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How To Have a Stellar Gaming Experience on the Go

No matter what you do in life for work or for hobbies, there will be times when you’re waiting to board a plane, waiting for a bus or a train, or sat travelling in a car (not driving), when you have some downtime.

This can be the best kind of downtime too, as you can do very little else than read, think, write, browse online, or play games. But rather than browsing through your social media feed or stress out about the journey that is going ahead, how about you relax with some gaming? It could be anything from a simple puzzle game, a shooting game, or the delights of some candy crushing games, it can be a good option to pass the time when you’re traveling or commuting. It can be especially helpful if you are a nervous traveler, as it can be something else to focus on and can calm your nerves. 

That being said, in order to have the best experience possible, you need to make sure that everything is working as it should, so that games don’t freeze half-way through or pop-up ads appear every few seconds. So if you are planning a trip and want to bring along some games with you, then it is a good idea to keep these tips and ideas in mind.

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The Right Device for the Job

It is a good idea to think about the types of devices that can be best to help you to game on the go. Having a smartphone is one of the most obvious choices, but it could be a good idea to think about getting a gaming-specific device. If you don’t have data on your phone or have some dodgy WiFi, then it can make the experience pretty miserable. So unless you have checked out some of the SMARTY deals for SIM cards, giving you some data, then getting a portable console could be a good idea. One of the most obvious choices is the Nintendo Switch or perhaps Nintendo 3DS. If you had the money, then it could be worth getting a gaming laptop too, which means a bigger screen. For travel, though, it does mean something heavier and bigger to carry. There are a variety of options with laptops, though, so there could be something to suit all budgets.

Pack Your Charger

Okay, so this is a little on the obvious side, of course. But you aren’t going to have too much of an enjoyable experience gaming when you’re not able to charge your device, whatever device you have chosen. It is going to be pretty annoying having to get an overpriced charger at a gas station or an airport, just because you forgot to bring one, or worse, packed it in hold luggage instead of hand luggage! It is a good idea to plug in your device, whenever you have the chance. You don’t know when you might next get to be by a plug, so plug it in as and when you can. 

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Headphones

In order to get the best gaming experience, even when you’re on the go, packing some earbuds or headphones is a must. You can’t just play the sound normally when you’re on a train or plane, so your fellow passengers are going to thank you for bringing something to cover up the sound. Gaming with headphones are the best, as you will experience it all, and it will just be personal to you. You might have headphones that come with a phone or laptop, but other things like a Nintendo DS will need separate earphones. The choice is up to you, as to what you go for, but just make sure that if you have chosen wireless headphones, or earbuds, that they work with the device that you have in mind; not all of them will. The headphone market is full of a lot of options. When you travel, you might even want to consider a cheaper pair, just as they could get lost or damaged. 

Travel Games

Not all the games that you like to play are going to work best when you are traveling. For starters, you are going to get the best gaming experience out of games that don’t need the internet. If you have access to data or WiFi then they can work, but if service drops, like when you’re on a train, then it can interrupt what you are doing. You also might want to think about the kinds of games that you play. As crazy as it sounds, there are some games that just work better when you’re at home and some that work better when you’re out on the road traveling. 

Ideally, the best games for when you’re out and about are the games that are quick and easy to use, and that you can just pick up and play. If a game is quite intense with stories being part of the experience, then it can be impossible in some instances to pause them and start again later. So they probably aren’t the best option out there. There are so many options to choose from on your smartphone if that is the device that you choose. But for a laptop or other gaming device, you might have to get or download a specific game before your journey. 

Packing Case

If you are someone that is traveling with a gaming device like a Nintendo device, then you need to make sure that you have a carry case for it. It can not only help to protect it, but it can also help to keep it safe from theft. It would be harder for someone to take it if it is in a larger carry case. It is a great way to store extra games too, as well as having a spot for your charger. 

Another point is to make sure that you don’t overfill the backpack or the case that you put your devices in. Even when they’re in a carry case, they can get damaged if they are squashed into a suitcase or backpack.