Comments on: Our Essential Summer Road Trip Packing List Travel. Tech. Family. Fun. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:13:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Charles Kosman Thu, 31 May 2018 21:19:10 +0000 Hi Benjamin, sounds like you have an awesome Canadian roadtrip planned!

In terms of power banks, we never leave home without at least 1 and often have 2 or 3 with us when we travel. In terms of weight to handiness they’re awesome unless you’re hiking into the back country, up a mountain or taking the long path to Machu Picchu where every ounce counts. We have some in varying sizes and power from little emergency lipstick size power chargers (like these) that will give nearly a full recharge up to some huge ones (like these) that can consecutively charge multiple devices at once. We even have a large fold out solar charger (like these) we take with us camping or when we know we’ll be someplace remote for a while.

With kids, and all our work online, having our phones and tablets with us means we need power on a continual basis. We also have a USB LED power light (similar to this) that will run for hours via our power banks as well as many power banks have a built in LED light which can be great while camping as well.

As for the Teppy or our new SkyRoam device that comprises a charger and portable Wifi spot in one, that’s really up to you. They’re great for emergencies and when you just can’t get a signal with your cellphone or when you’re in other countries and don’t want to overpay for a SIM or be overcharged for outrageous roaming fees from your cell provider back home.

The nice part about them is that if you own them, you can activate them per day any day you choose. So, if it’s raining and you want to stream Netflix you can or if your cell provider has no service in a particular area and you really need to be connected then you have that ability. It can get expensive if you keep it going for the entire time you’re gone but if you look at the daily costs versus skipping a Tim Horton’s coffee and a doughnut it’s not a bad deal.

Whether you get one really depends on you and how much you need to stay connected. I’m guessing you and your girlfriend have a cell phone plan currently so you’re likely covered across most of Canada and there’s numerous free Wifi hotspots in every Canadian city. If you were going south of the border or someplace farther I would totally recommend either the Teppy or the SkyRoam as we always travel with one but will leave it to you to decide for your Canada trip.

Either way, get a power bank before you go (they’re handy at home as well!) and enjoy your westward Canadian adventure!

By: Benjamin Wed, 30 May 2018 17:42:51 +0000 Hey Charles and Micki!

My girlfriend and I will be travelling across the Canadian west departing from Hamilton Ontario all the way out west and back in about 5 and a half weeks. I have been doing extensive research and planning and your guys have been a great help! In discovering your blog I can guarantee I will be following you a lot!

As background, we will be taking my Audi A3 hatchback with a cargo roof carrier and rear hitch with bikes. cargo space will not be an issue. My car has navigation built in with dated maps however we have up to date paper maps (which I love!) as well as our mobile devices. What has been resonating with me is the Teppy, it sounds like a great concept for our trip but I cannot justify the spending involved. What are your thoughts on the necessity/investment of a power bank? We will be camping in most places which would be handy for charging devices in our tent. Do you bring one with you in your travels?

By: Izy Berry Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:16:18 +0000 Appreciate the summary at the end! Also, absolutely love audio books too. It’s a good break from listening to music or vice versa lol.

By: Agness of aTukTuk Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:13:25 +0000 This is an awesome packing list, Micki! I’m definitely saving your post!

By: Sophie Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:09:04 +0000 Hi, Micki! Before each trip, I think it is very important for us to plan our safe and comfortable road trip especially preparing car for our trip such as checking basic car features, making sure the tires are in good shape, packing first aid kit, tool-box and emergency numbers.