The Best Gadgets to Keep You Going While on Holiday

By Tom Pritchard on at

Now that it's July, and with that pesky heatwave, it's very clear that summer is now upon us. That means kids out of school, ice creams, BBQs, and the classic summer holiday. We currently live in the age of the personal gadget, with bits of tech making every aspects of our lives easier and better. Holidays are no exception, so here are a few bits and pieces you can buy to enhance the holiday experience.

EC Technology Deluxe 22,400 mAh External Battery, £29

The first thing you really need to watch when you're on holiday is the battery level of your gadgets. Chances are you won't be content with being in close proximity to a power socket all day, so you need something to top them up. That's where this external battery pack comes in. It packs 22,400 mAh of power inside (more than 12 times the amount needed to fully charge an iPhone 6), and the three USB ports mean you can top up three devices at any given time. [Buy it here]

Sony MDR-ZX110NA Overhead Noise Cancelling Headphones, £30

You go on holiday to relax, so you don't want to be disturbed by a whole bunch of noise. It could be drunken British tourists, noisy children, or the infernal roar of an aeroplane's engines. Whatever it might be you'll want to block all that racket out, which means a set of noise cancelling headphones. This offering from Sony promises to be light weight, comfortable, and aren't going to break the bank. They even come with an in-flight adaptor so you can plug them straight into your plane's entertainment system. [Buy it here]

Kindle Paperwhite (2015), £110

We determined that the most recent Kindle Paperwhite is the best one Amazon has released, so if you're a big reader it makes sense to take it on holiday instead of a suitcase full of books. Amazon promises that this Kindle reads like real paper, doesn't suffer from screen glare, and comes with an adjustable reading light to suit the current conditions. Plus like all e-readers it uses very little power, so you don't have to worry about the battery dying in the middle of the day. [Buy it here]

GoPro Hero 4, from £264

Everybody likes to document their holiday adventure, but if you're doing something more physical then you might just want to invest in a GoPro. The Hero 4 is the latest GoPro action cam and will record your adventures in 1080p 60 FPS video, with instant playback if you want to relive something that just happened. Like most action cams you can also link to your smartphone top share video instantly, or control what's going on when. It's also a 12MP camera if you don't want to be filming every last second. [Buy it here]

VicTsing Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, £14.50

Just because you're on holiday doesn't mean you should stick to the measly speakers built into your gadgets, so you should invest in a Bluetooth speaker to accompany you. This one from VicTsing is small enough to chuck in your suitcase without having to worry about space issues, and it's completely waterproof so there's no need to worry about it falling into the pool. [Buy it here]

Sunscreen Bands, £11.50

We don't like having to worry about protection from the sun, but it's incredibly important to keep our sensitive British skin safe from the harsh cancer rays. While slapping on some suncream is one thing, you also need to know when to top it up. That's where these bands come in. Just throw one on and it'll keep an eye on how much solar radiation you've been exposed to. When it's time to top up or get out of the sun, they'll change colour to let you know. The best thing is they also work when wet, so you can bring them to the beach. [Buy it here]

MOCREO Universal Travel Adapter, £12

Probably the most important gadget to take on holiday, otherwise you're stuck with a bunch of dead gadgets that are no use to anybody. This universal adapter is exactly as it name suggests, transforming to fit the local power sockets. It does have two USB ports to plug in your gadgets directly, but if you need a bit more space you'd do well to couple this with Mu's super thin transforming USB power adapter. [Buy it here]

dizauL 5,000 mAh Solar Charger, £14

So maybe you're going to be away from power sockets for quite some time, and a mere external battery pack isn't going to be enough to keep you going. Maybe you're off camping in the wilderness or something? If you must do that, and you have to keep your gadgets powered up, what better way to do it than with a solar panel? Just clip this baby to your belt to let the sun do its work, and when you need to you can plug your device straight into one of two USB ports. It's also water resistant and shock proof, so it should be fine with rain and minor drops. [Buy it here]

Nintendo 2DS, from £85

Many of you will probably have had Game Boys in your youth, likely given to you to keep you quiet during long journeys. Just because you've entered adulthood doesn't mean you should let that go, and if you know you've got a bit of waiting around to do then why not relive your youth with the latest Nintendo handheld? You could get the 3DS if you really wanted, but the 2DS is cheaper and more comfortable to use (I think so anyway). [Buy it here]

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40EB-K Compact Camera, from £129

So you're not the adventure type, but you still want to document your holiday without lugging around any heavy equipment. Get yourself a compact camera and you'll be sorted. This one from Panasonic is a nice all rounder, with your standard photography and video capabilities. It can shoot 18.2MP pictures, full HD video, and comes with 20x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, and NFC. [Buy it here]

Joby Gorillapod, £14.25

If you're taking a small camera on holiday, you don't want to be lugging around a huge tripod around to get stable shots. With the Gorillapod you can go small and a get a few advantages at the same time. Not only is it easily portable, the Gorillapod has flexible legs which can easily be adjusted to match the surface you're sticking it onto. Heck, you even use them to attach your camera to a tree or pole of some sort. Those of you who prefer to use your phones to snap pictures aren't left out either, but you will need to buy the smartphone compatible stand instead. [Buy it here]

Vansky Universal Waterproof Phone Case, £10

If you're heading to the pool or the beach this summer, you want to make sure your phone is kept safe from all that pesky water (even waterproof phones can be vulnerable to salt water!). This case from Vansky may be more of a pouch than a case, but it'll keep your precious phone safe from moisture without denying you use of the touchscreen. Fits phones with a screen size of 6-inches or less. [Buy it here]

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