As gasoline will be very cheap this summer (well, I think that's the way we'll be looking at it in retrospect), we decided to plan a cross country road trip. My wife has never traveled much, and wants to see the country, so we'll be rolling on wheels for close to a month.
I'm fortunate to have a business which allows me to do most of what I do remotely, by phone and Internet, so all I need to do is pack my computer and a few accessories.. well, that's not quite all..
I'll need to have Internet access as we travel, so earlier I asked for advice on EVDO modems. I already have an inverter, but I bought another just in case. Of course I have both a spare battery and a spare power adapter for my Mac, though with Apple stores almost everywhere now, that's proably less important than it used to be.
We've never owned a GPS, but I bought a Garmin Nuvi 250 for this trip. It's a basic model, no bells and whistles, but more than enough for our needs.. keep me heading in the right direction, find me gas, find me food, a hotel.. that's enough. And of course I have an Atlas and maps.google.com as a backup.
We already owned a digital camera, but have never had a camcorder - the camera can take movies, but it's a little clumsy, so I bought a FlipVideo Ultra: 60 minutes of recording, very small, lightweight, no learning curve, transfer the movies to my computer, erase, start over.. ideal for us on this trip.
Other things: good LED flashlight, road flares, and a few chemical glow sticks.. just in case. Cell phone chargers, battery charger (camera and Flipvideo both use AA's so that helps) - with all these plug in's, it's a good thing our Subaru has three power connectors.
So.. I think we are electronically ready to hit the road. Did I forget anything important?
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