Essential tech for your next staycation
With lockdown restrictions lifted, kids breaking up from school and the arrival of some warmer weather, it’s finally that time of year where many of us would usually head off abroad for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This year however, it appears that staycations are the new vacations, with most Brits holidaying a bit closer to home. But before you rush off for a bit of peace and tranquillity, make sure you check out our list of essential tech that should be in every suitcase this summer.
Sonos Roam Portable Smart Speaker
The Sonos Roam is the perfect off-roading, deep-diving, outdoor speaker with a compact and portable design making it ideal to chuck in a backpack and head off to the beach. It’s easy to pair with any smartphone so you can stream your favourite songs and playlists via Bluetooth, then when you arrive home, it can automatically connect to your home network for a seamless listening experience. It’s IP67 certified, meaning complete water and dust resistance and can be submerged in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes – so no need to panic if it accidentally gets knocked into the pool. The Roam delivers up to 10 hours of powerful sound and can be recharged quickly using the magnetic wireless charger.
Apple iPad Air
These days, almost everyone has an iPad or tablet device and while the iPad Air is not the highest spec iPad available, it has more than enough features for your average user. Download and play the latest games, read a digital ebook or listen to an audiobook, catch up on the last episode of Love Island or do a bit of online shopping from the comfort of your sun lounger. It’s thin, lightweight design make it ideal for carrying around and it fits neatly inside a handbag or backpack.
DJI Osmo Action Camera
This pocket-sized camera is the perfect for the thrill-seekers and adventurers among us. Whether you’re climbing the trees of Go Ape, racing down the slopes or surfing the waves, the DJI Osmo Action helps you capture every moment in stunning 4K high definition. RockSteady image stabilisation means you can enjoy stable, shake-free footage no matter how intense the action gets, while the dual-screen design makes it easy to see what you’re filming. It also comes with several shooting modes, including slow motion, time-lapse and custom exposure settings. So, while you’re out making everlasting memories, make sure that you capture it all with this nifty little camera.
Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is the smaller of the two current Switch models and is designed specifically for handheld play – so you can jump into your favourite games wherever you happen to be. With its light, sleek design, this system is ready to hit the road whenever you are. It’s available in five vibrant colours and plays a wide range of Nintendo’s most popular games. You can also link up to eight devices together to enjoy multiplayer fun with the whole family.
Veho Pebble PZ10 Power Bank
With all this tech, there’s nothing worse than running out of juice, so a power is a real holiday essential. The Veho Pebble uses WYG high performance 21700 Li-ion cells, which is 40% more energy efficient than traditional power banks and carries enough power to fully charge a smartphone up to 5 times. It comes complete with carry case, making it the perfect travel companion.