Trusty, handy and necessary

Trusty, handy and necessary

Digital Life turns travel planner to bring you all the handy hardware and software you need for your shopping holiday, hiking getaway or business trip.

Travel tips

Ask 10 friends for travel tips and, more often than not, you will get similar responses. Expect variations along these lines: Take along Ziploc bags, stay hydrated on the plane and tag your bags with a luggage label you can spot from a mile away. Here are some of our favourite tech travel tips.

Take along an extra smartphone or a 3G/4G tablet

Besides having a spare device for emergencies, you can use it for cheap Internet access or even local calls. Simply buy a prepaid SIM card with data at your destination and avoid paying costly data roaming charges.

Be organised

Airport security is such a hassle. Not only do you need to remove electronic devices, such as laptops, from your bags for X-ray screening, new rules may also require you to switch them on to show the authorities that they are indeed harmless.

The process is less painful if you have organised your gear. Ensure that they are sufficiently charged. With the Cocoon Grid-it accessory organiser ($34, below), you can have all your gadgets, chargers and adaptors neatly held in place by elastic bands.

Get a universal travel adaptor with USB ports

A travel adaptor is a must-have when heading overseas. Get the newer type which has integrated USB ports to charge more devices at the same time. And do not forget to pack the right charging cables.

Pack a pair of noise-cancelling headphones

Are you frequently disturbed by infants who will not stop wailing on your flight? A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones is the solution. And there is probably no better option on the market than Bose's legendary QuietComfort headphones.

Bose recently introduced the new QuietComfort 25, to replace the older models. The new design is said to do a better job of noise reduction and will still work even when the battery (good for 35 hours) is flat.

The $529 QC25 will be available here at the end of the month and it can be pre-ordered at

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