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10 Essential Road Trip Gadgets

Last updated on August 16, 2017 at 04:58 pm

If you’re planning to hit the road, here are ten gadgets and devices that Plymouth Rock Assurance recommends to make your trip fun, safe, and secure.

  1. LED Flares: Road flares have gone high tech. Instead of the old, combustible, toxic, and chemical burning flare that lasts about 30 minutes, equip your car with these. The rechargeable battery last for hours, can be seen from half a mile away, and is waterproof up to 33 feet.
  2. SteriPEN: This is perfect for emergencies, campers, world travelers, and anyone whose ideal trip includes hiking in the woods. The SteriPEN uses ultraviolet light technology used by leading bottled water manufacturers to make water safe to drink. It is compact and easy to use and only requires two AA batteries to remove 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that cause water-borne illness.
  3. Bluetooth Diagnostic Kit: You are halfway to your weekend of fun in the sun when the check engine light flashes on. Grab some of the same technology mechanics use by tapping into your car’s computer with your phone. Find out what every light means and even get real-time data. Just make sure to never use your phone while the vehicle is moving to avoid distracted driving.
  4. Power Inverter: Although it might not sound like something you want to mess with, a portable power inverter simply turns your car’s DC (what does DC stand for?) power into usable AC (I’m guessing this doesn’t mean “air conditioning”…what does it mean?) power to run all your gadgets. There are a wide range of models¾from easy to set up in-car to more power-hungry versions that hook directly to your car battery. With one of these, you should be charged up at all times.
  5. Tablets: This one is a bit of a no-brainer in today’s world, but for a family travelling, they can be a lifesaving entertainment device. These 7- to 12-inch screens can do it all¾games, movies, music, the web, and entire libraries in the palm of your hand. If your tablet doesn’t have 4G, make sure to preload it with movies, TV shows, and games that can be played without a connection. For kids too young for tablets, a suitable alternative might be to go “old school” with a portable DVD player to keep them smiling.
  6. Portable Cooler: Okay, we admit this isn’t very gadget-like, but it is a great addition to your car’s road trip experience. Eliminate the need for bulky ice packs and keep items like fruit, drinks, and medicine cool for the long trip.
  7. Portable Charger: With so much tech in the car, everyone is going to need juice to run their devices. Now, we know you have car chargers and power inverters, but inevitably someone is going to be in the middle of an intense round of Candy Crush and notice the low battery warning on their phone. A portable charger, now made about the size of a pack of gum, will save the day and can recharge in the hotel that night.
  8. Portable Speakers: This isn’t your father’s boombox. There are lots of portable speakers on the market, so do your homework first to find out which one offers the right balance of sound and versatility you need. That being said, these rechargeable little party starters can pack quite a punch when the group wants to watch a movie or listen to some tunes together when out of the car.
  9. GPS: For some, this is a gadget. For others, it may be an app. Either way, most of us don’t know what we would do without it. GPS is a great addition to any road trip, especially when combined with apps like Yelp, RoadNinja, or even our own Plymouth Rock app. All of the apps mentioned can help you find gas stations, repair shops, and hospitals in the areas you are travelling. Just remember, GPS is not always right. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the area before leaving for the day. Also stay focused on the road. If you get lost, it is okay to pull over, regroup, check a map, and make a new plan.
  10. Power Dome: Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? This power-packed unit can jump-start your car. In other words, when you are the only car left in the parking lot at the rest stop in the middle of nowhere, you don’t have to worry. Not to mention, it also has outlets and can charge your gear. We also recommend keeping a set of traditional jumper cables in the trunk just in case.

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