Portable Wifi Rental in Europe: Hip Pocket Wifi

Portable Wifi Rental in Europe: Hip Pocket Wifi

One of my personal struggles I encounter as a blogger are the stresses of always having to be “on it.” I’m the type of person who rarely purchases SIM cards on the road and often forgets to look at my Facebook messenger. Has this always been the case? Not at all. I used to live on Facebook and Instagram; as time has progressed, though, I’ve found I am able to enjoy the moment more without these sorts of distractions.

While I do generally stay offline during my travels, I looked into portable wifi rental in Europe to make sure everything ran smoothly. I partnered with the amazing Hip Pocket Wifi, who sent me the cutest little internet pod the world has ever seen.

portable wifi rental in Europe www.willfulandwildhearted.com

Having this little gizmo at the ready was incredibly beneficial! It traveled with me to five different countries, a dozen cities and worked flawlessly in each location uninterrupted. The Hip Pocket Wifi device is not only compact, but the connection was fast and reliable.

 

Why do I recommend Hip Pocket Wifi for portable wifi rental in Europe?

I was super impressed with how easy everything worked out; Hip Pocket Wifi shipped everything to our hostel in Rome and we were able to connect it right away. One of its notable functions is the fact that four different devices can be connected at a time. This is a perfect option for those traveling in a group or couples who will need to connect laptops or iPads!

portable wifi rental in Europe www.willfulandwildhearted.com

I was also a huge fan of the fact I received three backup SIM cards should anything regarding my portable wifi rental in Europe have gone wrong on the road. Thanks, guys!

 

Just how convenient was the device for portable wifi rental in Europe?

There were quite a few situations when it was a lifesaver. The impressive little gizmo was my noble companion for over a month and a half and I’d like to highlight some of its stand-out moments.

 

Italy: The time we needed wifi to contact a cab driver via Skype

The main reason we made a pitstop in Italy was to attend the wedding of two of James’ close friends from university. We met up with a few fellow attendees at the Naples airport and hopped in a cab to Ravello, a seaside town along the Amalfi Coast. Everyone in the car was buzzing; James was catching up with his friend in the back seat. The closer we got to town, the windier the streets became and everyone started feeling a bit faint.

Once we arrived in town, we exited the vehicles a bit dizzier than an hour prior and paid the driver. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that James’ friend realized he’d left behind his phone in the back seat. We were able to call the driver via Skype thanks to Hip Pocket Wifi, but alas he was too far along his journey back to Naples.

For those of you wondering, he got his phone back eventually.

 

France: The time I needed wifi all day for a Snapchat takeover

The absolute most convenient time Hip Pocket Wifi saved the day was in Paris. I’d agreed to do a Snapchat takeover with France’s Hip Hop Hostels group, and there’s absolutely no way I would have been able to do so without this wondrous little bundle of technological joy.

 

Ireland: The time I needed to email our driver and let him know the customs line was long

When I discovered we would be celebrating my mom’s birthday when she came to visit the U.K., I knew I wanted to do something special. I discussed options with my stepdad and booked a great deal on Ryanair to Dublin. Due to the fact our accommodation, The Powerscourt Estate, was located outside of the city center, I arranged a private car to pick us up at the airport. All was going to plan until we arrived at the airport.

The line for customs was quite long and only two stalls were functioning. Due to this, we were an hour later than our agreed pick-up time. I was able to drop the driver a line and let him know we were running late, all thanks to Hip Pocket Wifi. Thanks, compadre!

 

England: The time I needed to Google bra sizes

I was a little overwhelmed when I found myself in Marks and Spencer trying to decipher the bra language of this part of the world. Numbers for European sizes (i.e. 70 and 85) were throwing me off greatly, and I needed to see a chart to better understand what was going on to ensure I didn’t waste any unnecessary time in the fitting room. Luckily for me, my internet accomplice handled the task with ease. In case you were wondering, the U.K. and USA have similar sizing. The more you know!

