When venturing on a road trip, it is best to be as prepared as possible; the best way to show up prepared is to make sure that the best technology is at your disposal to make sure that you don’t miss a beat. Not everyone knows the best tech to bring along for the ride, but we do, so check out some of the things you need to consider before getting in the car, because this hot road trip worthy tech will cover all bases and get you rolling.
Safety is an important consideration when going anywhere, and the biggest safety concern when going on a road trip is getting stranded. The reason for bringing a wireless phone with you on your road trip is obvious: instant communication with whomever, so if your car breaks down, you can call in a tow truck right on the spot—a huge boon for any long distance traveler—but what if you don’t have the number to the nearest tow company? Most people don’t, and that is one reason why you should make sure that the cell phone you bring is a smartphone; these tiny computerized powerhouses come with smartphone apps that allow you to do quick internet searches of anything, including tow truck companies. In addition, most of them come equipped with led flashlights that you can use if you get stuck somewhere in the middle of the night.
WHICH WAY DID HE GO?
You can’t reach your destination if you don’t know how to get there. That’s why maps exist, but a map can tear, be confusing, or be too outdated for reasonable navigation. Once again, tech wins. With a GPS, you can head to your destination with the confidence that you are using the newest mapping system to date; most smartphones double as GPS systems, and have a number of apps that will give you turn by turn navigation with instantaneous rerouting if a turn is missed. Finding hotels, restaurants, and gas stations won’t be a problem either. Also, you can use an internet search or travel app to locate the best pit stops for more sightseeing and a few extra adventures.
DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!
In the quest to maximize the potential of your road trip, the smartphone reigns supreme once again. Smartphones come with, or have access to a plethora of apps that allow you to play single and multiplayer games, play music, and locate the local attractions. If a smartphone’s screen is too tiny for you to comfortably be entertained, check out their big brothers, tablets. Tablets have access to all of the same features that their cellular siblings have with the exception of making phone calls; most of them allow you to send text messages and video chat, though. You can also sync your smartphone and tablets to play games without sharing—that means that you can make sure that your friend isn’t sneaking looks at your hand before passing the device off for your turn.
You can do everything with a smartphone, from planning the trip out, to booking a car itself!
It is clear that the consolidation of tech capabilities has allowed you to become a road warrior with only one device, so what are you waiting for? Time to get rolling!