Ultimate Ears Boom 2
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Ultimate Ears’ speakers are waterproof, virtually indestructible and loud enough to fill a hotel suite or camp site without distorting or clipping as you turn up the volume. The Boom 2 is about the size of a can of deodorant and so light you’ll hardly notice it in your bag. Use it to play tunes at the beach, as a white-noise speaker to send a toddler to sleep or to listen to your favourite podcast while swinging in your hammock. ￼
4 Port USB Charger
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Keep one in your travel bag and charge all your devices at once, without having to scavenge for multiple power outlets at the airport.
USB-C Cygnett Powerpack
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This 20,000mAh model is thin enough to slip into a backpack and packs enough power to top up a smartphone 10 times over. Thanks to its USB-C port, you can charge a MacBook Pro or fill the Cygnett’s battery back up in no time at all. Ideal for a family with multiple devices.
DJI Osmo Mobile 2
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It’s rare that a sequel not only improves on the original product but also hits the market with a price reduction. DJI’s Osmo Mobile 2 – which is so much more than a selfie stick – has done exactly that. This handheld gimbal can shoot smooth video and sweeping time-lapse pans, adding a touch of Hollywood production values to your footage. The Osmo 2 can even recharge your smartphone while you’re using it so you won’t drain your battery getting the perfect shot.
GoPro Hero Session 4 Waterproof Video Action Camera
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GoPros aren’t just for thrillseekers. Bring the Session along to the beach, theme park or anywhere else your phone is at risk of damage to capture memories you’d otherwise miss.
Joby GorillaPod 325
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A tripod is just too big and a selfie stick too passé but the GorillaPod is perfect inbetweener. Wrap its legs around a chair or tree branch or prop it up on a table to get a perfect shot with the whole family without having to dash between your camera and the group.
Lenovo Tab 10
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The Lenovo Tab 10 is not the most advanced tablet on the market but its 10.1-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio is well suited to wide-screen movies, keeping the unit physically smaller than the 4:3 iPad while still giving you the same media experience. A built-in “kids mode” keeps the interface simple and allows you the option of enforcing time limits, making it an ideal plaything.
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The fastest-selling console of all time in the United States, this powerhouse has something for everyone – from kid-friendly titles such as Splatoon, Minecraft, Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Odyssey to indie darlings including Rocket League, Golf Story and Night in the Woods. Just be sure to buy your games digitally so you’ll never have to worry about losing the stamp-sized cartridges.
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The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 is a far better smartphone than its low price tag suggests. It’s a great complementary device that can act as a point-and-shoot camera for the kids, a portable hotspot provider for everyone or simply the holiday phone you carry separately so work emails don’t invade your time away. Nokia’s phones run pure Android, without any of the bloatware of some devices, so this phone is always fast, secure and up to date.
Philips Kids On-ear Headphones
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These Philips headphones have an 85-decibel volume limit so you won’t need to worry about ear damage if your little one is engrossed in Peppa Pig for an entire flight. The eye-catching, colourful design will ensure they never get left behind, either.
Plantronics BackBeat 505
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While Plantronics can’t compete with Bose or Sony in terms of audio quality or noise cancelling, these headphones are a winner if you’re looking for a reliable device for the kids. They’re light enough to wear comfortably during long-haul flights and the 18-hour Bluetooth battery life ensures they’ll still have power when you land. Of course, they also support a standard 3.5mm jack to connect to the Nintendo Switch (see number 6) or in-flight entertainment. They fold flat for easy storage and are durable enough to survive the roughest family member.
Sandisk Connect Wireless Stick
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This unassuming stick looks like any standard thumb drive but inside is a wi-fi chip that allows it to act as a portable media server. Load it with all your favourite movies and up to four devices can stream from the stick simultaneously.
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Buy a four pack of Tile trackers and throw one into every family member’s carry-on luggage to ensure no bag gets left behind.
Canon IXUS 285 HS
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Canon’s budget shooter captures images head and shoulders above those from a smartphone, while still being simple enough for anyone – young or old – to use. With a 12x zoom, HD video, intuitive menus and a sensor capable of taking exceptional shots in low light, the IXUS 285 HS is a gold-standard point-and-shoot camera.
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Feed Quik your photos and videos each day and it will cut together a short video of your adventures, perfect for sharing on Facebook or Instagram. The look and feel of the final edit can be altered easily, too. The app is made by GoPro but you don’t need a GoPro to take advantage of it. Available for Android and iOS.