Gadgets in Paradise: Here’s What to Take on Your Next Vacation

Vacations are getting more complicated every day. Instead of being a simple retreat where we recharge and reset, vacations have become minefields of issues that we have to carefully navigate. Do it wrong, and your vacation may cause you to need a therapist.

For instance, should you take your vacation in a place where there are rampant human rights violations? Or perhaps you should consider a more eco-friendly vacation. Have you done something wrong if you went someplace just to relax and tune out the rest of the world and its moral challenges?

Then there is the matter of what you should bring on your vacation. It is no longer a matter of a bathing suit and the right suntan lotion. Consumer electronics gadgets are now an inseparable part of our lives. We are no longer interested in taking vacations from our gadgets. We are now on to taking vacations with our gadgets. It is just a matter of knowing which ones to take. Here are a few suggestions:

Video Drones

If you are wondering about which hot new gadget to bring on your next vacation, look no further than the Protocol New York video drones that are popping up everywhere. They are great for those scenic vistas that are too big even for your own memory to fully process.

Video drones can capture the types of images that you simply can’t get with a land-bound camera. The only other way to get those images would be to rent a helicopter. Thanks to drones, aerial videography is accessible to everyone.

Just keep in mind that laws are different from place to place. So be sure to double check the regulations of the country you are visiting as drones may not be legal there, or may be subject to regulations different from what you expect.

Battery Packs and Charging Hubs

Even if you are traveling alone, you will likely have several devices to charge. You probably will be carrying at least two of the following items at all times:

  • Smartphone
  • Smartwatch
  • Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Bluetooth headphones

You don’t need a simple charger. You need a whole charging station. Now, multiply that by the number of people traveling with you. If children are involved, you will have to remember the chargers and extra batteries for portable game consoles. Many products have proprietary chargers and chords. So don’t forget that Apple Watch cable.

There is also a safety component to having battery packs around. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, you will not be able to make an emergency call if your smartphone’s battery is dead. It doesn’t have to be a phone call. You might find yourself in a situation where the flashlight is the thing that makes the difference. Having a battery pack ready to go can make a life and death difference. If you are packing gadgets, be sure to pack the ability to keep them charged and ready to go.

Noise-canceling Headphones

While Bose enjoys the lead in noise-cancelation excellence, there are other products worth considering. All quality headphones in this category will cost between $300 – $400. That said, there are options for budget-conscious travelers. Just know that there will be compromises in sound quality, noise-cancelation, fit and finish, and every other category that matters.

Once onboard with the price, you still have to decide between over the ear cans and in-ear buds. You also have to decide between traditional bluetooth and the special variant cooked up by Apple in the form of their W1 chip. Let’s not forget the decision to go wired or wireless. Whatever you decide, your trip will be better with a good pair of noise-canceling headphones than without.

Vacations have changed forever. We are not trying to escape gadgets we hate. Rather, we are finding better ways to incorporate the gadgets we love into every facet of our lives. The modern vacation includes video drones, battery charging stations, and noise-canceling headphones. Bon voyage.

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