Top 5 iPhone Add Ons

iPhone Dslr Mount

iPhones are the must-have electronic device in travel these days for all the apps and accessories you can add to them. It means you can pack less items and still get the same quality for photos and videos. Here are some essential iPhone add-ons that make your travels easier.

1. Lenses

Adding lenses to your iPhone can take your photos from basic to professional and thankfully there is a wide range of prices that won’t break the bank.

  • Jelly Lens: These small lenses come in all sorts, including fisheye and wide angle, and clip onto your keychain. They cost between $2-10 and are the cheapest option.
jelly lens wide angle
Jelly Lens Wide Angle Fish Eye
  • Olloclip: I’ve heard rave reviews from fellow bloggers about this 3-in-1 lens. It offers fisheye, wide angle and macro lenses. It costs $70, but takes higher quality images.
Olloclip 3-in-1
  • DSLR lens: At $250, this is the cost you would expect for a proper DSLR lens for your camera. It allows clearer images for long shots and crisper macro shots.
iPhone Dslr Mount
iPhone dslr Mount

2. Cases

Every iPhone needs a good case, both supportive and stylish. Thankfully, it’s easy to get them for cheap. After seeing many cracked iPhone screens, I highly recommend adding a sturdy iPhone case to your shopping list!

3. Chargers

Sometimes the charger that comes with your iPhone isn’t enough. If you will be in one destination for a long period of time, like Europe, it’s worthwhile to purchase the charger with that country’s plug.

  • Portable chargers, like the Switchway Portable Charger, plug into your iPhone to give it that extra bit of juice when you can’t reach an outlet.
portable mobile charger
Portable mobile charger.
  • Charging cases: BoostCase makes a case for your iPhone that keeps it charged for longer and doesn’t take up much more room than the average case.
Boostcase Snap-Case
  • Keychain charger: Mophie Juice Pack is a small keychain charger that you can throw in your bag.
Morphie Juice Pack
Morphie Juice Pack

4. Tripods

If you want to capture quality photo and video on your iPhone, having a tripod makes it less shaky. I’ve used the camera version of the Gorillapod and had great experiences.

  • Joby Gorillamobile: The mobile version of this flexible tripod can be wrapped around lamp posts or held for self portraits. And at $15, you can’t beat the price.
Joby Gorillamobile
Joby Gorillamobile
  • iStabilizer: Instead of buying a brand new tripod you can use this iPhone adapter to use a tripod you already have.

5. Car Adapter

iPhones are great for long road trips, like using it as a GPS, not to mention to play your tunes with. I’m a fan of the adapters that go into your tape deck (if your car still has one) and also charge your device.

  • ATC FM Transmitter iPhone Adapter: This car adapter works through the FM radio, which can be less reliable, but has a remote so you and your passengers won’t be messing with the dials.
cassette tape adapter
Cassette Tape Adapter

What is your must-have iPhone accessory or add-on?

Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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