My family and I just got back from a fun holiday in London. In preparing for our trip overseas, I asked myself two questions to help decide what technology to pack.
- How much tech do I really have to bring along?
- How am I going to protect it?
Of course, you really don’t want to pack anything more than you need. That said, if you want to play with some of your gear while on vacation…well, isn’t that what vacations are for?!
So, it’s a balancing act of sorts.
If you find yourself confronting similar questions, here’s one traveler’s tech packing list to consider…
Portable Power Strip and Surge Protector
It’s likely you won’t have access to as many power outlets in your room as you’d like. Bringing along a portable power strip will certainly help you get all of your tech powered and charged up overnight. And electrical surge protection is a really good idea when you’re staying in a strange place. Finally, make sure the unit can handle different voltage standards.
- Maximm Surge Protector Power Strip with 6 Universal Outlets, 100v-250v
$25.99 on Amazon Prime
Compact Portable Charger to Throw into Your Day Pack for On-the-Go Power Back Up
You certainly don’t want your smartphone to choke when you’re traveling through a long day in an unfamiliar land!
- Anker PowerCore 10000 Redux (10,000mAh)
$33.99 on Amazon Prime
New SDXC Memory Card for Your Camera
Yes, standalone compact cameras can still get certain shots that a smartphone will have trouble with… especially in low light.
- SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-1 Card, 64GB
$20.49 on Amazon Prime
(Sure, you can manually delete videos and photos from your existing SD card to free up space for your trip. But for only twenty bucks, you can start with a fresh card that’s instantly ready to store as many media files as you can possibly create on your trip!)
Portable, Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Detector
You never know, right? If you’re not sure if your room has one of these, it makes sense to pack this.
- Kidde Battery Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm
$19.98 on Amazon Prime
RFID-Blocking Passport Wallet to Prevent Data Skimming
There’s some controversy as to whether you really need this level of protection, but I say better safe than sorry.
- Pacsafe RFIDsafe TEC Slim Passport Wallet, Black
$29.95 on Amazon Prime
Additional Packing Prep to Consider…
Do You Need a Voltage Converter?
Of course, you’ll need to bring adapters to fit electrical outlets when you’re traveling overseas. England uses Type G electrical plugs, and the voltage in the sockets is 230v.
Since the voltage in U.S. power outlets is 120v, consider the need to take a voltage converter in addition to your plug adapters.
The battery chargers for all of the mobile tech I pack happen to all work in dual voltage modes… 100 – 240 volts.
(Listed on the battery charger in really small print.)
- Chargers for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
- Battery charger for GoPro
- Battery charger for Panasonic Lumix LX10 camera
So, I didn’t need to bring a voltage converter to England.
(But the power strip I brought still required plug adapters.)
Add International Service to Your Wireless Plan
My iPhone has AT&T Wireless service. The easiest way to adjust my AT&T plan while overseas is to go with the $10/day “International Day Pass.”
For the ten bucks, you’re essentially mimicking the same plan as you use when you’re home in the United States. You don’t have to worry about data limits or the threat of any additional usage costs. It may not be the cheapest way to use your phone internationally, but I still think it’s a great deal to give your smartphone full functionality.
Bring All of Your Gear Home
It may be an obvious point, but don’t leave any of your expensive tech behind! Stay organized and keep track of all of the little support pieces like battery chargers and cables.
And when you get home, make sure you quickly get to work organizing and sharing the photos and videos you shot on your trip. Family and friends want to see them!