10 essential travel gadgets
Setting off on your travels? Be sure to pack these 10 must-have travel gadgets. Chosen for their innovative design, functionality and compact size, they’re almost as important as your passport.
This relatively new Apple product is the perfect travel companion, combining the compact size of a Kindle with the greater functionality of the iPad. Choose from the millions of apps available from the iTunes store and you have an entertainment centre, e-reader, camera and laptop all rolled into one.
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Small is most definitely mighty with this innovative little product that ensures you’ll never be without surround sound as you travel. Perfect for use with an iPod or any computer, the Mighty Dwarf uses vibration resonance so you can put it on any surface and you’re guaranteed a 360-degree full-spectrum speaker experience.
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This portable games console is getting rave reviews. Not only does it have a touchscreen and a high-res screen, you can also download your collection of games and movies to enjoy when you’re out on the road. Plus, the graphics are spectacular and sure to engage even the most disinterested pre-teen.
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LifeProof for iPhone
There’s no point buying the iPhone 5 and not getting this cover to go with it. Three years in development, the LifeProof case manages, unlike most smartphone covers, to combine style with hardcore safety. Able to deflect knocks, splashes and just about anything you can throw at it, it’s the perfect protection for your beloved phone.
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This lightweight e-reader is one of the best in its class. With a touchscreen, built-in light and eight-week battery life, the Kindle Paperwhite means you’ll never need to carry around a bag of books when you go travelling.
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It’s pretty rare that you come across a jacket that states ‘Compatible with iPad’… but this is one of them. The SeV Fleece 7.0 is an innovative microfleece product which contains 23 useful pockets for gadget lovers - including one big enough for an iPad. Machine washable, it’s brimming with all sorts of handy places to stow your goods.
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SpareOne emergency mobile phone is a breakthrough in power saving technology, lasting up to 15 years on a single AA battery. One of the best features is the phone is unlocked, so you can just buy a pre-paid SIM and avoid roaming charges.
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Recon Instruments MOD Live
This whizz-bang gizmo has the power to change your life. Ok, maybe not… but it does flip what you know about ski goggles on its head. The MOD Live heads-up display goggles deliver real-time info on speed, vertical descent, jump airtime, navigation and distance using built-in precision GPS and an integrated suite of sensors. They also let you control your music playlist.
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For those times when your phone or iPad runs out of juice and there’s nowhere to plug it in, the PowerMonkey Extreme will get you back up and running. The Extreme can be recharged via solar panel, USB or traditional wall plug, and has low static wastage - which means you can leave it for up to 1 year and it will still hold 75% of its charge.
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Are you one of those people who always buys bottled water, even here in New Zealand? This handy water bottle may sound dull, but it will save you a lot of money over time. The lid features an integrated water filter, so you can have fresh filtered water on the go. It costs just $12.95 (the cost of eight filters) for eight weeks of freshness.
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