Spring has officially sprung, which means that now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. As well as thinking about where to go, and who to take with you, that also means that you need to think about what to pack in your suitcase.
The first things every man will throw into his suitcase for a summer vacation are his swimsuit, thong sandals, and a favourite t-shirt or two. But whilst we may agonise over which shirt to pack for posing on the boardwalk, we often forget to give the same focus to choosing which tech we need to bring along. And that would be a big mistake!
The right vacation tech can make your journeys much smoother, allow you to capture those once in a lifetime memories you’ll never forget, and ensure that you (and your luggage) are as safe as possible, every step of the way.
To help make your vacation planning as easy as possible, here is our list of the ten essential gadgets every man should pack to ensure their trip is as successful as possible:
For Photographers: The Joby Gorillapod
Do you have a slight (Ok, major) addiction to Instagram and a passion for sharing your holiday photos with as many people as possible? Then the Joby Gorillapod is the perfect way to capture photos of yourself, and whoever else you’re travelling with, without any hassle.
Much more sophisticated than a selfie stick, and much less cumbersome than a traditional tripod, the Joby has flexible arms that can be wrapped around any nearby convenient object, enabling you to ensure that the angle and range of your image are just right.
A good tripod will eliminate camera shake, force you to think more about the location you choose for your photo, and is the one thing most dedicated photographers like to have with them at all times. However, tripods are also heavy and won’t fold easily into a suitcase.
The sophisticated solution to this problem is the Joby Gorillapod.
You can wrap your Joby Gorillapod around the arms of a bridge, a tree, or even bend them to create a traditional tripod shape that you can stand anywhere. The pod can hold the weight of almost any camera (including my beloved DSLR) and is guaranteed to keep it in place.
It also has magnetic feet, which means that if you balance it on a handy bridge, bench or even on the top of your car then it won’t slip or fall, helping to keep your precious camera as safe as possible. If you’re going on vacation, and plan on taking plenty of snaps of your trip, then this is one piece of kit we recommend every photogenic adventurer carries with them!
It’s lightweight, incredibly portable, rainproof, and designed to travel anywhere you go. You can buy your own version of this nifty little device here, where it costs just $23.99. You’re welcome!
For Beach Lovers: A Sandless Beach Mat
It might not look like a traditional gadget (not a wire, battery or charging device in sight!) but if you love lounging on the beach then you shouldn’t leave for your vacation without the CGear Sand-Free Multimat. We are completely obsessed with this clever little gizmo!
It might look like an ordinary beach mat, but its patented one way sift means that it is literally impossible for this one to get covered in sand. Which means that you can lounge around on it all day and you’ll never get sand in your swim shorts, or in your picnic!
The mat was originally designed and intended for military uses, but its inventors quickly realised that it could revolutionise the lives of everyday beachgoers too. Can you imagine how much easier it would be to go to the beach without having to worry about sand sticking in every nook and cranny whilst you’re there?!
These mats aren’t particularly cheap, ranging from $54.99 to $99.99 depending on the size of the mat that you need. The larger mats are perfect for families and bigger parties, whilst the smaller ones are ideal if you’re travelling alone and looking for somewhere clean and sand-free to throw your towel!
Here is just a range of the best CGear mats available, which come in a wide range of different colours, as well as sizes:
For Fashionistas: The World’s Smallest Travel Iron
Does the thought of wearing creased clothes when you’re on vacation leave you in a cold sweat? I never leave the hotel looking anything less than pressed, and in my best, no matter where in the world I am.
Featuring a 420-watt motor and three fabric heating levels, the Steamfast Home and Away mini steam iron is perfect for travelling. So, how small is small? Believe it or not, this iron is about the same size as a computer mouse (remember those?) and about the same weight too!
So many of the clothes we wear on vacation are easily dishevelled in transit; linen, for example, is notorious for creasing whenever it is folded. So if you love wearing linen shirts or pants when you’re on vacation then packing a travel iron is a must!
Admittedly, you could always use the iron in the hotel when you reach your destination. But if you don’t want to run the risk of being left without one, because looking dapper on every occasion is just too important to you, then there is no better iron to pick.
For Regular Jetsetters: The Ultimate Suitcase
If you regularly travel around the world, whether for work or for play, then you need a suitcase that can do everything. And there is no suitcase smarter than the Bluesmart Smart Suitcase!
You might think that regular luggage designed to do nothing more than hold your clothes is all you need: that’s because you haven’t seen what the smart suitcase can do!
