With the celebrations over it’s time to start planning for the Summer holidays, whether you are hoping for a great British summer or planning an escape abroad there are a few things you might want to add to your list of essentials to take with you.
Smart Phones & Tablets
If you own one of these then they can help you stay in touch with family and friends without running up expensive call charges.
Email - You can either use the installed mail program or log on to your email online, called Web Mail, all you need is your email address and password. But don’t forget to add email and telephone numbers for friends and family to your contacts before you go.
Web based free phone calls – The two main options are www.viber.com and www.skype.com both let you take advantage of free Wi-Fi hot spots to call or send text messages to others with the same app on their phone, tablet or PC instead of using up your data allowance or running up an expensive bill. You will need to set your device to use Wi-Fi hot spots when available. Many hotels, cafes & restaurants, at home and abroad, offer free internet access and some Internet Service Provider also offers free Wi-Fi hot spots when you are out and about.
The perfect compact alternative to a tripod for your camera. If you are travelling abroad you won’t have room for a tripod but don’t panic you can avoid camera shake this summer and get better low light and night shots with this handy gadget sold b www.7day.comor via www.amazon.com for under £15. A great investment the SteadyPod will stabilise a digital SLR but is still light and small enough to use on a compact camera.
If you own a digital SLR or high end compact camera that takes filters then you really need one of these. An essential accessory for bright sunny days it will reduce reflection from water or glass and increase contrast and colour to produce well exposed deep blue skies. Readily available online from £12-30 check your camera lens for the correct size and choose a brand such as Hoya or Polaroid. But remember not to leave the filter on your camera all the time and only use it on sunny days!