Summer is the perfect time for vacationing, camping, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are traveling far or staying home, these summer accessories will keep you connected and your electronics protected when you are outside and poolside. These five traveling accessories ensure that your plans aren’t ruined by drained batteries, water damage, or a lack of Internet connectivity.
Pocket WiFi HotSpot: A portable wifi router that fits in the palm of your hand, a pocket wifi hotspot lets you connect multiple devices to the Internet. You still need an internet source but, with a pocket wifi hub, only one device is directly connected to that source. This is important because many modems and providers limit the number of devices that can be connected at one time. Most pocket hotspots allow you to connect up to five devices at the same time and also provide another layer of security when connecting to unsecured public networks, like those at many campsites and fast food restaurants.
Wireless Earbuds: Earbuds are becoming increasingly common because they are more comfortable than traditional headphones and allow for a greater range of movement. Whether you are listening to music or chatting with a friend, they also provide better audio quality than older style headphones because they are ergonomically designed to fit snugly into the outer canal of your ears so they deliver sound to the eardrum more directly and efficiently. Most earbuds work with any device, including phones, smart watches, laptops, and more. Although many can play for up to 12 hours or longer before needing to be recharged, experts suggest using earbuds or headphones for no more than two hours at a time to avoid suffering permanent damage.
Protective Cases for Your Devices: Whatever pattern, design, or material you choose, the best iphone case you can get is one that is <i>waterproof</i>! This is especially important if your summer plans include beaches, swimming pools, or fishing. Waterproof cases are also available for laptops, tablets, and other devices, and are highly suggested year-round — even if you do not plan on taking your devices outside or near water. Of course, they also protect your devices from other types of damage, such as scratches, drops, and falls. Some high-end cases even protect your gadgets from electric shocks, surges, fire, and other calamities.
Portable Device Charger: Even though literally every tech company claims to be working on extending the battery life of portable devices, most of them still last for only a few hours at best. These portable chargers are indispensable when traveling and small enough to fit in your pocket. You might have to pay more for one that works with your devices but, if you know you won’t be near an electrical outlet for an extended period, it’s worth it. It also takes longer to recharge items with a portable charger than it does through an outlet – anywhere from 12 to 18 hours or more, on the average. You can also extend the life of your battery by setting up a battery power usage profile in your System Preferences, dimming the brightness of your screen, and closing apps you aren’t using.
Portable Media Player: Before you laugh, consider the fact that you will definitely be listening to music and that is definitely going to drain your tablet’s battery. A separate media player <i>is</i> one more device to lug around and charge, but it will conserve your phone’s power, and you won’t need an Internet connection to rock out on the beach!
Don’t forget to bring a towel!