Best Gadgets to Bring Along On An AdventureJanuary 18, 2019
-Words by Rosalina Leonardo-
Are you planning on going on an adventure trip? Whether you are set on an overnight road trip or a two-week vacation, having an enjoyable trip may depend on the travel gadgets and accessories you bring with you. So, aside from your usual travel essentials - clothes, toiletries - make sure to take along with you these cool gadgets and accessories. They will make your trip simpler, safer, more fun, and more memorable. Time to update your packing list!
Best Gadgets to Bring Along On An Adventure
Catalyst 20L Waterproof Backpack
The Catalyst Waterproof Backpack is foldable, packable and portable. It is perfect for backpacking, hiking, camping and other adventure trips you can think of. This backpack combines the versatility, usefulness and comfort of a normal backpack with the waterproof capabilities that Catalyst is known for.
The material of the bag has been tested to withstand 10,000 mm of water and its taped waterproof seams is designed to protect the contents of your bag from even the heaviest of rains. This lightweight pack comes with a compact carry pouch. The mesh shoulder straps are breathable and quick drying and the side pockets are 9 inches deep, you will not have to worry about your water bottle and other items falling out from it. The large roll top closure can also fit a 15 inch laptop and still have room for more stuff. The adjustable sternum strap is attached to the shoulder straps and has a built-in whistle. The tapered overall shape of the bag allows for better weight distribution making this waterproof backpack comfortable to carry for long periods of time.
Apple iPad Mini 4
According to BestHiking.net, one of the best tablets for hiking and backpacking is the Apple iPad Mini 4. It is suitable not only for everyday use but also for travelling, backpacking, hiking, camping and even mountaineering. The Apple iPad Mini 4 is extremely powerful and well-designed. The powerful battery allows you to constantly browse the web or play multimedia for up to 10 hours without recharging the device. This is very practical because it is often hard to get access to electricity during hiking and backpacking trips. The Apple iPad Mini 4 is an outstanding tablet and is a reliable gadget for travelling.
To better equip your Apple iPad Mini 4 for your adventure, make sure it has a protective case. Tablets do not usually come with protective cases- they are sold separately. Get one which can protect both back side and front side of your tablet like the Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPad Mini 4. Designed from the inside out, the Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPad mini 4 has been tested to be 100% waterproof in up to 6.6 ft or 2m of water. The case is surrounded by a rubber bumper to protect from drops and impacts of up to 4 ft or 1.2 m high. The case features transparent front and back panels that compliment the minimal design of the iPad Mini. It also has an integrated touchscreen film and extra-large ports that accommodate most charging cables and headphone jacks. With this level of performance and protection, this case will protect your device during all of your outdoor adventure.
If you own a different size or generation of Apple iPad, Catalyst offers other waterproof and drop proof cases for other Apple iPad variants. These cases can easily make your iPad adventure-ready. The Catalyst Waterproof Case for 12.9” iPad Pro and The Catalyst Waterproof Case for 9.7" iPad Pro provide the same superb impact and water protection for your gadget.
RavPower HyperAir Fast Wireless Power Bank
This is a portable power bank and Qi-wireless charger. Simply place your wireless charging-capable gadget on it and it will start charging — absolutely no wires. It provides the convenience of a nightstand charger even in outdoor adventures.
Aukey Power Bank
This light, rechargeable battery pack has 10000 mAh capacity. It can fully charge your phone multiple times during your travel. It features built-in safeguards to protect your phone from overheating and overcharging. The tough, scratch-proof case can provide protection as it gets tossed around in your carry-on luggage. This power bank has two charging ports, so if you have two gadgets, you can charge both at the same time.
The Skyroam Solis is one of the best mobile Wi-Fi hotspots in the market. You do not have to worry about foreign SIM cards or roaming charges when traveling the world because this ingenious connectivity gadget offers unlimited 4G LTE service by working with more than 200 carriers in 130 countries. Each device can support up to 5 connections. It also works as a portable charger for your phone or tablet thanks to its integrated 6000 mAh power bank. If you are only traveling for a short period of time, you can rent the Solis instead of buying it. A day pass is $9 and gives you unlimited internet access for 24 hours, or you can spend $99 for one month.
The GoTenna Mesh SMS and GPS Device is designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. It allows adventurers to communicate while off the grid. The device is made of rugged materials and the design is slick. It is pocket-sized and uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. It enables users to share messages and location information instantly within a range of up to 4 miles in open areas.
Compared to the original GoTenna, this new and improved communications tool comes with revolutionary mesh networking technology that allows private chats and group chats, or public broadcast messages through other devices to extend beyond point-to-point range. The GoTenna Mesh can be considered as modern-day walkie-talkies that are compatible to both Android and Apple OS. The GoTenna app is quick to set up and simple to use. The app also features the ability to download detailed maps that can be used offline to navigate various countries around the world.
The Spot X is a two-way communication device that lets you text your family and friends and lets them text you back without relying on a cell phone network. For as low as $14.95 per month, you get peace of mind on remote hikes. Every Spot X comes with its own phone number that will help you stay in touch even when you are off the grid. The device also features an SOS button that will send your coordinates to the closest emergency rescue teams.
