∞ Packing gadgets to take on vacation… or just take an iPhone 4

When my daughter decided to go to Florida for a week’s vacation, we needed to make sure she had all of the “vacation gadgets” to capture all of those priceless moments. iPhone 4It amazed me how much stuff we travel with. It amazed me even more that, thanks to Apple, there was no need to do that anymore. I have my backpack pretty much ready to go on a trip all the time. The gadgets are always in there, so I don’t even think about it anymore.

However, with my daughter’s trip looming, I had to take many of the items out for her to use. Here’s what we had for her to take:

  1. Camera
  2. Storage card
  3. Spare Storage card
  4. Cable to connect the camera to the computer
  5. Power adapter for the camera
  6. Video Camera
  7. Storage Card
  8. Cable to connect to the computer
  9. Power adapter
  10. GPS device
  11. Computer to get on the Internet for email, FaceBook, movies, and camera connections
  12. Power adapter
  13. Phone so we can all keep in touch and text
  14. Power adapter for the phone
  15. iPod for music and video
  16. Books to read
  17. Gaming device
  18. Games and power cords

What I quickly realized is that everything we were packing for her was included in the iPhone 4. Her actual packing list could fit in her pocket:

  1. iPhone 4
  2. Power cable

Nicole was able to do everything she wanted with one device. She took pictures and video, uploaded them all to Facebook, checked email and was able to read books, listen to music and watch movies.

Of course, we were also able to use FaceTime, which was priceless for us. Because she had the iPhone, she also had things like a converter, alarm clock and other goodies that are just too numerous to mention.

Not only did the iPhone 4 provide her with all the gadgets she needed, we also saved the $25 bagage fee from the airline because we didn’t have to pack another bag for her.

  • Eric

    You forgot boy repellent.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      She took a picture of me with her 🙂

  • Kevin Brislin

    I did the same thing recently on a vacation and ended up using only my iPhone 4 for practically everything. I even brought my computer with me and it stayed in the backpack the whole time. Now, I’ll just take the iPhone wherever I go. And I now have a slew of semi-not-wanted electronics that may end up on eBay in the near future. Thanks Apple!

  • WooDz

    It does depend on what sort of professionalism you are after but the sort of pictures and film footage that can be taken with the iP4 is either above or on par with any digital and video camera bought only 3 years ago.

    It’s exactly why I waited for it. On a recent business trip to Switzerland I just took the phone. I took video footage of the event, used the reverse camera to make a video diary, Used the GPS to get me back to the hotel after a walk into the town centre, made telephone calls, kept up to date with emails and facebook, used it as an alarm clock and even used it as pocket torch to search through my DJ case in the dim lit dance hall.

  • I wish I had an iPhone 4, there is nothing they can’t do.

  • cool! Lots of gadgets to bring for a vacation is cool. But for safety just bring what is important gadget to bring. As for my case, when I’m on a vacation I’m only bringing my iPad.