This is the suitcase that can never be lost: it has built-in GPS that lets you track it anywhere in the world. So when your airline tells you that they’ve lost your luggage, or put it on the wrong plane, you will be able to tell them exactly where it is so that you can get it back.
Are you addicted to your mobile phone, and hate the thought of being without it, especially whilst you’re travelling or if you’re delayed at the airport for hours? The smart suitcases built-in power bank means that your phone will never run out of juice again!
The designers here have thought of everything: every piece of tech you might think you need to travel has been built into this one clever piece of kit!
This is luggage so smart that it does all the hard work for you: all you have to do is remember to pack the right things and let your suitcase do the rest! You’ll never have to worry about the pain of travelling again.
Tech this smart doesn’t come cheap, but if you travel regularly then you’ll soon wonder how you ever coped without the Bluesmart Suitcase on your side. You can buy your own version here.
For the Outdoorsman: The Flask Light
Do you regularly spend time in the great outdoors? Does your idea of a perfect vacation involve sleeping under canvas at a music festival, next to your favourite fishing spot, or whilst hiking through one of our many beautiful national parks?
If you answered yes, then the tech travel essential that you need is the Flask Light. Part powerful flashlight and part drinks container, this nifty little piece of kit means that you never have to be separated from a shot or two of your favourite bourbon!
The VSSL Flask Light is designed to hold 10 oz of your favourite boozy beverage (or non-boozy one, if you prefer) and also comes with two collapsible stainless steel shot cups, a bottle opener, and a compass all built in.
From a practical point of view, it also features a powerful LED flood beam flashlight designed to light up even the darkest sky, filling your tent with enough light to navigate our way through your evening routines.
This is one of those devices you might never have known you needed (and it’s certainly one that you can live without) but we love it for injecting fun into the humble torch. It’s the perfect device for livening up a camping trip with your crew, and it looks just as stylish as it sounds too.
Do you need to rush out and buy a VSSL flask light to make your next canvas-based adventure a roaring success? No, you don’t. But we think they’re much more likely to be successful if you do have one in your backpack!
This clever piece of kit costs just $72.50, and you can get your hands on one of your own right here.
For the Techie: The Ultimate Travel Drone
Finally, if you just love tech and want to really impress your travel companions with your latest travel accessory then why not invest in the ultimate drones?
Drones are at the forefront of new technology right now, and they are also incredibly on trend, making them the perfect travel companion for the fashion-forward techie.
If you’re looking for something portable, easy to pack into your luggage, and simple to control (using nothing more than the smartphone in your pocket) then DJI’s Mavic Pro is the perfect travel drone for you.
It features a 4k camera, has a powerful battery which provides an incredible 27 minutes of flying time between charges, and can flay as far as 4.3 miles away from you whilst you control it from the comfort of your smartphone.
As for the images you’ll receive? Everything can be captured in flawless HD video at 4K/30fps or 1080p/96fps. Alternatively, if it’s photography you prefer then the drone can also deliver photographs in 12MP Raw or JPG format. These are holiday photos and videos that will be totally unique to you, and unlike anything your friends and family will have ever seen before!
What’s more, this nifty little device also comes with GPS, front-facing optical sensors that help it avoid obstacles, as well as 11 cool flight modes, including tripod and selfie settings. We all know that good things come in small packages, and when it comes to picking the perfect travel drone, that couldn’t be truer!
We all like to take home a cool souvenir when we’ve been travelling to a new country or vacation destination. Why not leave the tacky logo tees and stuffed camels behind and bring home an album full of memories that you really will treasure forever. You can immortalize every aspect of your trip from a brand new angle!
At $899, buying this travel accessory could well cost more than your next vacation. But if you love to capture unusual memories that will last a lifetime then there is no better choice. You can buy your own here.
Travelling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The opportunity to explore the world around us, experience different cultures, and make memories that we’ll never forget is a true gift. I would rather spend my time and money travelling than doing almost anything else (except maybe shopping, of course!)
Unfortunately, travel can also be stressful, difficult, and complicated. Passing through airline security and navigating all of the different local airport customs, rules and regulations can make getting from A to B feel like a nightmare. This nightmare will only continue if you arrive at your hotel with squshed toiletries, creased clothes, and jetlag.
But it doesn’t have to be that way: There are some of the gadgets that can make travelling a little easier. Investing in the tech you take travelling with you will enhance your adventures. Meaning all you have to do is plan your next vacation, and get ready to explore, unwind and relax!