14 Nov Preparing for a Cruise: The Technophile’s Checklist
As a technophile, it’s likely you have a packing checklist for clothing, shoes, and toiletries but also a separate checklist for electronics you couldn’t bear forgetting. The checklist might include your smartphone for Facebook, your Kindle for reading poolside at the Lido Deck, or your underwater camera for selfies while snorkeling. With new technology being released on the daily, consult the checklist below for anything you might be missing while preparing for a cruise.
Wi-Fi Calling Capabilities
Out at sea, you’re likely not to receive any service on your phone. However, most cruise ships nowadays provide Wi-Fi access to their guests that allows you to use social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber. With the right kind of phone adapted with this technology, you can even use Wi-Fi to make calls while on the cruise. The highly recommended LG V20 combines HD voice and video calling for clear and crisp calls where Wi-Fi is accessible. Carrier branded Wi-Fi, rather than using a third-party system like Skype, allows for a better connection and quality. And with a carrier like T-Mobile, you’re also eligible for free W-Fi calling in over 140 countries.
Cruises are a great way to explore new places, but given the nature of cruise travel, most of your time is spent onboard participating in ship activities. Unfortunately, cruise ships are a breeding ground for bacteria and although infrequent, can lead to acute gastrointestinal illness, or norovirus. According to a Time Health magazine article, given how often we touch, check and use our phones, they could be up to 10 times as dirty as a toilet seat. Therefore, sanitizing your phone on a cruise ship becomes even more important. The PhoneSoap 2.0 is the only phone charger that simultaneously sanitizes your phone with UV lights while it charges. Its universal charging port makes it compatible with most phones and the UV lights can kill up to 99.99 percent of germs, keeping you healthy and germ-free.
Do you have trouble keeping track of your personal belongings such as your bag, keys, and wallet? Does being on vacation make keeping track even more difficult? Chipolo is the perfect solution to keep track of your belongings directly from your smartphone. Simply attach a Chipolo chip to whatever you want to track, download the Chipolo app, and have full access to the GPS location of your belongings from your mobile device using your Bluetooth connection. Track belongings up to 200 feet, and if you’re traveling with family or friends and share items, Chipolo allows you to both track the item together.
KobraTech Trifelx Mini Phone Tripod with Remote
No trip is complete without photos to show your friends and family back home or share with your followers on social media. Getting the perfect shot can be a difficult endeavor and a selfie stick is not always the best solution. One of the most versatile tripods, the Triflex Mini Phone Tripod by KobraTech, is compatible with any smartphone, tablet, GoPro and point-and-shoot camera. The flexible tripod legs allow you to take photos at any angle, allowing you to wrap, twist and bend the legs to get the perfect shot. When your smartphone is connected, the Bluetooth remote works from a distance of up to 30 feet to capture video or still images.