Protect Your Loved Ones: Why GPS Tracking Is Essential For Family Summer Vacations

Eighty-five percent of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year — 5% more than in 2022. However, dreams of traveling to an exotic new location, either at home or abroad, can turn into a nightmare without proper planning. Losing luggage, having items stolen, or getting lost in a remote place are just some of the things that might happen to your family members during your travels. While that sounds alarmist, it’s best to be prepared!

One of the best ways to protect your loved ones this summer is to invest in a GPS tracker, like those made by LandAirSea (LAS). These affordable, compact, and discrete devices track family members and their belongings wherever you travel in the coming months, providing ongoing peace of mind. Learn more about how these products keep your family safe below!

Protect Your Family’s Possessions

GPS trackers receive signals from the Global Positioning System, a collection of 32 satellites that orbit the Earth. That allows GPS trackers to determine the precise location of anything attached to them, such as your family’s belongings.

Say someone in your family has expensive electrical equipment in their suitcase. By placing a GPS tracker in that luggage, you can track the suitcase if it goes missing during a flight or if someone steals it at the airport. Thanks to the Global Positioning System, you can determine the suitcase’s exact location in real time on your computer or a smart device and try to retrieve it.

Now, say a family member has a backpack full of expensive items and they wear it during a day trip on your vacation. If the family member takes the backpack off and wanders away from it, they might never be able to relocate it again — especially if someone steals the bag. If you’d placed a GPS tracker in a pocket in the backpack, you could find its location, again thanks to the Global Positioning System.

As you can see, GPS trackers are vital to protecting your family during your summer vacation. However, LAS devices with Sharespot technology make it even easier to locate missing or stolen items by letting you share real-time location data with law enforcement. You can share this data with the relevant authorities on your trip and retrieve your family member’s items as soon as possible.

Prevent Hotel Theft

Theft and robbery are among the biggest crimes that happen at a hotel. Depending on where you’re staying, your hotel room or Airbnb might not have the same security measures as you do back home, putting your family’s possessions at risk of being stolen.

GPS trackers can solve this problem, and it’s all because of a technology called geofencing. A geofence is a virtual parameter around a real-world location, such as your hotel room. By attaching a GPS tracker to a valuable item in that room, such as a family member’s laptop computer, you can receive notifications on your smartphone if the item leaves its geofence, which suggests theft. You can then track the item on your phone as it moves from its original location to a second destination and, perhaps with the help of hotel staff or law enforcement, quickly recover it.

Another popular geofencing use case is to attach a GPS tracker to a vehicle parked outside your hotel or Airbnb. If the car moves from its original spot, indicating someone has broken into and stolen the vehicle, you can view that vehicle’s location in real time and see where it ends up.

LAS makes it easy to set up a geofence on the Silvercloud app, which syncs data with your devices. You can then customize geofencing alerts for different items connected to LAS’ GPS trackers and protect your loved ones’ belongings. With real-time location insights, you can always stay one step ahead of thieves when on vacation.

Monitor Your Loved Ones

Perhaps you are traveling with young children or elderly or vulnerable loved ones this summer. GPS trackers can help you monitor these family members and prevent them from wandering off, getting lost, or ending up in locations that might jeopardize their health and safety.

Say you take a day trip to a busy city one day. By placing a GPS tracker in an elderly relative’s pocket, with their consent, you can quickly locate them through your computer or smartphone. The best GPS trackers, like those made by LAS, can determine the location of your family members within six inches, making them extremely effective when protecting your loved ones. If they walk off or get lost in a crowded area, you know right where they are.

You can also invest in a GPS tracking unit to safeguard family members in places that might not have cellular or WiFi connections, such as mountainous or wooded areas. If you go on a family hike in a remote location and someone wanders off, you can quickly find that loved one if they have a GPS tracker on them. With LAS, this process can be as easy as opening up the Silvercloud app, identifying your family member’s real-time location, and following the directions on the on-screen map to find them.

Family members can keep a GPS device with them throughout their vacation, including at:

  1. Music festivals
  2. Fishing trips
  3. Outdoor events
  4. Beach trips
  5. Hiking trips
  6. Water activities

Monitor Your Loved One’s Vehicles

Sometimes, family members want to do their own thing during a vacation, such as hiring a car and traveling to a nearby tourist spot. Attaching a GPS tracker to a vehicle used by a loved one on your vacation provides real-time intelligence about their whereabouts and helps you locate them if something goes wrong.

For example, a family member might want to travel to a town or beach many miles from your hotel or Airbnb. By attaching a GPS tracker to their vehicle, you can track their location on your computer or smartphone and make sure they reach their chosen destination safely. If that family member arrives at a different location, it might mean they are lost or are in trouble. However, knowing the exact location of their vehicle means you can find them quickly.

Another way GPS trackers protect your family during a vacation is by generating speed alerts when on the road. If you or a loved one is driving a car, a GPS unit can record the average speed of that vehicle and send speeding alerts to a connected smart device. These alerts tell the driver to slow down, protecting everyone in the vehicle.

How LAS Can Protect Your Loved Ones on Vacation

With 25 years of GPS tracking experience, LAS will keep your family and their belongings safe on your upcoming trip. Our trackers are portable, discrete, and lightweight, helping you keep an eye on your loved ones and their possessions wherever you plan to travel this summer. Here are some of the best GPS trackers for vacations from LAS:

LandAirSea 54

The LandAirSea 54 with Sharespot is waterproof and dustproof, making it a fantastic choice for tracking family members and their valuables in various locations, such as the beach, mountains, and wooded areas. It’s small enough to fit inside the pocket of a loved one, bag, or backpack and attaches to suitcases, vehicles, and other items with its industrial-strength magnets, which come free with this product.

LandAirSea Sync

If you want to improve driver safety or track family members in vehicles during your vacation, the LandAirSea Sync is the perfect accessory. It connects to the OBD II port in a car or RV, meaning it doesn’t need batteries. Use it to ensure your loved ones reach their destinations safely and on time and improve driving practices with speed alerts.

LandAirSea Overdrive

The LandAirSea Overdrive has a battery that lasts up to four times longer than the LandAirSea 54, making it a great choice for long family vacations. It’s also waterproof, dustproof, and small enough to fit inside a pocket or bag. Connect it to larger items like luggage or a vehicle with the provided magnets. Other features include battery alerts, fence alerts, and a dark mode, which makes setting up your GPS device effortless in unlit conditions.

If you’re not sure which LAS product to pick for your vacation, contact us. We’ll help you find the device that best protects your family this summer.

You Deserve a GPS Tracker That Protects Your Family This Summer

GPS tracking is essential for summer family vacations. That’s because the latest GPS-enabled units protect your family’s possessions, prevent hotel theft, and monitor loved ones and their vehicles. Without GPS, it might be impossible to find a vulnerable family member who gets lost in a crowded area or locate stolen items from your hotel room.

Planning your next vacation? Order a GPS tracker today, or email ian.conley@landairsea.com for more info about how LAS can protect your loved ones.