Holiday with three children is not for the faint of heart. Travelling around the world with the kiddies is a whole different ballgame and requires a specialist set of gear and gadgets to make it work.
I’ve researched travel gear and what to pack quite a bit. I’ve looked at what other families are tagging along and leaving behind. What makes travelling life easier for families who are on the road full-time. We’ll learn and upgrade as we go.
Thank you to the established family travel bloggers out there who generously shared their packing lists and gadget recommendations. Very helpful. I will share our story and pictures of the packing chaos that is sure to ensue very soon.
We have an idea of what we want to buy for long-term travel and will be getting most of it while in the UK. From our experience technology and accessories are less expensive there and easier to get hold of than in South Africa. Online shopping in the UK is just so much better than back home.
SMART ANTI THEFT LAPTOP BACKPACK WITH USB CHARGER
We got the Swiss Digital Shield smart backpack from Incredible Connection with our Ucount awards just before we left South Africa. It was a last minute shopping spree when we realised our Ucount point would go to waste if we do not use them. This backpack is smarter than most people! An alarm goes off on Brendan’s phone when activated to tell him when he is too far away from it. It has lots of hidden compartments and pockets. There is space for 3 laptops and our 2 iPads plus all our other tech. The inside is super padded and safe for laptops. It has a USB charging port and it is waterproof. Very chuffed with this one! Oh, and it has RFID protection and comes with a two year warranty!
We carry two battery packs in our smart backpack for that moment when you are out exploring somewhere remote and your phone dies.
UNIVERSAL SOLAR CHARGER
Another backup in case all else fails is our trusty solar charger which includes charging options for almost any device. We bought ours more than five years ago in the UK and it’s still going strong.
We bought this cool GoPro and we can’t wait to try it out. We’ll be testing it on the mountain bikes for starters. As soon as we get the new footage we will upload it here and share a little feedback about it. Can’t wait to put it to the test at places like Disney World!
Another purchase we made before taking off is a 2-in-1 laptop. I honestly did not know something like this even exists, which shows you how behind we are where tech is concerned. A 2-in-1 laptop easily converts into a touchscreen tablet by flipping the screen back. Brilliant. It then also serves as a screen for watching movies or programs.
I love my new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The photo quality is amazing. I miss my iPhone, but I will embrace the Samsung and use it for the photo quality and the back button. Who thought this could make my life so much easier. iPhones need a back button like Samsung has.
I will probably miss my DSLR for things like birding, but I am only going to use my Samsung for photos and video for now. It was too bulky to add to our already too much luggage to lug around. Brendan has an iPhone 6s which he is very happy with.
Having a Samsung and an iPhone works well for us. Some devices and places work great with both and some better with the one or the other. We should be covered across the globe. We hope.
OUR GEAR & GADGET WISH LIST
A Universal mini selfie stick. Perfect for the traveller with no packing space. Like us.
Compression Packing Cubes to double up and optimise packing space.
A new umbrella stroller that is easy to push around anywhere.
A child carrier backpack for days when the stroller won’t work.
Nintendo 3DS. Games, camera and camcorder in one for the children.
Kindle e-readers for reading on the road. No space for many books.
Wireless headphones. We’re a loud family. We have regular headphones, but wireless would be so much better.
New 75L Backpacks (not the top loader kind) for Brendan and myself. Our current Kway Transit 75L backpacks will last a few more miles, but they’ve come a very long way and sadly will need to be replaced soon.