Staying Connected To Loved Ones From Afar with Panasonic’s HomeTeam App + 3 More Hacks For Long Distance Relationships
Staying connected to loved ones can be agonizing, especially if they’re on the other side of the country (or world.) Over the years I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks to make it seem like we live closer to our families than we actually do. We use many of these during deployment whenever possible, and I’m excited to try the new Panasonic HomeTeam app on our next deployment as well!
Panasonic HomeTeam App + 3 More LDR Hacks
Texting from computer to phone-
If your deployed sailor spends any time at a computer, you can “text” back and forth. Start by looking up the correct email address for your phone carrier, which includes your phone number.
- For example, we have AT&T and the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org (replace the example numbers with your 10 digit phone number)
They can email that address and it will show up on your phone as a text. Reply to that text, and it will go to their inbox. It’s so fun to get a text from my hubs when he’s on the other side of the world!
Quick video chats–
Just saying a quick hi, good morning or good night over video chat to grandparents, friends, or your sailor is a great way to stay in touch. You see their smiling faces and share the love, even if you’re short on time. This can take the pressure off staying connected to loved ones with a long drawn out conversation. Deployment is crazy enough without adding stress!
Send photo post cards-
On our last deployment, hubby deployed when our daughter was two weeks old. I used a post card app to send picture post cards to him so he could keep up with her growth. I’d choose a cute pic and write the message as if she was speaking. He got a kick out of them and also had up-to-date pictures to hang up by his bed or desk.
Panasonic HomeTeam app-
When you’re serious about staying connected to loved ones (aka obsessed like me!), you want find the best and easiest way to do that. Video chatting is great, but I learned how to take communication to the next level with the new Panasonic HomeTeam App.
It’s awesome. Not only can you video chat, but you can play games and read books back and forth, right from the app! Both parties can see and hear the other person, as well as see the book or game on the screen.
Think about how awesome it would be if your sailor could read your child a bedtime story… while they could see each other AND the book on the screen? Or if your middle schooler could get a quick game and chat in with Dad or Mom before heading off to school?
Even adults can get in on the fun! My hubby and I often play games on our phones when we’re waiting in lines or before the food comes in a restaurant. We pass the device back and forth to each other in person but we couldn’t do that when he was gone. Now when he deploys, we can keep our little competitions going with HomeTeam app, each from our own location.
HomeTeam FREE Month Trial
Panasonic is offering a free month trial for HomeTeam app as part of their #HomeTeamforTheHolidays campaign. You can download and register without entering any payment information, which I thought was cool.
And the amazing thing is that since you get a free month, you can download the app now and use it free right through the holidays! That’s what I’m talking about!
Enjoy these hacks and have an awesome week!
***This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Panasonic USA. The opinions and text are all mine.