There’s such a thing as travelling the right way, and that means having the right travel gear. Here are some tried and tested accessories that can help make our long journeys more comfortable, packing more manageable, memories easier to record and overall experience more enjoyable!
1. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
The benefits of having a flash drive during travel are many: to back up photos, serve as extra entertainment storage and even store encrypted important documents. Travellers can choose any flash drive brand available in the market, but SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick gives you more, allowing users to share content anywhere wirelessly and simultaneously up to three devices. Now you can even stream HiRes video together with your friends while on the go! The drive works well with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows, and supports all iOS 5.0 (or higher) and Android version 2.3 (or higher) devices. The drive is currently retailed by Lazada at RM209 for 32G capacity.
2. Podo Camera
Ditch the selfie stick for good and take your own photos while travelling by using the world’s first “stick and shoot” camera. Users simply need to stick the camera onto a nearby surface and just shoot! It becomes handier when partnered with the phone – Bluetooth technology converts the phone into a wireless controller. The pixels on the camera’s sensor (2.2 μm) are 50% bigger than those of iPhone 7 (1.5 μm) and Samsung Galaxy S7 (1.4 μm). Retailed at USD59.
3. Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag 15″
This winner of the ‘Gear of the Year’ awards by Men’s Journal, National Geographic and Popular Photography might seem pricey, but once you’ve learned its features, you’ll understand why. The San Francisco-based firm partnered with Trey Ratcliff to create one bag that is highly functional and stylish, from MagLatch™ closure, to the origami-inspired FlexFold™ dividers, to the Capture Clip anchors on the side and hyper-adjusting internally padded seatbelt strap. And it is also weatherproof! The bag has been created specifically for photographers, but avid travellers on the move would also find this messenger bag sturdy and handy – definitely worth the money. Priced is at MYR1,399.
4. Targus Transit 360 Spinner
Stylishly compact, this minimalist-designed luggage perfectly balances practicality and functionality by accommodating more luggage space for a short two- to three-day trip, with its 38-litre size that is expandable up to 30%. It is also fitted with eight wheels to allow 360ᵒ rotation for easy manoeuvring and embedded with a double-sided Travel Sentry Approved (TSA) lock for double security. There are three colours available: black, silver and wine. Retailed at MYR799.
5. The Wool Runner by Allbirds
It turns out Allbirds makes the world’s comfiest shoes. The brand’s Wool Runner line features shoes made up of merino wool from New Zealand that is then processed at a textile mill outside Milan, Italy, to create the innovative wool fabric. Allbirds’ founder Tim Brown – a former professional soccer player from New Zealand – believes that the secret in making the shoes’ soft, lightweight, breathable and well-fitting lies in the fabric. Allbird’s sleek and cushioned shoes allows users to wear them comfortably without socks with minimal odour. They come in four colours and costs USD95 per pair.