5 bits of kit to kick-start an adventure

Fancy shaking up your usual routine? We’ve got the tech you need to make 2019 much more exciting…

20 Dec 2018

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The new year is the perfect time to start a more active lifestyle. Make 2019 memorable with one of these pioneering gadgets designed for adventure.

 

1. Hit new heights with a drone

Hit new heights with a 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 holiday.

Try getting into the habit of going on regular wintry family walks. 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. Snow-covered trees look pretty impressive from above!

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

Things to look out for:

  • 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
  • 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

GoPro

Do you and your family love outdoor activities? Whether you’re all keen cyclists or heading abroad for a snowboarding holiday, 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 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

Fitbit Charge 3

Worried that your family will spend the first few months of the year indoors glued to their devices? To encourage them to get out and about in any weather, try coaxing them away from the TV with an activity 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 designsthat 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 lodge for a winter break, 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 on the road 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.

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

 

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