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Old 05-20-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Indispensable Electronic Devices?

So we're headed out on our maiden voyage this next weekend; Medicine Rocks State Park near Ekalaka, MT, no services save picinic tables, fire rings and outhouse. Aside from the usual paraphenalia (food, water and cutlery) what E-devices do you use?

I'm thinking the Nook, laptop and maybe sneaking the GPS off the boat? Can you use a marine GPS on dry land?

Anything else?
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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iPad It functions as our laptop and E-reader while we travel AND we like it because it's hooked up to AT&T and our cell phones are Verizen...we're almost always connected with one of them.

Have a wonderful time on your maiden voyage!!
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Wink Not electronic but....

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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Don't forget a small 110 VAC inverter, if your Airstream isn't so equipped. You have probably already thought of this; but if not and you don't take one, you won't be able to use anything that runs on 110v (e.g., television, phone charger, etc.).
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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The less electronics I bring with us, the more I relax when we travel. Usually my essentials are a GPS and my Blackberry (which I try and keep turned off as much as possible).
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I don't go to the bathroom without a GPS. But that's just me.
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I do have a gps on the cell phone but I don't know if it works in the boonies, or not.
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Is there any such thing as an indispensable electronic device when camping?
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I vote iPad. I have camped where there is 0 cell phone signal but the camp site had free wifi so I made all my phone calls via Skype or FaceTime. My iPad does everything, even use it as my blood glucose meter.
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My iPad does everything, even use it as my blood glucose meter.
Really? As a diabetic, that fascinates me. Where can I get more details on this?

Answering the question on the thread, though, I believe there is no such thing as an indispensable electronic device for camping. Would anyone on this thread really say, "Sorry, I can't go. I don't have a _____[insert device here]."

I'd say that about my glucose meter, but that has nothing to do with camping, and everything to do with eating, even at home, and so it's not a valid answer to the question at hand.
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Mobile hotspot, I use the Verizon MiFi takes the frustration out of lousy RV park WiFi and when a park has good WiFi we use their signal.

Another vote for the iPad, makes a great e-reader!
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Darn. Might have to break down and buy Momma a new iPad.


I did think of one more gadget we pack along; our ipods & docking station for music.
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I do have a gps on the cell phone but I don't know if it works in the boonies, or not.
The GPS will work wherever it has a view of the satellites- that's about everywhere but canyons and deep valleys. The question is whether your phone GPS app needs a cell connection to retrieve maps or you have a map stored on the phone. So you should be able to make way points and navigate to them, it's a question of whether it will all be plotted on a map.

By the way, life is not worth living without an iPad.
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My iPad does everything, even use it as my blood glucose meter.
Where do you put the blood?!
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