5 bits of kit to kick-start an adventure

Fancy going on a family adventure? We’ve got the tech you need to have fun and make great memories.

02 Apr 2019

gadgets for a summer family adventure

Summer is fast approaching! But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all heading off to some sun-kissed location overseas. There’s a real trend for staycations this year – holidays spent in the UK, and excursions not too far from home at all.

If you’re not going abroad this year, you can still have some family fun all through the summer - especially if you’ve got some exciting tech. So make 2019 a year to remember with one of these gadgets designed for adventure.


1. Hit new heights with a drone

Parrot drone

Drones are some of the hottest tech around right now, and your older kids will be the envy of their mates if you take it with you on a trip.

Going on a summer family walk? Once your kids have mastered the art of drone flying, they can use it to take bird’s-eye view photos and videos of your group and explore the surrounding areas. Gardens in full bloom look pretty impressive from above!

Not only are they a fun way for families to spend quality time together outdoors, but drones are a great way to develop hand-eye coordination skills as well. They might even spark a lifelong interest in the science of flight with youngsters.

Things to look out for when getting a drone:

  • Maximum flight time: This is how long the drone can stay in the air for on a single charge
  • Maximum speed: Some drones are capable of speeds of more than 40mph (should you want them to)
  • Image quality: A 4K Ultra HD camera will give you the clearest shots

Make sure you stick to the rules – find out where you can and can’t fly a drone

Look for your perfect drone


2. Make memories with an action camera


Do you and your family love outdoor activities? Whether you’re all keen cyclists or going out for a hike together, you can add to your adventure with an action camera.

The perfect accompaniment to any off-road sport, an action camera allows you to easily capture the most exciting moments of your summer adventure.

You can attach them to helmets, skateboards, surfboards, handlebars, drones and more, for that perfect in-action shot.

Things to look out for:

  • Frame rate: If you're shooting in 4K, look for at least 30fps (frames per second)
  • Waterproofing: You can film underwater and in the rain with a water-resistant action cam
  • Voice control: Some action cams, such as the GoPro Hero, can be controlled using simple voice commands, allowing you to go hands-free

Find your perfect action camera


3. Step it up with an activity tracker

Garmin vivofit Jr 2

Worried that your family will spend even the sunniest months of the year indoors glued to their devices? To encourage them to get out and about, try coaxing them away from the TV with a fitness tracker.

Fitness bands are good motivators, as they gamify being active at the same time as tracking progress. They also come in a range of vibrant designs that will appeal to all ages.

Things to look out for:

  • Battery life: Look for a fitness band that lasts for at least 5 days on a single charge
  • Lightweight design: The wristband should be comfortable, durable and easy to put on and take off
  • Gaming elements: Earn badges and rewards, play games and challenge family and friends

See our full range of activity trackers


4. Soundtrack family trips out with a portable speaker

adventure speaker

Whether you’re heading to a campsite or visiting family across the country, bring the entertainment with you with a portable speaker.

Small and lightweight, battery-powered portable speakers play music from your phone wirelessly. And they’re compact so won’t take up much room in your rucksack.

Things to look out for:

  • Long battery life: Some speakers can play for 15 hours+ on a single charge
  • Outdoor-friendly: Waterproof speakers can be submerged down to 1 metre and are dirt resistant
  • Tough shockproof design: Life outdoors requires a durable speaker

See our full range of portable speakers


5. Keep juiced up with a portable charger

Juice Weekender powerbank

Batteries run out over time, so all this tech will need to be powered up at some point. If you’re out and about, a portable charger tops up the juice in your devices without needing to find a socket. Very handy if you’re miles from civilisation.

Things to look out for:

  • Charge capacity: A battery’s capacity is measured in milliamp hours, or mAh. The more mAh it has, the more powerful it is
  • Weight: If you’ll be carrying it around with you, it needs to be as light as possible
  • USB ports: Want to charge two devices at the same time? Look for a power bank with more than one USB port

Find a portable charger for your travels


Make 2019 your best year yet, with a brand new gadget for a brand new lifestyle