One of the worst parts of going on holiday is losing that connection to your friends and family. Whether it’s signal failure or lack of charge, it’s not always easy to stay in touch.
Fortunately, tech and gadgetry have advanced to the point where it’s impossible to not find something useful. If you’re on holiday and you want to stay connected, you have a couple of ways to do it - and here are some of the best.
Buy a power strip
Power strips are really cool, functional little gadgets that can slip into any pocket or bag. As the name implies, they’ll provide power to your gadgets and tech, so your devices will always remain on. This means no more lost batteries that would prevent you from calling or texting your family back home.
Power strips come in many different shapes and sizes, but the core function is simple. You charge it up from a power outlet before you go out, and then it acts as a portable battery pack. Or, you can get a solar one.
You can plug your smartphone, tablet or camera into it to receive charge on the go. As you can guess, this is extremely useful for staying connected while on holiday. If you go on a walk or down to the beach, you won’t find any plug sockets!
You can even buy wireless power strips, which are a relatively new technology. I’d recommend sticking with the traditional ones, for the time being. They’re cheaper and are guaranteed to work.
The foundation of ‘staying connected’, your internet connection will need to be as strong as possible. This is the one thing you need to keep in touch with people - your phone can be charged all it wants, but no internet means no chat! There are two main places you’ll be out of signal - at sea, and in the air.
If you’re at sea, you have a lot of options. It all depends on how close you are to a civilised area. If you’re not too far, you may be able to reach a local wifi hotspot with your phone. If you’re quite far away from land on a vessel of some kind, you’ll need 3G for yachts and boats. You won’t be able to access a wifi hotspot here, so a strong 3G/4G connection is needed.
If you’re in the air, there may be a wifi hotspot on the plane. Check with your airline if you aren’t sure. Most lengthy flights will have one, so if you’re flying for over 5 hours then do a wifi scan. If you are told to turn off phones and devices, then obviously you’re out of luck!
Carry international adapters
A lot of different countries use a lot of different plug types for their power outlets. Europe is a two pin and the UK is a three pin, to name but a few. No matter where you are, in order to stay connected, you’ll need adapters! No adapters equals no charge. Stock up before you go - some of the cheaper ones are known to break quite regularly.