Travelling in the United States can be both exciting and confusing. The key to make sure you don’t get lost in the endless list of tourist destinations and payment methods and booking options, on top of preparing your personalized budget and itinerary, is to make sure you have the things you need when you need them.
In the Information Age, a friendly note is that if it comes in app form, drop it. This is the case for maps, notepads, and even flashlights as long as your smartphones can deliver. Make sure to include the following apps and gadgets on your next travel to the USA.
1. Gadget: Universal Plug Adapters
Universal Plug Adapters significantly reduce, if not totally eliminate, the chances of you having to stare at a power outlet figuring out how to plug your phone or your laptop in. Also, most universal adapters nowadays also include Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports for easier charging of your portable devices.
2. App: Google Maps
While you can access google maps through your web browser, having the app ready allows you to flag location and therefore, plan your trip for the day.
3. Gadget: USB Drive
USB Drives also come in on-the-go (OTG) configurations, with one end using a type A bus, for laptops and computers. Meanwhile, the other end uses a type C bus or port, designed to be directly connected and read by most smartphones.
4. App: TripAdvisor
Another advantage of keeping the TripAdvisor nearby is that the app is also linked to booking aggregates and apps. After checking the reviews for your prospective hotels, you can easily book and reserve them afterward.
5. Gadget: Power Bank/ Portable Phone Charger
For frequent travelers, or for those who simply work outdoors, a portable phone charger is a worthwhile investment. Take, for example, a standard 20,000 mAh power bank can charge your phone about four to five times before requiring to be recharged.
6. App: TripCase
To allow the app to manage your reservations, you forward travel or booking confirmation messages (usually e-mail) to TripCase, and the app does the rest and sorts your reservations chronologically. Moreover, you can add notes or reminders on your itinerary entries for a personalized getaway.
7. Gadget: Noise-Cancelling Headphones
While most brands of noise-canceling headphones fetch quite a price, you will definitely appreciate every last dollar spent when you realize how noisy humming engines and chatting passengers can be. Also, nothing says “do not disturb” like a pair of headphones and the look of dazzled peace.
8. App: Uber
Uber manages to be a traveler’s friend for a variety of reasons. First, it allows you to book rides even if you do not have the local currency on hand. Second, the app bridges the communication gap between you and your driver by simply illustrating the pickup and drop-off point, as well as the calculated fare. If anyone disagrees, either party can simply cancel or ignore the booking.
For travelers with quite the experience with Uber, or if you simply prefer to use another ride-hailing app, you can do your assignment and check what other apps or services operate in the place you will be visiting.