My significant other and I recently decided to drive from Chicago to Florida to visit our families over the holidays. We thought we'd avoid the hassle of packed airports while exploring the Southeast. But there was one problem with this plan: We both have abysmal senses of direction. I feared that what should be a 20-odd hour drive could stretch into days--or weeks--of missed exits, wrong turns and endless doubling back.
Those fears were somewhat allayed when I had the opportunity to bring the Mio C710 GPS on the trip. The ultra-portable 6-ounce device, which retails for $649, comes preloaded with U.S. and international maps and is equipped to pinpoint where you are, where you're going and how best to get to your final destination.