Handy Travel Gadgets for Niue
Alright, let’s be honest, travel gadgets are never really an “essential” item to pack. They usually just make our life on the road a tad bit easier. That’s what travelling in Niue is all about – enjoying the ease of exploring a small island and escaping the stresses of modern-day life… But when modern-day life can make your trip to paradise easier or even just much more fun, we’ve got to look into it! Plus, some of those non-essential gadgets may become part of your everyday life when travelling, like the amazing microfibre travel towels that we can’t live without or the Lifestraw water bottles that are a lifesaver. Alright, let’s go over our list of favourites, neigh, must-have travel gadgets for Niue!
1. Lifestraw Bottle
If you browse this site long enough, you’ll find out that we LOVE this gadget. Most of the water in Niue is not treated and bottled water can be quite expensive (both monetarily and environmentally) so we find that Lifestraw’s bottle, which has a filtration system that removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan, is an amazing travel companion.
Check out our article on water safety in Niue for more information on the subject.
2. Waterproof Camera
Niue is absolutely gorgeous. From the minute you land you will want to fill your camera with memories, so you can replace your boring screensaver at work with shots from your latest trip to paradise. If you thought it could not get any better after exploring on land, as soon as you head in the water your mind will be blown! The lively and colourful underwater world of this raised coral atoll is well… Out of this world! For this reason, we think that packing a waterproof camera is a must when travelling to Niue.
Browse Amazon’s range of waterproof cameras from GoPro to more rugged ones for the kids.
3. Coral/Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Ok, so this one is not a gadget per se, but we really wanted it on the list. So, let’s get to it first. Niue is a raised coral atoll – in fact, it is one of the largest in the world. As such, its pristine underwater world harbours a huge amount of life and protecting it is paramount. For this reason, we’ve created a list of reef-safe sunscreen for Niue for you to browse. Find your perfect fit and pick a sunscreen that will protect you well, be good for your skin, and not harm the local reefs. It’s a win-win-win!
4. Full-Face Snorkel Mask
Sticking with the underwater world, although it is true that many accommodation providers will be able to rent you some snorkelling gear, bringing your own will dramatically improve your experience, especially with a full-face mask. Full-face snorkel masks will change the way you snorkel forever with a 180-degree field of view and a semi-automatic breathing system, so even the least experienced snorkellers will have a blast. While full-face masks provide a better view than regular masks, be warned that some cheap masks have been deemed unsafe for not getting rid of the CO2 properly.
Check out premium masks with safe-breath systems, such as this full-face snorkel from SeeReef.
5. Microfibre Travel Towel
And after that swim, it’s time to dry off with one of our favourite gadgets on this list. It’s light, it’s compact, it dries faster than anything else and it doesn’t keep the “damp” smell like regular towels. Microfibre towels make the perfect travel companion and will save heaps of space in your suitcase. What’s not to like?!
We use Relefree’s Microfibre towels, but there are quite a lot of brands available.
6. Kids’ Travel Gadgets
There are actually so many that we created a list of tips and gadgets to pack when travelling with kids to Niue. From the educational to the safety gadgets, from the fun to the essentials, we give you really a lot of options to make sure that your little ones are making the most of their trip too.
7. Waterproof Phone Pouch
Not only are these phone pouches waterproof, but they are also dustproof, which is a godsend for the super fragile smartphones lately. On top of that, the TeaTronics Pouch is also equipped with a floating pocket so if you drop your phone in the water, it will be easy to get it back. It’s the perfect accessories for kids and adults phones alike when heading to Niue, especially as it’s only too easy to lose your phone in one of the rockpools.
Check out the TeaTronics Pouch on Amazon.
8. Reusable Straws
Admittedly, more and more restaurants and bars in Niue are adopting paper straws to spare the beautiful surrounding ocean from single-use plastics. However, with some restaurants still using plastics and paper straws often falling apart before you’ve finished your evening cocktail, we recommend getting yourself a metal or silicon reusable straw! Not only will they help you look after the planet while travelling, but they’ll be useful when picking up a naughty soda at home too!
Check out the Scurry Reusable Metal Straw or the Dinostraw Silicone Travel Straw.
