Spring break device advice

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If spring break means scenic destinations, a step up from smart phone selfies may be in order.

Suzanne Kantra from Techlicious says, “Cameras like Nikon’s D3500 have much better image resolution, fifteen times that of a smartphone sensor!”

With Bluetooth connectivity, those scenic snaps can turn into Instagram moments. When you’re back at your hotel, a Bluetooth speaker and streaming stick can deliver some of the entertainment you enjoy at home.

Dan Ackerman of CNet advises, “Get a Roku Stick or Fire TV Stick from Amazon. These just plug into the back of any TV.”

Protect all of the devices on your pack list with specialized bags. This one from Cara has protective compartments

Says Ackerman, “There a lot of really good bags made as tech bags but they don’t look like tech bags, they may have padding in them, they may have little pass through holes for power cables or headphones.”

Charge gadgets before departure and avoid a dead device on your journey by packing portable power. There are also luggage options with built-in batteries.

Says Ackerman, “You may run into into some issues going on a plane with those. If the battery is over certain size, certain type, they will insist that you remove the battery.”

If it’s a lithium-ion battery that can’t be removed, you may be out of luck, but you can still carry-on a removable battery.

Kantra adds, “Make sure you know where your battery is and can remove it quickly so don’t hold up boarding process.”

Stay powered up without slowing down.

Wireless headphones are handy for travel, but in-plane entertainment systems still use the headphone jack, so you may want to pack a traditional pair as well. Another option, most streaming providers allow you to download shows and movies to your device.

It’s also a good idea to back up your devices before you take off, so if you lose your phone, you won’t lose all your personal data!

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