07.16.2013Personal Tech

The Perfect Technology for a Trip to the Lake

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Ah, a weekend trip to the lake! Kicking back with your family and friends, gathered around a crackling campfire as ashes dwindle off into the night, the sounds of crickets and birds of all sorts in the background and easy thoughts of nothing on your mind other than “life is good today.” The simplicity of nature can capture you for a moment, but as we all know a trip to the lake often comes with its fair share of bumps in the road. Today, there are apps and accessories that allow you to stay in that eased mindset throughout the weekend. Whether your trip to the lake is to fish, boat, camp, grill, or just enjoy nature, you can find a Verizon app and accessory to ease the bumps in the road.

According to Travel and Leisure, the Midwest has some of the best lakes for a weekend vacation – places like the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Here are a few mobile apps and accessories to ensure your weekend at the lake is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

  • No matter what you’re doing outside, waterproofing your smartphone with a protective case, like the LIFEPROOF Waterproof Case, will help protect it from the great outdoors. If you are more of a land mammal, you still might want to consider the OtterBox Defender Series® that encases your iPhone® 5 in the highest quality, toughest protective solution available.
  • Whether on the boat or around the fire, the Beats Pill is a wireless compact speaker that’s small in size but big in sound. The best thing about it is its unique features allow you to throw it in your backpack and quickly take it outdoors anywhere with you.
  • The weather is inevitably unpredictable, but the Verizon My-Cast Weather app for Android allows users to stay ahead of the storms by checking current conditions, forecasts, and predicted storm data from anywhere in the U.S. Priced at $3.99 for standard or free for Lite.
  • For the mountain bikers, hit the road or the mountain trails with the ultimate fitness companion fitted securely on your bike. The MOTOACTV™ Bike Mount attaches to your bike's handlebars for a direct view and easy access to personal fitness information and GPS location.
  • If you are looking to do some fishing on your trip to the lake, use these apps and look like a pro. The Apple iFish app for $5.99 gives you real-time lake reports, weather conditions and best fishing times. Also, Fishing Times Pro for Apple uses several factors such as tides, sun phase, moon phase, time of year and location to help anglers determine the best time to fish in their area. Priced at $1.99, this is a great app to have.
  • If you want to be the most popular person at the lake, the free Bug Spray – Ultrasonic app for Apple is your ticket. Don’t worry if you run out of bug spray, this app sends out high frequency sounds that, while inaudible to the human ear, are excruciatingly loud to pesky bugs.

When it comes to summer, it doesn’t get much better than an enjoyable and relaxing trip to the lake. With the help of these apps and accessories from Verizon, you may find yourself saying “Life is good today.”

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett

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