Going on a vacation to Europe can mean a romantic getaway to the most romantic cities of the old continent, or an adventurous search for the unknown in the middle of the wild, but in all cases, it means leaving the comfort of your home, with just a few of your belongings. While you’re having the time of your life exploring new cities and sleeping in different places every night, there are a few gadgets that you need to always have a hand, for emergencies or just to kill the boring hours in between flights, or while driving on a rainy weather.
A GPS unit
The first item on our list is a life saver whether you’re behind the wheel, or backpacking on Alpine trails. A GPS navigator will let you know exactly where you are at all times, and can be of help not only if you’re lost, but in any situation of establishing a route or “keeping an eye” on your children or your luggage. The best quality of this gadget is that it’s versatile, so you can find it as a unit designed for cars, as an app on your smartphone, and even integrated in a sports watch, so you can have it guide you no matter what sort of activity you’re engaging in.
Running out of battery on your phone or laptop can be a real problem if you’re in a remote location, or in case of an emergency. This is why having a power bank with a full load on you will allow you to make that urgent call or finish your work even while waiting in an airport terminal. Simply make sure it suits your devices and have it recharged each chance you get, and power loss will not be amongst your most feared problems.
Portable WiFi router
Traveling, whether it’s in Europe or elsewhere, means you will spend a lot of time in places that don’t offer an internet connection. To make sure you can hit Google or your favorite websites at all times, try a portable router. Most of them are so small and slim that they can be carried in the back pocket, and they’re usually designed to run for a few whole hours before the battery runs out.
Before you start packing your gadgets, make sure you are aware of their compatibility with the charging options: for instance, most European power outlets offer 220volts, and their shape is very different, consisting of two round prongs. An electrical adapter will help you with that matter.