5 Essential Gadgets for the Savvy Traveller

There is no better feeling than arriving at the airport and setting off for climates new and travelling the globe is without question one of the most invigorating things a person can do. However, there are few things worse than arriving there to find that you’re missing a vital bit of kit which could have made you’re travels all the better.

Well, hopefully this list of 5 essential travel gadgets will help to prevent any “I wish I had a……” moments when you’re travelling around the world.

Up First – Solar Powered Appliance Charger:

Price £30-40 Approx – If you’re travelling anywhere with even a modicum of sunshine then this handy device will certainly be a lifesaver to stuff into your backpack. It will be capable of charging most portable devices such as phones, iPods, cameras and Kindles when left in sunlight and it is a stylish and durable piece of kit that just cries out to be added to any savvy traveller’s list of essential items on their pre-departure checklist. It is an eco-friendly and energy efficient bit of technology and is a small price to pay for something so useful.

Find this product at www.ethicalsuperstore.com.

Up Next – Digital Camera for Travelling:

Price £200 Approx – When you’re actually travelling around a country from place to place as opposed to a package holiday for two weeks in the same place, it is important to find a camera which is fit for purpose – such as the Olympus SP-620UZ above. It is fairly lightweight, durable and provides exceptional picture quality for all those travelling snaps that you are sure to take. When travelling new places it is great fun to document all the new sights and sounds that you encounter so it is a good idea to have a digital camera that provides great quality photos but which doesn’t take up a whole lot of space in your rucksack.

You can find this Olympus camera online from Currys UK.

Third in our List – Something to Read:

Price – £100-200 Approx – If you’re travelling a country for a few months at a time, there will inevitably be times when you’re by yourself but, as the saying goes, ‘you’re never alone with a good book’ – so it is a good idea to invest in a portable reading device, such as a Kindle, when travelling solo or indeed with friends. It isn’t viable, of course, to take a bunch of actual books with you when travelling which is why portable reading devices are such a god-send. Load it up with a fair amount of books of different genres because you don’t want to be reading the same things the whole time you’re away and you’ll be good to go.

Kindles are available from Amazon.

Penultimate in our List – Batteries:

Obviously, not the most glamorous of things to pack into your travelling bag but essential nonetheless. You never know when or where you’ll require batteries when travelling around various different locales around the world, so it is better to be safe than sorry and throw a few packs of batteries in alongside your other travel essentials.

You can batteries online from Budget Batteries.

Last But Not Least – GPS System:

Price £250 Approx – Obviously the requirement for this sort of heavy duty GPS device will be dependent on the type of travelling that you intend to do. If you are heading into the wilds away from civilisation, something like the Delorme GPS and Texting device above may well come in incredibly handy. So, if you’re planning a hike through Yellowstone Park in the USA or into the wilds of Africa, it will definitely be a good idea to have one of these safely nestled in your belongings just in case.

Find this device online at Delorme.

Alex Binnie and Duncan X – A Pain in the Art

A new tattoo underground has emerged in recently years and their cutting-edge visuals go far beyond the tattoo mainstream. Visual artist Alex Binnie is a legend within the international tattoo scene and his Into You studio that he’s been running for 19 years in East London continues to foster countless talents and innovators including Curly, Thomas Hooper, Nick Schonberger and Duncan X to name but a few—all featured in Gestalten’s new Forever: The New Tattoo book. We met Duncan and Alex in London to talk about the current mass appeal of tattoos, its uniqueness as an art form and the “holy trinity” of tattooing styles.