There are obviously the token essentials you’ll take like your digital camera and/or video and your phone and then no doubt your Ipod or music player .
With that, if you can get your self some in your ear or noise cancelling headphones then your travelling is all going to be about you and your tunes. Great for planes, trains, buses and any other noisy modes of transport your noise cancelling headphones are going to be your best friend blocking out the drone of life around you.
Things to go with your tunes though, would be an airline headphone jack adapter, which allows you to plug your personal headphones into the standard airline audio plugs. (right)
Also if your going to listen to hours and hours of music and don’t have access to power or laptop, then an extra battery pack for your ipod is another cracker of an idea.
If your like me and cant live without some kind of entertainment or link with the digital world, then taking your laptop with you on your trip is a no brainer.
But also if your looking and travelling heaps then maybe a smaller and cheaper alternative to your main laptop is to get another one like the Asus EEEPC or MSI wind. These little guys weigh about a kilo and run Windows Vista/XP and are perfect for taking on holidays as they have wireless so you can hook into any hotspot and get on the net, as well as have enough grunt and storage to play movies, music, run basic apps and best of all last fricken ages with some going for 6 hours.
Id get one off Ebay for a few hundred bucks cheaper than retail. About $300 - $800
The other great thing about taking your laptop is that you’ll have a spot to store / backup all your photos that you take. Instead of worrying about losing your camera or memory card you can copy them to you lappy and even update Facebook / flickr or equivalent on the fly while your away, forever keeping those memories alive.
With all your toys, your going to need a way to charge them all. And instead of carrying 4 different adapters here and there you should get a universal travel adapter.
Like this one;
And also what I find doing is packing a double adapter or even a four plug power board, so that you just need one Power Adapter for the country you’re in, but then your power board can run your laptop, charge your camera, your phone and your misses hairdryer.
One thing to quickly mention about taking your phone with you,
1. Make sure it’s unlocked and not bound to any carrier if you are going to get a local simcard.
2. Check to see if you phone will psychically work on the countries network. Ie what band it uses; 900 1800 1900 etc
“For a GSM phone, dual-band usually means 850 / 1900 MHz in the United States and Canada, 900 / 1800 MHz in Europe and most other countries. Tri-band means 850 / 1800 / 1900 MHz or 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz. Quad-band means 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, also called a world phone, since it can work on any GSM network.”
To be continued...........