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Can’t shake taking wobbly holiday footage? Try a video stabiliser like DJI’s OSMO Mobile. A nifty attachment that smartphones easily slide into, this handheld device helps make home movies seem more professional with its three-axis gimbal system and self-stabilising ability, which cancels out any movements you make in capturing your vacation videos. It makes those enviable time lapse videos a cinch, too.
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Digital nomads rejoice – there’s no longer any need to travel with your laptop. Sending simple emails is infinitely easier when you’re using a portable, foldable keyboard such as this Microsoft offering. No more awkward auto-correct mix-ups, either.
Armband for fitness
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Sweat resistant, easily washable and non-slip, a Belkin armband could mean the difference between sticking to your fitness regime on holidays and arriving home with a serious exercise debt.
Illuminated selfie case
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Holiday snaps frequently make it into frames so it’s not worth skimping on the quality. A phone case with in-built lighting will increase your chances of getting that perfect shot – LuMee’s duo option has strip LED lights built into the back and front of the iPhone case for fabulous photos. The case is also shock resistant in case you get carried away while snapping a selfie in front of your favourite monument.
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Don’t fancy watching a film to wind down? Bring this Bluetooth-compatible controller along for the trip so you can relax in a different way. One quick charge translates into 40 hours of wireless play and although the controller is full size, it’s still small enough to stow in a carry-on bag.
Double headphone jack
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You’ll share every other aspect of your holiday so why not let your travel partner share in your Netflix binge? One thing you won’t have to share is your earphones – grab an audio splitter and enjoy crystal clear audio for two for the duration of your trip.
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Keep a close eye on where you’re headed (and where you’ve been) with a sturdy, secure bicycle mount. GPS navigation and ride-recording capabilities will be at your fingertips if you utilise a mount such as the Quad Lock Universal Adaptor – the strongest iPhone bike mounting system on the market. It’s also compatible with Android and other devices with an adaptor.
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Nothing ruins a holiday faster than a soaked iPhone. Avoid potential picture fallouts and secure yourself a simple, lightweight waterproof case that keeps your tech dry. Even a simple, Velcro closing option – such as this one from Ocean and Earth – will do the trick.
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Moment’s range of smartphone lenses help make holiday snaps that much more amazing with a range of lenses that allow smartphone photographers to zoom in on subjects or pull out to capture landscapes. The lenses are compatible with Google, Samsung and iPhone handsets.
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Smartphones get used for more than calls or texts on holiday – they give directions, translate languages, take photos and more, making an impact-resistant case a worthy investment. EFM’s Aspen is slim and streamlined with drop protection and a high impact rating.
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If you’ve ever wanted to immerse yourself in daily adventures and simultaneously capture it all from your own point of view, the simple yet clever design of the Edelkrone Povie will let you do it hands-free and without fuss. It also doubles as a stand for your smartphone.
Versatile selfie stick
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If you’re going to use the camera on your smartphone, a clever selfie stick will open up your options. The Benro Selfie Stick/Mini Tripod works with a range of devices, comes with a Bluetooth remote and has a 90-degree swivelling head.
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Fill in your photos and videos with cool or warm light from the iBlazr 2 smartphone flash. Download the app and you can connect multiple devices or remotely activate it for photos, allowing you to place the flash wherever it’s needed for the shot.
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There’s no need to bring a separate device when you can turn your smartphone into a body-mounted action cam. The Hitcase ChestR Chest Mount lets you strap your phone to your chest so you can record while skiing, kayaking, cycling and more. It’s constructed from lightweight, comfortable neoprene and elastic for a snug fit.
Video recording kit
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The iOgrapher stabilises your device, providing an easy-grip way to record. It also offers a mounting platform for lighting, microphones and more so you can capture the trip of a lifetime with a professional edge.
Wallet phone case
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Turn your phone into a basic wallet while travelling. Bellroy’s Phone Case 3-card for iPhone 7 holds exactly three cards – often all you’ll need when you’re out and about. It also conveniently stores a SIM card and the tool needed to eject it from the phone. There are also options for other smartphones.
Phone power pack
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If you’re relying heavily on your smartphone, a portable power pack is a must-have. The Belkin MIXIT Power RockStar 6600 can charge two devices at once and comes with a Lightning and Micro-USB cable – either of which can be stored safely within the housing on the battery.
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These small, versatile Nuheara wireless earbuds not only stream music from your smartphone, they can fade out or turn up environmental noise, whether you have music on or not. The batteries provide 16 hours of non-stop Bluetooth streaming.
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You’ll need somewhere to stow all of your phone gadgets, cables and accessories. The Crumpler All and Sundry case has a central zip and can be used with two compartments or as one large case. Button the case together and you can prop it up on its “feet”.
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Take a small hands-free vent mount with you on holiday to turn your phone into a GPS. Driving in unfamiliar locations can be daunting; going hands-free will make things much safer and easier.
Long charging cable
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A handy extra-long charging cable means it won’t matter where or how you need to charge your device. Native Union’s Belt Cable XL and Night Cables are each three metres long and protected by durable nylon braiding with a clever integrated strap that keeps them neat and tidy. The Night Cable also comes with an anchor so your cable will stay put no matter where you lay it down.
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Heading to the snow or the outback? If you want your iPhone to function at its best, the Moab case will help insulate and protect it from the elements (or from any falls). It has extra-large buttons for use with gloves, a wrist strap to prevent accidents and reflective trim so you can find your phone in the dark.
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To prevent having to delete videos and photos during your travels to make more space, take along a Lighting or Micro-USB flash drive. You’ll be able to save your content quickly and easily direct from your smartphone and access it from any device with a USB 3.0 portal, such as a laptop.
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Extend battery life with a case that provides extra juice on the go. Mophie’s Juice Pack Wireless Charging cases not only provide smartphones with 50 to 100 per cent extra power, they allow you to use any wireless charging system on the go. Made for iPhone, Samsung or HTC.
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Take the UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker along and you can turn your smartphone into a sound system that packs a surprising punch, considering how tiny and light it is. Plus, it’s waterproof so it’s handy for outdoor use by the pool or at the beach.