5 Durable Travel Gadgets

The majority of gadgets these days simply aren’t built to withstand the rigours of travel. One unlucky knock or drop and you’ll be without a phone or camera for the rest of your trip. But it doesn’t have to be this way, there are plenty of devices out there which can withstand almost anything you throw at them.

If you’re in the market for a tough and durable gadget for your next trip, we’ve listed 5 below that we highly recommend:

Panasonic Lumix TS4 / Olympus Tough TG-1

These two are the kings of the durable camera market. Boasting a shock, water, dust, crush and freeze proof shell, they’re durable enough to take with you absolutely anywhere.  The tough outer shell won’t jeopardise the quality of picture either, both the Panasonic TS4 and Olympus TG-1 are 12 megapixel, can shoot video in HD and have an intelligent auto setting to ensure your pictures are looking sharp.


» Buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4 on Amazon!
» Buy the Olympus Tough TG-1 on Amazon!

HP EliteBook 8470w

Even though a laptop is an extremely handy item to travel with, they aren’t always the most sturdy of gadgets, so there is the unfortunate possibility that your new laptop may break at some point during your trip. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, consider a tougher model such as the EliteBook 8470w from Hewitt-Packard. With its tough outer casing and superior build quality, it’s more than sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of travel.

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ioSafe Rugged Portable

We all know the importance of backing-up our personal data. Laptop hard-drives can die without warning (I’ve had 2 die in the past 3 years) and the process of trying to recover lost data can be quite costly and drawn out. So it’s extra important to keep an additional back-up to save you the headache. The easiest way to do this is with a reliable and secure portable hard-drive. The rugged portable from ioSafe is exactly that: a dust, water, shock, drop and crush proof drive that is built to last and is the perfect device for any traveller who is worried about the safety of their data.


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Kodak Playsport Zx5 Video Camera

Similar to the point-and-shoot cameras above, the Playsport Zx5 Video Camera is a shock, dust and water proof device that has been specifically designed to film in even the most extreme situations, all in glorious 1080p. Thanks to its tough outer shell and built-in image stabiliser, you’re guaranteed smooth playback even after the roughest of filming sessions.

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Whether you’re relaxing in a pool, surfing, snowboarding, kayaking or any other adventure sport, this waterproof mp3 player is a must. With 1GB worth of storage (approximately 250 songs) and an 8 hour battery life, it’s the perfect companion for the traveller who loves their music, no matter where they are or what they’re doing.


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