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7 life saviours for the smart traveller

From an on-the-go battery to smooth hair that won't quit

By Ashwin Rajagopalan  April 25th, 2017

Any smart traveller will tell you that packing the right gear will reduce the number of sticky situations you might run into on your vacation. And we’re not just talking about forgetting to pack the right SPF along with your flip-flops. Need to keep that Instagram following happy and well-fed? A dual selfie cam like the OPPO F3Plus should take care of your #nofilter #beachbum selfies. Or if your idea of a holiday is less lying by the pool and more bungee-jumping off a cliff, a rugged, all-weather phone like the CAT S60 will go where most others refuse to. And when you need to transform from backpacker to bombshell for an all-night bar crawl, the Dafni hairbrush is your modern day equivalent to the proverbial magic wand.   

Take a look at the tech essentials we never set foot on a plane without.   

Travel tech essentials you cannot leave behind

Dafni Go, Rs 15,000

Simply brush your hair and watch it smoothen and straighten; no need to section it or clip it. With a surface area that's five times as large larger than a flat iron, the travel-friendly brush styles your hair in record time. Dafni Go’s heat resistant thermal case allows you to pack it immediately after use and toss it into your slimmest handbag. 

CAT S60, Rs 64,999

It’s the stuff that we usually fantasise about — a phone that can survive multiple drops and can be dunked into the ocean. At 225 gms, it's certainly no lightweight but its all-weather build and practical functionality – you can work the screen when it's underwater — are tough to beat.

OPPO F3 Plus, Rs 30,990

You will love the dual selfie cam that features a 16MP lens for those classic solo shots and a second 8MP lens with a 120-degree field of view for those wide angle selfies. The device’s primary cam is no slouch and has a host of shooting modes including a clever Double Exposure mode that allows you to stitch two shots into a single image. 

Apple iPhone 7 battery case, Rs 8,500

We’re not big fans of the design — the hump on the back takes some getting used to; yet the silicone exterior is both sturdy and soft. Apple’s very own battery case seamlessly integrates with your device and offers 24-hour battery life. Indispensable when you’re on the road and working your Snapchat and Instagram accounts overtime. 

Sennheiser 4.30, Rs 7,990

Ideal for those long flights, this sturdy yet stylish over-the-ear headphone is wrapped in soft leatherette ear pads that also cut off external sounds. Its unique foldable design makes it easy to stash into your slimmest bag while the tangle-free cable and three-button remote plus inline microphone are all thoughtful touches. 

Kindle Oasis, Rs 23,999

If there’s one device you need at the pool deck, it’s an E-book reader. Kindle’s Oasis comes with a slinky form and leather cover that doubles up as a battery pack. It’s about the same weight as your iPhone 7 and features a slight bump towards the right corner with two tactile buttons that allows you to grip the device and flip pages effortlessly.

Fitbit Alta HR, Rs 14,999

Fitbit’s newest device is the world’s slimmest fitness band with continuous heart and has all the fitness creds we’ve come to expect of Fitbit. With 6-7 days of battery life it’s particularly convenient when you’re on the road. Fitbit’s design partnerships with Simply Vera Wang and Public School allow you to add more personal style