Whether you’re in a train in Europe, a coach in South America or a car in the US, travelling can be a bit of a nightmare. Apart from the boredom, it can pose a few logistical problems too – like having nowhere to charge your phone and only having room for one book. However, with the right gadgets, you can circumvent these difficulties and have a fun, relaxing journey.
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Trusty, versatile and relatively cheap, an iPod Touch is a must for any journey. Even the smallest capacity iPod touch has enough memory to hold 8gb of music, games and video, and even has a built in HD video recorder and a camera on the back.
Price: From $199 on the Apple site.
Don’t have enough room to take all your books on your travels? With the Amazon Kindle you do. They can store around one and a half thousand books and fit, just about, in your back pocket.
Cable shorteners are a great way to deal with the problem of all your wires getting tangled up. They are low cost, stylish and extremely effective.
Price: $1.99-$4.99 on www.apple-cores.com
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If you’re travelling with lots of electrical items, recharging them all can be a hassle. However, with a solar charger, you always have somewhere to charge them up. They come with lots of different attachments and only need the power of the sun to repower themselves. There are a lot of different ones out available ranging in price.
Multi-Purpose Multi Plug
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If you do manage to find a plug socket when you’re travelling, it’s vital to make the most of it. A power splitter will allow you do this; it has usb ports, plug sockets and ac ports.
Price: From $5
International sim card
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A $10 international sim card can stop you from having to splash out on a new phone every time you get to a new country that doesn’t support your network. You can top them up in over 200 countries and they offer cheap calls.
Prices from: $10.
When you’re travelling, you don’t always have functional transport when you get to your destination. With the Solowheel you do. The self-balancing unicycle weighs just 26 lbs, can travel at 10 mph and can get you up 20 miles in one charge.
Price: $1,795 from solowheel.com
Touch Screen-Friendly Gloves
Touch screen-friendly gloves allow you operate any touch screen device without having to continually remove your hands from your gloves – perfect if you’re travelling somewhere with freezing temperatures.
Price: From $15 shop.brando.com
Mini USB Cables
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Mini USB cables take the standard set up of a normal USB cable but make it travel friendly. The cables are only about two inches long, which is perfect when you need something compact and unfussy for travelling.
Price: From $3.
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When you’re travelling a multi tool can provide you with various problems solvers in one neat package. Whether you need to unscrew a case to change some batteries, or you’ve got food stuck in your teeth, a multi tool will answer all your prayers.
Price: Leatherman Multi Tool from $30.
Rahul is a blogger who helps travellers get the best out of their holidays. Whether having an adventure by train in Europe or backpacking with the top gadgets, he works with companies to offer advice and solve problems.