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Road T(r)ips: Top Gadgets for Hitting the Road

2018 06 28 Blog Roadtrips Car Technology Phone Gadgets

By Madeline Klein on June 2, 2021 in Travel

Road trips used to be about playing the same car game over and over and drinking warm soda that had been sitting in your 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, 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 the long haul.

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, some are even offered by cell providers themselves. These hotspots will provide mobile Wi-Fi so you won’t have to miss out on one minute of your Instagram feed.

2. Multi-port USB Charger

Most newer cars have a USB outlet or two, but if you are driving an older car or hauling a big crew, those few outlets probably won’t be enough to charge everyone's devices. Luckily for you, there are now some options for multiple USB ports. Arguments about who gets to charge their phone next are a thing of the past.

3. The Tile

Road trips are notorious for people not being the most organized and losing track of the essentials. Whether it’s your phone, your favorite water bottle, or your wallet, you want to keep tabs on it while you’re in the car and exploring your destinations. 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. No more settling 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 built-in speakers 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. 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.

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Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!