5 gadgets to invest in ahead of the summer

Up your tech game on a budget...

Summer is fast approaching. While some worry about their summer wardrobe or the right SPF to wear, I'm all about the gadgets. 

If you're heading away or are just looking to expand your tech collection, look no further! Here are five personal tech items that are worth investing in. 

(1) Backup battery pack

Regardless of the time of the year, a backup battery pack is a must-have for any smartphone owner. These devices have become more much affordable in recent times and help ensure your battery never goes dead. 

This is the Trust 4400mAH power bank. I purchased one last summer, and it has been a staple in my handbag ever since. It came with me to Longitude, on holiday to Spain, Electric Picnic and most recently, Slane. It's incredibly neat and has yet to let me down! It retails at €24.90. 


(2) Portable speaker

It's rare that I would travel anywhere without a portable speaker. If I'm travelling on my own for work, I like to have music playing in my hotel room so I don't feel alone. If I'm on holiday with friends and family, it helps get a bit of an atmosphere going on a night out! 

This Jam Classic Bluetooth speaker is small enough to take on the road but powerful enough to fill a room with sound. At €24.90, it's incredibly affordable too. 

(3) Tile tracker

Have you ever sat on a beach and watched someone frantically search for their keys? I have. 

Tile produce items that connect to your phone via Bluetooth. If you misplace your keys or wallet, it's possible to track them down using the Tile app. There are a number of variations available, but this one for €26.99 is a good place to start. 

If you drop your keys in the sand, it's possible to enable a small alarm within the Tile app that makes the keys easier to find. 

(4) Chromecast

I have written about this many times in the recent past. It is one of the most used gadgets in my home. What some people don't consider is how portable the Chromecast (€39) really is. If you are going abroad for work or pleasure, it's worth bringing the Chromecast to hook up to the TV in your accommodation. 

I brought one to Australia earlier this year and it meant I could watch TV and movies during the wee hours of the morning, while I tried to battle the jetlag. 

(5) Swimcell cover 

This is not a pretty accessory, but it can save phone owners a lot of heartache. The Swimcell Waterproof Case (€19.95) ensures that no water or sand gets near your beloved phone. 

It's worth noting that this is also handy to have in the lashing rain too!