While you are planning on staying connected, power is essential. “I carry a Monster Outlets to Go 4 outlet power strip made for travel, and have done so for years. It’s no longer sold, but there are others like it available (including one, also from Monster, that I’ll likely buy for my next trip),” says Andy Abramson, who was named “2015 Business Traveler of The Year” by Business Traveler magazine. “It reduces the number of European and U.K. adapters I need to carry, and with it, I only really need one European and one UK adapter for all my U.S. power plugs.” For his iPhone and iPad, Abramson bought a U.K. and European power kit. “This way, when I’m out all day, I can hand find a plug at the coffee shop or restaurant and charge up. ” Learn 6 more smart solutions to common travel problems.
A lot can also be said about carrying an extra battery—it can mean the difference between being out of juice or having phone life when you land. “The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C, Ultra-High Capacity Premium Portable Charger works with every device I carry,” Abramson says. “It allows me to recharge my iPhones, iPad, Mac Book, and Pixel as it has both USB and USB-C ports.” He calls it an essential because if keeps everything powered even when there’s no power near by and fits in his shoulder bag.
Apps to stay connected
We all need—and want—to stay in touch with friends and family back at home. WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, Google Voice, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and many others all work great. To keep large groups informed, Facebook is great for “this is what I’m up to” while Facebook Messenger is ideal for calls, texts, and video as are WhatsApp and Telegram. “For texting Google Voice is far and away the app of choice. I’ve also started to use Instagram more this past trip, as I’ve found more immediate engagement with friends to let them know what I was up to,” says Abramson. For business conference calls, or family calls with people in different places, ZOOM is ideal. “My second choice is UberConference. For phone service, the two best choices I’ve found are DialPad and Telzio. Both have apps so I’m able to use them over Wi-Fi or on LTE on both iOS and Android, as well as on my laptop,” says Abramson. Want to forget everything you just read? Here are 11 easy ways to turn your vacation into a digital detox.