The big family vacation trip this year is a drive down to Southern California, spending three days at Disneyland and 2 days in San Diego. We’re starting off from Seattle, so we have a 2-day drive down, and 2-days driving back. Since we’re your typical high-tech family, we’ll certainly be toting along lots of gadgets and gizmos. Among the three adults and four kids, we’ll have this assortment of hardware with us:
- 4 laptops and 1 netbook
- 5 smartphones
- 3 iPod Touches and 1 Zune HD Media Player
- Portable DVD Player
- Apple iPad
- 4 digital cameras
So for all these gadgets, we’ll also have the associated sync cables and power adapters. Thus, that’s a lot of powered hardware to keep track of and manage! Of course, during the 10 hour drive each day the passengers will no doubt become bored and will want to use their respective electronic devices, so keeping them powered up will be an issue. Our Ford Expedition has only three 12V charger ports, so I stopped by our local Target Store and bought some port splitters which will now give us a total of 6 ports along with 2 extra USB ports. Hopefully, that will be plenty to keep everybody happy. Personally, I want to keep my Palm Pixi smartphone fully charged during the drive, so I’ve got one 12V port dedicated for my lovely Touchstone charger! 🙂
My wife as a EVO Android smartphone on the Sprint Network, so she enabled the Mobile Hotspot feature which will allow multiple devices to connect to it for wireless Internet access. I’m not sure how well it will working while we’re driving down Interstate 5 in the middle-of-nowhere, but we’ll see.
Since we’ll be so “mobile” during this trip, I’ve decided to upload some important documents to Google Docs for online access. Information such as hotel itineraries, Disneyland Park Info, etc. should be accessible from my Pixi’s web browser.
So we’ll see how my high-tech family fares during our big vacation trip for the year. I suspect everything will go well, but we might have a few glitches here and there. No big deal, as our major destination is the Happiest Place on Earth!