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Travel + Technology

February 3, 2018 3:47 pm

Arts Abroad Map

During the Spring 2018 semester I’ll be co-leading an Arts Abroad course to France, Italy, and Switzerland. The course itself is a hybrid of Art, Music, and Literature content. Needless to say—I’m excited.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my research into tech products that can help out while traveling. I’ve listed links for these products to be purchased via Amazon for convenience sake.


You shouldn’t be too worried about how to entertain yourself because there are so many new things to experience and adventures to be had—but what about the hour after hour of travel time? Here are some of my favorite portable tech devices to keep you sane.

Get some reading in on the plane and during longer commutes between stops with an eReader. My preference is the Kindle Paperwhite. There is nothing like reading a real book, don’t get me wrong, but the convenience of thousands of books on one device that takes up less space than one average-sized book just can’t be beat. The battery life is amazing, you could probably go through your entire trip without needing to recharge! The e-ink backlit screen is actually comfortable on the eyes and the high contrast really helps with reading in bright areas with the sun glaring or in darker areas like an evening plane ride.

For the gamers out there—it doesn’t get much better in the portable gaming world than the Nintendo Switch. This system is perfect for on-the-go gaming with minimal sacrifice in graphic quality and the same high level of gameplay you are used to with your home consoles. Even better, you can break out the Joy-Con controllers into multiplayer mode and play with your travel buddies!

A close second in gaming consideration would be the Nintendo New 2DS XL or the Nintendo New 3DS XL. These system are a more traditional portable gaming environment with the pluses being better battery life and a smaller footprint when compared to the Nintendo Switch.

One more quick on-the-go gaming device to consider, the Arduboy. This device is a credit card sized portable gaming system. It is the definition of portable gaming. There are a few versions, the white Arduboy is a device that you can download open-source games onto and the purple Tetris MicroCard is a Tetris only version.

Music! I can’t imagine going a single day without listening to music in some way. Traveling is the perfect opportunity to relax and listen to some of your favorite tracks, dive into a podcast, or even fade away into an audio book. Here is a short list of earbuds and headphones you might like with a student budget in mind.

Power Accessories

Anker is my most trusted 3rd party brand for power-based accessories. I rarely risk straying outside of name brand power cords and batteries because they are highly specialized equipment that can easily hurt your devices if even the slightest thing is off or the quality isn’t there.

External battery portable charger Anker Portable Charger PowerCore. This battery is the workhorse of the group. You can charge multiple devices at once, even larger devices like iPads and other tablets. Depending on usage you could get 3 days or more out of this battery too, so no need to stress about recharging it too often.

Anker iPhone and iPad Cables

For daily battery needs with more portability, I’ve found the Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh Portable Charger to be the best option for most people. This device is pocket-sized, not too bulky, and comes with the most common cords you’ll need for cellphones built into it (micro USB and Lightning).

Of course you’ll want to consider some travel plug adaptors for all your devices. After doing a lot of research and cross referencing reviews—I’d recommend checking out Travel Adapter Kits by BESTEK