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6 of the best... summer gadgets to enhance your break

By Keeley Bolger

Whether it’s a short hop, sabbatical or annual sojourn, the following kit can help keep you in good holiday mood.

POLISHED PERFORMER

Colgate Pro Clinical Pocket-Pro electric toothbrush, £32.48, Superdrug

Travel toothbrushes often fall into two categories: ones with bristles as hard as nails that shed at an alarming rate, or ones as soft as a pet toothbrush that seem to melt at the sight of toothpaste. This is where the Colgate Pro toothbrush comes into its own. Scheduled to polish each side of your gnashers for 30 seconds, it offers a satisfyingly thorough clean. Best of all, the brush is neatly packed down into its USB case — a travel-friendly 18cm long — which can be charged on the go.

KEY FINDINGS

Tile Mate, £22.95, Currys

Long journeys home can be made bearable by the thought of a comforting cuppa and a sit-down at the end. But after being surplus to requirements on holiday, keys are often chucked to the bottom of bags, buried somewhere under a pile of damp beachwear.
To save the doorstep scramble, attach the fob from the Tile Mate onto a key ring before jetting off, download the Tile Mate app and then ring the app to locate the keys via Bluetooth. The gizmo can also be attached to luggage, wallets or stuck inside passport holders.

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

iPad mini 4, from £419, www.apple.com/uk

Weighing just 299g, the iPad mini 4 makes for a dainty travel companion. Watch films and TV programmes offline and load it up with podcasts, and any long journeys as a passenger will fly by. Hand-held and intuitive, the device can be used as a camera and also stores eBooks, newspapers and magazines.

SNAP HAPPY

Canon EOS M10 with 15-45mm IS STM lens, £319.99, www.canon.co.uk

While it’s tempting to forgo cameras and rely on smartphones to capture holiday memories, many compact cameras can also provide Instagram-worthy shots these days.
The flip-top screen on this Canon EOS M10 camera offers an olive branch to the Insta-generation by enabling professional-looking selfies, as well as filters to adjust the tone and smoothness of skin.
Link the camera to a smartphone or tablet before travelling to share photos. Meanwhile, for those looking to improve their holiday snaps, the wide-angle lens included in this package makes capturing cityscapes and buildings a doddle, and the option to shoot in raw means you can tinker with the results at home, though you might want something more specialised for safaris and creative shots.

HAIR WE GO

Beurer Style Pro HC25UK Premium travel hair dryer, £19.99, www.amazon.co.uk

If your holiday rental doesn’t come with a hairdryer, this compact Beurer model could be a good investment. Unlike the one size fits all mini-hairdryers of yore, this one has an ionic function — which helps reduce static — to smooth holiday hair, as well as two heat settings and two speeds. The device doesn’t come in a pouch but can be folded down to ensure a neat pack.

CHARGING AHEAD

Knomo World Travel Adaptor USB charger, £65, www.knomobags.co.uk

Given that they store boarding passes, emergency numbers and maps, as well as offering entertainment — and the chance to instantly capture the moment and gloat about it to friends back home — many of us value our smartphones almost as much as our passports when travelling. But bringing chargers and adaptors often takes up precious space. At just 8.8cm wide this lithe model from Knomo is highly practical for light packs. Compatible in 220 countries for UK/EU/US/ASIA/AUS sockets, it can charge any device that uses a USB cable. Best of all, the AC pin folds down to save on even more space.

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