The first thing anyone does when a summer road trip plan begins to take shape is to write a list of requirements to be taken along. Right? Just the thought of a vacation instils such a strong sense of excitement in you, that you’re not even able to sleep at night. It is this thrill and excitement of an upcoming adventure that keeps us on our toes, especially a day before the date of departure. One usually plans to take along their favourite gadgets, clothes, food items and whatnots, in accordance with the itinerary and the ease of their availability. We have brought to you today, the top 10 gadgets to carry with you on a road trip this summer vacation.
These include some cool new gadgets that you can enjoy operating during your travel time, along with some necessary ones that will prove to be extremely handy.
All-In-One Travel Adapter
The first on our list of the top 10 gadgets to carry on a road trip during your summer vacations is an all-in-one travel adapter. It may happen that the cafe you chose to work from for the day during your workcation, only offers you a single plug point, while you have multiple devices to connect. This may also happen in your hotel room. Hence it is better to pack with yourself an all-in-one adapter.
The RTS dual-USB universal travel adapter is compatible with plug types of more than 150 countries. It includes 5 different input plugs that tightly fit into 1 adapter. It is compatible with almost all USB devices including iPhone, Sony, Lenovo, Blackberry, and more. It has a power rating of 6A and 100-250V AC. It is priced at Rs 598.
In-Car Alexa: Amazon Echo Auto
It is the era of voice assistance. So how can your vehicle be left out of the same? Amazon offers its Echo Auto device for adding Alexa voice assistance to your car, in case it does not come built-in with one. Echo Auto is connected to your car’s charging socket or USB port. It connects to your car dashboard through a 3.5mm auxiliary cable or Bluetooth connection.
It is exclusively designed for in-car usage with 8 microphones and far-field technology. It can hear you over music, AC and even on-road noise. You get hands-free control not only over the music but also for executing tasks like paying bills, listening to the latest news, weather or cricket scores, all merely by giving voice commands.
Wireless Headphones: Boat Rockerz 550
In every travel group, there is at least one such person who cannot stand the music taste of others at all. Therefore, they are mostly seen with their headphones on and are inseparable from it. If you admit to belonging to the same category, you would surely not want to leave your doorstep without your precious headphones.
The Boat Rockerz 550 are Bluetooth on-ear wireless headphones that come with a mic. It has a playback time of up to 20hrs and gets charged within 2.5 hours. Moreover, it also offers physical noise isolation for providing an immersive audio experience to the user. It comes with a battery capacity of 500mAh. It is available for Rs 1,599.
Power Bank: Mi 20000mAh
Next on our list of the top 10 gadgets to carry on your road trip this summer is a power bank. The importance of a power bank on any trip or vacation is needless to elaborate upon. The Mi 3i 20,000mAh capacity power bank offers 18W fast charging and comes with advanced 12-layered circuit protection. It has triple port output as well as dual input ports. It comes at Rs 1,799.
Camera Tripod Stand: DigiTek DTR 520
For those who are into photography and filmmaking, a summer road trip is like a box full of golden opportunities to capture breathtaking images and videos to your heart’s content. And even if you’re not a professional, you can polish your skills by equipping yourself with the right set of shooting equipment. Amongst the essential ones comes a camera tripod stand.
There are many types of tripods available in the market which vary by function, material and size. One of the known brands in the segment is DigiTek. Its DTR 520 BH model is a professional aluminium tripod cum monopod which comes with a multipurpose swivel head for low-level shooting, panning and DV camera. It can reach up to a height of 4.95ft and is light in weight. It is priced at Rs 5,995.
Smartphone Gimbal: DJI OM 4 SE
Now, if you are an Instagrammer or a Youtuber and are into making reels and videos, you might already be familiar with what a gimbal is. For those who are unaware, a gimbal is shooting equipment which helps in stabilising video camera shots. It removes the ‘shakiness’ that creeps into the videos when you capture them by hand, by stabilising the camera or the mobile phone itself.
The number one bestseller on Amazon in this category is from the widely popular brand DJI. Its DJI OM 4 SE model is a handheld 3-axis smartphone gimbal stabiliser. It comes with a magnetic phone clamp, 2450mAh battery capacity, dynamic zoom, gesture control and many more such capabilities. It is compatible with almost all types of smartphones. It is available for Rs 8,949.
Drone Cameras: DJI Mavic Mini
Another one of the top gadgets to carry with you on your summer vacation road trip is a drone camera. Drone camera shots and video reels are the latest in trend on social media sites like Instagram. This one will surely take your excitement levels to the seventh heaven, especially if you are into making travel-based content. It is the perfect shooting device that can actually do justice to the shots of the heavenly valleys you traverse in the north.
One of the top-rated drone cameras includes the DJI Mavic Mini, which has a 2.7k resolution camera. It comes with a 3-axis gimbal and GPS and has a 30-minute flight time. It is priced at Rs 74,999.
Hand Iron: Philips Handheld Garment Steamer
We are sure that at some point, each one of you must have encountered the need for a clothing iron during your previous travels. But due to the large size of a traditional iron, it may not be suitable for taking on a summer trip each time. And as many may agree, it creates quite a hindrance while packing. To tell you, there is an even more compact solution to the problem. Yes! A hand iron.
The Philips handheld garment steamer STH300/20 model is a 1000W hand iron which is compact and foldable. It is easy to use and store, provides an extremely hassle-free ironing experience, and even kills 99.9% of bacteria and dust mites to refresh and iron your clothes. It is priced at Rs 3,324.
Waterproof Pouch For Smartphones
Whether you’re on the hills or near the coastline, you never know when there would be a sudden downpour over your head. While you may be a person who enjoys getting drenched, your favourite gadgets and gizmos surely aren’t. Hence, to keep them safe and away from moisture, it is always wise to carry waterproof pouches. Moreover, you can even use a waterproof pouch for capturing the beautiful underwater life, while you take a dip and swim with the fish.
Car Tyre Pumps: Xiaomi Portable Electric Air Pump
The final one on our list of the top 10 gadgets to carry on a road trip during your summer vacations is a car tyre pump. Now, you don’t want to be stuck with your car having a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, do you? There are many types of air pumps available in the market. There are portable electric air pumps as well, which are so compact that they can even fit inside your pocket.
The Xiaomi 150 PSI portable electric air pump can fully inflate two car tyres or top up 8 times. It even has an LED light for night-time use and an SOS flashing feature for emergencies. It comes with an inbuilt 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery and is priced at Rs 2,699.
So those were our best picks for the top 10 gadgets to carry on your next road trip this summer vacation. In case we missed out on your essentials and favourites, do share with us in the comments section below. Happy holidays everyone!
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