You are headed out on vacation and this is the time that you want to enjoy most with you family but you are five miles down the road and the questions start! Are we here? How much long? I need to go pee! We have all been there before. Long drives can tax everyone’s patients. So before you hit the road on your family vacation, stock up on the latest entertainment options for your sweet cargo passengers! Here are some of the latest Entertainment Tech for them Long Road Trips that will occupied your kids for hours and will keep you sane!
The easiest and cheapest option is to use your existing iPad or Android tablet and a tablet mount that attaches a tablet to the back of a front-seat headrest. This makes for easy hands-free watching, especially if kids are sharing the screen. If you don’t take frequent road trips or are not looking to spend a ton, the price is definitely right for this mount, which will only set you back about $35.
Endless entertainment streaming
Digital video is the Seagate Wireless Plus system, a portable hard drive with 500GB to 2TB of storage that can be used to stream music, movies and TV shows to tablets, smartphones and laptops. This drive is capable of streaming to three different devices at a time via built-in WiFi with a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, making it an ideal companion for long road trips. Prices start at $149 for the 500GB version and go up to $199 for the 2TB version, an excellent investment for regular road-trippers.
Easy listening with headphones for everyone
If you have a car full of people all trying to watch or listen to different things at the same time, expect family harmony to fade fast. Solve this problem in advance by making sure everyone has their own headphones and headphone splitters so the entire car can share or listen alone whenever they like. Let two people listen to music, movies or television on one tablet with a simple headphone jack splitter like the iLuv Splitter Adapter for $9. This adapter plugs into any standard 3.5mm audio jack and lets you connect and independently control the volume for two sets of headphones.
Adults might want higher-end sound and noise cancellation capable of blocking out even the worst road trip annoyances.
Our favorite is the Monster Inspiration Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones, which use active noise blocking to make your trip as peaceful as possible. They’re an investment at $245, but serious audiophiles (especially those who travel a lot) will definitely appreciate them.
Stay connected with Wi-Fi on the go
WiFi can be hard to come by when you’re on the road. Although most of us can turn our smartphones into wireless hotspots, that can gobble up your data plan in no time. Instead, try the $99 Karma Wi-Fi Hotspot. There’s no contract or monthly fees with the Karma; you pay for data as you need it, at $14 per GB.
Power your gadgets
Even the best gadgets will run out of battery life with heavy use, so be prepared to keep your collection of high-tech entertainment gadgets charged up. There’s no better or easier answer than a cigarette lighter USB charger. The Scosche USBC202M Dual USB Car Charger ($20) plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and charges two devices—tablets and smartphones—each at 2.1A at the same time.
So now you can enjoy your family vacation without all the questions!