Okay, you actually can travel without these accessories but it makes life abroad sooooo much easier if you have ‘em! Think about tossing at least a couple of these into your suitcase before you hop on that plane.
Dying to see the world but not sure how? Don’t let these things keep you from going abroad!
Whether you’re wanting to spend a semester volunteering in Europe or just taking a week long vacation in Asia, these little pieces of technology make traveling lots easier. Seriously, I want to plan a trip just so I can try out a few of these for myself.
- SD Phone Card Reader
- A Flash Drive For Your Phone
- Wireless Sticks
- Battery Pack
- Headphone Splitter
- Multiple USB Converter/Adapter
SD Phone Card Reader
This is a must for anyone with a DSLR camera. All you have to do is plug it into your phone (or your friends’ phone) and insert your camera’s memory card. Then, just download the pictures right onto your phone — no need to fuss with a computer or sending pictures over email before posting that awesome Dominican Republic beach photo to Instagram.
Wondering how to travel with you camera? We've a blog post that talks all about it.
A Flash Drive For Your Phone
You have all Eiffel Tower tips covered, but now you’re actually in front of the Eiffel Tower and your phone runs out of space. Oh no. You can’t delete the pictures from your Grecian getaway but you have to get that perfect Parisian shot! Don’t worry — just plug in this tiny phone USB and move stuff around to clear up space on your phone. This teeny USB holds 64 gigs so you’ll have plenty of space for allll your Paris pics.
Stick this into your pocket and you'll be set — this USB-like device wirelessly transfers photos from your phone over to the stick, so you won't have to worry about running outta space. Volunteers in the past have had good luck with the Sandish Wireless Stick Flash Drive, but there are other brands you can try out, too. They're small, relatively inexpensive (depending on storage) and lifesaver because no one likes deleting pictures on vacation just so you can take one more picture of the Trevi Fountain.
Worried about losing your photos while you're on vacation? Here's how to back up your pictures while you're abroad.
Portable Battery Pack
Never run out of battery with one of these in your backpack. You can buy a bigger one that will charge your phone on-the-go three or four times, or smaller ones that will give you one full charge. Now there’s no need to find an outlet while camping overnight on the Great Wall of China!
You can also get ones that have multiple USB outlets so you can charge all of your gadgets and a couple of your friends’. Nice!
Pro tip on these: If you're taking a portable battery on a flight, you have to pack it in your carry on bags. They won't allow you to check a bag with a battery.
Volunteers, tourists, students, and BYU teachers in China, this one is for you. Sometimes long bus rides in China get pretty loud, but now you and friend can both tune out the noise with some music (or one of these podcasts) with a headphone splitter. Just plug the splitter into your phone and then plug in your headphones into the other outlets — Each splitter lets at least 2 people listen but you can get ones that fit up to 5 pairs of headphones…. perfect for your whole ILP group!
Multiple USB Converter/Adapter
Depending on where you are traveling, you might need to get a converter (an adapter changes the type of plug to fit into the socket, while a converter changes the amount of electricity so your electronics don’t fry when you plug them in). Do yourself a favorite and grab a converter with multiple USB outlets so you can charge all your devices and your friend’s too while you are both waiting for the flight to Norway.
Need more travel tips in your life? Come check out our blog! Wondering how you can use all of these tricks on one vacation? How about volunteering with International Language Programs? We have schools in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Mexico where you’ll be teaching English or helping in orphanages — when you’re not on vacation, of course! Get your questions answered by chatting with one of our representatives: