Travelling locally or overseas is one of the best parts of the holidays, but if things go wrong the trip can go from fun to flop. Make travelling less stressful and more enjoyable with the right tech. Here are 6 ways to avoid holiday mishaps whatever your mode of transport, with your favourite tech by your side.

6 ways to reduce the risk of holiday mishaps:

On the road. Local is lekker

1. Don’t run out of juice

You’re stuck in a car for 10 hours to another province and your battery runs out. Don’t let it happen! Make sure you have power all the way by having a power bank charged and ready. Besides being really bored, you’ll be glad you did if something goes wrong on the way and you need your phone to call for roadside assistance.

Top power bank picks:

1.hi 10000 mAh PowerBank R399 | 2. Kodiak 6000mAh PowerBank – was R949 now R499 | 3. Mipow Power Cube 9000 mAh MicroUSB PowerBank

2. Don’t risk it. Go hands free

Texting or talking and driving is NOT. COOL. You don’t need an expensive handsfree kit to use your phone safely in the car. Set up a voice assistant on your phone and get a basic phone mount stand. Use GPS safely to make calls or texts with your voice so that you can keep your hands on the wheel.

Top car mount picks:

 

1.Snug Portable Car Air Vent Mount R219 | 2. Volkano Flex Series Car Phone Holder R149

3. Take your tunes

Your old car is reliable and will get your to your destination, but it has a CD player with 2 CDs from 5 years ago. A bluetooth speaker is the perfect solution for music on the move if your car doesn’t have fancy sound equipment. Everyone can take turns connecting to it so that you have an endless rotation of music that keeps everyone happy.

Top Bluetooth speaker picks:

Volkano Mini Bazooka Squared Speaker R399 | 2. Zoook Rocker 2 Bluetooth Speaker R999 | 3. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker  R1999

On the fly. Overseas adventure

4. Don’t get stuck without data

You’re lost in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. Don’t worry, with UrWorld SIM, that you can buy and set up before you travel you can access the internet just like at home. It’s your holiday but with access to Uber, Google Maps, Instagram and whatever else your heart desires at a reasonable price. It comes with 10 Euro pre-loaded with various affordable top up options.

Urworld International Sim Card R299

5. You’ve been seated next to a talker

You have been counting down the days to your overseas trip and looking forward to the hours of undisturbed reading and movie time you get to enjoy on the plane. The problem is you’ve been seated next to the chattiest person alive! Be nice for 5 minutes max then take advantage of a lull in conversation to put on your earphones and start watching a movie. It’s a subtle way to show them you’re done talking for the flight.

Top pick earphones:

Volkano Phonic Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones R399 | 2. Volkano Stretch Retractable Mono Earpiece R299 | 3. JBL V710 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones R3899

6. You’ve packed too much…on your phone

You’re away for 10 days and you’ve packed 13 pairs of jeans. Your bag might be able to handle the extra load of holiday but your phone may not. If you have limited space on your phone before going away, make sure you aren’t faced with a ‘memory full’ message on day 2 with no way of documenting your amazing trip.

Simply add extra memory to your phone with an SD card, or transfer all your pics onto a hard drive before you leave so that your phone is clear and ready for all your holiday snaps.

Shop memory from R129>


Stock up on the ultimate tech for your holiday adventures or find the perfect gift for the explorer in your life in store or online at hi-online.co.za