Joby GorillaPod Tripod
Regular tripods are hard to travel with because they are usually big and bulky. Packing the Gorillapod, however, is never a problem. This tripod twists and turns to fit into any space, no matter the shape or size. It is just as versatile when it comes time to holding on to your camera or phone in a tricky setting. The tentacle legs provide stability on rocky, uneven ground, and can even be wrapped around trees and fences. You can prop it up on an uneven surface or mount it on a chair or banister. Or, you can use it as a simple selfie stick. The brand makes a range of sizes. The GorillaPod 325 is suitable when using a phone or a compact camera that weighs less than a pound. The GorillaPod 3K is better suited for a three-pound DSLR. It is indeed light and well-designed; and portable because it folds up small. It is an ideal gadget for travelling.
The Osmo Mobile is a stabilizer built for your phone to prevent shaky videos. For those who use their phones to film video while traveling, the high-performing gimbal mechanism on this gadget allows the user to take smoother and more cinematic-looking videos. Its long-lasting battery also charges your phone on the go and it has a sturdy build, perfect for action-packed road trips.
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon’s PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the perfect travel companion. This compact digital camera delivers high-quality photos and videos. It has a chic, ultra-slim design that allows you to slip it effortlessly into your pocket. An intuitive 3.0″ LCD touchscreen allows for simple settings control and menu navigation. It features a host of connectivity options for easy sharing and controlling. Its Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth capabilities let you transfer photos and videos to and from compatible devices, upload them online, and even remotely control the camera from your smartphone.
Ricoh Theta V
The Ricoh Theta V is a 360-degree camera that can perfectly capture your travels from all angles. This camera is affordable, portable, and easy to use it will likely change how you take photographs. Lightweight, slim, and user-friendly, this is a great starter camera for anyone who wants to experiment with 360-degree photography without sacrificing image quality. It can shoot video in 4K, and images come out crisp and clear.
The SiOnyx Aurora is a night-vision camera that shoots in color and produces photos and videos that are high in quality. This may come as a surprise considering its small and portable size. This camera is also a great action camera because it is water-resistant and sturdy. It is perfect for capturing moments at night on a camping trip or any other venue where light might be an issue.
DJI Mavic Air Folding 4K Drone
The compact, foldable device is packed with intelligent features and can fly as far as 4.3 miles away. With its new 4K Hasselblad camera, intuitive smartphone control, and a staggering 31 minutes of flying time, DJI’s upgraded Mavic Pro 2 allows you to capture the beauty of your surroundings in flawless HD video at 4K/30fps or 1080p/120fps. It can also take photos in 20MP RAW or JPG format. This drone is perfect for travelers who want to capture their trip in cinematic style and are eager to share their adventures. This sleek and silent high-tech flying camera comes with GPS, 10 optical sensors that help it avoid obstacles, as well as copious flight modes, including tripod and selfie settings. This portable drone can easily fit into your backpack.
GRAYL’s Ultralight Purifier
GRAYL’s Ultralight Purifier is a state-of-the-art device capable of transforming almost any tap or clear natural water source into pure, drinking water in just 15 seconds. Perfect for travelers and outdoor adventurers, each 500 ml bottle comes equipped with a replaceable purifier cartridge that can purify up to about 40 gallons or 150 liters. This gadget provides protection against viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, and other chemicals. It is an excellent way to get safe drinking water in the outdoors where there are no places to buy or get clean, drinking water; at the same time, you save money on bottled water. This gadget is especially useful when visiting remote locations with harsh environmental conditions or destinations where tap water is unsafe to drink.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the first Apple Watch to have built-in LTE. Meaning, you can answer calls, receive texts and stream music without your iPhone. Every time you get a text, email or call, you can just check your wrist. But if you plan to disconnect from the world while you are on your trip, the Apple Watch can still prove to be useful as it has many different features and apps (built-in and downloadable from the Apple Store) that will help you make the most out of your adventures.
The Fitbit is not just a fitness tracker anymore. With the new Versa, it is now a full-on smartwatch. It has all the health features — like heart rate tracking, step counting, and detailed sleep analysis — and carries more functionality than its predecessors. For example, it is capable of storing hundreds of songs for phone-free Bluetooth listening. A left swipe from the main screen will access apps for weather forecasts, countdown timers, video workouts, and even Uber requests or flight status updates from select airlines. Its battery life lasts up to four days. It can be considered a worthy and more affordable alternative to the Apple Watch.
Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay P2
A portable speaker is a must-have for any traveler who wants to listen to music anytime, anywhere. At only 14 x 8 x 2.8cm, this bluetooth speaker is one of the smallest in the market. But, do not let its size fool you. Its sound quality is absolutely superb. It has smart features such as gesture or voice controls. Its design is sleek and minimalist, not to mention, it is also dust and splash resistant. It can last up to 10 hours of playtime per charge which is why the Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay P2 is a reliable travel companion.
Apart from your first-aid kit, tent, and other gear; these travel gadgets can also improve the overall experience of your camping trip, road trip and other outdoor adventures. While some devices ensure your safety, in terms of communication and location information; some gadgets listed here can provide additional entertainment. And there are also those that can immortalize your wonderful memories and experiences.