It’s that time of year again to grab a suitcase, toss in the sunscreen, and hit the beach, the slopes, or wherever your spring break travels take you. But it wouldn’t be a vacation without tunes, good food, and pictures and video to remember it by. Here are some of our favorite portable gadgets, adventure tech and more that will help you eek out maximum enjoyment from all your jaunts for under $200.
Sure, you could use a regular old meat thermometer to determine the temperature of your steak, but why spend valuable time and energy poking, prodding, and otherwise molesting that pricey but delicious Wagyu cut when you can have the temperature beamed directly to your iGrill device or even your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch? The iGrill features a thermometer and probe and will alert you when your steak (or whatever) is cooked to perfection from up to 200-feet away thanks to Bluetooth. Since everyone likes their steaks cooked differently, you can monitor two or more items thanks to iGrill’s multi-probe capability. Perhaps best of all, though, is that you don’t have to constantly open and close your barbecue to determine doneness. Instead, sit back, relax, and wait for the beep.
This jacket’s got four times as many pockets as a pool table, offering plenty of room for all your tech gear, including spots for your cell phone, your iPod or iPhone, Kindle, camera, sunglasses, business cards, travel documents, and more. There is even a PadPocket in sizes Medium and larger for your iPad. The soft, mid-weight microfleece is warm enough for the spring slopes or cool nights at the beach. If you are feeling a little stuffy, just remove the sleeves. It also has what Scottevest calls a Personal Area Network that help you manage all your wires, including headphones. With a jacket like this, who needs a carry-on?
USBCell AA Batteries$18 for two
We love these batteries because they are handy, not to mention environmentally friendly. Take them with you on your travels, and plug them into any USB port to draw a charge. This means less space in your pack for spare batteries, the ability to charge off the grid, and far less waste than disposable batteries.
How many times have you lost your camera, not to mention valuable adventure and travel photos, because you’ve dropped your digicam in the river, down the side of a mountain, left it in the snow, or flooded the chassis with sand from a day at the beach? If the answer is more than zero, you need to check out Fujifilm’s new 14-megapixel XP20 digital camera. This rugged model is waterproof to 16.5ft, shockproof to 5ft, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof. For $40 extra, you can upgrade to the XP30 and get GPS and geotagging capabilities.
If you want your tunes at the ready this Spring Break, check out iWatchz’s new Carbon Collection, which turns your iPod Nano into a wrist watch with a simple press, slide, and click. This latest addition to iWatchz lineup sports a sexy matte-black aluminum nanoclipz system and a carbon watchband with stitching available in six colors. The perfect travel companion.