As we continue to shift towards an increasingly digital lifestyle, our dependence on the internet is also growing in proportion to that. We need access to fast internet connections at home for so many reasons now, and those reasons constantly shift from work, communication and entertainment, to education, information and everything in between.
Despite all the criticism that the modern, Wi-Fi-reliant lifestyle receives regularly, everyone recently gained a new appreciation for the world wide web, as well as everything that it makes possible. Therefore, if the thought of traveling without Wi-Fi or even cellular data makes you apprehensive about the quality of such an experience, don’t worry, because we have you covered. Check out the few tips we have for you next. They should be enough to provide you with sufficient entertainment, even when there is no Wi-Fi available.
This ultimate camping packing list for beginners might help you if you’re wondering what to pack for your camping trip.
Turn on the Radio
If you are already on the road and you were not prepared for the absence of internet in advance, your best bet would be to turn on the car’s radio. Tune through a few local channels to note if something interesting is being aired on one of them. At the very least, good music should not be hard to find and it is better entertainment than simply driving or riding along a dull stretch of road.
Load Music onto Your Smartphone
If you do not want to depend on the chance of finding good music over the radio, don’t forget to download a long playlist of your favorite songs for the road. Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and almost every major music streaming application now allows their users to download and play music offline, so this should not be an issue. However, you will only be able to play the downloaded music files offline via the specific app, which is a measure to prevent piracy.
Download Shows and Movies from Netflix
There isn’t a dedicated Netflix app for Macs, which makes it difficult to download content onto your computer directly. That being said, there is a way to easily load your Mac with offline episodes or even entire seasons of your favorite shows from Netflix. If you are wondering how can you download Netflix shows on Mac without breaking the law, just check out the linked page above. The post on Setapp explains why it is perfectly legal to do so, and how any user with a Netflix subscription can download their favorite shows and movies from Netflix legally. It’s a step-by-step guide, so almost anybody can follow the steps mentioned with ease. Once you are done, staying entertained even when the road ahead is long and boring should not be a problem anymore.
Carry Your Nintendo Switch with You
The Nintendo Switch is still going strong as a portable gaming console and there are enough titles available on it to make the Switch a perfect companion for tedious road trips and long flights. There is one crucial detail which must be mentioned here, as that is what allows the Switch to be played without an active internet connection.
In order to play games offline, the games in question must be in cartridge format. Downloaded games may need a net connection to verify the integrity of game files every now and then, but as long as you have a physical copy, offline gaming is fully supported on the Nintendo Switch. You should be able to find highly discounted physical copies of classics such as Super Mario Odyssey, Octopath Traveler, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at your local game store.
Load Your Collection of Unread eBooks, or Pack a Real Book
Most of us usually have a list of unread eBooks on their wish list, and this is a good time to buy and download a few of them onto your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader before leaving. Try to choose books which are somehow related to the outdoor theme to make your reading experience in the sleeping bag at night all the more exciting.
Real books provide a unique experience which is difficult to replicate on an electronic display, and it fits in perfectly with the outdoor theme as well. Pack in a good paperback or two for the trip if that idea appeals to you more. Unfortunately, they do add weight and take up space in your backpack, not to mention the fact that you will need an additional source of light to read books at night while camping.
Try to Enjoy What is On Offer as Much as You Can
All that being said and done, you are going out to enjoy the outdoors, so it’s also important to not forget that. Books, shows and games will still be accessible when you get back home, but whatever is on offer during the outing is exclusive. Therefore, make it a priority to spend the majority of your time swimming, fishing, diving, gliding, camping, hiking and engaging in whatever other outdoor activity is on the itinerary. Use the tips we mentioned for offline entertainment only as a means to fill the gaps in between two such activities. These gaps can at times stretch for far too long to be enjoyable. However, do not let any of it distract you from the outdoor activities that you had originally planned for the trip.
Outdoor adventures are often portrayed in a way where even the mere mentioning of terms such as “Netflix” or “video games” might feel out of place. However, the truth is slightly different, as experienced campers, hikers and trekkers will tell you. Outdoor adventures have their own rewards but there will always be a few dull moments in between all the exciting ones. Now that you know how to, you will be able to make the best out of those few minutes by catching up on your favorite shows, or by reading a few chapters from that book you always wanted to read, but never got around to starting.