Mobiles and tablets make it possible to carry entire libraries along on backpacking trips, replacing heavy guidebooks, big cameras, and more. Accessories enhance the experience, protect your valuable electronics, and add convenience. Here are five not to miss.
Charge up anywhere with an all-in-one travel plug adapter.
With international travel comes the challenge of charging devices in different types of electric outlets. Fret no more though, because an all-in-one power adapter weighs very little, takes up a minimal amount of space in your pack, and lets you take advantage of electricity wherever you find it. Check out the Travelon Universal Travel Converter Adapter: It’s a great example for a few reasons:
- The adapter works in over 150 countries.
- It’s compatible with 110V or 220V power supplies.
- The unit includes a convenient USB charger.
Stay connected with Viber.
What’s one backpacking accessory that weighs nothing, yet provides immeasurable value? Viber comes as a free download to your Android or iOS tablet or smartphone. It lets you use your phone to send and receive calls even when you’re outside your service area, plus it offers cheap international calling over a secure internet-based connection. Call India, China, Canada, Europe or any other destination around the globe easily. That’s not all:
- Fun extras come free, letting you share your journey via text, video messaging, photo sharing and more.
- The app connects you to everyone in your phone book. Just choose a contact and connect.
- All communications are secured via end-to-end encryption.
Traveling solo, or want to take lots of photos with your traveling companion? It’s not always easy to find a stable surface to set your mobile or tablet on, nor is it always practical to ask others to capture your photos for you. Enter the mini tripod, which can double as a tablet stand and replace that tired old selfie stick. There are many different brands available, but as with so many items, one particular brand outshines the rest. The Kobratech Triflex Mini Phone Tripod with Remote features flexible legs that let you stabilize your device on uneven surfaces. The legs also wrap around items such as fence posts and tree branches, so you can capture photos even without a large surface to set your tripod on. There are a few more features to love:
- This tripod is compatible with a wide array of smartphones and tablets, and its mount provides a snug grip for security.
- Includes a QuikPic Bluetooth Remote Shutter with a 30-foot working radius.
- Features a GoPro Adapter and a universal ¼” screw mount for securing cameras.
Protect your electronics with an appropriate case.
Electronics aren’t cheap – and the risk of damage or even complete destruction is real, particularly when you’re on the go. Provide yourself with peace of mind and choose a protective case designed to keep your device safe from whatever challenges you face. Some questions to keep in mind as you make your choice:
- Do I need a waterproof case?
- What kind of impacts might happen during my journey?
- Should I get a screen protector and a protective case for my phone / tablet?
Great cases can seem expensive; for example, lightweight, drop-tested units go for over $50. Don’t skimp, but do shop around: You might be able to find a gently used, pre-owned case that meets your needs, or you may be lucky enough to find the perfect protective case on sale.
No power? No problem, so long as you have a solar charger.
Solar chargers have improved by leaps and bounds since they were first introduced, and prices have dropped significantly. There are many models to choose from: Pick one that fits your pack and you’ll never find yourself out of battery – even if your travels take you to remote areas where no electricity is available. A few hints for choosing the right solar charger for backpacking:
- Be sure to read reviews before adding a charger to your cart.
- Check the weight and dimensions to ensure that the unit you’re considering is a good fit for your needs.
- Double-check to ensure compatibility with your device(s).
Bonus tip: What if you’re heading to an area where there’s little sun, or where you’ll be spending long hours traveling? Consider adding a portable charger to your stash. Power it up before departure and charge your mobile or tablet on the go.