Other great gear for road trips
Finally, a few goodies for passengers. A tablet’s portability and touch screen make it an ideal travel companion.
Apple iPad, from $329, is powered by its A13 Bionic chip, has a 10.2-inch Retina display, dual cameras for FaceTiming or shooting pics and videos, at least 64 gigabytes (GB) of storage and support for countless apps. Use your fingertip to browse the web, listen to podcasts, play games, swipe through e-books and watch videos. If you prefer Android devices, you can try the Amazon Fire HD 10 ($150) or the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus (around $208).
Pro tip: For streaming video and music services, including Netflix and Spotify, be sure to download media while still at home with Wi-Fi available, so it doesn’t use any data while on the road.
Also consider Apple Arcade, a $4.99 monthly subscription service for access to more than 240 premium games, all with no ads or in-game purchase options.
If cell reception is spotty, a booster can significantly strengthen the signal. SureCall’s products (from $200) work with all North American cell carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, UScellular and Verizon, to increase data, text and voice signals.
The Fusion2Go 3.0 ($400) is a strong solution for rural, suburban and urban areas with an up to 50-decibel gain in amplification. It includes a low-profile external antenna with magnetic mount for the top of the vehicle and has no monthly fees. Some models are designed for RVs, too.