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10 Gadgets You Need To Bring For Vacation

10 Gadgets You Need To Bring For Vacation

A vacation is a time for rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even a little adventure. But just because you’re indulging in some R&R doesn’t mean that you have to leave your tech behind. Check out some of the most essential gadgets that you need to bring for vacation.

1. Smart Phone

This is the most obvious and necessary gadget for your vacationing pleasure. Not only can it help you stay connected with your travel partners for safety’s sake, it has countless uses and possibilities. You can utilize literally thousands of apps to perfect your holiday. Everything from bookings, navigation, restaurant recommendations, and accommodations is a mere finger tap away. For those of you on the Apple bandwagon, the Passbook feature allows you to keep all of your boarding pass and frequent flier information in the one place too, which is incredibly convenient. Of course, it also has its trusty MP3 and podcast capabilities so you can listen to your favorite music and shows.

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2. Portable Battery Charger

This is a holiday imperative, particularly if you’re like me and enjoy taking every possible safety precaution. There are a wide variety of portable chargers available, some being as small as a thumb drives, and others with multiple ports that are designed to keep the whole family charged. They are also great if you’re running short on socket space in your hotel room.

3. iPad/Tablet

Similar to your smart phone, a tablet device is an absolute vacation necessity if you have access to one. This is mostly due to its sheer versatility. It can be your portable media center, MP3 player, e-reader, and laptop, just to name a few. It’s also, of course, lightweight and far more convenient than lugging a laptop around. This is particularly important if you need to catch up on work while you’re away.

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4. Lightweight Laptop

Need to mix a little business with pleasure? Perhaps you’re on a working vacation or simply want a convenient outlet to blog your experiences. Thin laptops such as the MacBook Air or the Sony Vaio T are your answer. Light and convenient, these devices allow you to convert any holiday destination into your very own office.

5. Noise Cancelling Headphones

A great pair of noise cancelling head phones are one of the best vacation investments you can make. Whether you’re flying to New York or taking a bus from Vietnam to Cambodia, a decent set will block out pesky engine noises. These bad boys will also be a godsend if you have to contend with inconsiderate flyers, crying babies, or want to ignore unruly teenagers on the beach. You deserve to be able to get your zen on anywhere.

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6. Keyboard Covers

These are one of the best travel friendly tablet accessories currently on the market. Logitech’s Keyboard Cover doubles as an iPad case and responds instantly to keystrokes via Bluetooth. This is essential for working travelers, bloggers, and writers.

7. Pocket Camera

Want to document your vacation via high quality photos but don’t want to cart around a camera and a bunch of additional lenses? That’s okay, you don’t have to trade quantity for quality. There are some amazing compact cameras on the market, some of which are smaller than a deck of cards and can be used underwater. If making your friends jealous is more your style, you can even get models with built in wifi for all of your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter needs. The great news here is that they’re not only convenient, but also affordable.

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8. Headphone Splitter Adapter

These are great little devices for when you’re sharing your tablet or laptop. Now two people can enjoy your mini media center! This is particularly handy if you’re flying on a budget airline and they’re showing a crappy movie, or for keeping the kids entertained.

9. Portable Speakers

Great for the beach or impromptu parties, portable speakers have come along way since the days of boom boxes. The more recent models are powered by wireless Bluetooth technology and even have the ability to charge your other devices via USB. That’s right, not only will they play your favorite tunes, but they will also power your tech and allow you to Facetime your loved ones at home — a sound vacation investment.

10. E-Reader

Now this may seem like a superfluous inclusion considering that we’ve already discussed tablets, but I can assure you that an e-reader is a fantastic vacation gadget in its own right. We all know about the importance of battery life, and this is where these babies really shine. The more recent dedicated e-readers have battery lives that can last up to a month. This means that you don’t have to panic about being bored on a 14 hour flight if you forgot to plug it in overnight. They’re a bibliophiles dream, particularly if you’re like me and want to take an abundance of reading choices on your vacation. No more taking up all your luggage space!

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Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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