Whether you are a weekend escape artist, business traveler or believe that there is no better existence than life on the road, you are bound to have some favorite pieces of “tech” that make your life easier. Matthew Kepnes from http://www.NomadicMatt.com has taken the travel work/lifestyle to a whole new level, and he runs down his “must haves” to WSJ Live.
Smartphones have made travel easier in many different ways from booking last minute hotel accommodations on the Hotel Tonight app to finding a great vineyard on winemaps.com. Not only does it help keep you in touch with loved ones as you wander the globe, but it allows you to upload photos and log stories from the road. It’s no wonder that the smartphone made Kepnes’s list at number one.
Other recommendations include eReaders (iPad, Kindles, Nooks, etc), a small laptop if your smartphone/tablet doesn’t get your work uploaded from the road (many sites are not yet fully functional as mobile applications), and a universal plug converter so that you have options no matter where your wandering feet take you.
Bringing a small camera can work well for you, but these days the smartphone cameras will also do the trick (or at least work as a great backup should your camera battery die just as you arrive at Hearst Castle). Unless you are a pro, dragging big camera bags and other equipment may end up being more annoying than useful.
Kepnes’s interview is very useful for travelers (new/old, group/single), and you should definitely check it out if you have limited room in your luggage and need to only pack the essentials.
Do you have any “must take” travel tech? Be sure to share in the comments below!