Urban Backpacking Essentials: Electronic Gadgets

Technology has changed everything including the way we travel. Whether you want to treasure your amazing moments while traveling or read a book, there are electronic gadgets available for that. In this article, we have put together a list of essential electronic gadgets for all the backpackers who are ready to hit the road for their next destination country or city.

Here are a few essential electronic gadgets that you should consider:

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Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger
Anker PowerPort Cube
JSVER Portable Cube Power Strip
Portable Charger Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh
Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh
Portable Charger RAVPower 22000mAh

1. Travel power strip

Most hostels and hotels you will stay in will probably have one or two power outlets. Charging more than 2 devices there at the same time will be a problem for you, so in this situation, a travel power strip comes in handy. You might also require a travel adapter plug because different countries have different types of sockets. Ceptics World Travel All in one Adapter Kit is the best choice as it supports a number of socket types.

Here are a few that we recommend:

Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Surge Protector and Charger
The Belkin SurgePlus is a compact power trip that is equipped with a surge protector to provide prevention against sudden voltage spikes. It can charge 3 AC-powered and 2 USB-powered devices. Its plug can be rotated at the angle of 360 degrees to avoid the other socket getting covered. Its lightweight cordless design makes it a great electronic gadget to consider.

Anker PowerPort Cube
Anker is one of the best electronic companies that manufactures the best gadgets. This uniquely designed power strip is an example of those gadgets. Its ultra-compact cube design (less than 2 ½ cubic inches) makes it easy for you to pack into your backpack without taking any extra space. It consists of 3 AC outlets and 3 USB ports.

You can charge your devices in high-speed with superior safety, thanks to its amazing PowerIQ technology and overload protection.

JSVER Portable Cube Power Strip
It is another compact Rubik cube design power strip that packs conveniently into your backpack without taking any extra space. It features 3 non-interfering power outlets and 3 USB ports that provide fast charging up to 2.4A per port by optimally distributing the current.

2. Portable Power Bank

Using your smartphone to run multiple apps like Google Maps, Snapchat, etc. are going to kill your battery. A portable power bank comes in handy here as it can charge your devices on the go. There are different capacities of power banks available, you should get one according to your usage and needs.

Here are some that we recommend:

Portable Charger Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh
This one’s a compact 6000 mAh power bank that consists of a built-in lightning cable to charge your iPhone and a micro-USB cable to charge your android devices. You can fully charge your iPhone 6/7/8 with it for up to two times within 1.5 hours.

Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Anker PowerCore is a 20,100 mAh portable power bank that has enough capacity to charge your iPhone about 7 times or your iPad mini 4 times. It is equipped with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology that together deliver the fastest charge possible.

Aibocn Power Bank 10,000mAh
The Aibocn Power Bank is a two-in-one device. It is a battery charger with a flashlight. It has dual USB ports (2Amp+1Amp). Its built-in safety protection system makes it even more reliable.

Portable Charger RAVPower 22000mAh
Consisting of 3 iSmart USB ports that share a total output of 5.8A, this power bank by RAVpower offers high-quality performance. Its total capacity is 22000 mAh that can let you charge your iPhone 6 to 7 times or iPad mini 4 2.6 times.

3. Digital Camera

In many cases, your smartphone would be more than enough to click some amazing shots but taking a digital camera is a better option if you want much better pictures. If you have an android phone with less storage, you can take extra memory cards with you so you never run out of memory. If you don’t have one, you can get a Samsung microSD Card that provides amazing performance when shooting high-quality videos.

4. Smartphone

Of course, you won’t leave without your smartphone, right? It is the most important electronic gadget for almost everyone. If you have one then you should get certain mobile apps that can help make your urban backpacking journey even more fun.

Here are some best travel apps that you should install in your phone before leaving your house for the trip:

WIFI finder
Having access to free Wi-Fi is not less than a blessing. WIFI finder’s free version does an excellent job in searching for open networks within a mile radius of your search area while the paid one lets you see the entire city. It is not foolproof as it doesn’t always work, but it is better than nothing.

Google Maps
Google Maps is an excellent application that can help you navigate through the city easily by giving multiple route options. It also helps you find different cab services like UBER.

Couchsurfing
If you are a budget backpacker, you should install this app on your phone right now. It helps you find great hosts who are willing to lend you a couch or a bed to sleep peacefully. This way you also get to meet several locals.

AirBnB
If you are familiar with this app – excellent, but if not – where were you all this time? You can search through a number of houses/apartments on Airbnb for much cheaper. It is a great way to stay cheap rather than staying in hotels that charge a lot.

Momondo
Momondo is a worth checking platform that finds you the best deals on flights from different websites. It will always help you find the cheapest deals.

Indeed, a great app for all the budget backpackers out there.

5. E-readers

Do you like reading books but don’t want to add that extra weight of a heavy book in your backpack? DO you want a larger screen than your smartphone? An E-reader like the Amazon Kindle is the best alternative solution for this. It is a great electronic gadget for all those book-reading lovers who don’t want to miss any chance of reading a few chapters of their favorite book on the way. You can download a number of travel guidebooks/magazines in it and read them on the go to get more insightful information about traveling and backpacking.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Koss Porta Pro on Ear Headphones
Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones
Bose IE2 audio headphones

6. Headphones

You can travel with a simple pair of in-ear headphones because most noise-canceling ones (on-ear) are a bit bulky. But still, many travelers prefer them over the in-ear headphones. However, you should select the one that is comfortable and easy to carry for you.

Here are some of our favorite headphones:

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Charge it once and it will work for up to 40 hours. It provides amazing sound clarity. It also comes with a carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, Universal USB charging cable, and a warranty card.

Koss Porta Pro on Ear Headphones
Koss Porta Pro on-ear headphones are compact in size and ultra-lightweight (only 6.4oz). They are designed for deep bass performance and comfort. You can also collapse and fold them for maximum portability. A carrying case is also included.

Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones
This pair of on-ear wired headphones by Sony provides a high-quality, detailed sound. It also reduces the surrounding noise so you can listen to music without any disturbance. Its wire is 10ft long. However, if you do not like using wired headphones while traveling, then you can consider getting one of those mentioned above.

Bose IE2 audio headphones
If you do not want to carry a bit bulky headphones like the ones mentioned above, then the Bose IE2 headphones are a good alternative. You can listen to music for hours with comfort, thanks to its advanced design and high-quality build. It comes with a protective carrying case as well.

Conclusion

These electronic gadgets will surely help in making your backpacking journey amazing and much more convenient. If you do not have any of these gadgets but want to get one, you can simply choose from the list above. Hope you have an amazing trip!

To read about the essential travel clothing to pack on your next urban backpacking trip, click here.