Travel gadgets to take on holiday

Holidays are (usually!) a relaxing time to take a much-needed break from the fast pace and stress of everyday life. While you might think switching off all of your gadgets is the secret to having a great holiday, we’ve rounded up a list of gadgets that will improve the experience, which you just might want to invest in.

An Amazon Kindle

Some people say they prefer ‘the feel’ of a paperback book and physically having a book in their hands, but these people have not tried a Kindle. Honestly, once you get one, there’s no looking back. If you’re a bookworm and likely to go through two or more books on your travels, you will save on a ton of suitcase space – leaving more room for souvenirs for your family and friends. You can adjust the size of the text and the font to suit you and the battery life literally lasts weeks, not hours.

It doesn’t have to be a big investment either; the basic Kindle starts at £59.99. But if you have a bit more to spend, the new Kindle Oasis E-Reader has all the bells and whistles and is even waterproof; meaning you have less to worry about when you’re by the pool, on the beach or out to sea.

Front and back view of the basic Amazon Kindle e-reader
The basic Amazon Kindle e-reader. Photo:

A ‘smart sun’ app

HappySun is a smart new app that aims to banish sunburn. It works by using satellite data to measure how much UV you’re getting and warns you when enough is enough. It’ll also give you personalised advice on when to reapply your suncream to get the sun protection you need. Best of all: the app is free to download right now on both iOS and Android.

There are some other UV-measuring options in the app stores but this looks like the most comprehensive so far.

Preview of the HappySun app
Preview of the HappySun app. Photo:

Bluetooth headphones

Anyone who’s flown before knows that headphones are essential. It’s all too easy to be aggravated by the people making noise around you but stick on a pair of headphones and the real world just floats away. Sony’s WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones are noise-cancelling and have an atmospheric pressure function which ensures a great sound at high altitudes.

No wires means no untangling needed, just pop them on and enjoy your favourite music. And if you’re wanting to watch the in-flight entertainment, they do come with a cord as well that you can plug into your seat’s audio system.

Woman wearing Sony 1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones on aeroplane
Sony wireless headphones. Photo:

Smart suitcase

There are a fair few options to choose from in the smart suitcase market now, but the Away case is one of the best. It features special compression technology to help you fit in more luggage but will keep your clothes crease-free and has a built-in USB port, which means you can charge your phone on the go.

It comes in two sizes (carry-on and medium) and both have an unbreakable lightweight shell exterior that come in a range of colours. It also has a TSA-approved combination lock and a detachable laundry bag. Need we say more…?

Two people carrying the Away smart travel suitcase
The Away smart travel case. Photo:

Do you have any travel gadgets you can’t leave without? We’d love to hear from you! Write in the comments below.