I can just imagine my dad reading this following list and rolling his eyes saying “how in God’s name do you think anyone back in the day survived backpacking without a WiFi signal and an electronic map”, but in my opinion, if it’s available to you, you might as well use it!
By all means there is certainly nothing wrong with a dog-eared book and a disposable camera, and I seriously don’t under-estimate the entertainment value in a deck of cards! However, just for you fellow first-time travellers out there, here’s my list of electronics I’m bringing on my trip:
– Obviously no one goes anywhere without their phone these days. Before Oz I invested in a Lifeproof Case, a must in my opinion if you’re travelling through the elements. This case is shockproof, dust proof and most importantly waterproof for up to two meters. This will be very handy for those beach snaps and snorkelling pics in the Great Barrier Reef.
– Some handy apps for travelling are Tripit (free, stores all your travel information in one place), Footprints Travel Guide (free), WiFi Finder (free, pretty self-explanatory), Fotopedia Heritage (free, developed by UNESCO), Weatherzone (the most popular weather app in Oz) and Citymapper (to help navigate your way through city transport). Don’t forget the usual apps like Skype, Google Maps and torch.
– Also, load this phone with a KILLER playlist, it will be used for majorly long road trips, pre-drinks for nights out, and to seriously boost morale when the home sickness kicks in.
– While I’ve never really warmed to my Kindle and tend to shun it for paperbacks, I’m a nerd at heart and read a tonne of books. Kindles and E-readers have dropped considerably in price and are not a bad shout if you’re a reader but don’t want to lug around the latest Game of Thrones hardback. Use your time spent on planes, trains and buses to catch up on all the books you always said you’d read.
– I invested in an iPad mini before my travels and can’t believe it took me this long to buy one. It’s perfect for bloggers, watching movies and skyping. It’s so lightweight it takes up virtually no room in your rucksack. Make sure you invest in a good protective cover!
Portable phone charger
– First discovered their amazing use at music festivals, I don’t travel anywhere without one now. I would highly recommend stocking up on at least three. Priced somewhere between €8-15, they will be your lifesaver when you’re road tripping through the outback, camping out at night, or lost in a city somewhere…all situations you don’t want to find yourself without any battery if a crisis strikes!
External hard drive
– If you’re a photograph nut like me and can’t go seven paces without documenting your surroundings in picture, then an EH is an investment. Also can be used to store movies and series for a long-haul Greyhound bus, but I find Dropbox to work just as well for saving your snaps.
– I love photography and learned a lot when I worked on the photographic desk for the Irish Sun. I wanted a good camera but nothing too fancy, expensive or bulky. I was on a budget so opted for the Canon Powershot sx410. At under €200, this camera has everything I wanted for an adventure holiday. It’s compact with a 40x zoom and captures stunning detail with 20.0 MP. A definite recommendation for first time photographers.
– I also bought a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, to quickly and easily transfer pictures from camera to iPhone/iPad without the need for WiFi.
Multiple Socket Extension Lead
– This might sound ridiculous, but again I’ve learned from experience, hostels and cheap apartments aren’t overly generous with sockets. I do a lot of my travelling with my boyfriend, and by the end of a long day, we both have at least two devices each that are in need of a socket for charging. They’re slim and will fit anywhere in your suitcase.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve gone travelling and forgot the socket adaptors. Buy one or two at home if you can because they’re majorly overpriced in the airport and abroad.