One of the best thing about modern road trips: “Getting lost is completely impossible when you have a device that tells you where you are,” writes Transmissions from the Vault. Ride Lust covers about a BMW navigation system that knows where you’re going before you do–too bad it won’t be available for five years. Road Trips for Families lists 10 Geeky Gadgets for Roadtrips with Kids. Citizen Gamer found that iPhone Apps like “Wheels on the Bus” and “Peekaboo Barn” were lifesavers on a road trip with kids. GeekSugar suggests more kid-friendly road trip apps, while Mashable has 11 essential iPhone apps for a road trip. Career Overview rounds up 99 iPhone apps for business travelers, many of which are useful to road trippers as well. The site also has over 25 tools for a Road Trip 2.0: “Now a road trip means streaming video, GPS, email, and Hotels.com.” Big Tech learned how to use a smartphone as a navigator.
The Car Tech Blog has an entire section devoted to in-car entertainment and Car & Caboodle writes about the best gear to bring along on a family road trip and how they ended “the ongoing car-charger turf war.” Switched lists their ten favorite road trip gadgets. If you need tunes for your trip, Dadomatic suggests some “kids’ music choices that don’t suck.” Popgadget
recommends an iPhone adapter that “searches the radio dial for the
three clearest broadcast frequencies, automatically programs them to
preset buttons, then automatically selects the best of the three for in-car broadcast to your FM radio.” If you’re an extreme multitasker, FitSugar suggests a few exercises you can do in the car (steering wheel isometrics!) Offbeat Guides lists some great holiday gifts for travelers–but one of them might be the perfect pre-trip present for yourself. Happy traveling!