By Madeline Klein on July 6, 2018.
Road trips used to be about playing the same car game over and over and drinking warm soda that had been rolling around the floor of the car for a few hours. You couldn’t check Facebook or Instagram. If you had a phone or gaming device, you only had a few key hours of entertainment before the battery died.
With technology getting better and better, you don’t have to leave behind your favorite devices when you’re on the go. Before you head out on your next road trip, check out our favorite technology that will keep the fun going for as long as you want to drive.
1. A Mobile Hotspot
Don’t have unlimited data? You won’t have to worry about that on your next trip if you have a portable hotspot! There are quite a few options out there, and some are even offered from cell providers themselves, like this one. These hotspots will provide mobile Wi-Fi so you won’t have to miss out on one minute of your Facebook feed. No meme or funny cat photo will get past you.
2. Multi-port USB Charger
Most cars have a USB outlet or two nowadays. But if you are driving an older car or have a big crew onboard for your trip, those couple outlets probably won’t be enough to charge your crew’s beloved devices. Luckily for you, there are now some options for multiple USB ports. This example plugs into your car lighter and has three USB ports. Arguments about who gets to charge their phone next are a thing of the past.
3. The Tile
People are notorious for not being the most organized in the car and losing the essentials on car trips. Whether it’s your phone, your favorite water bottle you take everywhere, or your wallet, you want to keep track of it while you’re in the car and exploring your destination. Knowing exactly where everything is 24/7 is no issue with technology like the Tile. Download the app, and you’ll always have an eye on exactly where your valuable belongings are. It will even ring until you find your lost item. Next time you won’t have to dig through each and every bag and under every seat to find your lost phone.
4. Coffee on the Go
Can’t function without coffee? We get it. Sometimes you need the good stuff to get you going in the morning. However, that’s not always possible when you’re road tripping across the country or even across the state. There are some great options for espresso on the go, like this. Now you don’t have to settle for stale gas station coffee.
5. The “Coolest” Cooler
What’s a road trip without cold drinks and tasty snacks? Live like royalty on your next road trip with this cooler that does it all. It’s got a speaker, a USB charger, a bottle opener, and more. Keep this in your backseat, and you’ll have cold soda and delicious fresh snacks for your entire road trip.
6. Portable Jump Starter
There’s nothing worse than car troubles ruining what’s supposed to be a fun road trip. For those stressful times when you need a jump on the road, try a portable jump starter like this one. It makes jumping the car relatively easy and hassle-free. If you have Say Insurance, Roadside Assistance is included with your policy, but this small device could save you some time if you need a quick jump.
Road trips should be fun and entertaining, and they’ll be just that with these technology upgrades. You’ll get to your destination charged, hydrated, and ready for a great time.