Going on holiday can be fraught with stress; the packing, making the travel arrangements, sorting out foreign currency, the list goes on. So what better than finding some multifunctional gadgets to take the travails out of the travels (see what I did there?) Products that incorporate several items into one gadget not only save you space in your suitcase, but also help you when you have to carry only one single item instead of two or more. We’ve selected practical and geek friendly gadgets to make your holiday go a little smoother.
The Kodak Playsport Camcorder can be used as a camera or a camcorder and you can dunk it in the pool or it will weather a down pour in the rain, whatever the weather it will handle it. Waterproof up to 10 metres underwater you can film and take pictures and then upload to your computer or YouTube. And you don’t need to worry about blurry footage when things get a little shaky. With built-in image stabilization, the Kodak Playsport will stay steady as a rock. From the waves, to the slopes, to the mud-soaked trails, this baby was made for the extremes. Available from www.amazon.co.uk from around £100.
Listen to your favourite tunes on your iPod or mp3 player while you relax on this soft velour beach towel with speakers built in and blow up pillow. The Funky iPod mp3 Beach Towel with Speakers has a cute flower design but comes in a range of patterns including camouflage and tribal. Sized at a reasonable 63 inches by 32 inches, it is large enough for the biggest sun worshipper. And it is machine washable at 40 degrees. Costs around £18 from www.amazon.co.uk
You’ll definitely need a charger when you go away and how about this Turbocharger 5000 from Proporta at £42.95. This emergency charger unit allows you to recharge your mobile devices on the move again and again. Simply plug any USB powered gadget into the USB TurboCharger’s standard USB port and keep even the most power hungry device juiced up and ready to go. An LED display shows the level of charge, and this lightweight and stylish battery is so small that you’ll hardly even notice you’ve got it with you. Available from www.proporta.co.uk
For those of you who can’t bear to leave your iPads at home, we’ve found the perfect product to make them even better. Typing on the iPad screen’s keyboard isn’t bad but for real ease and a substantial laptop feel try the Zaggmate iPad Case and Keyboard priced at £84.99 and available from www.iwantoneofthose.com. It turns your iPad into a laptop-style typing machine with its integrated keyboard and stand for the iPad to sit in. Typing becomes much easier, as well as visibility of the screen itself. The keyboard then forms a durable and protective case for your precious iPad, which means you can still take it anywhere and enjoy the luxury of a normal typing experience.