It’s the time of year to pack up your troubles, jump in the motor and hit the road for a summer adventure. Make sure you pack some essential gadgetry to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons.
LED car sign £25
Sometimes two fingers just aren’t enough to express oneself on the motorway. Just display this LED sign on your back windscreen and you can choose from a variety of emoticons or simple messages to flash at the car behind. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) you can’t programme your own “special” messages.
TomTom Go 930 £400
As anyone who’s seen Deliverance knows, one wrong turn can get you in a whole heap of trouble. That’s why you need the latest addition to the TomTom family, complete with “advanced lane guidance’ and “IQ routes” all displayed on its lovely 4.3in widescreen.
Nintendo DS Lite £100
Games of travel I-Spy will only serve to take you to the edge of sanity. Pack your portable gaming friend and you’ll be able to train your brain, play Assassin’s Creed, or even just pet your Nintendog. Just don’t let the driver near Mario Kart.
Archos 705 Wi-Fi 80GB £300
The big daddy of the Archos range, this 7in touchscreen beaut will keep back-seat dwellers content for up to five hours on one battery charge and can store up to 100 movies. Best avoid Crash.
Flip Ultra camcorder £90
Whether your trip’s Thelma and Louise or Cheech and Chong, you can capture all your magical moments with this ridiculously easy-to-use camcorder. Record up to 60 mins of footage, pop out the USB stick and transfer straight to PC or Mac. So simple that your pet monkey could use it. Right turn, Clyde.
Belkin Travel Power Adapter £60
There’s no point cramming your motor full of gadgetry for it to then run out of juice halfway down the M1. Make sure that your digital friends and fully fed with this handy cigarette-lighter powered charger. It’ll happily pair with digital cameras, mobile phones, laptops, handheld gaming and loads more.
Griffin Road Trip £60
Free your dilapidated car stereo from the tyranny of the CD player or fuzzy Radio Bumpkin by simply plugging the Road Trip into your cigarette lighter. It’ll automatically hunt down the best FM signal to beam all of your music library straight to the stereo. The Best of the Cars, anyone?