Going on vacation anytime soon? Prepare yourself for your trip with these 7 (+6 mobile apps) must-pack items.
Smartphone - A must on any vacation
This is a no-brainer. We use smartphones for practically everything; GPS, staying in touch/phoning home, searching for restaurants and places to go, emergencies, Social Media and so on, so of course, you should bring your phone.
Great travel apps
And when we are on the subject of smartphones, here's a couple of great travel apps to make your vacation even better.
Skyscanner or Kayak: Skyscanner or Kayak can help you find flights, hotels, rentals - the lot. Both apps search for the best and most affordable options via their travel partners (much like Google Flights, e.g.).
Hotel Tonight: Did your Airbnb reservation fall through or your flight delayed? Anything can happen when travelling, but with Hotel Tonight you have a reliable service, that can help you with last minute deals. Its partnered hotels offer discounts on empty rooms, enabling you to find a discounted room in under 10 seconds. And should you need help, there's 24/7 customer service from the Hotel Tonight team.
Google Maps: Yup, no list of travel apps without Google Maps. Probably the best navigation app there is, and it keeps getting better. It is fairly reliable when it comes to local public transportation in many countries, and it allows you to download maps of specific areas for offline use (quite handy in big cities). You can also use it to find POI (Points Of Interest) like museums and restaurants.
TripAdvisor: A nice go-to app when it comes to travel. Quickly browse millions of reviews, opinions, videos, and photos about practically everything related to your trip be it bars, restaurants, airlines, hotels, and much more. TripAdvisor even has a "Near Me" function that shows you well-reviewed places close by. It supports numerous countries making it one of the best guides for every traveller. And there's a forum where you can ask for advice (much like Yelp).
SayHi: Having a hard time understanding (or speaking) the native language of the country you are visiting? SayHi translates what you are saying to almost any language you choose. Push the button, speak and push it again when you are done; SayHi connects to the internet, translates your text and speaks it back to you in the chosen language.
You want to immortalise your vacation digitally (and maybe even analogue, if you're old-school), so make sure you bring your camera. Alternatively, which a lot of people prefer, you can use your phone for photography. There is a lot of different extra lenses and equipment you can use together with your phone, which allows you to take even better pictures.
The reason why people prefer to use their phone is that they actually use it. A lot of people purchase DSLR cameras, smaller digital cameras and so on, but never use them as they're too big, impractical and expensive - and most people already have a smartphone capable of taking great pictures.
Some smartphones are even waterproof, allowing you to use them underwater as well.
Electric converters and adapters
None of your electrical devices will go long without power - and the power outlets differ from country to country so make sure you have packed a electric converter or adapter for the country (or countries) you are visiting.
summer vacation? Wear Sunscreen
Always wear sunscreen. If there is one thing our mothers always taught us, it was to wear sunscreen. The sun can wreak havoc on your skin, especially if you are spending most of your time outside. So make sure you protect yourself.
Pack a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and make sure it is waterproof, so you are protected when sweating or swimming. And make sure you apply it liberally and reapply every two hours.
Ideal for protecting your eyes as well as your skin - and ideal for taking great selfies.
If you are going camping or on an adventurous trip, a flashlight might be a great idea. Or use your smartphone if it has a flashlight function built-in.
We have been going on and on about bringing your smartphone, but what will you do, if you accidentally break your screen? Our advice: Protect your phone with a PanzerGlass™ screen protector! It will absorb most day-to-day shocks and scratches and as a lot less expensive to replace than your screen.
Should you break your PanzerGlass™, your phone screen will most likely still be intact. So instead of having your vacation ruined, you can simply remove your PanzerGlass™ and replace it when you get home.
Please keep in mind, that PanzerGlass™ won't protect your phone from everything, but will increase the chance of your phone surviving a fall or similar.
This list is far from exhaustive but focuses on which devices and smaller items you should/could bring on your summer vacation, and we hope they will help you streamline your summer packing, too.
If there is something else that you think folks should be bringing on their summer vacation, please share it in the comments.