Cool Travel Notebooks Every Adventure Should Have
We have a love/hate relationship when it comes to packing lightweight laptops for travel. We hate them because they tend to be bulky and have huge cords, we love them for being able to easily edit photos, videos, and do work. However, when it comes down to it, if we aren’t doing heavy writing, work, or photo/video editing, we leave the laptop at home.
Lightweight Laptops for Travel
Nowadays there are a lot of great options for travel laptops. When it comes to picking the best lightweight laptops you’ll want to focus on battery life, speed, storage, and durability. Battery life is important so you can stay entertained on long flights, bus rides, or train adventures; speed because slow computers are the worst, storage for all your photos/videos, and durability because travel can be a contact sport for your bag.
The likelihood of your pack being thrown around is super high, as well as your laptop dropping, banging against things, or having things dropped or spilled on it. Don’t get something that is too thin or flimsy, because it will break.
If you are looking for comprehensive packing list by country, check out these:
- Japan: https://travelpackingchecklist.com/packing-list/backpacking-japan/
- Thailand: https://travelpackingchecklist.com/packing-list/backpacking-thailand/
- Europe: https://travelpackingchecklist.com/packing-list/pack-for-europe/
- South America: https://travelpackingchecklist.com/packing-list/backpacking-south-america/
- USA: https://travelpackingchecklist.com/packing-list/traveling-america-usa/
Best Overall Laptop for Photography and Video
Powered by a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor; this powerful little laptop is excellent for travel. It has a 13 inch screen making it easy to work on while not taking up too much room. The Air has 8 GB of RAM allowing you to blog, watch a movie, and Skype with friends all at the same time, with no slow downs. It also boasts a 128 GB hard drive (that’s a ton of space) for precious travel pictures and videos. We love the fact that the Macbook Air integrates seamlessly with iCloud; so photos and videos are backed up (in case you were to lose your camera or laptop). With 10 hours of battery life, it can keep anyone entertained on long international flights. It’s also the best choice for easy video and photo editing. Apple makes fantastic products that easily pair with each other, there really isn’t a better option out there.
Battery Life: 7
Lenova has been leading the pack when it comes to laptop and tablet hybrids. The yoga can sit in normal laptop position, fold back to display the screen, and flatten into a tablet; super convenient for travel! At 2.8 pounds it is a bit heavier than other laptops, but not enough to slow down your travels. As far the speed, this thing is ridiculously fast with Skylake i7 processor, 8-16 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, and it has a beautiful 3200 x 1800 clear gorilla glass display. The battery life is on par with the Macbook Air (9 hours) and it comes with a full range of USB ports. This lightweight laptop easily balances on an airline tray table while churning out high quality work. It uses the Windows 10 operating system which is superior to past generations. You really can’t go wrong with this travel laptop.
Battery Life: 7
Best Inexpensive Laptop for Work
Dell XPS 13
Small and lightweight, this laptop has a 14 hour battery life and fits nicely into a day pack. The 13 inch screen is big enough to do anything you please and the weight is light enough to not burden you. It can be configured with 8 GB RAM, making multitasking fast and easy. It also packs a whopping 256 GB hard drive for movies and memories. If using the touch pad isn’t your thing get the touch screen model. This is a standard laptop without much of the frills that newer tablet/laptop hybrids have, but it’s extremely durable and gets the job done. If your job requires heavy spreadsheets, presentations, and word processing; this is the one for you!
Battery Life: 8
Cheap and Budget Laptops
If you’re looking for something cheap you can check out a Chrome Book by Acer or Toshiba. These laptops don’t have all the bells and whistles as the others and can only be used for running Chrome. They are great for internet browsing, word processing, spreadsheets. and storing photos. They are not great for much else though.
Best Light Travel Notebook Summary
Traveling with a laptop is great for people who like to work, edit videos/photos, and blog. The downside is that they can be a drag to carry and constantly need to be plugged in to be effective. Out of all the laptops out there, these three are our favorites. If you are still on the fence about packing a lightweight laptop because you are worried about the extra weight, or having it stolen, consider checking out our best tablets for travel in 2017.