If you are part of the frequent-flier club and are often found sipping your first cuppa of the day at an airport lounge, then we know your work keeps you flying high. But besides loading up on air miles and travelling business class, we are sure that the added convenience of Smartphone apps and other handy gadgets can make your life much more simpler.
Here is a nifty list of smartphone apps and gadgets you should be packing along with the essentials.
We get that staying away from home would mean leaving your abode unattended or in the company of friends and neighbours, if you live alone. But what if you could still keep an eye on your house, without causing inconvenience to anyone. Well, now you can, with these useful gadgets. Personalised lock systems like August Smart Lock sends notifications to your phone whenever anybody enters or exits your home. You can keep certain members away by disabling their keys and of course it comes equipped with an alarm system to keep forced entry at bay. If you are into bots, you could also go in for the Double Telepresence Robot that will patrol your home and send live feed to your phone.
Packing can be a nightmare if you are carrying electronics fitted with wires that tend to get jumbled. So unless you are skilled at unknotting, try retractable, multi-plug adapters that are easy to carry and can be used to charge your laptop, tablets, phones or even shavers. You can choose from a range of options like the Skross World Travel Adapter. If you are travelling to remote locations, carry a battery pack or a solar adapter for those long drives where access to power points may be limited.
This one is an essential. Wi-FI on the go is best accessed with apps for your Smartphone like Wi-Fi Finder that lists both free and paid networks around your current location. If the nearest network has a weak signal, you can also carry a Wi-Fi booster like the Protronix Wireless LAN Wi-Fi Adapter to bump up connectivity. If you are into covert gadgets, Ravi Ratan cufflinks come with Wi-Fi hotspots and a 2GB mini USB. These are perfect for those quick business trips that also require you to sport formal wear. Alternatively, make sure that data speed on your Smartphone is fast enough to create a hotspot for urgent use.
Long flights can be dull with limited in-flight entertainment options, and hence can also be the best time to catch-up on a TV show season you missed watching. The Seagate FreeAgent 2TB Desk Drive is compact and can store videos, audio books, presentations, crucial data of which you would like to keep a back up of, and even games. You can literally carry the world with you.
Kindle is one of the best e-reading apps compatible with both iOS and Android. With features that let you customise your page, font, backlight or even page count – the app makes your reading experience as comfortable as possible. You can download the free app on your Samartphone or tablet. Alternatively, you can get yourself the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. If you prefer current affairs to leisure-reading, then news aggregating apps like Flipboard make sure you remain updated with the latest happenings around the world in different categories like technology, sports and so on. Kindle Paperwhite’s flippable format gives you the magazine reading experience, but is far more easy to navigate and is comprehensive. It’s free and available on both iOS and Android
While Smartphone camera apps help you store memories, those looking to capture actual moments can opt for smart cameras can upgrade to semiprofessional cameras. The Canon EOS M is a mirror-less camera that provides the closest-to-DSLR quality photographs. It packs in an 18-megapixel sensor and can shoot HD videos as well. It’s compact and easy to carry instead of a bulky DSLR.
Some apps are like oxygen for your Smartphone while on a business trip - Uber is fantastic taxi app that connects you with a taxi nearby within minutes, Google Translate helps you get a grip on an unknown language, TripAdvisor helps you discover hotels and restaurants nearby, Google Maps is a must-have navigation app while banking apps like iMobile and Pockets by ICICI Bank makes banking on the go super convenient. Apart from these, apps like Evernote and Hours helps you stay organised throughout your business trip. Also remember to carry convertors, adapters and laser remotes for all important presentations, so you don’t waste time in locating alternatives.