Tech Essentials for Traveling Abroad

Having just returned from a 12 day working vacation trip to Santorini and Istanbul, I wanted to put together a little list of the tech gadgets I brought along with me to make life a little easier. While a few are specific to international travel, some of these items are just great to have on hand for any trip.

1 - Apple 12W USB Power Adapter ($19) - it pushes the most Amps for portable chargers and works great.

2 - Micro USB ($5) - for charging all your non-Apple devices

3 - Portable Battery ($20) - always good to have just in case. This one from iHome is super compact, practically weightless and comes with a clip for easy portability and access.

4 - Moto G - Unlocked international edition. Using local SIMs for voice and data is a great way to get cheaper phone coverage. This phone is a tank and you can get them for $99. Amazing.

5 - SIM conversation kit - Our Moto G take a nano-sim, but just in case I carry this adapter to make sure we can find a SIM card that fits.

6 - Power Converter ($25) - This all-in-one power adapter/converter unit fits US, UK/European and Australian outlets with built-in surge protection.

7 - GoPro Hero Session - ($200) This super small, lightweight camera is rugged and waterproof which is great for all the walking, swimming and crazy taxi adventures in Greece and Turkey. It was super easy to strap this on and walk the Grand Bazaar and snorkel with the local fish.

8 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 (around $110) - We have used this the past few years as our travel point-and-shoot camera. This 14.1 megapixel camera has a 16x wide angle zoom with image stabilization and a 3" LCD display. Basically it takes really nice quality photos while still fitting in the palm of your hand.

9 - Joby GorillaPod Original ($13) - This flexible tripod for your point-and-shoot camera is amazingly versatile. The numerous joints make it a snap to wrap around just about anything to get those crazy-angled shots and the rubberized foot grips steady the camera on flat surfaces. This was especially helpful in capturing the famous Santorini sunsets because it kept the camera steady in low light so we were able to keep the shutter open longer.

10 - Ditty Bag (similar $11.50)- As you can see from the photo above, this red one has been with us for years and years. They are great for organizing all your little odds and ends. The key to a good ditty bag is that it has a barrel closure so you can secure it quickly.

Well, there you have it. Hope this helps you on your next adventure near or far. 

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
Travis Smith