The ultimate travelling essentials guide for 2016
Today is National Towel Day, but we'll forgive you for notknowing what that is if you're not a fan of science fiction, orThe Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, to be more precise.In the iconic comedy series, National Towel Day is invented as amarker of the fact that the towel is the most useful item aninterstellar hitchhiker can have.
Now, we're not experts on interstellar travel (yet),but we do know a thing or two about exploring planet Earth. And in2016, the phrase 'travel essentials' has taken on a whole newmeaning. From hotel booking apps to selfie sticks, technology ismaking travelling easier (and more fun) each day.
So if you're jetting off somewhere this summer, be sure to readon for our ultimate travelling essentials guide for 2016.
Essential travel apps for2016
Citymapper is available to use in most major cities and canprove invaluable when trying to navigate public transport. InLondon, for example, upon entering your destination, the app willcalculate the best possible route via the London Underground,Overground, National Rail and bus system. In Barcelona, it'll dothe same for the Metro.
Duolingo has proven immensely popular as a language tuition app.It's fun, accurate and quick, so you can polish up your vocabbefore - and during - your trips abroad.
If you're travelling with a group of friends, Splittr is a greatversion of the cost-splitting app, designed specifically to let youdivvy up your spending while travelling. Whether it's accommodationcosts, restaurant bills or something else, this currency-wise appis perfect for you and your travel buddies.
This app is great for those quick one-word translations you needon the go while travelling. It's particularly easy to use becauseit allows you to hold your camera up to the text you needtranslating, so you don't have to waste time typing words inmanually.
Essential travel gadgets for 2016
Portable battery charger
Whether you're hitting a festival or are backpacking throughSouth America, having a sure-fire way to extend your phone'sbattery is a very valuable thing indeed - and it comes at a lowercost than you might think. There are a number of cheap portablechargers on the market that are easy to carry and reliable. Theycan range from anywhere between a couple of quid to over a hundred,so be sure to shop around.
Waterproof case for your iPhone
Why bother buying a clunky old waterproof disposable cameracirca 1999 when you can simply pop your iPhone into a waterproofcase for all of your snorkelling snaps? There are plenty on the market (and not just for iPhones), that will keepyour phone safe and dry while taking shots of all of those tropicalfish, not to mention underwater selfies.
Pick from a range of Amazon Kindles to enjoy book after bookwhile travelling. If one thing's for sure, paperbacks make forheavy luggage. These slim and portable reading devices, on theother hand, make for the perfect travelling companion - even if youare in favour of physical books when on home turf.
OlloClip 4-in-1 clip-on lens for iPhone
Ok, so this one's fun for travelling and the everyday.But it does have the potential to take your holiday snaps to thenext level, which can't be a bad thing. The iPhoneadd-on means you can transform your normal lens into a fisheye, wide angle or macro lens, giving you much more scope to getcreative with your travel photography.
Waterproof gadget bag
Our suitcases are now filled with more travel gadgets than youcan shake a flip flop at, meaning something like this waterproof gadget bag can prove to be quite essential onholiday. Just when you think you've discovered all of its pockets,you'll find another one, and then another one, and then anotherone. It'll fit all of your gadgets and more, and keep them darneddry too.
You may have mocked your friends for owning one. You may havesworn never to be seen with one. But when you're trying to fityourself, your other half, a sky-scraping temple and its reflectionin a nearby lake (not to mention that glorious sunset) in shot,you'll be happy you listened to us and purchased yourself a selfiestick.
You'll be prepared for all eventualities with this handy guide,whether you're making your way around elegant hotels in Paris or are hostel-hopping in South EastAsia. Just be sure that, among all your high-tech gadgets andwhizzy apps, you don't forget the one thing you can't download…Because you won't be getting far without your passport.