Tech Tips for Road Trips

1. Coffee Cup Power Inverter

You and your gadgets have something in common: Sometimes they need a little jolt. While you can turn to the miracle of caffeine, your smartphone isn’t so lucky. That said, you can adapt your need for beverage-induced speed to your gadgets via this Coffee Cup Power Inverter.
It won’t power you up for a long drive, but it will certainly keep your phones, gaming devices. DVD players, and other gadgets juiced, via two 120-volt AC outlets and 2.1-amp USB port. It also features overload protection and the ability to nestle right into one of your car’s cup holders for easy access.

2. Hotel Tonight

Love being spontaneous when you travel? Then you probably don’t want to worry about booking hotel rooms in advance.
Hotel Tonight is a free app that can hook up with last-minute deals on hotels close to your location. You can even check out offers in cities you’re about to visit.
Available for iOS and Android devices, the app can even project deals up to seven days in advance, but only offers booking after 9:00 a.m.

3. Emergency Baton Road Flare and Flashlight

If you’re planning to hit the road, you’d better prepare for some type of an emergency.
Whether that means a flat tire or an actual accident, it would be a good idea to have a few granola bars, a bottle of water, and a flare. This multifunctional Slimk flare works on the road or in your hand is visible up to 3000 feet away at night and 1000 feet during daylight. Light lasts approximately 36 hours when the batteries are fresh. The ultra-bright red LED 360 degrees on the top reflective tapes on the beacon barrel. Includes e LED Flares in a strong durable case, which also provides a safe and secure storage from water or other damage.

4. Cocoon Grid-It

Whether you’re in the driver’s seat or riding shotgun, you won’t want to have to go on an in-car scavenger hunt for charger cords.
Cocoon’s Grid-It keeps everything organized and at your fingertips. Grid-It is an organization system that has a bunch of cushy rubber bands to keep your portable devices, charger cables, and even a few snacks separate, safe, and accessible. They system comes in different sizes, designed to nestle up to laptops and tablets of varying sizes. And depending on your needs, you can purchase Grid-It individually or in a bundle pack.

5. Field Trip App

Why bother mapping out your trip when Field Trip can do it so much better? This free app for iOS and Android devices will actually alert you to when there’s something super-cool nearby.
It calls out everything from shops and restaurants to local history—sometimes literally. Yes, it even has audible features and can interact with Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

6. Garmin Dash Cam 20

Forget selfies and stopping for a few roadside memories. The Garmin Dash Cam 20 can capture all of those moments, without steering you away from your travel plans—or the actual road.
This dashboard camcorder has 2.3—inch LCD display that can record video in 1080p, 720p, or WVGA, and actually stamp each one with real-time GPS locations. Other perks include a wide-angle lens, a snapshot feature, an integrated microphone, and an Incident Detection Feature to enable recording in case of an accident. It also comes with a 4GB microSD card, which you can upgrade to up to 32GB.

7. Netgear Around Town

A reliable Wi-Fi network can be hard to find when you’re out on the road. Netgear has a simple solution with the Around Town, a mobile Internet device that creates a 4G LTE hot spot using the Sprint network.
The compact, lightweight device provides a secure wireless connection for up to 10 devices, and Netgear says the battery will last up to 10 hours on a full charge. The first gigabyte of data is free; refills are $25 for each additional gigabyte. The data does not expire and there’s no contract or commitment, which is not the case for similar devices on the market. Because you don’t have to pay for a monthly data plan, you can tuck the Around Town away between trips.

8. Mophie Spacestation

A tablet loaded with movies, television, and music can be a better way to pass the time in a car than, say, playing the license plate game. But tablets are limited by their memory and battery life. You can increase both with Mophie Spacestation, a combination backup battery and external drive.
The Spacestation provides up to 128 gigabytes of extra storage and can trip the battery life of an iPhone 6, Mophie says. Files can be transferred to the Spacestation wirelessly or via USB cable, freeing up space on your device.