9. Waterproof Playing Cards
Mmmmh… Ok, we’ll have a hard time arguing that this one is essential but let us give it a shot. In Niue, you will be disconnected from the world, and with a bit of luck, you won’t even get yourself a local SIM card, just so you can spend more time with who you are travelling with. With that in mind, why not plan to spend some quality non-digital time playing some games together? Nothing brings people together like a lively card game. And because Niue is pretty much made of sand and water, you’ll need those cards to be waterproof.
Design Go Travel makes waterproof playing cards but again, these things come in all shape and sizes so browse around.
10. Gorilla Tripod
If you are into your photography, this might just be the next best gadget you’ll own after your camera. Gorilla tripods are a lifesaver when you are trying to find the right angle and it’s just out of reach. The Joby Gorilla Tripod can pretty much wrap around almost anything and, with a bit of mastery of your camera’s time, will help you take some of the best holiday shots you’ll ever take! And by the way, if your shot is really that good by the way, share it with us on Instagram.
Check out the Joby Gorilla Tripod on Amazon.
11. Solar-Powered Power Bank
These battery packs are absolutely amazing! Not only can they be charged normally through a USB, but they also maintain their charge using their built-in solar panel. We say “maintain their charge” because fully charging the battery with sunlight will require about a day or two. Nevertheless, it is still super useful to have a power bank that does not lose charge. And with 11-13 hours of sunlight per day in Niue, it won’t!
Want a recommendation? We like the YOESOID Portable Solar Charger.
12. Cord Organiser
This list is packed with electronics and it is likely that your bag will be too. Music players, phones, computers, tablets, cameras, e-readers and more come with a whole lot of cables to manage. We rely on these little cable organisers to keep us sane when unpacking all our gadgets. Plus, we think you will be surprised by how good those Tophome Cord Organisers look!
Check out the Tophome Cord Organisers on Amazon!
13. Packing Cubes
Keeping with the organising theme, we are really big fans of packing cubes. They are super useful at keeping everything well organised when you’re on the go. It is so easy to make a mess when unpacking your suitcase and forgetting where you’ve placed things, but with packing cubes, you only take them out of your bag what you need, while they keep your bag neat and tidy, saving time along the way.
TravelWise packing cubes are probably the most popular ones, but again, there’s plenty of choices.
14. Travel Luggage Scale
Those annoying plane baggage allowances can sometimes drive travellers crazy. Airlines have the terrible habit of changing their allowance depending on destination and even sometimes throughout the year. With Air New Zealand being the only airline that serves Niue, we pretty much know where we stand, but depending on how many Niuean gifts you want to bring back, investing in a travel luggage scale may just save you hundreds on excess baggage fees.
One of the smallest ones we’ve found is the Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale.
15. Travel Adapter
If you are from New Zealand or Australia, keep scrolling… You do not need a travel adapter for Niue. However, if you are from pretty much anywhere else in the world, you are likely to need an adapter. Niue uses the same plug type as New Zealand and Australia, so it is not too obscure of an item to find. But just in case, we’ve created a list of our favourite travel adapters for Niue so you’ve got plenty of choices.
16. Waterproof Wallet
Pelican (the brand, not the bird) are famous for waterproof cases for cameras and other pro equipment, but did you know they also do a waterproof wallet? Well, they do! The Pelican Micro Sport Wallet is a great way to keep everything safe in your wallet, even if you decide to jump fully clothed in the crystal clear waters of Niue.
Check out the Pelican Micro Sport Wallet on Amazon!
17. Travel Hair Trimmer
Boys got to keep looking slick even on the go, am I right?! For all the beard aficionados out there, the Wahl Hair Trimmer is a compact way to maintain that beast and keep looking sharp even when holidaying on a remote island in the South Pacific!
Check out the Wahl Hair Trimmer on Amazon.
18. Travel Epilator
And for the ladies… If waxing or shaving is not part of your ideal holiday, then the Braun Silk-Epil Women’s Epilator may be exactly what you need. Admittedly, this is not the cheapest option on the market, but the high-end ones are much less painful and way more effective than the cheap ones.
Check out the Braun Silk-Epil Women’s Epilator on Amazon.