Shopping for a GPS unit for your next holiday

GPS is a navigation system that provides the geographic location and information about the time without any fault. GPS unit is a very handy system to have in your vehicle when you go out on a holiday. Let us see why.

One of my friends went on a vacation in his car along with his family. During his journey, he was very sure about the way to his holiday resort. But, on the route to the resort, he lost his way and reached somewhere. It was an isolated area. So, there was no one to help him. Even his phone was dead. He struggled and had to spend the whole night with his family in a deserted area without knowing how to go back.

Many people are likely to face similar situations when they go for a holiday. They don’t know the exact route and struggle to find their way to their destination. To solve the problem, I recommend to use a GPS system in their vehicle. There is no need to go for an expensive model if you are just looking for a GPS system that shows the route and map correctly. You can get a reasonably good GPS system without draining your pocket.

This is the best time to buy a GPS system, the competition from the Smartphone industry has resulted in reducing the price of the GPS system. You can get a good standalone cost effective GPS system easily nowadays. Here are some basic things that you should have in your GPS system.

The size of the screen is an important factor in deciding the GPS system. The current standard size is 5 inches but you can get units with lesser size at a lower price. Most GPS systems come up with in-built maps of the United States. If you need additional maps, you can easily download using your PC.  Before you start on your holiday, make sure your maps are updated as the roads keep changing.

Bluetooth calling is another useful feature that needs to be present in your GPS unit. By enabling Bluetooth, you can easily sync your contacts from the Smartphone and make hands-free calls using the GPS system.  All these essential features are generally present in a GPS unit and do not cost you more than $200.

When I decided to buy a GPS unit before we left for our holiday last summer, I checked various models and finally purchased the Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT. I had to shell out less than $150 and got all the necessary features that made my holiday an outing to remember.

Convertible car seats saved me

Buying stuff for babies is a tough job, especially if have been no experience in this. And since things are for the BABIES, and most of the times, things we buy are foreign. People tend to become extra conscious before making any choices. Car seats are one such difficult decision, and in that too, the kind of car seats that one must choose becomes a big question all the time. In my opinion, convertible car seats are a better investment over traditional ones or any other type.

 

 

What are they?

These are the special seats that you can set up in your car to seat an infant or a toddler. They can be used for infants to keep them facing the rear and for the toddlers to face front of the vehicle. They usually come with 5-point harness that is built into the car seat model itself. This holds the baby at a place and ensures safety while driving or on a sudden halt.

 

Why are they better?

Convertible car seats are way safer than other car seats because they remain fixed at a place and hold the baby strongly at one place. So, children are protected in a bumpy ride from the upheavals of uneven roads. Many convertible car seats come with higher rear facing weight limits that helps parents keep their babies rear facing for better protection, up to two years of age. This is one of the major advantages of using a convertible seat.

Moreover, convertible car seats are a long term investment. Children grow really fast and if you start with an infant-only seat then you may probably be forced to replace it within four to six months to match the growing kid’s weight and physique. It is better to shift to the convertible or a bigger one. However, if you buy a convertible seat the very first time, you won’t have to replace the outgrown units frequently and that too until your child is two years old (in most cases) or the seat gets damaged due to overuse. This is because most convertible seats fit babies with around 5 to 40 pounds weight.

This also saves a lot of money because as you are skipping the infant-only seat and directly picking up the next level seat, you save a lot on your budget and time.

Therefore, convertible car seats are always my first recommendations to all those parents who are right now contemplating to buy a new car seat for their kiddo.