Summer’s almost here, and soon we'll all be heading off on holiday, jetting away to foreign shores or perhaps even exploring somewhere a little closer to home.
Whatever your plans are for the months ahead - whether they involve scaling mountains, exploring tropical lagoons, or just sitting by the pool and letting your worries slip away - why not make them even better with a healthy portion of holiday tech? Here are some gadgets that could make your summer hols even better.
You want to live in the moment, but you also want to make sure you capture those all-important vacation memories. It's a conundrum of modern life, and sometimes it's hard to resist the urge to whip out your smartphone and play photographer at every available opportunity.
That's where the GoPro comes in. The nifty little grab-and-go camera can be mounted and worn in a number of ways, letting you capture tonnes of footage without having to stop-and-pause every ten minutes. It's the ideal companion for anyone with a taste for adventure, and is even waterproof up to ten meters. Just clip it on, press record, and hit the road safe in the knowledge all of your memories are being filmed in glorious HD.
Nothing beats lounging by the pool and tucking into a great read while you soak up the rays. But how do you decide which tomes are worthy of joining you on your whirlwind summer adventure? Will you take that all-time favourite, the new thriller everyone's been raving about, or a guilty pleasure you know shouldn't even be anywhere near your suitcase. Yes. We're looking at you Fifty Shades of Grey.
Well… how about you take them all? You see, if you pick up a Kindle E-Reader you'll have room for thousands of books, and access to thousands more. Better yet, the Kindle packs a glare-free screen that reads like real paper, making it the perfect companion for all of you sun-seekers.
Smartphones are great, but smartphones are expensive. They also seem to have an insatiable desire to leap from our hands at the worst possible moments, throwing themselves onto the pavement or kitchen floor in a desperate attempt to scare us senseless.
Thankfully, phone manufacturers are getting better at making our pocket-sized companions splash and shock-proof, but when you've dropped a few hundred quid on a new phone, making sure it's protected is a no-brainer. Especially if you're about to go on holiday, where dirt, sand, and poolside splashes are going to be coming at you faster than a freight train.
So, if you want to ensure your smartphone survives the trip abroad, you might want to consider grabbing a Dog & Bone Wetsuit. One of the best protective cases on the market right now, the Wetsuit is waterproof, shock proof, dirt proof, and even snow proof. It's a true all-rounder, and even sports a flexible glass impact screen protector, a premium non-slip rubber bumper, and anti-fingerprint, anti-smudge, and anti-scratch performance screen coating. Seriously, what more do you want?
If you've got kids that need a bit of in-flight entertainment, or are just a big kid yourself, then the Nintendo Switch is the answer to your prayers. That's because the Switch is a dedicated home console that also doubles as a super-charged portable, meaning you or your adorable sprogs can play fan favourites like The Legend of Zelda, Snipperclips, and Mario Kart at home or on the flight, train, or boat over to wherever it is you're absconding too this year.
We go on holiday to escape the world. Unfortunately, to get there we usually have to enter the belly of the beast, navigating through packed airports, hotels, and hostels filled with fellow travellers.
Now, we're all for a friendly bit of social interaction, but what happens when you just want to zone out, but can't because a swarm of sugar-infused children are running around the pool like maniacs, or the stag party sat three rows in front of you can't contain the banter?
If you're forward-thinking, what happens is you slip on your noise-cancelling headphones and relax with the help of your favourite tunes. Because as much as we might love it to, the world doesn't revolve around us. So instead of getting worked up because others are having a lark, why not take matters into your own hands and prepare for the little holiday niggles ahead by making sure you can avoid them altogether.
Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at http://www.chriskerrwriter.com/.