4 Top Tech Tips for Going on Holiday | The Companionist
The road trip season is upon us again! As we leave the office to madly pack the car it's important that we enjoy the company of our loved ones. Check out our tech tips below to make it as stress free as possible.
I remember the hectic days when Mum and Dad would take us out of the city for the long weekends. Disposable camera and plenty of snacks in the back seat, Mum and Dad worrying away in the front. One hand on the wheel and the other holding down a map that's splayed across the dashboard - ABBA blasting from the cassette tape. The holiday never really started until the tent was up and everyone was relaxed.
In many ways life has got a lot simpler, with tech doing a lot of the heavy lifting - so much so that going off the grid doesn't mean you need to leave the electronics at home. Now, there are many high-tech solutions for going on holiday. The following must haves will not only help you to enjoy your trip but make sure you make it back too.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE
1. SMARTEN UP YOUR HOME SECURITY
Protecting your home used to be a simple case of locking your front door and closing the windows before you left for your trip. Sadly we can't always rely on our neighbors to keep an eye out over the fence. ‘Smart’ home security systems now connect your smartphone to the device in your home, so you get alerts if something unusual happens while you’re away from home. This is an improvement on the traditional home security systems and typically these home security devices have a built-in camera to record intruders should they enter the room that the device is placed in.
Cocoon’s unique Subsound technology works by detecting the sound waves created by intruders, protecting multiple rooms in your home, not just the room you place it in. All of this is controlled by a smart AI that learns about your home over time to better protect you and your home, without you having to do anything.
WHEN YOU GET ON THE ROAD
2. KEEP EVERYTHING CHARGED UP
I hate running out of battery - I don't care where I am or if I have a signal I need to have a charge. The reality is these days my phone isn't just a way for me to keep in touch with the outside world it's also the way I capture memories (more on that in a minute!). Im currently running the ZUS® car charger and smart car finder which just so happens to be the best USB charger ever to be made up-to-date.
The device is equipped with advanced detection technology allowing you to get the same quality of charge for your Android phone and iPhone. It can charge two devices simultaneously at twice the speed of normal car chargers. Moreover, the device will save your car’s parked location automatically when you park.
WHEN YOU GET LOST
3. STASH A MAP OR DOWNLOAD ONE OFF GOOGLE
Even though our smartphones can easily access Google Maps or Apple Maps, it is still a good idea to always have a physical map of the places you are traveling to in case technology fails such as in areas with no WIFI, cell signal or GPS signal. If that's too old school you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline.
WHEN YOU GET THERE
4. MAKE SURE YOU CAN ACTUALLY CAPTURE THE MEMORIES
Im a big fan of the mantra - leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories. I also generally take a few tourist artifacts which could probably be classed as souvenirs but for me the photos and videos are the most important thing that I come away with. That's why I seriously believe in carrying around extra memory. There is nothing worse than deleting photos of the holiday to make room for photos on the holiday.
Pro-tip for Iphone users - check out the Sandisk IXpand flash drive that plugs straight in delivering a fast and simple way to free up space on your iPhone so that you’re always ready to capture more memories. We've also put together a list of hacks for capturing memories which is worth a read!
So there you go; all four of our top tips for getting the most out of tech for your big holiday. I hope that helps!