We bring our smartphones anywhere we go. And many brands, like Samsung, iPhone, and Xiaomi promise a one-for-all solution. Their phones work as a video camera, photo camera, communication tool, GPS, and even a video editing gadget. However, once your phone runs out of power, you won’t be able to do anything. And that scenario is the stuff of nightmare for travelers. Imagine visiting London on the 5th of November to watch the Bonfire Night, but suddenly your phone’s battery is empty. You’ll miss an annual event!
Therefore, all experienced travelers know very well that you shall separate gadgets for documenting photos, videos, and communication. Let’s discuss further below!
Nowadays, there are many types of video cameras, namely the camcorder, action cam, compact camera, and digital camera. And each of them has different video resolution, image sensors, and frame rates. For instance, you may need an advanced series of a camcorder to record fast-moving events, such as car race, acrobatic shows, etc. It would be much simpler if you use an action cam. However, you cannot expect a good audio record from an action camera since it is relatively small and is designed specifically to record videos.
Before you buy a video camera, you should think about the events you want to record. If those events do not require advanced features, then a regular digital camera like Panasonic Lumix TZ200/ZS200 will suffice.
Your gadgets won’t work without electricity, and you shall not count on electrical sockets only. You have to bring a power bank with you! However, many brands are flooding the market, and some of them are not as quality as they claim to be. Here is a list of most recommended power banks for travelers:
- Anker Power Core 10000
- ASUS ZenPower 10050 mAh
- Xiaomi Power Bank
- Hiluckey Solar Power Bank
- Ravpower Savior 9000
- MAXOAK 50000mAh (prohibited for flight)
Smartphones and the Right Apps
This one is an apparent must-have item. However, what you may not know are the right apps that can improve your traveling experience. First, you’re going to need a flight-booking app, such as Hopper, Skyscanner, Kiwi, Hipmunk, and Skiplagged. Second, you should install Google Translate on your phone, especially if you go to a foreign country. Third, you need Google Map to navigate around your destination. It is important to note that using Google Map while riding a taxi will keep you foolproof. Fourth, you’ll need a currency exchange app to monitor the exchange rates. This app will also prevent you from being conned by money exchange services.