A trip abroad (or any trip for that matter) can at times be a complex logistical operation – you need to juggle between different methods of transportation, navigation, finances, language barriers etc. And like any logistical expert would tell you, you need to tools to help you along the way.
We at KeepGo have made it our business to help travelers make the travel experience easier and less expensive than possible ever before, so today we’ll serve you with a list of a few helpful aides that will make your voyage easier and smoother.
We, at KeepGo, work very hard to make sure travelers are able to enjoy a seamless internet connection while going abroad. That’s why we honestly think that from all the helpful accessories above, the one you will benefit the most is our international SIM card. The ability to use it to upload photos, send emails, surf the web as if you never left home (and not get hit with an enormous roaming bill in the process) is one that any traveler can embrace.
When one uses his smartphone, he/she might often forget that they’re using a pretty advanced piece of electronic equipment. These devices are essentially computers, and like all computer they use a lot of power. Since the iPhone does not have a removable battery, you end up charging it often. During travels, you will usually need to charge your phone even more, as you’re taking pictures, using the web, using the GPS etc. – these activities will drain your iPhone’s battery even faster. As you’ll often be outside when traveling, charging your phone through solar means just makes sense, and while this is in’t the quickest way to charge your phone, it’s definitely the most environmentally friendly one. BTW, sometimes solar chargers come in a backpack form- which will provide you with even more charging power while on the go (and you need some backpack, anyway).
External battery chargers
As we mentioned before, iPhone’s battery can not be replaced without special equipment. So what do you do when you don’t have an outlet nearby? You can use a solar charger or you can use an external battery. External batteries come in two form factors: bulky and bulkier- since the external battery takes quite a bit of space. But the idea is that you will only use it when you’re really running out of juice, giving you at least a few extra hours of use (depends on the model). But they do offer a much quicker charge compared to solar chargers.
Your iPhone is a fairly expensive piece of equipment, so when you travel abroad you’ll be using it quite a lot, which does increases the chances of something going wrong. As the iPhone is quite slippery, one bad grip and it could be flying mid air – on it’s way to meet its maker. Hard cases, and especially hard impact cases might make your iPhone look visually less appealing, but will texturize its surface (which makes for a better grip) and protect it when it falls to the ground. Highly recommended if plan on doing quite a lot of walking or even hiking.
We’ve written in length before about the overseas charging conundrums that you might expect. But the car’s electrical system is much simpler. Unlike the different electrical systems (not to mention the wide range of outlets) in the world, a car’s electrical system is always standard, so you’ll always be able to charge your iPhone if you have a 12v charger. We recommend getting the USB version, as it will allow you to charge any device that can get its power from a USB port.
Windshield mounts are necessary if you plan on car-navigating while traveling, or using your phone any other way while driving (music, hands-free calls etc.). Windshield mounts come in a few form factors – some are fully adjustable, some are partially adjustable and some allow for almost no adjusting. Though each type has it’s own advantages and disadvantages, based on our experience we’d recommend going with something less adjustable, as these mounts are much better at keeping the phone stable and relatively shake-free while driving.