When you’re going on a trip, you want to have as good a time as possible and create good memories. Most people like taking pictures on their trips, to make it easier to remember all those good times after the trip is long over. But pictures aren’t the only forms of technology you can use to make your trip even more memorable, both during the vacation and after.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is priceless. Keep this in mind while you’re traveling around. It’s great to take pictures, but don’t forget to mix in videos as well, especially if you’re visually capturing something with motion, like a street show. If you take a helicopter tour of Chicago, make sure to grab some video clips, because they will better capture the feeling of being up in the air. There might be aerial stock footage similar to your video, but yours will have sentimental value since it came from your own personal experience.
Camera Battery Charger
No matter where you go on your trip, make sure you bring a camera battery charger, and use it every night. Your camera might not need a nightly charge, but don’t take any chances. Imagine having a fun day in London with your family when, halfway through the day, your camera dies as your kids cross Abby Road just like the Beatles.
You’re making memories on your trip, and you want to remember those fun times for many years to come. Having a fully-charged battery for your camera will give you peace of mind, so you can take all the pictures and videos you want.
Digital Voice Recorder
Sometimes, you might be more interested in catching the sound of something rather than the look. Instead of using a lot of battery power and room on your phone taking a video (which typically won’t have very high sound quality), have a recording device with you. Then you can capture whatever sounds you want, whether it’s the talented street musician in New York or the bagpiper outside of Edinburgh Castle.
Maybe you want to remember a funny accent or a creepy recording of a child whispering the fates of Henry VIII’s wives. By recording these types of sounds, you’ll be able to play them back whenever you want, whether for your nostalgic self or for others as you tell tales of your adventures.
I know—a navigation app on your phone? How is that supposed to make your trip more memorable? But think about it: if you use the nav app, you’ll be able to find where you want to go easier and get there faster, which will leave you with more time to go other places you want to visit. Plus, it’ll eliminate the chance of arguing about directions, and emotions getting heated because of time stuck in the car. That means less fighting and more chances at making memories you’ll actually want to remember. Who doesn’t want that?
SD Memory Card Reader
You’ll no doubt fill up multiple memory cards with all the pictures and videos you’ll be taking on your trip, and you don’t want to risk anything happening to those memories. Since you’re probably bringing a laptop (or you’ll at least have access to a computer at some point on your trip), make sure you bring an SD memory card reader, so you can copy the pictures from your SD card onto your computer. You might even consider storing them on a cloud like Google Drive. Having a digital backup is always good because then no matter what happens, you’ll still have your pictures and videos.
While you’re out vacationing and having the time of your life, don’t forget to capture some of those great memories. By taking these kinds of technologies with you, you can make your trip even more fun.
Theo Schmidt has an interest in computer science and engineering, and he uses that interest to fuel his blogging. He is a part-time consultant for Art Beats, and when he’s not working or writing, he’s typically outdoors, having fun and protecting the environment.