I will be honest with you and say we are NOT a tech free family. Even when we are outdoors, our electronics come with us. I don’t apologize for it because they actually help us stay connected and even help us have fun together. I’m partnering with ANKER and Walmart to share gadgets I won’t leave home without. I have been compensated for the links provided.
At a minimum, I always carry a cell phone. I’m not usually talking on it, although I’m told that calling/talking is its primary purpose, but I’m using it for the camera, video, GPS, apps, navigation, etc. Even if I wasn’t a food and travel blogger, I would carry one so I could document where we’ve been, what we’ve eaten, and the fun things we enjoyed while we are out. The same is true for my husband and our 3 children. They each have their own phone or tablet for many of the same reasons. Of course the kids are also using their electronics for music, movies, Pokemon Go, and general entertainment.
When you are traveling with 5 people, space is at a premium for just about everything. Driving can be frustrating when you hear “He’s touching me!” because they are sitting together and are irritable after a lengthy trip. Planes often seat 2-4 in a row and never 5, unless you are flying coach overseas and I haven’t taken that adventure with my kids yet. Getting a table for 4 at a restaurant is also much easier than with 5 or more. We run into the same problem with hotel rooms. But the worst thing when traveling is the lack of outlets to charge electronics. With 5 people and all their electronics, there are never enough outlets. Plus someone ALWAYS forgets to bring a wall charger (that would be me btw).
When you have electronics, you need ways to charge them no matter where you are. In the past, I’ve used ANKER portable power banks and car chargers. You may of heard of ANKER already. Over 10 million people use Anker products, making them America’s leading USB charging brand. Recently they sent me their PowerPort 6 Lite USB Charger to try out. It charges 6 devices at once and only needs one electrical outlet.
This is just my electronics taken on a recent trip. I told you I liked my tech. The rest of the family is going to need another ANKER USB charger.
I really like that this ANKER PowerPort 6 Lite USB Charger uses what they call Power IQ and Voltage Boost to charge electronics quickly. Each port produces 60 watts of power so that means your devices will be charged in less time. For example, it can charge my iPhone up to 2 hours faster than with other chargers. That gets me back to my adventure faster so I can capture more memories.
I wish I had one of these sooner. It has taken my home and hotel rooms from looking like this:
The last thing I never leave home without now is a good tech case.
It is a place to store all my USB charging cords. There is a slot for each cord so I will NEVER forget one again. Over the years, I have contributed greatly to hotels’ charging cord exchange program (leave/forget one and borrow a different one at the front desk). Now I have everything I need for a family adventure and powered devices to document the journey.
I have partnered with ANKER and Walmart. I have been compensated for this article, but all opinions are mine. I only recommend products and services that I have tried personally and love. This is one of them.