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I'm planning a road trip for next month that will see me roaming some of the wildest parts of Scotland in search of haggis, fine malts, Nessie, and a midge repellent that works. Since this tour will take me to some wild places, I want to make sure that I'm kitted out so I can stay on the grid.
Here's a selection of tech travel accessories I'm taking with me.
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3G mobile wi-fi hotspot modem
It's easy to think that in this day and age all you need to remain connected to the internet is a smartphone or tablet and you're ready to rock. That's true in an area where you can be guaranteed to get good mobile coverage, but I'm heading into an area that has patchy coverage at best. Also, chances are good that the network my iPhone or iPad is on won't be the one I need at a critical moment.
This is why I'm taking with me an unlocked 3G mobile wi-fi hotspot. I've chosen the Huawei E5776s.
Now I could swap SIM cards in my iPhone or iPad, but I have visions of the SIM card tray falling into an air vent in my car, something that would put a crimp in my day.
There's another added advantage of using a 3G modem over a tablet or smartphone. If you're in a poor signal area you can sometimes get better reception by attaching it to a paint roller extension handle and sticking it up in the air, MacGyver style.