone, camera, Kindle and a few other things besides.

Below is a list of my essential items, the ‘must haves’ There is a bit of an explanation after the photos about each item.

 

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Nikon D7200 DSLR
Lenovo Flex 10
Travel Mouse
Wireless Booster
  
Power Bank
World Adapter
Kindle
Phone Case
64gb Micro SD
Headphones
Samsung S8
External Hard drive

Camera

My trusty Nikon D7200 is my main camera to take photos with. It does all the things I need. In particular, it even has an app that allows you to control the camera and take photos from your phone. Thus it eliminates without the need for a separate remote. 

Another great feature is that it takes 2 memory cards. For this reason, the camera can be configured to back up your photos to both memory cards. That way if one memory card fails, you still have all your photos on the second one. It also takes stunning photos with a 24.2-megapixel sensor. It’s a big investment but one that’s well worth it!

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

24 mega pixel sensor, 2 memory cards, no remote needed, more than enough features!

Laptop

 

My trusty little Lenovo laptop. It’s a 10-inch model, although I upgraded the hard drive to a solid state drive. I also increased the RAM. Firstly, it’s extremely light. It is nice and compact and also has a fold back capacity to let me watch videos. It’s also very cheap. Additionally, if it gets stolen or cracked and damaged, it wont break the bank to replace it.

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The laptop in its folded position

The laptop is small and light so it’s not a hassle using it on a plane or getting it out your carry on bag for airport security. It also has a touch screen. The only down side I can find is that it does not have a memory card slot. However, for under £10, you can buy a USB one which takes all the common memory card types.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Light and compact, touchscreen, Bluetooth, Windows 10, cheap

Mouse

I also use a little travel mouse with it too, it gives me a little more precision than the mouse pad. The cord extends and retracts into the circular bit. It is powered from the laptop so no need for batteries

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Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Small, compact, cheap, no batteries required

Wireless Booster 

I love my wireless booster! It is, essentially, a larger wifi aerial. For example, with most laptops, the aerial for the wifi is inside the screen lid. This is a USB ‘plug in’ one which can be positioned anywhere. It makes a markedly significant difference to the quality and speed of the wifi your laptop can pick up. The aerials can be moved to point to the source of the wifi.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Boosts your receiving range, cost effective, No batteries required

Power Bank

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It’s sod’s law that just when you need to take a picture or use your phone, the battery dies. A power bank is the solution when you need extra power for your travel tech on the go.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

To be honest, any power bank with a high capacity will do. I just like this one

World Travel Adapter

Extremely useful travel tech, complete with USB slots and night light. See here for my full review of it. The full specs

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

2 USB slots, night light, cost effective

Kindle Paper White

Being an avid reader but not wanting to cart a shed-load of books around with me, this is ideal. In particular, you can read it in bright sunlight on the beach too.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Light, bright, wifi, no glare, non reflective screen

Spigen tough armour 

I have a Samsung S8 so it’s already waterproof to a certain degree. So it just needs to be protected. I love my Spigen tough armour case. It even has a little kick stand to prop it up when watching videos

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Kick stand, protects the screen, drop proof (Accidentally tested by me!)

64gb SD card

Ideal for taking as many photos as you can on your camera. Class 10, which means it is the fastest writing card available. It also has a 10-year manufacturers warranty!

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Fast, large capacity, 10-year warranty

Sony noise cancelling headphones

Noisy planes are not a problem with these. They also fold down too – an essential for travel tech! they reduce ambient sound by about 95%.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Folding, Noise cancelling, good sound

 

Samsung S8

 

I’ve used Samsungs for years, I find them reliable and easy to use. I prefer the options for tweaking this over the iPhone. This one has a USB-C fitting so you can put the plug in any way round. It has a 5.8″ screen,  I can just about see it without my glasses. Offering a 12-megapixel camera it takes good photos. It also is great for low light photos. A 64gb internal memory, expandable up to 256gb. Android operating system. 4k video, panorama, pro and many more camera modes. Below is a panorama, taken at a French night market to illustrate how good the low light photos are. This bit of travel tech opens up new photo possibilities.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

big memory, great photos, good low light photos, android, USB-C

External Hard Drive

Essential for backing up your photos while you are away! Light, compact and cheap.

Why this one?

A Bears Eye View

Light, compact and cheap

Travel Tech Conclusions

Some of the travel tech I use may not be suitable for you. It depends on your travelling style. This is just a list of what I use and what works for me. Hopefully, it will help you out too!