Road trip tech

The top gadgets you'll need for your next adventure.

So, it’s time to head off on your next road trip. You’ve packed, mapped out an itinerary and are prepared to hit the open road. But before you put your key in the ignition, consider investing in the latest tech and gadgets to make your road trip that little bit easier.


Does anyone actually leave home without one? This is the one gadget everyone in the car will have on the ready. It’s easy to see why with built-in maps, apps for any occasion and information about every destination at your fingertips.

Make sure to check out the top five apps you’ll need to make the most of your next road trip.

Camping fridge

Keeping food and drinks cold for long periods of time is crucial for anyone road tripping around Queensland. Invest in a quality camping fridge that runs off your car battery instead of risking it with ice and an esky.


Make sure you know where you’re going and don’t get lost in the bush. Enter the Hema Navigator HX-1, Australia’s leading GPS for on and off-road travels. The device comes loaded with more than 690,000km of 4WD and off-road tracks as well as 545,000km of outback and dirt roads, plus 40,000 Hema-verified points of interest.

Power inverter

Electricity is a luxury in the bush, so why not take it with you. A power inverter is important if you’re travelling in a campervan or 4WD as it allows you to use the correct electivity voltage to charge and run devices such as your phone, camera and laptop.

LED lights

Let there be light! There is only so much light the sun or your headlights can. Invest in quality LED lights for when you set up camp or need to carry out maintenance on your vehicle in waning sunlight.

Spotify Premium

What road trip would be complete without a killer playlist to set the scene. With Spotify Premium you can download music directly to your phone, which is handy for those times when you’re out of radio range and reception is low.

Spotify also has a range of podcasts, including Your Shout, where RACQ’s Deb Eccleston chats with Queenslander’s whose stories amaze and inspire.

Solar panels

Why not harness some free energy to power your campsite while you’re exploring? There are range of solar panel options available to suit your every need.

Dash cam

Prepare for the best, but plan for the worst. You never know what’s going to happen on a road trip, so make sure you’re covered in the event of an accident and have a dash cam to record footage.

Tile Mate

Packing a spare set of keys is the last thing on your mind before you set off Luckily, you won’t have to worry about misplacing your keys with the Tile Mate Bluetooth Key Finder which can locate your keys anywhere.

The Tile Mate Bluetooth Key Finder is available at JB HI-FI. RACQ members can save 4% on JB HI-FI eGift Cards#.

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