Top 7 tech essentials to take on business trips

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When taking a trip, locally or internationally, there is always that one question… what tech should I really be taking with me? Well, since the  team from Tech It Out is heading to The IFA consumer electronics and home appliances show – which will be held in Berlin from 2-7 September 2016 – we have decided to put together a list of the vital tech essentials needed for a trip like this. Alternatively, this list will also assist those travelling overseas on a business trip.

Without delay, let’s take a look at some of the top tech

International Plug Adapter
When landing in a foreign country you will most probably look for two major necessities, coffee (for those who drink it), and a plug point to charge your devices. This can become a nightmare as most countries feature a variety of different plug points. While this can lead to panic… there are ways around this. By purchasing an international plug adapter. These little innovations will allow you to plug your devices into just about any plug point across the planet… So don’t leave home without one.

A Reliable Laptop
A laptop, apart from a smartphone, will be one of the tech gadgets that you will use most on your business trip. Taking your 3-year-old home or office machine may suffice; however, taking a newer device will offer maximum battery life, as well as offer up increased speed as most new laptops now come standard with a speedy Solid State Hard-Drive (SSD). For this trip, we decided to bring along the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, although we would have also opted for the Lenovo Yoga Book if it had been released before IFA 2016. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook features a powerful 2.40GHz Intel Core i7 5500 U CPU, 8GB RAM, a 500GB SSD, as well as has a battery-life of up to 10 hours. Additionally, Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology will get the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s battery life back up to 80 percent in just under an hour.

Camera Equipment That Makes an Impression
Smartphones feature powerful cameras but, to be honest, nothing beats a DSLR. There have been times where we have recorded YouTube videos utilising a mobile device; however, more often than not we were disappointed with the video quality that said mobile device had produced. This is why we always travel with our Canon 80D in order to capture each moment in a crisp, clean fashion. The successor to the 70D, this powerhouse camera features the following specs:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 45-point AF system with all cross-type points
  • 3″ 1.04M-dot articulating touchscreen
  • 1080/60p video capture
  • 7 fps continuous shooting with AF
  • Weather-resistant body
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Wi-Fi + NFC

It’s also not a heavy device, which makes it a pleasure to travel from country to country with. To add to the features, it has a long battery life, which will allow you to charge it up and capture what you want, when you want, and how you want for extended periods of time.

Always bring the right cables
This may seem like a bit of a no-brainer; however, there have been plenty of times when we have left the most mission critical cables at home or the office. To solve this issue, we decided to purchase a new set of cables for each device we used and stored them in a separate travel bag. This meant we had one bag with all the cables we already needed ready and waiting for our next trip.

Bring more storage than you need
Much like the bag of cables we stock, we also carry a bag that is packed with multiple storage devices. This bag contains 1x External Hard-Drive, 3x 32GB SD Cards, 3x 32GB MicroSD Cards, 2x MicroSD Card readers, and 4x 32GB USB Drives. Now, why would you want to carry this much storage? Well, on a recent trip to Las Vegas we had shot 32GBs worth of photos and video. We then made a backup of the files utilising a separate device… This literally save our work as the card used initially later had to be disposed of as it became corrupt. Now, imagine being on a business trip and after 3-5days of storing business critical files on your device, it crashes. Cloud storage is also an option, but there are times where an SD Card or External Hard-Drive become the go-to device, especially if you don’t have access to the internet.

Keep portable power in your pocket
Devices need to be charged, some more often than others. During our time at IFA 2016, we shot hundreds of images in order to showcase what we saw on various different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email. Much like Pokemon Go, these apps also drain your device’s battery rather quickly. This is why a portable power bank is essential when travelling in order to keep your device charged in case of an emergency.

KnowRoaming Sim Sticker
During the course of our travels, we always relied on Wi-Fi connectivity to keep up-to-date and in contact; however, when travelling to IFA 2016, we decided to give the KnowRoaming Sim Sticker a try.  Once stuck to your local SIM card, the KnowRoaming sticker, in conjunction with the KnowRoaming App, will allow you to connect to an overseas network. The service is not free, but it is far cheaper than local roaming rates. Once setup, a user will need top-up the application in order to use the service. While travelling in Berlin we purchased a 3-day unlimited data package for USD $23.97. Now, while this may seem a bit pricey, it is 3-days of unlimited internet access in a country that you would essentially be roaming in. This is by far the cheapest alternative to having to purchase a local SIM card.

If you are travelling abroad, the team at Tech It Out Media wishes you a safe trip. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter you can find us as @TechItOutMedia. Additionally, don’t forget to follow @DarrylLinington on Twitter. Image source via http://www.askmen.com/.

Edited By: Darryl Linington
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