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If you’ve got kids, you know that road trips can be rough, but they are also fun! I remember taking a road trip to Virginia Beach when I was about 12 or 13. We had a Mazda station wagon with no air conditioning. It wasn’t so bad when the car was moving. But put 3 little girls and 2 parents in a 2 hour long traffic jam, and you’ve got problems! Isn’t it funny how these memories stick with us? Of course, I know once we got to the beach we had fun, but that traffic jam sure made an impression.
Times are so different now with all of the technology available to kids for road trips, but they’re still going to get bored. Plus,while some screen time is okay, you don’t want them to have hours and hours of it time do you? I’ve made up a list of some must-haves when you’re road tripping with your kids. Some of the items are for them, and some are for you! Check them out and let me know what you think.
mifold Booster Seat
If you’ve got kids that are out of the car seat stage, but they’re still not big enough to sit without a booster, you’ve got to check out mifold. It is 10x smaller than a regular booster seat, but it is just as safe. It is portable, so your child can fit it in his backpack or you can carry it in your purse. I wish they had had this when my kids were little! It would have been so much easier to switch car seats out from car to car!
mifold is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat, and just as safe. It has been fully safety tested in testing facilities around the world. It is the most advanced, compact and portable booster seat ever invented. It is completely different to all other car seats. The lap belt is designed to be low on the hips and contacting the top of the thighs, which has been shown to be a very safe and effective positioning.
There are still at least 20% of journeys where children do not have a car seat; in carpools, with grandparents or other relatives, in taxis, in rental cars, and more. With mifold there is no more excuse since it is so compact and portable. A child can easily keep one with them all the time and drivers can keep a spare without cluttering their car. A child can be safe no matter whose car they are in.
Watch this video, and you’ll see how handy it is for a road trip!
Little Monsters Car Organizer (Bouncing Bob)
This Car Wrap-to-Go Little Monsters Bouncing Bob is a no brainer for road trips. It straps right to the back of your car seat. It’s handy for wipes, tissues, little toys, snacks and more. No matter what age your kids are, this organizer is a must for a road trip. It even works for teenagers because we know they love taking things in the car! We put tissues, sunglasses, mp3 players, paper, pens, and more in it. I love that it keeps things organized!
Yookidoo Cow Shake Me Rattle
Isn’t this adorable? When one of my nieces was little, she was obsessed with cows. She would have loved this! The Yookidoo Cow “Shake Me” Rattle is perfect a perfect road trip toy for the baby of the family.
- Musical activity rattle is motion activated with music and sounds that will help your baby to develop motor and auditory skills overtime.
- Activity toy features multiple textures, along with colorful sliding beads that will captivate your child, while enhancing tactile and visual stimulation.
- Features an easy to grip handle for your baby, in addition to a Yookidoo ring that enables easy attachment to almost anywhere.
- This musical cow rattle by Yookidoo will be your child’s new, favorite farm friend!
PlayGro Dingly Dangly Clip Clop
You can attach the PlayGro Dingly Dangly Clip Clop right to your baby’s car seat! This way they won’t throw it at anyone…you feel me right? This toy provides hours of fun with its vibrant colors and patterns. It attaches to car seats, so it won’t get lost on the go. Soft and safe, this longtime favorite comes with a new squeaker and rattling feet to stimulate your baby’s motor skills.
Purple Cow Magnetic Travel Magic Word Game
You will receive everything you will need to play Magic Words on the go, the magnetic game pieces, tin case that opens to become the game board and the game rules and instructions printed right on the back of the case so you will never lose them. You can buy this magnetic travel magic word game here. This is fun for readers of all ages!
Precidio Snack in the Box and Drink in the Box
Snack in the Box and Drink in the Box are the coolest containers.
Snack in the Box features two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. It keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don’t eat more than you planned.
Drink in the Box is the world’s only reusable drink box. It won’t squirt or leak, and helps to hydrate your kids without all the sugar and risk of mold, or impact to the environment of a disposable juice boxes.
Snack in the Box and Drink in the Box are BPA and Phthalate free.
These are so great for road trips. Can you even imagine having a leaky juice box in the car? You know how much of a mess they can make! Precidio Drink in the Box takes that mess away since it doesn’t leak or squirt juice all over the place. The Snack in the Box makes it easy to take little crackers and fruit along for the ride.
After Bite and After Bite Kids
Summer is mosquito time. It is bee time! And it is biting bug time in general. My daughter is a mosquito magnet. They love her blood, so when she gets bites she gets BITES! I love that the kid formula is non-stinging with baking soda, aloe and tea tree oil. Those are all tried and true bite relievers. After Bite is a must have for travel involving camping, outdoor activities, beach trips and more. Be sure to take this on your road trips to keep you and your little ones comfortable after bites!
After Bite has provided instant itch relief from bug bites and stings for over 40 years for adults and kids. The pharmacist-preferred, proprietary mix of soothing ingredients acts fast when you need it most so that bites and stings don’t ruin family fun. After Bite Kids is also available with a gentle, non-stinging sensitive cream that is gentle on kids, or perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. Both of these are available at Walmart, CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger, and at afterbite.com.
Scrapes, cuts and burns are bound to happen to at least one of your family during a road trip. Be prepared with CUROXEN. The name CUROXEN (kyur-ox-in) is a blend of cure + oxygen. It is a first aid ointment that is all-natural, organic and over five times more effective at killing germs than any first aid ointment on the market. How do we know? CUROXEN is FDA registered and it has been tested and proven to be 5x more effective at killing bacteria than any natural or synthetic product available today.
Curoxen helps your cuts heal quickly. This is a gel rather than a cream and it comes out of the tube very quickly. Be careful not to get too much!
50 States from Time for Kids
Why you need this book for your road trip
Kids get bored easily! Back in the “old days” when I was a kid, I read all of the time. Well, I still read all of the time, but that’s beside the point. With instant everything, our attention spans are literally shrinking every day. Google it. It is true! With kids who are used to concentrating on something for such a short period of time, 50 states contains just enough information for your child to be entertained and educated about the states you may be driving through. Make up a trivia game ahead of time with questions for your kids to answer along the way!
Your favorite road trip items
What are YOUR must haves when you take a road trip with your kids? I’d love to hear what you take and why you take it with you! What’s your favorite from the list I shared?
Happy Kids, Happy Vacation
We all saw little Princess Charlotte’s travel meltdown and how mommy Kate handled it. Hey, travel is rough on the little royal too!
Recently, Booking.com conducted research across over 18,000 people from 25 countries worldwide, to find out what the top necessities are to keep kids happy on vacation. A lot of what they found corresponds to what I recently posted, so I’m updating this to include their list!
Parents reveal that the two most important things to avoid disaster were to bring travel games and books to occupy their little ones as well as having a first aid kit handy (both 43%). This was followed by:
- Packing emergency snacks (42%)
- Covering kids in bug spray/sunscreen (41%)
- Making sure that they brought familiar comforts, so the space feels like a home away from home (33%)
- Packing key items (e.g. swimsuit/ski gear) separately or at the top of the suitcase (31%)
- Checking out the fastest way to the beach/ski slopes (28%)
- Packing travel adapters and chargers at the top of the suitcase (25%)
- Enrolling kids into a club prior to arrival (12%)
- Renting a stroller (8%)
Be sure to check out all of my items and use this handy list as a guide to traveling with kids.