The summer holiday is a highlight of the year for many people, but it can also be a stressful time, with packing, shopping for holiday clothes, checklists and travel arrangement all causing stress.
For those with children, the amount of work that needs to be done is magnified significantly, and so anything that makes life easier would be more than welcome.
Whether you’re travelling as family, a couple, or on your own, these top three gadgets for summer 2016 can help to make your journey a smoother one and enhance your holiday.
You’ve got the smartphone, you’ve seen the smartwatch and you’ve even driven on a smart motorway. Now, meet the Smart Suitcase – the accessory you never knew you needed.
Bluesmart’s latest invention solves a number of potential travel dilemmas, but by far the most useful is its GPS technology, which enables the user to track the suitcase to any location on the planet.
Another handy feature is built-in weighing scales, which ensures you won’t go over the airline’s luggage limit, and bespoke slots for laptops and other gadgets which saves you having to open the entire case and sift through it.
The functionality is controlled by an app on your mobile phone, and to ensure that you’re always able to use it, the suitcase has a built-in power bank that can be used to fully charge your phone in any location, up to six times.
In an age where people can access any song they like and download it in the press of a button in a matter of seconds, there is understandably demand for the equipment it’s played on to provide the best possible sound quality.
When traveling on holiday, it’s neither practical nor sensible to take an entire speaker system with you, but if your apartment, villa or hotel room does not have the capability to play music, then portable speakers can be just the ticket.
Bluetooth speakers are far more common today than they used to be and far less expensive, connecting to almost any phone instantly and providing excellent sound quality.
While the likes of Bose speakers are always a safe bet, those not wanting to spend a fortune can turn to some less expensive but still high quality options such as Denon Envaya Mini or UE Roll, which each provide crystal clear quality, solid battery life and – most importantly – can be easily fit into a suitcase.
The bane of many travellers’ lives, data roaming can put paid to any ambitions of documenting your adventure on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms and can also end up costing you a fortune to use apps such as Maps while abroad and to search for information on Google.
However, help is at hand for those wanting to limit their costs in the form of MiFi, which enables you to share a mobile connection from a single SIM and connect up to ten devices, ensuring smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches and games consoles can all make use of the connection.
The TP-Link M7350 is one of the most popular options on the market, with an LCD screen that provides useful information such as signal strength, battery life, the number of devices connected and how much data remains.
It is also fully unlocked, so can be used with any SIM from any UK mobile operator, as well as pay as you go SIMs purchased overseas, but for those who would rather purchase a MiFi device on contract, Huawei has several options available through various networks.