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Best Apps & Tech Tools
The all-time winner has got to be my MacBook Air laptop. Customized, with every available upgrade option, it’s my absolute lifeline for my digital life. Light and yet very powerful, I’ve had countless hours with them on our laps in airports, hotels and everywhere in between. I couldn’t live without it! PS: It’s also the only MacBook that fit in a standard hotel safe!
Need to share some heavy files, photos and documents? Our favorite way to do so is WeTransfer. Free, fast and easy to use for even the most digitally challenged people!
Being digital nomad often on the road and keeping my data secured is challenging at the least. The vault system from LastPass provides peace-of-mind. You only need to remember one MASTER password and the rest of your passwords are protected but can auto-filled when needed, as long as you’ve logged on to LastPass.
On the security front our Pacsafe Venture 25L G11 get gold stars. We each have one and use it as our carry-on for our electronics and toiletries. It has many multiple anti-theft features, such as the hidden eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh embedded into its fabric to helps protect against slash & run theft. It also offers a padded pocket for your computer and devices, we couldn’t imagine traveling without them.
Great WIFI Phone APP that saves us mucho dinero… It’s called FONGO and it’s available when you’ve got WiFi. Call anywhere in over 30 Canadian free-calling areas. Call from ANYWHERE in the world for free! Call your family in Montreal from a resort in Mexico! The best feature of this APP is to be able to receive call to a Canadian local number with a voice mail service.
Travel Blogs I Read and Follow
A little luxury, a little adventure, lots of tales from Sand in My Suitcase by Janice and George Mucalov, lawyers by profession, now travel writers
Exploring the world. Slowly with Nicky & Ian from Above us Only Skies
Barbara Weibel from Hole in the Donut is connecting the world by storytelling.
Follow Kris and Tom’s Travel Past 50
Get feasting on culture with Faith and Allan from XYU and Beyond
Hit the road and go travelling with Kevin and Ruth
Inspirational Books & Videos
- Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring Get to the heart of South America and begin your journey now! Good reference for lodging and general cultural information.
Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring Get all your Central American countries in one guide.
Vagabonding By Rolf Potts. Explains clearly the essence of long term travel. A must read classic.
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.) by Chris Guillebeau. When you are ready to break away from the norm.
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman. The author leaves an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Don’t Go There. It’s Not Safe. You’ll Die: And other more rational advice for overlanding Mexico & Central America by Jared McCaffree. Your complete guide for Overlanding in Mexico and Central America. This book provides detailed and up-to-date information by country. It also includes 11 chapters of information for planning and preparing your trip and 9 chapters on what to expect while driving through Mexico and Central America. Completed by the authors of LifeRemotely.com this is the most comprehensive guide for driving the Pan American yet!
Our Top Overland & Camping Equipment
Our Star product, the amazing ARB Freezer Fridge !! The best purchase we made for our overlanding trip across South and Central America. Because, nothing beats a cold one at the end of the day.
We purchased this ARB Simpson III Tent Annex to use as a privacy room in public campgrounds. Might look intimidating at first but it’s a breeze to put up. Actually Zip in – Zip out in minutes! Packs into a small duffel.
A Packing Cube Set is a great tool to keep luggage organized. Simply categorize items together such as tops, bottoms, undies, and find your stuff in a jiffy.
According to Phil, the ARB Folding Chair is the closest thing to having a sofa on the road. Sit, relax, enjoy!
Hot weather, harsh sun, bald head! Think Tilley Endurables for all your HAT needs!
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Smart Security Products & Features in Redbird our JK Wrangler
- Standard “hotel type” Sentry Laptop Safe bolted to the floor (behind the passenger seat) for laptops, iPad and cameras. We don’t travel light when it comes to electronics.
- Spanish Sticker one every door window stating the car was GPS protected (PDF file for review + Illustrator file if you want to print some)
- A kill switch was installed on the fuel pomp- switch hidden behind the Tuffy glove box, which is a police grade safe. We enable it EVERY time the jeep was turned off.
- 30 Locked Log nuts, 5 on every wheel, with the same ratchet tool for all of them – to ensure our nice wheels were protected 🙂
- Reflecting Sun Visor for front Windshield kept lurkers at bay.
- Extra dark tinted windows (except the front windows to keep it legal in Canada)
SPOT system to keep our family aware of our whereabouts all the time. Worked 90% of the time… SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger by Spot. A better version might be available now.
Frontiersman Bear Spray Maximum Strength – 7.9 oz (30-Foot Range) or 9.2 oz (Industry Maximum 35-Foot Range) by Sabre was always kept in the centre console just in case, we never had to use it.
Bear Grylls Ultimate Serated Knife by Gerber. We always slept with a hunting knife and whistle in our rooftop tent, plus we had the Jeep keys with us to enable the alarm system need be.
125 decibels Sirens (1 under the hood- 1 inside the spare tire) We used those A LOT. They worked great to get attention when trying to get out of traffic jams or backing up of ‘’one-way’’ roads.
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