It’s an absolutely awesome time to take a road trip. Technology now exists that most of us couldn’t even imagine a few short years ago. Nowadays, getting an entire entertainment system built directly into your car is as easy as checking off an option box at the dealership. Isn’t technology great?
Of course, not everyone drives a new car packed to the gills with the latest tech, so a lot of us are still forced to make up our own ways to pass the time while on the road. Here are five essential gadgets you will need on your next road trip, assuming you don’t have a completely decked out entertainment center on wheels:
At $150, this is clearly one of the more expensive items on this list. However, what you’re buying is essentially a portable hard drive, so the cost is somewhat justified. The Spacestation gives you up to 64 GB of external storage for your movies and shows. Simply hook it up to an Apple device, and take all your media with you.
It’s a cooler with a built-in USB cord, Bluetooth speaker, plates, cutting board, and blender. It is literally the coolest cooler out there. Its price definitely reflects its coolness though. If you want one of these, it’ll set you back $400.
If you have young kids and are thinking about going on a road trip, just forget that idea and stay home. If you’re going to be stubborn and live through the hell that is a road trip with kids, however, then you might as well get yourself one of these. It’s house everything your kids need within arms reach and hopefully, the adults can enjoy a semi-peaceful drive.
Let’s face it; cars break down. There’s no way around it. If you’re going to be using your car as your primary means of transportation on a trip and will be traveling through strange new areas, you probably don’t want to be caught with your pants down if your car does indeed break down. This road kit comes with a plenty of stuff you’ll need, including a set of jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, safety vest, duct tape, screwdriver, and more.
Yes, most cars these days have USB ports to charge your devices. However, not only do older cars not have USB ports but even with a newer car, some idiot might leave their device plugged in all night and you end up with a dead battery in the morning. Why not save the headache of that possibly happening and also being tethered to your dash and get a power bank instead? This one is cheap and with 20000mAh, it’s got more than enough juice to keep everyone topped off.
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