Gone are the days where one had to use a pay phone or snail mail to connect with loved ones back home, and as the years go by it seems technology keeps making travel easier and easier! Capitalize on these advancements by packing your bag with some of our suggested gadgets that are sure to help you feel safe, comfortable and catch all your memories in high definition! Noise Cancelling Headphones Let’s face it – those in-earheadphones hurt your ears, they fall out when you’re half asleep on the plane, and the sound quality leaves you wanting. Our tip for you: nvest in a pair of noise cancelling headphones and you won’t be bothered in transit or in the evenings when your roommates decide to talk until way past your bedtime Aquapac If you’re going to pursue some water-borne adventures like white water rafting, whale watching or shark cage diving, spend a few extra bucks to invest in an a waterproof Aquapac or dry bag to protect your electronics. USB Key Don’t underestimate the mighty power of this small device – it’ll help you save photos and videos as your electronics run out of memory, and you’ll be able to load other people’s photos onto it to bring home. Become really popular with others and load it up with a few movies before you leave home! Door Handle Alarm Are your parents worried about you traveling alone to Africa? Give them some peace of mind – look no further than this door handle alarm – which will give you a heads up if someone enters your room. Padlock You never know when you’re going to need to lock up your things – whether it’s at a backpackers, in a locker while you’re on tour or even locking up your pack, it’s a small but mighty device. Ultralite Towel Towels are bulky, heavy and take up too much precious packing space. Find a quick dry, ultralite towel from your nearest adventure store. This one even claims to reduce odour! Mosquito Net Perhaps you’re wondering why we’ve labeled this a ‘gadget’ – well, mosquito nets come in all shapes and sizes and the best ones (the only ones worth packing) are engineered to perfection. Choosing a mosquito net is literally a science – and we highly recommend one with a plastic wand that helps the net reach properly over your bed. Solar Charger Some people just can’t live with their electronics – we don’t blame them! If you’re willing to spare a few extra bucks, invest in a solar charger for your electronics. Sunshine in Africa is rarely in short supply! This charger is even waterproof (for charging ‘during sun showers’), adapts to various countries and can recharge using USB ports or wall plugs. Adapter Plug KIT Do you have layovers or plan on traveling to more than one country? Best to invest in an adapter plug kit instead of individual adapters – this way, you can plug in at airports during layovers and use it in hotels and lodging in a multitude of countries. GoPro Camera We couldn’t forget this incredibly popular camera – the best investment for the adventurous traveler wanting to capture every moment. Take awesome videos and still images and bring your adventures to life!