10 Gadgets for Your Next Road Trip

Remember when having GPS in the palm of your hand was novel? Now it's standard equipment for many drivers. See pictures of essential gadgets.
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You already know the downsides of a long trip by car: traffic, road construction and boring hours with nothing but the highway to look at. Any device that can make the journey easier, safer and more entertaining for you and your passengers is going to be well worth the cost. There are many gadgets available today that can help make the journey more pleasant -- even fun.

The key thing to remember is that a road trip doesn't mean going without. Whether it's phone service, your favorite television programs, games, or the full range of information and entertainment available over the Internet, you can have it at all your fingertips while you travel.

Travel gadgets are aimed at making your time on the road easier and more enjoyable, so it's not unusual for people to become completely attached to them. Take global positioning systems. A novelty not too long ago, GPS is now something many drivers can't live without. The latest GPS devices not only give you driving directions, they guide you into the proper lane at intersections and offer updates on weather and traffic. Many new cars come with GPS built in.

These 10 cool gadgets may soon make it onto your must-have list for future highway excursions.