It's March, which means it's almost spring for places north of the equator. Temperatures are mild and comfortable, while crowds are still relatively small — families with school-going kids often can't travel during this period. So if you're planning a break to take in the sights, here are five travel gadgets to bring on your next holiday.
DJI Mini 3 Pro
Capture stunning movie-like footage of your holiday destination with a drone. At 249g, the DJI Mini 3 Pro (from S$1,099) is portable enough to carry on your trip, and doesn't need to be registered for use in many countries. This drone takes great shots with up to 4K/60fps video. It's also easy to fly using its controller, which has a built-in touchscreen.
Belkin BoostCharge Pro 65W Wall Charger
A handy charger for your gadgets is a necessity for any traveller. And the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 65W Wall Charger (S$80) fits the bill. Despite its compact build, it can output up to 65W — sufficient for a laptop when using a single port — via its two USB-C ports. You may still need a travel adapter, but this charger has your mobile devices covered.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Whether you're traveling by plane, bus, or train, a good pair of noise-cancelling earbuds will go a long way towards improving your comfort, and mood on a trip. And the Google Pixel Buds Pro (S$299) is one of the best active noise-cancelling (ANC) earbuds we have tested. It also has a good Transparency mode for when you need to hear your surroundings. More importantly, it's comfortable to wear, with hardly any pressure when ANC is enabled.
Kobo Clara 2E
Sometimes, all you want to do on your holiday is to relax somewhere quiet, and preferably scenic with a book in your hand. But books can get wet, and are cumbersome to carry, so why not bring an ebook reader like the Kobo Clara 2E instead? For one, it's waterproof, and it supports audio books, too. Its compact 6-inch screen is ideal for one-handed use, and it weighs less than your average smartphone. In addition, its battery life is measured in weeks, not days.
Apple iPad mini (6th Gen)
As a parent with two young children, I always pack a tablet. It is a useful tool to occupy or distract kids on long journeys. And few tablets do it better than the Apple iPad mini (from S$749), which has a small 8-inch screen that you can hold comfortably with one hand, and is powerful enough to run all your apps and games. It also supports the Apple Pencil, so you can record your trip for posterity with a hand-drawn sketch or journal entry.
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