Gear To Modernize The Good Old American Road Trip

| February 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

5 Road Trip Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

As the weather starts to warm up, people all over the country are getting ready to take to the road for spring and summer vacations. The American road trip is a tradition long celebrated by families and friends each year.

Road trips are a favorite American pastime and families all over the country take them each year. However, while a cross-country adventure may be enticing, long trips by car can have their downsides, too. Luckily, there are some items specifically designed to make your vacations easier, more enjoyable and keep you adventuring.

GPS Device

Most of us have been conditioned to using our smartphones for everything, even GPS navigation. But you might not get service or in some parts of the country, and it can be a drain on your data plan, too. A GPS navigation device, aside from your phone, can be a lifesaver when you are in the middle of nowhere.

The Travel Channel suggests a few different units depending on your travel plans. While the Garmin Nuvi models are second to none in terms of reliable maps and navigation in rural areas, the Magellan eXplorist devices are a versatile tool if you plan to take your GPS hiking. It is waterproof, has a compass, topographic maps and even a photo and sharing option.

Mobile Wireless Internet

If you can’t stand the thought of not being connected at all times, you may want to invest in a mobile wireless Internet device. Taking a system such as the Autonet Mobile Router on the road with you will let you stay connected no matter where you go. You can surf the net, listen to a mobile radio station or even watch Netflix in the car. The system uses a 3G network and the signal reaches up to 150 feet, so you can connect whether from your hotel or picnic spot along the trip. You can also install an antenna on your car for improved range.

Satellite Radio

Independent Traveler suggests subscribing to a satellite radio service for long car trips across the country. Satellite radio is not only good for entertainment, with hundred of stations and every kind of music you may want, but it is also a good source for local news and traffic updates. According to Independent Traveler, SiriusXM radio has traffic and weather updates for more than 100 cities across the country.

High-Quality Sunglasses

It may seem like a simple item, but having a pair of high-quality sunglasses that are comfortable and have polarized and enhanced lenses can make an enormous difference in comfort and safety. Sports glasses are ideal for long-wearing comfort and any outdoor activities you do along the way. Revant Optics sells replacement lenses for Oakleys. High-performance lenses have impact resistance, glare elimination and UV- and blue-light protection for a comfortable and clear drive.

Thermo-Electric Cooler

Road trip snacks and meals will never be the same after you invest in a thermo-electric cooler like the Gray Kargo Cooler. This genius device both cools and heats food and drinks. It’s large capacity can hold up to 42 soda cans! The handy cooler is easily portable and plugs directly into your car’s cigarette lighter.

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  1. Kate says:

    Interesting how 99% of the tips involve technology. How about a good old-fashioned map instead of a GPS? Cheaper, too.

  2. Cindy Wiesley says:

    I agree, what is wrong with the old-fashioned map. Last summer I took my niece (age 14 at the time) on a road trip from Denver to Durango to visit my daughter. I’ve done the trip so many times, but I wanted my niece to be a part of the drive. I have an old Colorado map in the door pocket in my car. I had her pull it out and find Denver, then Hwy 285, following it south with a turn off toward Wolf Creek Pass. She then realized this was a long way (350 miles and 7 hours). But it was a teachable moment and we did see some big horn sheep and a heard of buffalo on the way down.

  3. nikita says:

    I *do not* recommend Garmin. I’ve had a Nuvi since 2008 and, while the maps have proved to be reliable, their so-called “customer service” is NOT! I’ve attempted to get help for issued by phone and by email, and have been horribly frustrated either way. It’s like pulling teeth! So unless you can support yourself with everything (including a battery that won’t hold a charge, a flawed update that prevents the device from shutting down, etc.), then avoid Garmin at all costs.

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