5 gadgets you need for the ultimate beach trip

What’s summer without trips to the beach? Slap on your sunscreen and embrace holiday vibes with these five gadgets.

With some of the most iconic beaches in the world, we Aussies are lucky to have such beautiful holiday-type destinations right at our doorstep. The sunshine, water and company of loved ones reminds us of what summer is all about!

We’re here to tell you that the summer experience can be made even better by packing a few extra items in your bag. Five items, to be exact. These gadgets are for the whole family to enjoy and (most importantly) can withstand the sand, water and travel.

So make space beside the board shorts and boat hats for the gizmos that’ll give you the ultimate beach trip!

1.     Waterproof portable speaker

Every year there’s that summer anthem that we all want on repeat. There are the tunes that bring beach volleyball games to life. And let’s not forget the tracks that bring out the dance moves.

A portable speaker is the life of the party. They’re small and light in design so you won’t feel like you’re carrying a boombox on your shoulder (although there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re old school!).

Opting for a Bluetooth speaker means that you can play your beach playlist from your phone and have it in the background without needing to reach for it after every track.

Even better is a waterproof portable speaker, which is quite self-explanatory. They’re durable and not afraid of a little accidental splash.

Ultimate Ears have an extensive range of waterproof speakers that are light, colourful, and produce quality sound to get the party going this summer. Check out the video below to see the UE Roll 2 in action!

2.     Waterproof camera

Summer goes by too fast, but one way to keep the memories alive is by capturing every moment on camera. Investing in a waterproof camera means that you won’t have to rely on your phone or regular camera, nor risk the damage if either gets wet (summer bummer!).

Save your phone battery and opt for a gadget that’s sole purpose is for seizing your summer adventures!  Capture candid moments underwater with the kids or sharp images of colourful fish in motion.

Your waterproof camera will be full of those incredible photos that you’ll hang up around the house!

For a durable camera that’ll give you quality images under the water and above it, you can’t go past a GoPro! Hit play on the video below to see all the incredible features of the GoPro HERO5 Black.

3.     Drone

Now that you’ve got a waterproof camera to take pictures below the water, a drone is what’ll get you amazing images from above it. Way above it.

A drone is a virtual flying camera. And you are the pilot! Drones let you film, photograph and navigate around areas with an incredible range of motion. They are unbelievably innovative and can come with a variety of features.

Ranging from pro drones to mini drones, there’s a design for the beginner and the tech-savvy. You can even create your own little videos (or short films!) with the powerful lenses and propulsion that offer steady flight and recording.

DJI and Parrot are popular for their ranges of drones that are light-weight, smart and eay to control. Get a glimpse of the DJI Spark Mini Drone experience by clicking on the video below!

4.     Portable BBQ

Snags on the barbie? Yes, please! The surfs and swims will undoubtedly get tummies rumbling, and a portable BBQ is the perfect hunger tamer.

Get sausages and chicken skewers cooking, onions caramelising and bread grilling with a lightweight, easy-to-use BBQ. Portable grills are typically a cinch to clean and pack away when lunch is over. And they’re super convenient to start up again when the sun goes down!

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is a range of revolutionary barbeques with modern aesthetics and clever technology, designed by the 3-Michelin Star chef himself. Among the range is the CUBE – a portable BBQ that’s convenient and simply perfect for those summer picnics! Watch the clip below to get a better look.

5.     Portable charger

Time flies when you’re having fun. So too can the battery in your gadget! Prepare for an entire day and night out by making sure your phone, camera, tablet and every other gizmo has a source of life revival.

Packing a portable charger can prove to be very handy. They’re typically small in size and are a ‘just-in-case’ item that’ll give you peace of mind. Especially if you’re relying on your phone’s navigator to find your way home!

Laser and Cygnett offer plenty of trusty powerbanks to choose from whether you’re after one USB port or more. Opt for one with colour (like the Laser powerbanks featured below) to find it quickly in your beach bag!

The essential checklist for setting up a home office

A home office needs more than just a chair and desk. What gadgets do you really need and which can be made obsolete? Here are the essentials to get you working comfortably.

Having a dedicated workspace or a versatile study at home is very common. Whether you’re setting one up for yourself or for your little ones to get their homework done, there are essentials to make the room as productive and efficient as possible.

But what tech and gadgets do you really need? We’ve got the checklist you need to get your home office up and running.

A computer and its accessories

This one is fairly obvious, but it all starts with the computer you opt for. A desktop is great for having a larger monitor in a permanent work station. A laptop is ideal for those who plan on taking their work outside the dedicated office space. If you can’t decide, why not have both? 😉

Plugging in a laptop into an external monitor is a popular option for those who use multiple programs at once and would like the convenience of having two screens to work between

It’s simple to set up most laptops and monitors by connecting them with an HDMI cable. You can always ask an expert at a Bing Lee store for more information!

You might even want to opt for a curved monitor for optimised viewing. The clip below is a preview of the amazing Samsung 32″ Curved Monitor.

A printer and ink

Choosing a type of printer depends on whether you’re after the basics (printing) or if you’re looking for an all-in-one design that can copy, print and scan. You can, of course, buy a separate scanner but it is good to note how much desk space you want to occupy.

Another thing to remember is to always have extra ink cartridges and toners in storage. The worst thing is wanting to print out a document only to find that there’s no ink left!

For a busy home office that needs professional, high-quality prints, find out why the jam-free Epson WorkForce WF-7620 could be the printer for you! Just hit play on the clip.

A backup hard drive

This one is vital. Computers sometimes fail us and can result in literal tears. Saving all your important documents, audio, images and video regularly on a backup hard drive is a small habit that can prevent big hassle. Trust us.

Portable SSD storage is a good option for backing up files because it’s generally faster, more secure and durable in build. Check out the compact and light Samsung T3 Portable SSD below!

A wireless network

Keep your home office clean with a wireless network. Self-explanatory, wireless means you’ll spare yourself trying to fiddle around with cables and how to keep them neat and tidy. Internet connection via a router can provide a secure, high-speed link that’s modern and easy to function.

Netgear’s Orbi range is sleek, reliable, fast and easy to use. The video below gives you all its features and tips on picking the right one for your home!

Headphones

Storing a pair of headphones in the office (that don’t leave the office) means that you can watch a tutorial, listen to a podcast or play music as you work without disruption. They’re convenient to have on hand so that you don’t find yourself searching for your everyday pair of earphones.

Wireless headphones are a good option in particular because you can simply pop them in and out of the desk drawer without worrying about tangling or damaging wires. Too easy!

Beats By Dr.Dre and Sennheiser offer wide ranges of headphones with quality sound, comfortable designs and wireless features. JBL E55BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are another great pick for long-lasting battery life. Take a look below!

Phone charger

Save yourself the trouble of moving adapters from room to room and dedicate a phone charger to the office. Remember to cater for your work mobile phone or tablet too, if they require different chargers. A USB hub is useful in that case!

Shop the Energea Power Hub 6 at Bing Lee.