Get Ready for Summer with these Tech Essentials

Bringing warm days and sunshine, the Victoria Day long weekend kicks of summer for many parts of the country. With summer come a variety of outdoor activities, many of which are enhanced by technology. Here are a few tech essentials to help you get the best out of your favourite summer activities.

Waterproof Speakers

Music is the perfect accompaniment to summer camping trips and beach days but tech gadgets and water are typically not a great combination. If you like to bring your favourite tunes to the beach or lake with you, I recommend investing in a waterproof speaker. These speakers can withstand splashes and rain and can even be submerged for up to 30 minutes in water up to 1 meter. Basically, they’re a smart investment if you plan to bring your music outdoors or to the beach.


There are a number of water resistant and waterproof speakers out there but I recommend looking for ones that are rated IPX7 waterproof, like the UE Boom 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker or the JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker. As you might’ve guessed these speakers are also Bluetooth capable, so you can connect your phone or other devices wirelessly.


Rugged Phone Cases

Along with investing in a waterproof speaker, I recommend protecting your phone with a rugged phone case. Depending on your needs these cases can provide protection from drops and bumps, water splashes and submersions, and abrasive particles such as sand. When it comes to rugged cases, I recommend brands such as Lifeproof and Otterbox. These brands offer a variety of rugged cases with varying degrees of protection.


For iPhone users the Optrix by Body Glove cases are also a great option. These cases are not only waterproof but can also be accessorized with a variety of lenses to improve your iPhone photography.


Power Banks

Enjoying Canada’s beautiful outdoors often makes for long days, which can pose a challenge when it comes to the battery life of your tech essentials. I rely heavily on my phone not just to stay in touch, but for features like GPS, so it can be extremely inconvenient to have it die in the middle of the day. To prevent this from happening, I keep a power bank on hand. This allows me to give my phone, and other tech essentials, a boost of power.


There are a lot of power banks on the market and most will do the trick but I recommend getting one that has the maximum amount of mAH, or milliamp hours, your budget will allow. Keep in mind that as the mAH increase, so does the weight of the power bank.