One of the biggest advents in consumer technology in recent years is the iPad, which has become an absolute must-have item for people travelling around the world. Don’t believe us? Here’s why the iPad needs to be in your hand luggage on your next trip.
Unlike laptops and netbooks, iPads are small and lightweight, which makes them just perfect for travelling, as they can be easily slipped into hand luggage. This is because laptops are designed for heavy duty work, and while they are portable, they are a pain to carry around, due to their weight and size. This is where the streamlined iPad steps in, as they can be easily transported, accessed and used.
It keeps you connected
If you have an iPad already, you’ll know that the WiFi model, as opposed to the 3G model is great for keeping you connected, because all you have to do is connect to a network and you can send emails, update social media profiles, update your blog, or take an international call on a programme like Skype.
For long-term travellers and even those travelling for a shorter time, keeping in touch with friends and family back home is key, especially if it’s your first proper trip abroad. Because the iPad belongs to you, you don’t have to trek around the city you’re visiting trying to look for an internet cafe and having to wait for a free computer.
It stores what you need
The iPad is a really useful communication device, but it’s also a very safe place to store important things, like travel documents and perhaps more importantly, photos and videos. If you run out of internal storage, you can simply transfer files to an external storage device, such as an SD card, or an external hard drive, which can also be used to back up your files for extra piece of mind.
You can also take pictures using the camera on an iPad, but holding the tablet to take a picture can be quite awkward , so it’s best to use a camera and upload the images to your iCloud to view them from your iPad.
It keeps you entertained
Aside from watching videos, viewing photographs and documents, the iPad is an underrated entertainment centre, so it’s really useful for long haul flights or lengthy bus journeys. Instead of carrying armfuls of books around with you, download an e-reader app, such as the Kindle app, to read books without having to worry about taking up too much space in your backpack. If you are travelling with young children, the iPad can be a wonderful distraction, simply download their favourite movies, maybe a couple of games that they like to play and sit back and relax for a really relaxing journey.
So, if you’re planning a trip, think about taking your iPad, your iPod and any gadget that helps make your life easier on the road. These can be picked up for really reasonable prices now at retailers like Tesco, and having peace of mind and a little extra room in your luggage will go a long way to making your trip the best it can be.