10 Essential Tech Gadgets for International Travelers

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When it comes to international traveling, there’s some essential tech gadgets that will be worth their weight.  Whether you’re traveling for business or vacation, know that it’s not cheap or easy to replace your essentials tech gadgets if you forget it at home. Just like how I have my list of travel necessities, I also have a checklist specifically for my gadgets. You have your laptop and smartphone ready, but what about the rest of your gadgets to keep you connected during your international business trip or vacation? Here are some travel gadget essentials that I personally use that are great to pack:

  1. Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery Pack Charger –  Just like home, you never know when you’ll need extra power.  Carrying an extra battery pack can save you from making an emergency call when your phone dies or if you need to charge up your camera. Which is why I love Mophie Battery Pack, it can be used for multiple USB devices and it’s also compatible with iOS and Android, digital cameras and USB-powered toothbrushes.
  2. Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB Portable Hard Drive – You’re in the process of taking amazing shots during your travel, then that frustrating notification pops up – memory full. Ugh! Well, you wouldn’t have that problem if you backup and restore your files with the Canvio Connect.  It also has a cloud-enabled backup option available and backups can be scheduled to run automatically, in case you forget.  And don’t worry if you lose it, your files are are secure with password-protected data encryption.  You can access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet. Plus, the Canvio Connect II is pocket-sized and easy to carry.
  3. Sony 128GB Memory Card – Yes, you have your hard drive, but you may also need an extra memory card for your digital camera.  I always carry an extra card, for the just in case.  I prefer one with more memory so I don’t have to worry about uploading it right away.  I can always empty may card out by the end of the day, which gives me more space for the next adventurous travel day.
  4. Smartphone Battery Charger – don’t forget your smartphone battery charger! In fact, you should never forget it.  You need it so you can charge up every night before you go out and about on your trip.
  5. Orico Mini Power Strip – it never fails, most international hotels don’t have many power outlets.  Which is why I always bring an extra power-strip with me.  I love the Orico power-strip because you can also charge any USB devices.  Plus, its super lightweight and compact.
  6.  Monster Diamond Tears Headphones – Not only will these headphones become the main accessory throughout your travels, but they will keep any sound away with their noise canceling feature.  Plus, they sparkle.  I love my pair.
  7. Mini Jambox by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – This portable mini music speaker is small enough to fit in your pocket, so it goes wherever you do.  Plus it also features a 10-hour battery life and crystal-clear, wireless sound with Bluetooth 4.0.  I love that it comes in red.
  8. Cable Matters Snagless Ethernet Patch Cable – yes, most hotels offer wi-fi, but a hard line works much better.  Which is why I like to bring an extra ethernet cable any time I travel.  It doesn’t hurt to just have one in your laptop bag, for just in case scenarios.
  9. Sony ActionCam – this recommended gadget would apply to those who are planning an adventurous trip or vacation.  I like to carry my ActionCam for spontaneous moments, like taking a jungle tour or going parasailing.  Trust me, it’s come in handy.  Don’t forget the extra Micro Memory card.

10.  Stay Connected With Sprint International Roaming

One more important thing to remember if you’re traveling overseas, make sure you reach out to your mobile carrier and let them know you’ll be traveling. Carriers like Sprint, continues to expand its International Value Roaming Service in many of the most popular travel destinations, including 22 countries, and expanding free data roaming and connectivity up to 2G speeds around the world making it easy for you to stay connected while traveling.  You could stay connected with unlimited text messaging from and to any country for no extra charge and call anywhere in the world from selected countries for only 20 cents per minute.  The service came in handy when I was trying to use Google Maps to find an address during a Mexico City business trip.

If you’re looking for higher data speeds, Sprint offers three different International Speed Data Roaming options offering 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day, and 14-day passes, starting at just $15.  In fact, Sprint gives you more mobile and more options than ever before.  You have the option to connect your phone to the millions of hotspots throughout Latina America, Europe, South America and Japan, and use Wi-Fi calling to enjoy free calls from over 200 countries back to the U.S.

I’m going to test my Sprint International coverage next in Belize!  You can even follow my journey as I will be sharing my experience on my personal instagram.  Follow me here: @sparklinglala

For more information on countries and rates visit:  www.sprint.com/international.

Now that you have a good check list for all your essential gadgets, make sure you don’t forget to charge everything the night before you travel. It never fails, as soon as you arrive the airport and have a few hours to kill, you will get an urge to send out a few last minute emails and your laptop is at 7% battery. Ugh!

Hope this list helps.  Happy travels my fellow #LatinaGeeks!