10 Best Apps and Gadgets for Keeping Children Entertained While Traveling
You’re packed and ready to load your family in the van to take the 6+ hour drive to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. You’ll be spending a long time in the car and that can lead to shouting matches when the kids get restless. There is nothing more agonizing than a 6-hour car ride with bored kids. Here is a list of the 10 best things to pack for your holiday traveling:
1. MP3 Players
Not everyone has the same taste in music, so let your family create their own playlists and take turns listening. Make sure to include earphones so not everyone has to listen to the music. The Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for Kids are made especially to fit kids 2 years and older without slipping and provide great sound as well as comfort.
2. Educational Gadgets
If you are not comfortable handing over your tablet to your preschooler, opt for something a little more durable and age appropriate. LeapFrog makes a variety of kid-proof educational devices. These include the LeapPad, LeapFrog Tag (reading system) and LeapFrog Explorer.
3. Portable DVD Player
While tablets have the ability to stream movies and play digital copies, a portable DVD player can be attached to the back of the front seat for all of your little eyes to see. Don’t forget your DVD case of movies too.
Your older kids can stay occupied with their own tablets. They can play apps on their iPad or read an Ebook with their Kindle Fire.
5. Charging Station or Car Chargers
Never let your gadgets run out of juice. Make sure to bring all of your car chargers for your electronics. You can invest in a portable charger or opt for a 4-port USB car adaptor if you just don’t have enough plugs for all.
6. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt ($.99 for iPad and iOS)
This app is great for road trips. Similar to I Spy, this app tells you what to look for and keeps track of point the whole ride. Keep your eyes peeled while you search for words and objects.
7. Family Car Games (iOS) and Fun Family Car & Travel Games! (Android for $2)
Packed with tons of games that will entertain everyone in the car.
8. Geography Drive USA ($2.99 for iPad and iOS)
Customize your own car and hit the road with this traveling trivia game packed with 800 important facts.
9. Go Sum (iPad and iOS)
A mathematical Scrabble board everyone will love.
10. Whispersync from Amazon and Audible (Android)
Download audio books (some are free) from your smartphone or listen/read along on your Kindle Fire.
Now you can pick the right gadgets to arm your family against boredom and keep the peace while you travel this holiday season.
– By Jennifer Thayer