The world is finally opening up again after years of Covid-induced restrictions. As we enter the post-pandemic era, many keen travelers are busily searching online for flight deals, researching destinations, and wiping the dust off our passports.
Another thing you’ll want to take with you on your trips is a digital survival kit, a handy little package that contains everything you need to keep your devices running, and you are well connected to family and friends back home.
Here, we’re covering everything you need to know about digital survival kits and their tech essentials. Before we get into the items, what is a digital survival kit, and why do you need one?
Digital survival kits 101
A digital survival kit contains all the essential tools that will help you in any situation where you need to use your phone or computer but don’t have access to wifi or even electricity. As the name suggests, these kits can be kept at home and prepared in advance, so if an emergency occurs, you can quickly grab the kit and leave.
But tech survival kits aren’t just for the ultra prepared or reserved for emergencies and unexpected events. They’re also incredibly useful when traveling and help you mitigate any travel-related interruptions to your connectivity.
The digital world has become an integral part of our lives. It is impossible to imagine our lives without it. We are nearly constantly connected to the internet, social media, and other sources of information, and there’s no reason we should give that up when we’re on the road!
Indeed, for many jet setters, smartphones and other handheld devices are considered the ideal travel companion.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, what should you put in your digital survival kit?
The travel-friendly tech essentials you need in your digital survival kit
In no order of importance, here are a few of the items you should pack into your own kit. Of course, you might need more than these or even less, but this list provides an excellent starting point:
Digital copies of your documents
It is always prudent to have copies of your essential documents available when you travel, but there’s no need to keep these printed out and awkwardly folded into your pocket or backpack. Instead, consider making digital copies of your passport, relevant visas, vaccination certificates, and upload these onto a USB.
That flash drive can then be stowed in your backpack or even on a key ring attached to your wallet or pants, so the information is always at hand when needed.
It might not surprise you to learn that a good travel adaptor is worth its weight in gold. Look for adaptors that cover all major regions, such as Europe, North America, and Australia and New Zealand so you don’t have to keep repurchasing these before each trip.
The best adaptors can also charge devices via USB-A and USB-C ports.
A spare phone
If you’re off having the time of your life, you’re probably less concerned with the safety of your mobile device. Perhaps it falls out of your pocket during a show, gets lost during a tour, or one of the myriad other possibilities occurs.
In any of the above situations, it is incredibly helpful to have a spare phone available. It doesn’t have to be an expensive device, but if it has been set up in advance and contains everything you need to stay connected, you’ll feel like it’s worth millions.
Ah cables, doesn’t it always feel like you’ve got so many but never the right one? Avoid the cable conundrum in your digital survival kit by having the exact cables you need for the devices.
Don’t forget a hair tie or any other item that can function as a cable tidy to keep these neat and sorted in your kit.
Portable wifi hotspot
If you’re a frequent traveler, you know the pain of being without data. Whether your phone is out of battery or your country doesn’t offer data plans, it can be incredibly frustrating.
Portable wifi hotspots are the perfect solution for this problem. And as an added bonus, most don’t require contracts or commitments.
A waterproof case
Granted, you’ll use this to keep your tech essential dry and safe, but it’s super important, so we include it on our list. You may also want to look into sturdy options to prevent accidental damage to your devices.
Digital survival kits aren’t just for preppers; it’s also for people like you and me who want to stay connected and take advantage of all the conveniences of the digital world while traveling. What else would you put in your survival kit?