Road trips are timeless activities, ideal for couples and besties alike. Not so long ago, all you needed were some maps, mix tapes, and a cooler full of your favorite snacks, but in today's technologically advanced age, there are so many cooler gadgets to take on the road with you. You might not even realize you were missing them, but after you see them you'll wonder how you ever drove without them.
Have GPS, Will Travel
This problem sounds like a "duh" gadget by now, but some people discount its importance. Ditch all of those hard-to-read maps and invest in an excellent GPS. You can go all out with a shiny TomTom model or keep things more affordable with something from Garmin. If you're renting a car for your trip, check and see if your rental comes equipped with a good GPS. If not, read up on a reliable rental car insurance article to see if your own GPS is fully covered under a protection plan.
A Brand New Sound System
No road trip is complete without an excellent playlist that inspires you on the open road. Does your car have a cassette player? No? Well, don't worry, you've probably got a CD player—but do you still have CDs? No? All right then, there's still no reason to worry.
There are tons of great gadgets that plug right into your cigarette lighter and your phone, tablet, or MP3 player. From there, you just dial over to a specified, empty radio station, and you can play all the songs on your device. You can even access the songs from your Spotify or Pandora accounts. The best part is that MP3s don't skip on bumpy roads.
Charging on the Open Road
Speaking of all those smart gadgets, what do you do when your battery dies on the road? Look to your cigarette lighter again. There are all sorts of plug-in devices that turn into portable USB chargers. Scosche reVOLT is one, and it's less than $25.00. Try to look for a plug-in with at least two USB ports, so you get more charge for your buck. That way both passengers can charge their phones at once, or you can throw in a tablet or something as well.
A Mechanic in the Car
Using your smartphone, there are lots of awesome gadgets that keep an eye on what's happening under the hood. The BlueDriver, for instance, plugs straight into the vehicle's OBD-II port and syncs up with your phone or tablet. If you're on the open road and your check engine light or any of the other idiot lights start flashing at you, you'll know what's wrong in an instant—and it's available for less than $50.00. This can save you loads, especially if you discover it's something you can fix. Still, make sure you bring along a non-tech related gadget: a AAA card.
When you're ready for adventure, you're ready for a road trip—as long as you bring along your favorite devices. What are your must-have road trip items?