What’s in my backpack: My Top Travel Gadgets

June 20, 2017

What gadgets do you usually bring when you travel?

It’s that time of the year again where everyone packs their bags and head to the airport. The summer season in the UAE means everyone will try and escape the heat and go to a country that’s less – warm.

While most travelers prefer to leave their gadgets at home, I for one always rely on them so for reference and other ‘just in case’ scenarios – so I always make sure I have these devices in my backpack.

iPhone 7 Plus + Mophie Juice Pack Air – While I normally switch between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 7 Plus is still my preferred smartphone of choice. It already has a great camera, and the amount of apps available on it means I don’t even have to take a laptop with me.

While the iPhone 7 Plus already has a decent battery, there’s a good chance that it can still run out in the middle of a day when you’re doing sightseeing. I’m not really a fan of bringing battery packs and holding a wire when I walk around, so I prefer using a battery case instead. Mophie’s Juice Pack Air has enough juice to give you a couple more hours on your iPhone – and it even supports wireless charging.

iPhone 7 Plus – starts at 3,099 AED

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 Plus369 AED

Insta360 Nano – 360-degree video is the new ‘thing’ nowadays, but that problem is that most of these high-end cameras usually cost a lot. Enter the Insta360 Nano – it’s a 360-degree camera made for the iPhone (they’ve got one for Android users too) that lets you take images and shoot video and instantly share them to your social networks. You can even livestream directly to Facebook or YouTube.

Insta360 Nano999 AED

Chipolo – Chipolo is a tiny device the size of a coin that you can hook up to your luggage or keys. Using an app on your smartphone, it can easily give you the location of whichever thing you attach it to. It also let you ‘ring’ the Chipolo you can find it easily. I usually put a Chipolo in my luggage just so that I don’t have to keep waiting at baggage claim at the airport.

Chipolo – starts at 79 AED

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark II – Yes, the newer and better (and more expensive) Sony RX100 Mark V is now available, but I’ve been using the Mark II for a couple of years now and it’s still in excellent in taking images. Since I want a small camera that isn’t bulky like a DSLR but can still shoot amazing pictures, Sony’s RX100 is my top choice. While I love the Mark II, I need to save up to get the Mark V – or Mark VI next year.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark II – starts at 2,000 AED

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V – starts at 3,559 AED

Bose QuietComfort 35 – I love to travel, but I don’t enjoy flying in planes that much. Maybe because of the cramped cabins of coach (too poor to fly Business let alone First) and the noisy engines that hum the entire flight. But using the Bose QC 35 makes that all go away. The company is still the best when it comes to noise cancellation, and it shows that with the QC 35. In a recent 16-hour flight, it’s the first time I’ve literally slept continuously in a plane, making the trip shorter than what it is.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – starts at 1,449 AED

I also used to bring a Kindle on my trips, but I preferred bring a real book instead, hence the omission on this list.

Do you have any personal gadgets you’d like to take with you while travelling? Give it a shoutout in the comments below.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.