Are we there yet? Technology to make any trip more entertaining and connected is now at our fingertips for packing into any suitcase. Here are my 5 top family travel picks for taking the best gear to go on your journey.
Most entertaining travel partner.
The newest laptop from HP is an engaging entertainment wonder that can make watching 4K videos of a ski trip, jumping into virtual reality and playing games on the go better than ever. Whether you pick the 13 or 15 inch HP Spectre x360, it’s got the latest 8th generation Intel Core processor, 13 hours battery life and fast charge technology. I love the easy access from the fingerprint reader on the side. You’ll love the touch screen that can sense the pressure of a Windows Ink certified pen for accurate writing and drawing. HP Spectre x360 13-inch $1149 and 15-inch $1399.
The superwide selfie smart phone.
Stunningly beautiful detail is what you see in form and on the screen of the new Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact android phone. The 19MP Motion Eye camera has Super slow motion and Predictive Capture which detects action and smiles before you even click. Say see ya’ later to blurry action shots with new Autofocus burst technology. Taking a family selfie has never been easier to fit everyone in the frame with the 120 degree field of view. When playing videos and tuning into music, the Hi-Res Audio built-in stereo speakers sound great. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact in White, silver, black, blue and twilight pink. More here.
More room for vacation photos and video.
My favorite accessory for the iPhone and iPad is also the easiest way to free up storage on Apple devices. The free downloadable Bolt app launches when you plug the Bolt into the lightening port. The Bolt holds up to 32,000 photos and hours of video and can be attached to any keyring. Kingston Bolt Duo in 128GB $119, 64GB $89 and 32GB size $59. More here.
Redefining Pack and Play.
The first 4K streaming stick from Roku is powerful and portable. Plug into the hotel and vacation rental house TV and get access to thousands of free or paid streaming channels (NetFlix, Hulu, HBOGo etc) 500,000 movies and shows. It’s small, sleek and super easy to travel with. Roku Streaming Stick+ $69. More here.
Keeping an eye on your home.
These are so easy to put anywhere in and outside your home to feel safe when you travel knowing these wire-free security cameras will connect you to seeing what’s happening from anywhere in the world you go. The Arlo Pro 2 is higher quality 1080p HD video than the original version. A solar power option makes it simple to place the Arlo Pro 2 anywhere with its weather-resistant design that is compact and now also powered by Alexa. $220 for Arlo 2 add-on cam, $479 Arlo Pro 2 security system with base station and 2 cams.