Travel gear review: Electronics


We’ve been on the road for almost 3 weeks now, so I thought I’d review some of the most useful gear we brought along with us. In this post I’ll focus on electronics in order of most helpful.

  • TmoDataMapT-Mobile Simple Choice Plan – when traveling to multiple countries for an extended period of time it’s crucial to have access to a phone, maps & navigation, email, and apps. For $65/month ($50 base plan + $15 for international), T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan comes with unlimited text and data (2G which is a little slow), calls for .20/min, and works in over 140 countries.
    Before leaving I installed a sim card they mailed me in an old iPhone 4s (T-Mobile’s sim card won’t work on models earlier than the 4s) that automatically picks up a new provider as soon as we touch down in a new place. Another plus is that there are no contracts so you can cancel anytime. We priced similar features out with Verizon and the cost estimate was $250-300/month. No thanks. Fortunately Verizon let us put our lines on hold for 3 months at a time for $10/month.
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick –  fire stickall of the Airbnb’s we’re staying in have a TV, and some have cable, but unfortunately channels in English have been tough to come by. The Fire Stick has made it possible to turn those TV’s into an American home theatre of sorts without having to watch on a laptop. When we’re not out pounding the pavement we’ve appreciated being able to stream our favorite shows directly to a TV.

Honorable mentions:

  • Amazon Fire Tablet 7″ – good for reading and downloading shows to watch when in the air or without internet. An iPad will do the same (we have one of each), but listing the Fire Tablet because you can’t beat the price.
  • RAVPower Portable Charger – a power bank to charge your gadgets when not around a power outlet. This one is a little bulky to carry in a pocket, but glad we have it with us.
  • Skooba Cable Stable DLX – handy for carrying all electronics and chords in a compact bag.

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  1. Joseph Caruso
    June 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    Hi Jesse – great info – i didn’t realize how electronics and technology can make world travel easier to cope with and convenient to use – if you decide to run with the bulls have Jen take some pics and be sure to post – looking forward to a call when you have a chance – DAD

    • Jesse
      June 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm — Reply

      Hey Joe! Thanks for the note. We just got to Barcelona and will give you a call this week. J&J

  2. Katie Campbell
    June 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    This is great….having a blast following you both!! Continue to enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

    • Jesse
      June 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Katie! Hope all is well on the west side! Hopefully we will get out there for a visit before too long.

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