* Travelling with kids is no easy task
* Being prepared and keeping them busy is key
* Keep them occupied on road trips with these hacks
Traveling with children can be tricky no matter your mode of transportation. Whether it is by car or plane, the key is to be prepared, organized, anticipatory and most of all, flexible. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 travel-friendly, specially designed products that will help keep your kids comfortable, occupied and happy for the long haul, minus all the meals, snacks, treats and drinks that will take up the rest of the time.
1. Seat Belt Protector Cushion
One of the first steps when planning for road trips with kids is comfort. As it can be uncomfortable for us to sit in a car for hours on end, it has to be even more annoying for kids, especially in the backseat. One solution is the Seat Belt Protector Cushion. These pads for seatbelts are made for older kids who use a regular seatbelt and are out of a full car seat. Easy to use, this protector cushion is a great way to prevent a sore neck or shoulder, easy to remove and clean with a velcro closure and will comfortably cushion your child’s head when they inevitably fall asleep in the car.
2. Travelling Car Seat Accessory
Car seat? Check. Suitcase? Check. Travelling Toddler? Maybe not yet, but this unique car seat accessory is a safe and comfortable way to travel with your child as this toddler strap allows you to easily attach your car seat to a rolling carry-on suitcase. Now wherever and however you travel, you can quickly connect the car seat to your luggage without having to remove the kids from the seat. Once the accessory is attached, it can be detached and reattached in seconds. The best part is that it works with almost all car seats, slips easily into the pocket of your carry-on when not in use and keeps your toddler safe and comfortable.
3. Car Garbage Can
Another way to make road trips more pleasant is to keep a clean and organized car. The Drive Bin is a versatile container that will help keep your vehicle clean and doubles as a soft cooler for travel snacks and drinks. This garbage can is perfect for road trips, as you tend to collect a ton of junk during a long car ride with kids. As a bonus, the Drive Bin comes with a 20-pack of extra waterproof liner bags that will help keep the car tidy and odor-free.
4. Travel Board Games
An obvious yet invaluable survival tool when on a road trip are games. This Super Set of 12 Board Games are great as they are compact, portable and best of all magnetic so the pieces stay on the board. Games included are Checkers, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Tic Tac Toe, Backgammon, Snakes & Ladders, Solitaire, Nine Men’s Morris, Auto Racing, Ludo, Space Venture and Racing.
5. Backseat Travel Kit
Another great travel accessory for long car rides is the Backseat Travel Kit for Kids by Rand McNally. The bundle includes three activity books which have puzzles, quizzes and games, a 32-page doodle book and two sticker sheets. All are housed in a sturdy case fitted with a magnetic closure with room to store extra writing and drawing utensils and paper.
6. Backseat Car Organizer
With all the games, toys and coloring paraphernalia that you’ll be bringing with you on your road trip, it might be helpful to have a place to store them for easy access. The Car Back Seat Organizer has pockets to store almost everything needed for travel and your daily routine essentials. Declutter your backseat with this insulated neoprene organizer that features thermal pockets to keep your drinks extra cold or hot for 6-8 hours and a clear touchscreen viewer window for tablets.
7. Travel Lap Tray
Another option for stress-free road trips is the travel lap tray. This tray is durable, made of foam and has plastic inserts to create a solid, firm and flat surface for your child to write and play on. Also included is a zipper-protected pocket and expandable storage to hold notebooks, crayons and snacks all within arms reach. The lap tray is durable, wipe-able and machine washable for germ-free cleaning. The tray is also easy to put on and take off, simply wrap and click the adjustable strap around your child’s waist.
8. Kids Headphones
Let your children control their own music and video with these kids-specific headphones. With no splitter needed, these headphones have a shareport on the side so they can connect with another headphone to share any video/music with their friends. Equipped with a volume limited restrictor set to the maximum noise level recommended by auditory health organizations, these headphones are also specially designed with an adjustable headband for small heads, have cushioned earpads and snug pads for a comfortable wearing experience.
9. Drawing Activity Set
This Drawing Stencil Kit is an all-in-one activity set that includes a high-quality storage case, plastic drawing stencils, blank sheets of paper, colored pencils, a sharpener and clips. This is another great activity option for a road trip that can be shared with everyone in the car and includes a lap tray for easy playing. With over 280 individual stencils from animals and flowers to boats and cars, this complete, travel-friendly kit is perfect to take wherever you may go and provides hours of creative fun.
10. Travel Potty Chair
No road trip with children is complete without some conveniences. Consider the Travel Potty Chair an unconventional, yet helpful convenience. Great for long car rides, this travel potty folds easily to briefcase size, uses disposable bags and can be taken anywhere. The chair also comes equipped with two large storage compartments for supplies, and comes with extra zip lock disposable gallon bags.