30 MAY, 2019


Any time of the year is perfect for traveling. Whether you’re booked to have a fun time at a different city, the sea, rain forests, or even the desert, chances are you already have your travel essentials packed.

But for the younger generations, travel essentials don’t just end with sunglasses, sunscreen, and weatherproof jackets. You should also have the best travel gadgets and accessories that will take your travel adventure to a whole new level.

If you’re looking to upgrade your travel experience, here’s a list of handy and techy travel accessories that can help you decide on what to take to your next travel escapades.

UV monitor

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If you decide to head to the beach, you’ll probably be toasting under the sun (you know, to get that golden tan?). You should be able to monitor the intensity of the “heat” you’re getting.

With a handy UV monitor, you’ll be able to do just that. With the sun at full blast especially during summer, you’re going to need to protect yourself from absorbing too much UV rays because as we all know, too much of it could cause a lot of skin problems such as cancer or premature skin aging. So yes, your health should always be a top priority— now add this to your travel accessories list.

eBook reader

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If you’re an avid reader and a frequent traveler, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. Sure, a paperback is always a classic go-to option, but you should consider bringing an eBook reader instead, as you’d be able to bring your entire library with you without having to worry about multiple books taking up precious baggage space for your other travel essentials.

Fitness tracker

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A fitness buff's essential gadget that's also perfect for traveling. Having a fitness tracker with you on your adventure is an excellent way of keeping track of your daily exercise goals without having to bring your smartphone with you. Most fitness trackers have a step counter, but others have a heart rate monitor, GPS tracking, and even different monitoring options for different sports.

With all the different brands and models of fitness trackers to choose from, it can be confusing if you don't know what you're looking for. But you should always be on the lookout for fitness trackers that's waterproof and can be submerged to at least 1 meter of saltwater and freshwater. Just in case you decide to take a dip in the ocean or river during your adventures. If you're unsure if your fitness tracker can be safely submerged in saltwater, you can confirm with the store you purchased it from or check the brand's website for more information.

Waterproof speaker

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Listening to music while on your travels can help you to relax after a long day of travel activities. Music is like a therapy to our souls. But because Bluetooth speakers are battery powered, water can damage a regular Bluetooth speaker. There’s also the danger of sand or dirt getting inside and damaging the internals; regular portable speakers just wouldn’t cut it for your travel adventures.

Good thing there are durable waterproof and dirt resistant speakers perfect for any travel adventure. Now, you’ll be able to get that groove going without having to worry about damaging it.

Waterproof case 

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A lot of the items that we always need to bring with us wherever we travel are not waterproof. Our wallets, car keys, and smartphones, for instance, would get damaged immediately with water. So why not have these essentials sealed in a waterproof case whenever you’re out on a trip? This way, you won’t have to leave them in your hotel room whenever you decide to go for a swim at the beach or hiking in a rain forest.

The best thing about some of these cases is that they come with a heavy-duty steel cable that you can securely attach to a fixed object. Having a heavy-duty steel cable means that you’ll be able to go exploring without having to worry about your valuables getting stolen.

Waterproof camera 

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The whole point of going on a vacation is not just to created new experiences but to also have a meaningful memory out of it. One way of building lasting memories of your adventures is by capturing the most important moments with your camera.

If your traveling near the sea or ocean then with a waterproof camera, you’ll be able to do capture lasting memories, even the ones when you’re underwater. Even if you’re scuba or helmet diving in Boracay, you’ll be able to snap pictures of your underwater adventures and share your them with your friends and family.

Portable solar-powered power bank 

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Another essential travel must-haves is a solar-powered power bank. With all the electronic devices that you’re going to bring on your next adventures, a portable solar-powered charger is one of those travel gadgets you should never travel without. With a solar-powered power bank, you’ll be able to charge your mobile phone, speaker, eBook reader, and other travel gadgets you’ll be bringing wherever you go by just harnessing the power of the sun.  

Drone with a camera 

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Even if you’re not a drone enthusiast, you have to admit that being able to get aerial video footage during your travels is so cool. Sure, they might look like toys, but with this perfect addition to your travel gadgets list, you will have the ability to take videos and pictures of yourself and the beautiful surroundings around you from a different angle, leveling up your selfie and Instagram game in an instant. You should take note, however, that you need to confirm with the local authorities if you are allowed to fly drones in the area, so you don’t put yourself into any trouble.

Take Boracay for example, you are only allowed to fly outside the 10km radius from the nearest airport. Sadly that means your drone can’t fly over the famous White Beach. If you want to take a good drone shot, you need to secure a permit with the CAAP or Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Signal amplifier 

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Sometimes the locations we go to are too remote that we have problems getting a cellular reception. Whenever you travel, you need to be able to update someone of your current location or the local authorities if you find yourself in an emergency. It’s also useful if you get lost on your adventures and you need GPS to get back to your hotel.

That’s why a signal amplifier is an essential travel gadget. With the signal amplifier, you’ll be able to reach your emergency contacts, even if your mobile phone signal is a bit weak.

Sweat- and water-resistant earphones 

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If you’re the type of traveler that loves a quick morning or afternoon workout even while traveling, and you don’t want to bring a Bluetooth speaker on your run, then this is a definite travel must-have.

Make sure that you only bring Bluetooth earphones that have an IP57 rating or better. This way, you can be sure that the earphones aren’t just sweat resistant, but also submersible in case it falls into any water. Keep in mind that you need to check if your Bluetooth earphones are also saltwater resistant in case you have your workouts by the beach Having that morning rush after a run or workout session is the perfect way to start or end your day on your travel adventures 

Waterproof tablet 

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We’re used to seeing waterproof smartphones in 2019, but how about waterproof tablets? They’re the perfect travel-ready gadget if you want to sit back, relax, and watch movies or binge watch a Netflix series no matter where you are. The best thing about waterproof tablets is that if it has at least an IP57 rating, you can have the rainwater or saltwater splashing on your tablet and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. Just make sure to double check with the manufacturer if it’s safe around saltwater to avoid damaging your tablet.

Yes, traveling is always going to be a lot of fun and rewarding experience, but you can still level it up a notch higher with these perfect travel gadgets! Check ‘em out!