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Technology Must-Haves for the Summer

Posted by Loren VonLintel on Jul 12, 2016 1:15:42 PM

ThinkstockPhotos-78656111.jpgRoad Trip!  When the time comes to hit the open road and leave it all behind in the rear view mirror, there are a few high tech items to consider including on your packing list. 

Assuming you take your smartphone with you, there are a few apps that are essential:

  • GasBuddy – Find the cheapest gas in the area so you can save a few dollars for souvenirs
  • Roadtrippers – A trip planner that will plan your route for you and let you know of interesting places to visit along the way.
  • Waze – Know what’s ahead of you and outsmart traffic so you can drive free and clear on the less congested roads.
  • Hotels Tonight – Find last minute hotel deals
Since you will be spending quite a bit of time in the car, here are the items that will make that time a lot more enjoyable:
  • Auxliary LCD Screens in the Back Seat- Let’s face it, there’s only so much landscape the kids in the backseat can handle before they need to get their cartoon fix.
  • 12-Volt Cooler- Plug the 12-volt power source (what used to be called a cigarette lighter) into your car instead of stopping every day for ice.
  • Portable Power Station - This unit will jump start your car, fill up a flat tire, charge your phone and light up your area at night.

Here are a few idems to consider taking for when you finally reach your destination and pitch the tent, float down the river and generally live off the land:

  • BioLite Wood Burning Camp-Stove – Burn wood to cook your food and boil water…all while creating electricity from the heat to charge your phone.
  • CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier– Portable water purification system. Charges via USB, just like your phone, and one charge will purify almost 50 liters of water.
  • Meet Earl - A must have tablet if you intend to spend some quality time in the middle of nowhere.
  • Digital Binoculars– These 10x zoom binoculars allow you to snap photos and take full HD videos of the sites.
  • Bluetooth Speaker– You’ll need a shockproof, water/snowproof, impact resistant speaker to listen to tunes in the wilderness.
  • GPS Locater/SOS– If you intend to really get away from it all, this device allows you to send a signal of your location so that you can let the receiver know that all is OK. It will also send out an SOS distress signal, along with GPS coordinates in case you get lost.

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