5 bits of kit to kick-start an adventure



Trekking, surfing or biking with the family? We have the tech to make your summer adventures memorable…

 

The long summer break gives families the perfect opportunity to get out and explore something new. Do something amazing with these gadgets for outdoor adventures.

Hit new heights with a drone

1. Hit new heights with a drone

Drones are some of the hottest tech around right now, and your teenager will be the envy of their mates if you unveil one of these on holiday. Once they’ve mastered the art of flying, they can use it to take bird’s-eye view photos and videos of your destinations and explore the surrounding areas. It’ll certainly make a change to your usual selfies next to a water feature.

Not only are they a fun way for families to spend quality time together outdoors, drones are a great way to develop hand-eye co-ordination skills and may 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

The perfect accompaniment to any off-road sport, action cameras allow you to easily capture the most exciting moments of an adventure.

You can attach them to helmets, skateboards, surfboards, handlebars, drones and more. Shoot videos while white-water rafting, mountain biking or paragliding.

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 if you need to keep your hands free

Find your perfect action camera

 

3. Step it up with a kids’ activity tracker

Kids' activity tracker

Worried that your kids will spend the entire holidays glued to their devices? According to Internet Matters, 60% of parents are concerned their children don’t have interests outside the web. To encourage them to get out and about, try coaxing them away from the TV with an activity tracker.

Fitness bands are good motivators as they often gamify being active while at the same time tracking progress. They also come in a range of vibrant and stylish designs that appeal to youngsters.

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 your summer with a portable speaker

adventure speaker

Whether you’re camping with the kids in the wilds of Canada or hiking to a remote beach in Wales, bring entertainment with you on your adventure 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 power. If you’re out and about, that can be hard to come by. Try investing in a portable charger to top 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 lighter than a brick
  • 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

 

Find the perfect gadgets for your summer of adventure