Technology is tying the world together like never before, which makes it an especially great time to be a traveler. It is so easy to chronicle a trip, even one that takes you far out into the wild, with cameras and recording devices built directly into a smartphone, or stand-alone devices small enough to fit into a pocket. There are trackers to find your luggage, special cases to store your special gear – there may even be things you never even knew you needed before hearing about it.
Here are a few useful tech items for people who really like to go new places and see new things – or even travel to the same beloved places far from home.
People who travel abroad from the United States (or to it) know it’s a good idea to bring along items that can use the standard electrical sockets in the land to which they’re traveling. Today’s power adaptor devices have evolved a great deal.
The Ultra Slim Wall Plate is just as it sounds: a thin plate that plugs easily into a wall socket. The plate contains not only two additional outlets, like a mini-power strip, but two USB ports, as well, so you can charge a laptop, phone, or tablet without the typical blocky adaptor taking up valuable socket space. And speaking of space, the whole thing is small enough to fit into a pocket or a purse, making it very easy to find when you need it.
Even smaller than the Ultra Slim Wall Plate is the Wallet Titan. About the size of a credit card, this tiny device literally fits into your wallet. If your device recharges via USB, and no outlets are readily available, the Wallet Titan can recharge your device significantly, giving you a boost that can last for hours if your battery starts to run low.
It is all too easy to lose track of luggage. It passes through a great many hands while you travel by plane, and it can go missing at virtually any point along the way. You’ll never have to worry about that with a luggage locator. Sold by a number of different companies in a number of different forms, it is generally a small device that fits easily into your important baggage. Synced to your phone, the luggage locator can report where your luggage is, via GPS, even if it’s on the other side of the world.
While this is great for travelers, it can be used by anyone who may misplace something important now and then. Tile 2 is small enough to be attached to a set of keys. If you misplace the object attached to the Tile 2, all you need to do is use your smartphone to track it. But what if you lose your smartphone? Tile has that covered, too. Just press any Tile you happen to have connected to your phone, and it will ring.
A First-Person Journey
Don’t want to carry your camera or phone around taking pictures of everything? The Narrative Clip is the perfect solution. Attach it to the front of your shirt, and you can have high-definition videos and photos taken as you experience your journey. Since it’s connected to your smartphone, you can share everything with people in real-time, and everything is geotagged, so you know exactly where you were when that special unexpected moment happened.
Turn Your Smartphone into a Professional Camera
It’s only natural to want to take photos of your trip, so you can remember, and show others a little something of the great experiences you’ve had. While a smartphone can be adequate enough for most purposes, for really great shots, you need a good camera. Unfortunately, good cameras with all the proper attachments can be a little bulky.
Enter the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens. This simple device slips right over the camera on your phone. It contains different lenses, including wide-angle, fish-eye, and two more macro lenses at 10x and 15x. Now, your smartphone camera can take pictures like a professional camera, with more versatility than ever.
Just make sure you buy the right model for your phone – different phones fit different clips, and the Olloclip is currently only available for iPads, various iPhones, and models of Samsung’s Galaxy S.
Send Pictures Home Instantly
Still, have people back home? They don’t have to wait for you to post on social media or to send them your pictures if you have a Nixplay digital picture frame. Once connected to your Nixplay mobile app, you can immediately send pictures directly to the frame. You can even remotely create playlists, turning your picture frame into a device that tells stories of the best moments of your trip. Nixplay technology also allows you to access your photos on social media, and keeps the pictures you’ve taken safely in their cloud, so you can carry, edit, and send your photo albums anytime, anywhere.
Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital photo frame experts at Assignyourriter in the UK. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.