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Recently, my partner and I went on a road trip along the east coast of the United States. On the way, I stopped by while visiting my family and friends. However, I never took a break from work while I was out. I worked in the car during normal hours. The only way I could get rid of this was to have the right road trip technology!

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Some of the technologies in my bag, such as smartphones, laptops, and various cables, were pretty obvious. But I had some items that I didn’t see many people traveling with. Some of them made my trip much easier, and the act of working from the passenger seat.

Below are the road trip techniques I’ve taken through this journey from Connecticut to South Carolina and back again. Hopefully this list will reduce your next long distance stress.

Multiport GaN charger

SlimQ 100W GaN charger on the table.

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My backpack has too much space. Packing all the chargers in every gadget would take up too much space. GaN chargers solve this problem by allowing you to charge all major high-tech products at once. Yes, it includes my laptop!

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Specifically, I used a SlimQ 100W charger ($ 60). It has two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, yet it’s a relatively travel-friendly size. With four ports, you could use one outlet to charge your laptop, smartphone, and headphones at once. You could also keep a bulky laptop charger at home, saving space in your backpack.

GaN chargers aren’t cheap, but they’re already pretty cheap. The SlimQ unit I own may not work, but I’ve reviewed a few others. Elecjet X21 (((($ 38). Shop to find what you like.

Travel size extension cord

Get an NTonPower portable power strip.

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Having a good GaN charger is only half the battle. Finding one open outlet to charge your gear when you go to bed is very easy, but you have to work in an unfamiliar place and the outlet is closed enough for a relatively short USB cable. What if I don’t have one? That’s where extension cords come in handy. NTonPower Portable Power Strip ($ 20) Get the job done while remaining very compact.

The cord is 15 inches long, too short and not convenient, but it doesn’t make the bag too bulky. The fact that it adds some extra plugs and a USB port feels just as good as the multiple color options available such as black, white, and even red.

The only real drawback is that this strip provides zero surge protection. This means that one power spike and gear can be toasted and this long-term use should be avoided. However, it works well to bring the wall outlet closer to a temporary workspace.

PD compliant power bank

CravePlus Pro Power Bank

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GaN chargers and miniature power strips were very helpful when stopped somewhere. But when I was actually in the car, I had no access to the outlet and needed something to refill my gear.

Therefore, a large high-speed power bank with multiple ports is essential for road trip technology. For clarity, the power bank alone is not enough here. Since you need something that can charge your laptop, you need enough speed (usually a minimum of 45W) to support sufficient milliamp-hours (mAh), power supply (PD), and meet your laptop’s speed requirements. Without a competent power bank in these respects, you can’t give your laptop juice on the go!

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Similarly, a power bank requires multiple ports, one of which must be USB-C.There is Many power banks on the market Meet these needs, but I used Crave Plus Pro ($ 100). The Dell XPS 13 is now charged at 45W and has a capacity of 20,000mAh, which is enough to fully charge the laptop and then partially charge it. However, you need to shop and find the one that suits you. Make sure you have enough mAh to fully charge, fast enough to charge your laptop, and have enough left for other gadgets.

Travel laptop desk

A woman sits with a Lamouple Lap Desk on her lap and a Dell laptop on top.

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In the car, you probably need to support your laptop on your lap. This is bad for several reasons. First, laptop fans have a hard time keeping the device cool because the pants block the air flow. Second, your feet get hot for the same reason. Third, looking down on the screen always puts stress on your neck.

A travel laptop desk solves (or at least alleviates) all three of these issues. Lamouple lap desk ($ 34It works well for me because it’s small and simple, and it’s easy to fold and store when not in use.

This desk can be used anywhere, not just in the car. This works for you if you are stuck in a coffee shop and all the tables are occupied. Similarly, if you are stuck on the sofa of a friend’s house while stopped on the road. It helps your productivity and your neck.

Noise canceling headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling headphones against a completely yellow background.

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My partner has driven a lot on this road trip. While she was driving, it was unfair to ask her to turn down her music or turn off podcasts so that I could focus on her work. In addition, the sound of the road can be quite distracting.

I also have a pair Empty ears 1 (((($ 100) Earphones. Obviously, it rarely cancels ambient noise like the XM4, but it’s certainly cheaper.

There are many guides on noise cancellation headphone When EarphonesSo refer to them to find the one that best suits your needs and budget.

Percussive therapy gun

With Theragun Elite in hand

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No matter how much precautions you take to stay comfortable during a road trip, after 6 hours in one place, you will inevitably become cramped and in pain. When you arrive at your destination, you will want to deal with those cramps and pains! However, getting a full body massage at each stop may not be feasible.

Enter the percussive therapy gun. Theragun Elite ($ 399), This is mostly Tesla in this product category. It worked mysteriously on your back and neck and was irreplaceable during this road trip. The battery life is excellent, there are many modes and head options, and there is a convenient travel case.

however, Many competing devices on the market It will save you some cash. Whichever you use, I am very grateful to have brought it.

Road Trip Tech: Other

The above six products are something you may not think of when preparing for your next expedition. However, there are many other things to pack in a bag. Here are some of my favorites, including the gearbag itself.

  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack (((($ 330) — This is my daily carry. It literally fits everything I need for my job and it seems great to do it. It’s very expensive, but today it comes with an almost unprecedented lifetime warranty.
  • Flint retractable lint roller (((($ 10) — If you’re stuck in the car all day long, spilling bread crumbs and the like inevitably becomes a nuisance. This little lint roller is cheap and makes sure it’s okay before you get to your destination.
  • Car phone mount (((($ 24) — This is clearly necessary for almost every car that doesn’t have it, not just road trip technology. Android AutoApple’s CarPlay, etc.
  • Wired earphones (((($ 22) — I don’t want to get stuck in headphones that are out of juice. You also need to be prepared in case you lose or break your flashy headphones. An inexpensive set of USB-C headphones works on both mobile phones and laptops.
  • Phone tripod (((($ 45) — Like headphones, you don’t want to know that your laptop has no power left, so you need to make important zoom calls. Bring a small smartphone tripod so that you can maintain a professional look even if your laptop is out of order.

These are my important road trip tech items. Is there anything you can’t leave home without a long journey? Please let us know in the comments.