Now that the festive season is behind us, it's time to start thinking about what we'll get up to in the year to come. One of the first things to consider are travel plans, with many companies already introducing packages and offers for holidays in 2015. Once you've decided where to go, here are my favourite travel gadgets to help you get the most out of your trip...
These beautiful, distinctive suitcases from new independent brand Suitcase Glory are a must-have for the avid traveller in 2015. There are currently three gorgeous designs - "Cherry picked", "Life's a beach" and "A world of glory" - and my favourite is the latter. With protective hard cases, plenty of clips and pockets to keep all your stuff snug and safe, and prints unique enough to ensure you don't miss it on the conveyor belt, Suitcase Glory has much to offer. For some girls it's handbags or shoes, but for me, it's travel luggage; I wouldn't be caught dead without a stylish bag at the airport.
The Marley family (as in Bob and co) have brought out some pretty amazing products over the past few years - I'm a huge fan of Marley coffee, for example - and now they've gone and done it again, this time with earthy, eco-friendly headphones. They're less electronic-looking than the majority of designs out there, which is one of the things I love about them. The sound quality's great, and I have to admit, I think it's pretty cool to have the Marley name attached to your listening receptacles. Both the brew and the tech are the brainchildren of Bob Marley's son Rohan.
This one's a simple suggestion for a product that I wish I'd discovered a year or two ago. Retailing for a very reasonable £9.99, grab yourself a worldwide travel adaptor with two USBs. With so many things - from phones to razors to MP3 players to cameras - all chargeable off USB these days, it's super handy to have a device that allows you to charge, say a laptop, in any country using the plug bit, and then two USB items at the same time. This is a practical solution that'll serve you in a myriad of circumstances for all your travels to come, this year and next.
Slightly older GoPros have really gone down in price since the release of the Hero 4 last year, and the Hero 3 is a great starter option. These tiny little video cameras have really cornered the market in recent months, and for good reason - they're excellent. Whether you're shooting footage of elephants in Sri Lanka or getting an adrenaline rush from skydiving, capture the moment to enjoy for the rest of time with a super-simple, super-clever and super-effective piece of tech. It's great fun.
Another practical and totally necessary solution if you're always stuck to your smartphone like I am: an external battery charger. This nifty little gadget will allow you to fully charge your iPhone four times before it needs recharging itself, and will work with anything that uses a USB connection - like an on-the-go version of the plug above, but with only one hole. Very clever stuff and so handy if you've been using Google Maps and snapping Instagram photos all day, and don't plan on stopping.
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