Must-Have Tech for Your Summer Vacation
Summer is in full swing and if you’re planning to go on vacation soon, we’ve got the must-have tech you’re not going to want to leave home without. Whether you’re planning to stay local, take a road trip, or travel across the globe, these apps and gadgets will help you make the most of your vacation.
Keep Your Travel Plans Organized
Keeping track of flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, and tickets for vacation activities can get complicated and confusing. The TripIt app takes the frustration out of keeping track of an itinerary by letting you keep all of your travel plans in one place. With TripIt, you simply forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and a master itinerary will automatically be created. You can access this itinerary from any device, even when you’re offline.
Get the Best Deals on Your Hotel Room
If you’re looking to score a deal on your hotel room, try the HotelTonight app. HotelTonight has teamed with hotels across North America, Europe, and Australia to give you amazing deals on hotel rooms day of or up to a week in advance of your trip. If you want to book your hotel more than a week in advance, try Kayak. Kayak searches other travel sites to find you the best deals. You can even use Kayak to find a rental car or book airfare.
Take on Any Big Cities’ Transit System Like a Pro
Navigating transportation in a new city, especially a large city, can add a level of stress to what should be a relaxing vacation. Citymapper takes the confusion out of getting around major cities with A to B trip planning, public transportation maps and schedules, bike routes, and updates for transit disruptions and statuses so you’ll never get lost.
Trade Your Old Carry-On for Some Smart Luggage
Keep your smartphone, tablet, or laptop charged while you’re on the go with smart luggage from Away or Bluesmart. Away’s carry-on luggage features an impenetrable shell and a built-in battery that can be used to charge any USB device. Like Away’s carry-on bag, Bluesmart luggage features a charging system but also comes with a location tracker, so you can locate your luggage if it gets lost on your flight, and a digital lock that you can set remotely (just in case your luggage does get lost).
Stay Entertained with a Tablet or E-Reader
If you have a long flight, bring a tablet to enjoy downloaded movies, books, or music. Worried about losing your expensive iPad? Consider buying the Amazon Fire 7. At only $49.99, the Amazon Fire 7 is a bare-bones tablet that won’t leave you too worried about misplacing it on your trip. Those who are looking to relax with a good book on vacation should consider getting a dedicated e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite e-reader has a no glare screen and was designed to avoid eyestrain with a built-in front light.
Keep Your Electronics Plugged In
For international vacations, be sure to pack an international adapter so you don’t get stranded without being able to charge your phone or unable to use any other electronics you may have brought with you. The BESTEK universal travel adapter is a great option as it has four USB charging ports so you can charge four devices at once in over 150 countries across the world.
Packing these must-have tech pieces can help take some of the stress out of travel and help you relax during your summer vacation. What are some of your favorite tech gadgets or apps to take on summer vacation?
– By Jessica Oaks