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Summer is in full swing, and everyone is busy. Desert, beach, or mountains we all have favorite places we like to visit in the summer time. Raise your hand if you could use some travel tips. Almost everyone will travel somewhere away from home this summer, and when you do there are some things you need to know to help it go smoother.
It’s always important to think ahead. Now more than ever we rely on our smartphones to do that. But what happens when you phone dies? No more pictures, posts and checking in with at work. There are lots of portable power solutions, but my favorite has been the Motorola Power Pack Slim 5100 . It’s a little power pack that is roughly the same size as my phone. I’ve charged as many as three mobile devices before having to recharge the pack. It does seem to take longer than being plugged into a wall outlet, but who cares when you don’t have a wall outlet? A mini USB charging cable can be pulled from the power pack to charge most smartphones. It also features a full size USB port on the side, which means it’s compatible almost any tablet as well.
A lot of us have kids who are old enough to take trips by themselves, or with friends. Unsupervised travel can be a parents worst nightmare. When our stress and their freedom collide, there are a few solutions. Technology now can allow us to feel connected on these trips, while allowing your children to have their space. Check in regular face-to-face with services that are free or already included with your mobile device or plan, such as Skype (Android) or FaceTime (iOS). Sometimes visual check-ins are just what it takes to maintain your peace of mind, and let them know that even though they are gone you are still there for them.
In case of emergency you can always use the Verizon Wireless’ Family Locator to find your teen and put your mind at ease. For a low monthly fee, this feature allows you to locate your family members at any time on a detailed map and even provides turn-by-turn directions on how to get to their locations. You can also be alerted by text or email when your teenager arrives or leaves a location to ensure you always know they’re safe.
There are lots of other accessories and apps to help you in your travels, but these are the ones I’ve used the most. Now get out there and enjoy your summer!