Whether one is traveling by air, land, or sea, there are a few things that should never be left at home – a good pair of sunglasses, a waterproof bag, medication, comfortable shoes, and the latest in travel gadgets.  Thanks to advances in technology, there are a few gadgets that have now become essentials when heading out on vacation or a long-term trip.

Technology has played a revolutionary part in the way people plan their vacations and business travel plans.  In the past, individuals would have to physically visit a travel agency or speak to a customer service representative to book flights, rental cars, and hotel rooms.  Today, human interaction and long waits for the most basic of travel services have been eliminated thanks to a swipe of a touchscreen or click of a mouse.

Over the past decade, the market for travel gadgets has grown massively and has had a direct effect on the way people travel.  Think about it: who would dare to leave home without their smartphone?

Portable chargers

When going on a long trip, a good portable charger can be a real lifesaver.  One may have the latest smartphone, the best tablet, and the coolest digital camera, but these items aren’t worth their weight if they’ve got no power.  Once the battery dies, technology can’t do much!  Not only are people using these devices more, but weak networks and roaming can also quickly deplete a battery’s charge.  Today, portable chargers come in all sizes and options – even solar-powered chargers are out there!

Portable chargers

Portable keyboards

Once upon a time there was no such thing as a laptop, and when they became widely used, more and more people were able to travel and stay connected.  Today, more and more individuals are able to untether from their laptops thanks to tablets and other mobile devices.  But, many still have trouble using the touchscreens when they need to type a lot.  That’s where portable keyboards come into play.  These nifty devices come in all different designs, connecting via Bluetooth.  Some are even flexible and can be rolled up to maximize space in one’s luggage.

Portable keyboards

Mobile phones

Today, one of the most valuable travel accessories one can have is the mobile phone – there is a reason they are called ‘smartphones,’ after all.  In fact, today’s mobile phone can solve problems that many travelers don’t even know they have!  For those that want or need to travel light, the mobile phone may be one of the only gadgets needed.  For example, there are a number of apps that can search, book, and track flights as well as hotel accommodations while others help track the weather and traffic.  Mobile phones may also act as impromptu banks when one needs quick cash, providing access to services such as TransFast.  For more information on how TransFast.com works, visit their site.

Mobile phones

So, when planning a long-term trip with a need to pack light – such as a backpacking trek across Europe – remember to read up on the latest technology trends to ensure adequate preparation for a fun-filled vacation!

An aspiring filmmaker, a part time teacher and writer, and most importantly a chai addict, Aleena Mashhood shares her views from time to time on various interesting blogs.

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