 

Scotland: The time we wanted to FaceTime James’ dad in a local pub

One of the evenings we spent in Glasgow was a mini-reunion for James and his family. Since his dad lives in New Zealand, James arranged a FaceTime chat so a few of his aunts, uncles and cousins could say hello. The wifi at the pub wasn’t too strong at the time, so having the Hip Pocket Wifi device was instrumental for the chat. Seriously, this little thing rocks!

 

As you can see, this little device was so handy and I would 10/10 recommend Hip Pocket Wifi service to anyone seeking reliable, portable wifi rental in Europe. While there were times I certainly felt as though I was *too connected,* I am feeling a bit sad. I recently sent my little internet sidekick back to its home in France, and I’ll miss having it around!

portable wifi rental in Europe www.willfulandwildhearted.com

That’s right, the Hip Pocket Wifi company sent the device with a pre-stamped envelope to ship out of the U.K., so it cost me nothing to send it back. As I’m off on a plane to Vietnam, I want to sincerely thank Hip Pocket Wifi for keeping James and I connected throughout the past month and a half in Europe. Your team is beyond awesome!

 

Those of you keen on renting wifi as you #travel #Europe, I highly recommend this company. The service was absolutely incredible and worked without a hitch. Click here to read more about my experience and which cities I brought it to! This is a perfect companion for anyone #traveling! www.willfulandwildhearted.com

 

Do you prefer to stay connected when you’re traveling or would you rather stay offline?

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hip Pocket Wifi. Regardless, all opinions are my own; the service was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t have written it otherwise. 

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  1. June 27, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Hip Pocket Wifi sounds like a lifesaver! My phone has wifi calling on it, but you can’t really rely on there being service or wifi out in the world. And there have definitely been times when I needed to file work assignments from the road where this would have saved me so much time! I love the idea of it, and if I end up back in Europe this year, I’ll be sure to look into getting it. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:41 am

      No problem! It is awesome as you can connect your laptop, phone, iPad and one other device on it all at once. Great for when you need to access internet on trains, etc.

  2. June 28, 2017 / 2:51 am

    Sounds interesting. So many new options to stay in touch while on the go. How much does it cost to use this product? I would definitely consider it for future travels.

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:40 am

      You can check out the packages on the company’s website 🙂

  3. June 28, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    This looks like a great device if you are in Europe. Looks like I may need to wait a while to get something like this out here in Guatemala! Although my 3G works ok most places.

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:39 am

      There are probably other companies that provide services in that region!! Should you go to Europe anytime soon, though, I rec this company for sure 🙂

  4. June 28, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I have heard of skyroam but not this one that is for Europe. I haven’t tried anything similar. But I really want one because I’m online pretty much 24/7 thank you for letting me know about the hip pocket.

  5. June 28, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    We are heading to Europe in September for a few months and have been looking at options for reliable internet on the road. This looks like a good option, thanks for sharing.

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:35 am

      Sure thing! Let me know if you have any questions!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:40 am

      No problem at all! I highly recommend it!

  6. June 28, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    You had at me at ‘portable wifi’….and also at ‘the time I needed to google bra sizes’ hahahaha!!! We just did a trip through Europe and hoooooly shit did we blow money on using data!!! Next time I’ll def be investing in something like this cause our carrier charges crazy rates! Thanks for the heads up!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:35 am

      Sure thing! It was so helpful and it’s super cost effective. Let me know if you have any questions!

  7. June 28, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! This sounds incredible! We’ll be in Europe for a few months next year and this sounds PERFECT! I love that Googling bra sizes made the top of the list! Ha!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:34 am

      I totally rec using this little thing. So great. And yes – it was a serious matter as the bra sizes in Asia are questionable so I needed to stock up 🙂

  8. Lisa
    June 28, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I’d never heard of this product before reading your post, so thank you for sharing! It’s extremely handy for travel bloggers, and for anyone else far from home. I like your examples where you used it in Europe, definitely put it into context!

