Gadgets to carry when traveling to India

Though it’s always better to travel light, some gadgets are worth the weight while traveling abroad. Here are some gadgets that should come handy when you are traveling to India.

Portable Wifi or Mifi

Mifi hotspots are great for India where the concept of free wifi is not popular yet.
Mifi hotspots are great for India where the concept of free wifi is not popular yet.

It’s very rare to find free wifi hotspots in India as of now. And thanks to bad 3G networks, data on phones guzzles your battery like a thirsty monster. However, mifi or portable wifis work surprisingly well. An unlocked mifi router that supports HSPA/3G is your best bet. You can then buy a local prepaid sim from the airport after landing and use it with your mifi router. Or you can even buy a basic mifi like this one from D-Link in India.

Republic Wireless

Assuming you have a portable wifi or you are okay making calls from your hotel room, Republic wireless coupled with a Google Voice account is a great way to make cheap calls back home or even locally. You can also receive calls for free. Republic wireless lets you make and receive calls over a wifi connection at $5 per month. Google Voice is required to make international calls. Learn more about Republic Wireless here and also see Google Voice call rates.

Trackr

Airports, hotels, trains, buses. Your belongings are out of sight often while traveling. If you Trackrs are tiny inexpensive devices that help you track your belongings. I prefer one hidden in each bag. You can also attach one each to your keyring, passport holder and waist pouch etc.

Trackr helps you track your belongings with the help of crowd GPS.
Trackr helps you track your belongings with the help of crowd GPS.

Phone Charging Gear.

Just like Wifi zones, charging points are also not that common at public places in India. It’s highly recommended that you carry a portable power bank for your phone. And make sure it can charge your phone at 1.5A or 2.1A. Use original cable as far as possible. In fact, if you have forgotten, you can get a good one like iHave power bank for cheap in India with one day delivery.

Pendrives with microUSB port help you take backup of your phone pictures so that you can continue clicking.
Pendrives with microUSB port help you take backup of your phone pictures so that you can continue clicking.

Universal Adapter

That’s the often forgotten gadget you should never forget.

PenDrive with microUSB

We click lots of pictures with our phones. Which also means that we need to transfer them often to free some memory in our phones. Dual pendrives like this one are a blessing in such situations. You can connect them directly to most modern phones and are excellent for on the go backup.

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