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Summer is about to be in full swing. And with it comes the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a stellar vacation. No matter how you like to R&R, whether at an all-inclusive beach resort or hiking through mountainous terrain, your ideal vacation can be easily ruined if you don’t have the right travel essentials.
When it comes to traveling, whether short distance or long haul, we’re fans of stocking up on top-notch tech devices. Our favorite is the iPad Pro, which is thought of as the gold standard of tablet computing. With it, you can download your favorite video and music content straight to the device, so even if your flight doesn’t offer TV or complimentary Wi-Fi, you can still enjoy movies, music videos and more. And since it houses an advanced operating system, the iPad Pro is a solid alternative to traveling with a heavier laptop. Instead, you’ll be able to surf the web, send emails, catch up on your favorite TV shows, play games and more on one, ultra-lightweight device.
For us, the best way to enjoy the iPad Pro is with a pair of active noise canceling headphones. These are far superior than your traditional over-the-ear devices, namely because they feature technology that can block out unwanted external noises, like noisy passengers. The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless II Headphones provides stellar noise reduction and cancellation, as well as booming audio quality. You’ll be completely immersed in your videos and music, instead of the passengers around you. This device also has built-in Google Assistant so that you can play music, receive texts and get your travel questions answered without even looking at your phone.
Other important tech products you’ll want to bring with you on your vacation include a camera, travel adapter and VPN service. For the camera, we’re fans of the pocket-sized Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, which instantly prints high-resolution photos. Plus, its lightweight design means that it will easily adhere to your carry-on luggage allowance. A travel adapter, like the CNN Dual Port Travel Adapter, is a must when going abroad. The tech accessory works in 150 different countries and can easily fit in your pocket or handbag, so you’ll never have to worry about your devices dying on you while you’re on the move. And a VPN subscription ensures that your digital privacy comes first and foremost. VPN Unlimited, which has won praise from the likes of PC Mag as its Top VPN for 2017, enables users to have an encrypted and secure connection no matter where they’re traveling. Plus, if you’re visiting a country where your go-to social media or streaming sites are blocked, a VPN will help you get around it.
Once you’ve got your tech in tow, you’ll want to consider two other essentials. The most important is the bag where you’ll store all your goods. This should be roomy, while also adhering to TSA guidelines. A bag like the CNN Outback Wax Duffle has more than enough space for your in-flight essentials, while also being small enough to be carry-on friendly. Another important product is a thermal water bottle. While you won’t be able to bring liquids through security checkpoints, you can bring the bottle and fill it up once you’ve passed TSA. The CNN Thermal Water Bottle can help keep your H20 chilled on long-haul journeys, so you can beat dry cabin air with ease.
And while you can purchase all of these carry-on essentials on your own, for a limited time only, you can enter for a chance to win all of these products at the CNN Store, simply by subscribing to the CNN Store and CNN Underscored newsletter here.