As a gamer, one of the most frustrating things is probably that you can’t game ALL the time. Whilst you do need to have other interests in your life, for most gaming is a passion.
Although you can’t game every second of the day, there are lots of ways in which you can game when you’re on the go. Whether you’re travelling on holiday or you have a long commute to work each day, you can make the most out of the time that you’re sat there twiddling your thumbs. Whilst it may seem as though it is much harder to game on the go, there are lots of things you can do to make it that little bit easier.
With that in mind, here are a number of ways to game on the go and 6 ways to ensure you always have the time to make the most of those long journeys.
Where Can You Game?
First of all, let’s look at all of the places you can game on the go (providing you have the right console, of course).
- You can game on a short haul or long haul flight.
- You can game if you are a passenger in a car.
- You can if you’re on the train (and you have your headphones with you).
- You can game on the local bus.
- You can game in waiting areas and lounges.
- You can game in a cafe and restaurants, as long as you’re alone!
How To Game On The Go
When it comes to gaming on the go, there are a number of things you can do to make the process as simple as possible.
- Make Sure You Have A Portable Charger For Your Phone
Depending on the type of console you’re using, you will want to make sure you have a portable charger with you. Whether it means charging your phone every few hours or leaving your console in your bag to charge when you’re not using it, having a power back handy will mean your battery never goes flat. Whilst you can’t charge every handheld console using a power bank, you will find that bringing your plug a long and finding somewhere to plug it in is just as effective. Whether it’s at your office when you get to work or down the site of the chairs on the train, usually you find somewhere to plug in your electronics. For a guide to the best power banks to use for long journeys, you can visit this site here.
- Use Portable Devices Like A Nintendo DS Or Switch
If you are looking to take your console with you and not your phone, your best options are to use portable devices like a Nintendo DS and Switch. Whilst you may want to play on your laptop as you’re travelling, the likelihood is there isn’t going to be anywhere for you to get it out to play. Although there may be seating on the train, plane or bus, you need to be mindful of the people around you. Using a DS or Nintendo switch is the best way to ensure you’re taking up as little space as possible when you’re gaming.
- Ensure Your Data Is Always Topped Up
If you’re using your phone to play games when you’re on the go, you may need to ensure you’re always topped up when it comes to data. Whilst you may not need data to play each and every game you have downloaded, a lot of handheld mobile device games now come with the option to play online. To help ensure you always have a phone that is topped up, you can take advantage of this Unlimited plan with £25 Amazon voucher ( May 2019).
- Download Games Before You Enter Places With No WiFi
For those that are travelling into places with no WiFi, it’s important you are downloading everything you need before you enter a no connection zone. Whilst this only applies if the only form of games console you have is your phone, finding out that you can’t access the internet in your time of need is not ideal. Think about what you want to play whilst you’re on your journey and then download it before you leave the house (or airport!).
- Consider Insuring Your Tech As You Travel
Although this doesn’t help you when it comes to gaming on the go, it does help protect the consoles that you’re using. You never know what may happen as you travel, so having everything ensured will ensure you’re covered for any damages that may occur.
How To Ensure You Have The Time To Game On The Go
Although you may be the most organised person ever when it comes to travel, often you find that by the time you’re settled you don’t actually have the time to game. To help prevent that, here are some extra tips:
- Research Your Journeys In Advance To See Whether You Have Time
One of the best ways to ensure you have time to game when you’re on the go is to research your journey in advance to see when the best opportunities to game are. If you have a lot of changes or you’re not pending much time ‘seated’ during your journey, you may need to reconsider when you can get your consoles out and when you can’t. Again, remember to be mindful of the people around you.
- Make Sure You Are Leaving Enough Time To Get From One Place To Another
If your journey has a lot of different legs to it, you need to ensure you are leaving enough time to get from one place to another. If you’re rushing, you will find that by the time you arrive in each destination, you have had absolutely no time to sit and relax. If you give yourself plenty of time to get from one place to the other, you can sit and game as you wait to board.
- Reserve A Seat To Ensure You Don’t Have To Stand
When it comes to busy journeys, the main thing that prevents you from gaming is having to stand. The best thing to do if you know you’ve got a long journey ahead of you is to reserve your seats. That way, you can be sure you’re seating and comfortable enough to game throughout your entire journey. Be sure to consider the seats you pick and whether or not your console is going to be an annoyance to others, especially if you don’t have any headphones with you.
- Plan What Games You Want To Play Strategically
Finally, it is important you are planning what games it is you want to play strategically. If you’re going to be playing a game that is difficult to save, you may find it hard during a journey as you have the possibility of being interrupted several times. The best thing to do is play games that are easy to pause and save, giving you the time you need to make those around you feel comfortable too. Whether it’s getting up to let someone out of their seat or stopping your game to listen to an important announcement, you need to ensure you can stop playing if needs be. It may not be ideal, but it is the best possible solution.
Are you looking for ways to game on the go? What can you do to ensure that you always have a way to play your favourite games? Let me know in the comments section below.