I am lucky enough to travel quite a bit with my work as a tech blogger/journalist, I have recently returned from MWC in Barcelona and in a couple of weeks I will be flying out to Paris for the Huawei P30 launch. I am also a keen traveller in my personal time, and over the years I have tried to perfect all the things that I need to take away with me to ensure a stress-free holiday or press trip.
The following list is my eight must-haves for all my trips, they ensure I am always able always to get my work done, or to be able to capture the perfect photo of all the beautiful places I to visit.
Euro Travel Plug & Charger
Top of the list always has to be a power adaptor for your chosen country, depending on how many gadgets I am taking or if I am taking checked luggage, I will take different options with me.
For short trips where I just have a few gadgets, the Anker PowerPort 4 Lite is a superb choice with its swappable plugs that switch from EU to UK and 4 USB ports, it can keep my phone, power bank and camera on charge overnight.
For longer trips, I have started to take an adaptor that can convert between multiple countries but then also pack a power strip so I can use one plug socket to charge all my gadgets including my laptop.
The second most essential accessories for me, I have about half a dozen power banks all of different sizes. I will normally take a smaller one, so I can go out during the day with it fitting comfortably in my pockets, but I will always have one or two 20000mAh power banks with me so I can charge multiple devices at the same time in my bag. A 20000mAh power bank is good enough for around 5 full charges of a phone, so this is a great option for things like camping where you may not have easy access to a plug socket.
If you can’t be away from your laptop for long, then newer power delivery battery packs deliver enough to charge ultra-portables via the USB-C port, this is particularly useful when you are on a long train journey or plane. Power Delivery devices can also be used to charge the Nintendo Switch.
Not a gadget but after breaking several phones over the years I always make sure I have some form of mobile phone insurance. My current phone is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which retails for around £750, so if I lost or broke that I wouldn’t be able to replace it without the help of insurance easily. On top of mobile phone insurance, it is also worth making sure you have adequate cover for medical insurance, especially if you are travelling outside of the EU, and after Brexit, quite possibly inside the EU too.
A durable case
To reduce the need for insurance, I always make sure I have a tough case for my phone. Most flagship devices are made from glass bodies nowadays, and it really is not hard to smash them. My personal preference is the Spigen Tough Armor range of cases, they normally cost about £15 on Amazon and I have found them to be the most reliable options so far.
Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you fly long haul a decent pair of active noise cancelling headphones are a blessing. Bose QuietComfort have always been the go-to options, but more recently many people are claiming that the Sony WH-1000XM3 are superior. I personally use the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 as they are a little more affordable with amazing 24-hour battery life.
Selfie Stick or Gimball
I personally loath selfies so don’t take a selfie stick anywhere with me, but I can’t deny their popularity, so a good selfie stick will always be a good investment for holidays.
For me, when I go on press trips, a gimbal such as the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is always great to have. For anyone that likes to take videos when they are away this will take them to the next level, stabilising your phone giving perfectly smooth footage even when you are walking. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has AI active tracking, so you just select your subject and ActiveTrack will follow, using built-in sensors and a brushless motor to ensure stability. Whether it’s small vibrations from a skateboard or more intense instability from jumping, this smartphone stabiliser stays steady.
An extra smartphone
On press trips at least, I always make sure I have a second phone, I will then use a cheap monthly sim such a Voxi and use the phone as a mobile router for when I am in an apartment or hotel.
Powerful Camera Lenses
There are a growing number of add-on lenses that you can get for your phone, in particular, the iPhone has a huge array of choices. Using these add-on lenses you can tweak the functionality of the phone camera by adding zoomed magnification, or with a wide-angle lens which is perfect for taking shots of building and architecture, or alternatively, there are macro lenses for close up photography. Using these lenses can eliminate the need for a dedicated camera when you are away.