You arrive in a foreign country. Your smartphone is in your pocket. You've inserted a SIM card so you can make calls and consult Google Maps. You even have a translator app that will help you read signs and ask questions. What more do you need?
But wait! Did you remember to bring a charger? Will it actually plug into the outlet in your hotel room? You also forgot to pick up that paperback at the airport bookstore. Now you have nothing to do while you wait for your train.
Packing for a journey is always an exciting experience, but you want to make sure you pack the right gear. If you're accustomed to being wired all the time, you'll want gadgets that are efficient, portable and secure against bumps in the road. Here are some must-have travel accessories for your next overseas adventure:
International power adapter
It's a given: You'll need to charge your gadgets wherever you go. The key here is "international." Many people travel to places like India and Ethiopia and don't realize that the electrical sockets are completely different than they are in the U.S. Some adapters double as chargers or even portable batteries. The more rugged your destination, the more prepared you'll want to be in the electricity department.
Waterproof cellphone case
Many cellphone cases are tough and shock-proof, but they're only water resistant. If you venture into the rainforest, you're going to want a case that is completely invincible to water. Most cellphones die because of water damage, and you don't want to sit out a rafting trip or snorkeling excursion because you're worried about your phone. Cases are often reasonably priced and very dependable, and some allow you to use your touchscreen. This is perfect for getting underwater video.