On Baggage

So by this I don’t mean the sort of baggage that has you on the trip in the first place. The stuff rammed into the very darkest places of your self like a a rabid Doberman, your back against the door being the only thing between stability and cataclysm; or the buzzing type that keeps you awake at night, or even the heavy shit that you just drag around day after day. I’m really talking about mistakes I made with my packing decisions – but I suppose that’s just extending the analogy somewhat – because I made a lot of poor packing decisions . 

But practally speaking, I put all my electrical gadgets and adapters in my carry on – thinking it would save on weight in my checked bag (which it did) but security made me spread it all out – so that was four trays and a lot of time and faff! In addition there was terror of not getting it all back.  So I’ll have to revise that for the next flight – and consider swapping for shoes – or perhaps some regret. That attracts quite a bit of gravity. 

Quirky Little Gadgets

Humber Bridge view taken on Turata Universal 2 in 1 Clip On Wide Angle

IMG_4999After my experience in the US, with A: iPhone dying after taking consecutive photos, infuriatingly quickly in cold weather, and B: charging multiple devices on very cheap chargers, I decided it would be worth investigating a few quirky, useful, but wholly inexpensive solutions.

A really innovative patented little device is the Twist +IMG_5011 from http://www.oneadaptr.com . One twistand it will adapt to all world sockets. It’ll take up to 4
USB devices including an iPad. It might be quite a good thing to fidget with when bored as well.

IMG_5009A slim and sleek portable charger was my choice but then there are lots of those to choose from. And I have another iPhone in here that is a duplication of my own phone. I saw so many backpackers who had lost or broken their phone. This way, I will be able to restore from iTunes and not lose all my money apps, maps and contacts etc.

IMG_5010A cool bit of kit to go in the bag is this really small but well made set of lenses for the iPhone camera. The contraption,  Turata Universal 2 in 1 Clip on Macro Lens 12.5x and Wide Angle 0.45x simply clips over the camera. As it is, it configures as a wide angle and when you unscrew the outer lens it configures as a Macro.

  My new Exposure Lights Joystick came with a USB charger. So I’m taking the old Joystick Mk4 plus this charger – I think it’s only about 300 lumens but a bloody bright LED torch.

I didn’t have a selfie stick in the US and therefore was so this will be a first. But it does save one from stopping random strangers and saying ‘would you mind taking a photo me please,’ and yet not stepping too far back in case they abscond with one’s phone.Also included in the gadget back is a mini ionizer for the allergies. £20 – and hitherto untested. I’ll let you know!