Getting ready for a round the world trip is one of the most hectic periods of all, with a great rush to arrange flights, get a passport and making sure that you’ve had your vaccinations. Although we can’t pack the suitcase for you and check the toothpaste is there, we’ve done the next best thing, which is to prepare a list of eight vital gadgets that you must take with you.
Mobile Phone With International Roaming
This is one of the most vital pieces of communication equipment you can take with you, but in order to ensure you don’t come home to a scary bill make sure you check out the costs of international calls and texts.
If you’re planning on heading out on an adventure away from the tourist crowds, then having a GPS Unit can be a great backup if you find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere. Durable units such as the Garmin eTrex 10 are tough enough to survive a bit of abuse, and that model also uses GLONASS technology, which is 20 per cent faster than regular GPS.
If you’re going to be drinking from streams and stand pipes on your adventure, then a portable water purifier is vital for filtering out any dirt, as well as dealing with the nasty little bugs like Giardia that can often ruin a holiday.
Although a round the world trip can be amazing fun, it isn’t all excitement, so a Kindle or a similar e-Reader is much more practical than a bag full of books. The 3G version also has the benefit of being able to download new books wherever you are in the world.
Assuming that your mobile phone is packing your music collection, then a small speaker such as the X Mini II speakers are ideal to listening to music without headphones and plug into the headphone socket.
Anyone going on a round the world trip will be expecting to make some memories to keep for a lifetime, and a good digital camera can help record the magic moments. A full sized digital SLR camera may be impractical to fit in with everything else, so a compact camera with SLR capabilities such as the Samsung EX2F is ideal.
Sometimes the music or the Kindle just doesn’t quite tick all the boxes for entertainment, so the Playstation Vita is perfect for whiling away a few spare hours in the airport, or even at the top of a particularly dull mountain.
All these gadgets are great when they’re working, but most will run on a battery, so a solar charger with all of the relevant connections is a vital way to make sure your gadget doesn’t let you down.
Now that you’ve got yourself plenty of gadgets, make sure your travel insurance policy will cover all of these items, and all you have left to do is to find space for clothes and shoes in the bag.