Planning a Road Trip? Don't Forget These 8 Tech Essentials
Summer is Fast Approaching. Have You Started Planning a Road Trip?
For many of us, getting away for a week or two with the family is something we look forward to year after year. Whether it’s a trip to a National park, the coast, or a big metropolitan city, if you’re hitting the road, you must come tech-prepared. Because even though you will be out enjoying nature, that doesn’t mean you have to give up the luxury of technology. Having your smartphone or iPad close by provides entertainment, safety and travel information that’s crucial when taking road trips. Let’s look at eight tech essentials you should consider to make a smoother, more comfortable and enjoyable summer road trip.
What’s usually the one thing people forget when they pack? Chargers. And there’s more than just your phone charger to pack. It’s a good idea to also pick up a spare charger for when you’re on the road. There could always be a hiccup – the charger might malfunction or your dog might chew it – and on long road trips you need to be prepared. Another charger you want to have handy is a car charger for times when your phone or tablet dies – and especially for when you’re using battery-draining apps like maps or video. You can never have too many chargers, especially if you plan on taking multiple cell phones, small laptops, video games and tablets.
2. Cell Phone Car Mount
If you plan on using your mobile phone while driving, you absolutely need to be using it hands-free. And, depending on where you are traveling in the States, it’s probably the law. Texting or taking a phone call while driving can be dangerous and can cause an accident. If you are going on a road trip, pick up a hands-free cell phone car mount. They’re easy to install in your vehicle – usually with suction cups – and can be used to make phone calls or even look for directions.
3. Google Maps
One handy app to have on your road trip is Google Maps. It’s comprehensive and accurate, and can help you find your way around new towns, cities and highways. If you haven’t used this app before and you don’t already have it pre-installed on your phone, make sure to download it today – it’s free for both Android and iPhone. Take some time to become familiar with it before you’re already on the road – and lost!
4. Spotify Playlist
Who wants to listen to radio static on a 12-hour road trip? Instead, get the Spotify app – it’s free – and create a playlist. With its live streaming, you can listen to virtually any genre of music you enjoy. Have fun playing 80’s music or spend a few hours listening to the top hits of the early 2000’s.
5. Nintendo 3DS
Remember growing up with your Nintendo DS? Nowadays it’s better and in 3D. For the kids or the kid at heart, get yourself the new Nintendo 3DS and play some oldies games – and don’t be shy to try out some newer titles as well. In either case, you can teach your children how fun it is to play old favorites like Super Mario or Yoshi’s World.
6. Audible Books
Is there a book you’ve been wanting to pick up, but you’ve just been too busy with work and life? In preparation for your summer road trip, download the Audible app so you can listen to books on the go. Your first book is free and you can choose from over 180,000 titles. Road trips can get monotonous so break up your trip with a little bit of book “reading.”
Taking a road trip can get expensive. Not only are you paying for hotel rooms, but also your food, gas and any other essentials you may have forgotten to pack. Well there’s good news – you can save on gas if you download the GasBuddy app. This app locates the cheapest gas near you, helping you save up to $.20 cents per gallon at times.
8. SURE Universal
It’s the end of a long day of driving and of course what do you do? You probably find a hotel or motel to sleep in for the night. You shower, have some dinner and decide to just relax in bed and watch a few shows. You find the remote, try to turn on the TV, and nothing happens. The remote in the hotel room doesn’t work. Instead of getting upset or having to spend the next 20 minutes calling the front desk and waiting for a new remote – or worse, a new TV, which won’t be available until the next day – why not download the SURE Universal app? It works on practically any TV or device in your home, your friend’s home, or in this case – your hotel room.
Ready for Summer?
There’s just over a month until summer really starts. Take this time to prepare for your epic summer road trip, complete with your tech essentials. Over to you – what is your number one tech essential when you are planning a road trip?