  9. June 28, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    What a handy device! I once stayed at a hotel, that had these for free for guests, and I loved being able to connect to Google Maps, my dictionary and Instagram throughout the day! Would love one of these for around the world 🙂

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:33 am

      They’re super handy for sure. I don’t have it anymore as I’ve moved back to Asia and will get a Vietnamese number, but it certainly came in handy while I was in Europe!

  10. June 29, 2017 / 1:09 am

    I love Hip pocket!! We traveled with it to Lapland, Finland to places there was no internet connection, for everyone except us haha! And as you said, though you try not to check your phone or be online while you travel, you will always need it for everything to run smoothly!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:33 am

      Totally agree. I love it, too! Glad you share my love for this great company. Such a great service!

  11. Victoria
    June 29, 2017 / 1:25 am

    We freaking LOVE our wifi hotspot, even though it is indeed a different brand! Have you tried this brand in South America? That is where we used ours!

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:32 am

      I haven’t! This was just for my mini Euro-trip! I’m back in Asia now 🙂

  12. June 29, 2017 / 2:16 am

    Staying connected while on the move has become so important nowadays. Booking cabs, locating addresses and a host of other things are network dependent. You take this for granted when in your home country, but when you step out, you feel the need for a strong ally here. The Hip Pocket looks like a great solution for these needs in Europe and the fact that once you are done, you can send it back is great.

    • June 29, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Funny enough, my home country is actually the only place in the past almost 2 years of straight travel that I bought a sim card while I visited for a few weeks last year. I wanted it to stay connected with friends and family while making plans. Otherwise, I am okay with just using free wifi at establishments, and offline maps are a godsend. This little gadget was awesome to have around, though!

  13. June 29, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Haha Googling bra sizes. I notice if I take pictures on my phone, I am more likely to check social media or try to post while I am there. But if I take pictures with my camera, I don’t usually go back to them until the trip is over or at night if we are just lounging around.

    A pocket wifi definitely saved us in Iceland when we needed directions or to look up something to eat in the next town. I would definitely like to have a pocket wifi on my for longer trips – for the more ‘just in case’ moments and looking up stuff. And now I have a brand I can check out when I visit Europe!

  14. June 29, 2017 / 4:19 am

    This looks SO amazing and handy. I am planning to visit Europe this year end and planning to rent hip wifi itself. I didn’t know it looks sooo cute. Look at that amazing ziplock bag and packaging? Love it. Hows the battery life? Did you have to charge it a lot and does it come with a USB charger?

    • July 1, 2017 / 6:31 am

      I’ll add that info to this post, actually! The quality of the battery was awesome and never died. Yep! It comes with a charger and usb port.

  15. Megan Indoe
    June 29, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I have been wanting to try one of these so bad and just haven’t bit the bullet yet! I love that you can just rent this one. We will be heading to Europe in the fall, we will try this one out! Fantastic review and thanks for the helpful info!

  16. Anna
    June 29, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I think I used a similar device in Italy, which was provided by my hostel. I too found it very helpful as I needed to do quite a bit of research along the way and having internet connection just saved so much time and energy (that was before the roaming charges within the EU were lifted, now I can use my home sim card all over the continent at no extra cost). Will definitely look into getting one for my future travels!

  17. June 30, 2017 / 11:49 am

    OMG I can’t even begin to explain what a god send something like this is ! First thing I’m getting next trip to Europe ! Thank you !!

  18. July 1, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Hippocket are my buddies! I partnered with them back in March when I traveled through the UK and then down to France. Honestly, it helped me so much when I was traveling and working and studying to keep up with everything. There were times where there was supposed to be free wifi but it didn’t work and then Hippocket came to the rescue!

  19. July 5, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Hippocket sounds great! I’m so glad we have free roaming in Europe now so I don’t have to worry about finding wifi anymore. When I went to Japan I bought a data Sim card for my phone. It was great to be able to search for restaurants and maps while on the go!

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