When I went to Rome last week, I travelled without my laptop. This was an odd experience because I usually always have it with me, so that I can write new blog posts, catch up on emails or work on photo editing. I have an iPhone and normally in this situation I’d post photos that I’ve taken on my phone whilst I’m on holiday, but the screen is badly cracked and the phone doesn’t work very well anymore, so I didn’t want to rely on it for pictures. Instead, I took my parents’ iPad with me, which meant I was still able to Instagram pictures, just those on my camera memory card. I borrowed my friend’s Apple SD card reader and it was fantastic – just what I needed to be able to microblog whilst I was away! In hindsight of the trip, I thought I’d put together a list of travel essentials for bloggers. Lots of these items really helped me keep on top of my social media whilst I was travelling!
1. A device that will let you access Instagram.
2. An SD card camera reader.
These are perfect if you want to upload high quality photos from your camera, instead of iPhone pictures.
3. A notebook.
When you’re travelling and you’ve got some time to kill, having a notebook with you is really handy. You can start writing your posts, before you’re home!
4. A map.
This means you won’t forget the names of the tourist sights you visited. Stuart drew on our map where we visited each day, so I’d know the names of the places for when I got home and sat down to blog about them.
5. Spare camera batteries.
As bloggers, we all take a lot of pictures, so extra batteries can be really handy at times!
6. A reusable shopping bag.
If you collect souvenirs, tickets, drinks or snacks during the day, pop them inside a reusable shopping bag, slip it over your shoulder and then it won’t affect your photography. There’s nothing worse than wanting to take a photo, but your hands are full!
Have you got any other suggestions for travel essentials?
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