The sun is out, the kids have finished up school, the evenings are bright and warm; it can only mean one thing… summer is here! Whether you’re jetting off to more exotic lands or keeping it local with a staycation, the chances are you’ll be spending plenty of time out and about (if the weather behaves itself). Our pick of essential tech gadgets below will make organising your summer of fun easy, no matter where you are.
With all the functionality of a laptop but none of the bulk or weight, a tablet is the perfect device to stay connected while you travel. Even the biggest screen sizes are still slim enough to fit in your hand luggage, with plenty of room left over for all of your other airport essentials too. Check up on news and emails, make hotel and flight bookings, Skype friends and family back home, or just kick back and watch a movie at the end of a long day. Snazzy accessories like Bluetooth keyboards and stylish protective cases only add to the versatility.
The ultimate gadget to capture all of those epic holiday adventures is a GoPro. With chest mounts, underwater housing, suction cups and all sorts of other harnesses available, you can jump right into the middle of the action while still getting great footage to take home. Take it for a swim, capture road trip scenery from your car or bike, or get the best crowd shots at a festival; the possibilities are endless, and the footage is top quality too at 1080p30 and 720p60.
3. Portable Speakers
For back garden BBQs, poolside sunbathing, or parties on the move, a portable speaker is a must. Compact in size but booming in sound, they can easily fit in a handbag and take up virtually no space on a side table or counter. Wireless and Bluetooth capabilities mean that anyone can connect to play their favourite tunes and get the party started. If connectivity is a problem, many models also include AUX and micro USB inputs so you’ll never have to miss a beat. And the best part is, prices start from as little as €19.99
4. Battery Packs
Long haul journeys are always tedious, but the boredom can be downright unbearable if your devices run out of juice half-way through. Keep a battery back in your carry-on luggage however, and problem solved! Battery packs charge most USB devices including smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, GPS units, or MP3 players. Many come with surge, over charge and over heat protection, and can offer up to 100% battery power for an iPhone.
A good pair of headphones is worth investing in if you plan on taking lots of flights, trains or bus journeys. Most offer both sensational sound as well as cutting edge style, so you can pick a pair that not only suits your listening habits, but your personal style too. Opt for a pair with noise-cancelling functionality and you can just sit back, relax and filter out everything except your music or movies – just don’t miss your stop.