Top portable gadgets for renters on the move

Moving between rental properties is a pain.  But with today’s fluid job market, regularly upping sticks and moving on to the next six month lease is becoming a reality for many young people.

Fortunately, however, there are a few gizmos that can take some of the sting out of moving by allowing the savvy renter to cut down on bulk. Here’s our guide to the best of them.

Mini projector


TVs are so nineties. They’re bulky, fragile, and a pain in the backside to move between properties. Most people are happy to get by streaming content to their tablets and computers. But for the times when watching Frozen on your laptop doesn’t quite cut it,  nothing beats  a projector. If you pick up a miniature one such as the Asus S1, it will barely take up more space then a paperback book.

Nesting pans


Lugging boxes of kitchen utensils around is never fun, particularly the assorted stacks of woks and saucepans that inevitably accumulate over the years. Luckily, all of this can now be avoided with a bit of forward planning – instead of buying haphazardly, purchase a decent set of nesting cookware. This 10 piece saucepan set by Magma stacks together into something no bigger than a decent-sized pressure cooker



Books are sexy, but can you really face boxing up your Folio hardback collection and lugging it between apartments yet again? The sad truth is that a book collection is going to be a burden on perpetually moving renters. If you haven’t already, bite the bullet and shell out for a Kindle.



A descent music system is a luxury most people aspire to, but many renters are put off investing in them by memories of hauling over-sized speakers between student digs. Times have changed, however, and there’s no longer any excuse for the tyranny of listening to music through laptop speakers. A compact all-in-one speaker such as the Sonos PLAY streams music from Spotify or your music library and sounds good enough to satisfy anyone short of an ardent audiophile.



Keeping track of the paperwork from landlords and utility companies as you switch between rented properties is an absolute nightmare. But with the right tools, you can mitigate things a little. You’re best bet is probably to use an app such as Evernote, which will allow you to quickly save all your documents and synchronise them across your computers.



The process of hooking up an internet connection to your new property is hair-tearingly long; it will be weeks from your move in date before sweet Wi-Fi starts flowing through your house. There is a solution,  but it only really works in London: 4G.  A 4G hub from Relish will instantly have you up and running, and will be faster than wired broadband in much of the city.