A list of ‘must haves’ for the gamer who who’s always on the go.
Here’s my list of travel gaming accessories and peripherals that every gamer needs to know about. Whether you’re a student, serving abroad, flying in and out for work or simpy going on holiday, these handy tech pieces will make your gaming that much easier and enjoyable.
Power Cord And Earphone Splitters
These two peripherals are excellent if you plan on sharing your gaming experience or simply want to cut down on the amount of cords you’ll need to take with you. The ear phone splitters are a great idea for Nintendo Switch users. The power cord splitter will obviously reduce the need for multiple power points.
Universal Power Adaptor
These are essential for the gamer who’s travelling over seas into a region that doesn’t use the same power output as their home country. These days, modern consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One, allow for region free gaming, but you’ll still need to convert that power plug of yours into something compatible. This is easy to do with the PS4, just buy an adaptor like the ones listed below. But, if you have an Xbox One with a power Brick (this doesn’t apply to the Xbox One X), then you’ll need to swap the power brick for one compatible with the country your travelling to. Don’t worry, these aren’t too expensive and can be easily picked up on Amazon or Ebay. The NEWVANGA adaptor below also has a built in surge protector, though I can’t confirm if the other has or not.
Ear Phones Ideal For Travelling Gamers
The first thing that is essential, but everyone more than likely already has, is a headset, or earphones. As covered in my article, “How to play video games while travelling”, I much prefer gaming earphones over gaming headsets whenever I travel. This is simply because the form factor of the earphones is much smaller. I also have a pair of wireless earphones that I use from time to time, but for me, it’s just easier plugging my earphones into my controller or phone.
In Flight Phone And Tablet Screen Holders
These are awesome accessories to have when you’re on any flight. With space at a preium these items make that tight flight that little less uncomfortable. Also, they let you put the screen further away from you while you use a wireless controller. Not a bad method of gaming if you’re far sighted like myself.
2 In 1 Controllers
If you don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One S wireless controller but you still want to use your phone with one, these controllers are the next best thing. 2 in 1 phone/game controllers were become more and more popular ever since the advent of fortnite and PUBG mobile. However, A STRONG WORD OF CAUTION, using these types of controllers with PUBG and Fortnight may now result in getting your account banned. User beware.
Travel Gaming Accessory Bag
Next up is something that is used for convenience and more importantly, PROTECTION, of your gaming gear. I carry my Xbox Box One X and laptop in a cheap generic backpack but I’m sick of getting the wiring all tangled together. I’m currently looking at getting the Universal Console/laptop bag below.
Power Banks With Loads Of Juice
Power banks are one of the most essential pieces of technology a gamer on the go can have. The ability to be able to charge your phone, laptop, controller or any other compatible device really can’t be overstated. I remember receiving my first power bank as a promotional gift while working away. I didn’t realise until that moment just how convenient these pieces of technology are. If you don’t have one, get one, you won’t regret it. Check out the review video. For your convenience, I’ve chosen my two favourites and listed them below.
Portable Gaming Monitors Made For Gaming
Portable monitors are great if you want to take your console to your friends house where there’s only one T.V. Or, if you wanted to game while your wainting at the airport, or in your hotel room, etc. The monitors below are both full HD USB C powered gaming monitors compatible with PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo and a host of other devices. Being USB C powered means you can power them straight from a USB port on your console. Pretty awesome.
Console Attachable Gaming Monitors
These monitors really take saving space to the next level. If you’re looking for a compact, hassle free setup, these monitors are for you. Couple these with a gaming backpack listed above and you’re good to go. Be sure to check your console is compatible with the monitor size as there are a few options.
All In One Console Monitor And Bag Solutions
These all in one gaming bags remove the hassle of adding a separate monitor and carry bag by combining the two together. These are the very definition of gaming on the go.
Case Club Waterproof Xbox One X/S Portable Gaming Station with Built-in Monitor (one also available for PS4)
Gaming Laptops For Serious Gamers On The Go
A gaming laptop is for serious Gamers and enthusiasts. These rigs pack a powerful punch while at the same time delivering a mobile experience that can’t be matched. With a small form factor, but enough compute and graphical power to blast consoles out of the water, these machines are worth their weight in gold. They are the ultimate accessory for gamers that travel. For a full breakdown of the best gaming laptops of 2019 check out the video below by Digital Trends. The two options below show the best pick and the most affordable pick from the review respectively. With these laptops the general rule of thumb is the more it costs, the more powerful it is.
Bonus – Nintendo Switch Travel Case
You can’t have a ‘Must have travelling gamer list’ without a mention of the Nintendo Switch! Obviously the switch was made for travel in mind, but do you have a travelling carry case for it? Below are two great options which come in at either end of the price spectrum depending on what you’re after.
As with anything you buy, make sure you do your reasearch. I’ve done a lot of it for you but it always pays to dig as deep as you can. Nothing is worse than getting to your accomodation in the middle of knowhere only to find out that you’ve got the wrong gear, and now won’t be able to play any games at all. It’s happened to me, and it sucks.
By Izzy Davis | 2019
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