Travel tech and kid comforts

Travelling with children is rarely easy. Expect the unexpected and cater for every eventuality and you might be halfway to an uneventful trip. We all know to take the usual stuff like spare clothes, entertainment (of any description) snacks and drinks, but I wanted to know what else was out there. I did a search for anything that would make a journey a little more straightforward.

Tablets

As a family we have an a couple of iPads, we’re lucky enough to have an iPad just for our daughter to load up a plethora of apps. Which is great but she can be glued to that thing for far too long if we let her. However as it is set only to allow her to download free apps we often get ‘mummy, i’ve done all the levels, you need to do the next bit’. Which isn’t great if you’re stuck in the middle of slow traffic on the motorway. I’ve always thought the iPad is the best gadget we’ve invested in. In my search this came up. I’d be interested to see if anyone has used it and what they thought of it. It sounds great.

LEAPFROG EPIC TABLET £89.99 SMYTHS TOYS

  • Discover the tablet experience that adapts as your child grows, offering endless possibilities for exploration, learning and play.
  • Features the first-of-its-kind playable homescreen that kids can create!
  • Access LeapFrog educator-approved content and kid-favourite Android apps, such as Fruit Ninja Academy: Maths Master and Doodle Jumpleapfrog-epic-seven-inch-kids-tablet_31576_2
  • Includes 20+ apps: games, LeapSearch kid-safe browser, eBooks, utilities and more!
  • Full-featured 7″ tablet with quad-core processor, Android 4.4 OS, 16GB memory, front and back cameras.
  • Recommended for ages 3 -9yrs
  • Every app is LeapFrog certified to ensure there are no in-app purchases, no harmful third-party ads and only age-appropriate experiences.
  • Just for Me Learning
  • Many LeapFrog games feature Just for Me Learning technology, which personalizes the content, such as adapting curriculum based on right or wrong answers and remembering progress across games, to challenge kids as they grow.

Backpacks

Trunki made their name in the travel market with their famous Trunki ride on. Their pursuit of fun travel gear doesn’t stop there. I came across this. Again if anyone has used this, please feel free to add comments below.

TRUNKI BOOSTAPAK TRAVEL BACKPACK BOOSTER CAR SEAT

£44.99

  • A great solution for sharing lifts and travelling in coaches or taxistrunki_boostapak_img3-_v336781966_
  • Avoid hire charges when travelling abroad by taking BoostApak
  • Hand luggage-approved with plenty of space for toys and games
  • Certified to European Union and United States safety standards
  • Suitable for children between 15 and 36 kg (approx. 4–12 years) **Please note that the law is expected change. Under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.

Cushions

I think my two children are like most other children. Travelling at some point, thankfully equals sleep. But I always look at them and wonder how such an awkward positions could be comfortable.  In an attempt to make it more comfortable, the next road trip we go on I intend to purchase one of these.

MY DOODLES FUN NOVELTY CHILDREN’S CHARACTER COTTON FLEXIBLE HEAD AND NECK SUPPORT COMFORT TRAVEL PILLOW CUSHION – MONKEY 

£9.06 AMAZON91ae0lxnbhl-_sx425_

  • Fun character design
  • Flexible design for neck or head support
  • Cotton-filled for extra comfort
  • Easy to hand wash
  • Designed to keep you company on your adventures, whether you’re exploring at home or outdoors.

Headphones

This piece of travel tech we have used frequently and for us we find it a must have. So you have your tablet and a load of noisy games, music and youtube videos. Most of which you probably go to bed with the theme tune on repeat in your head. Earlier this year we went to Fuerteventura and bought my daughter a pair of headphones. As soon as she had her tablet and headphones she was relaxed and entertained. No bother to anybody else. No arguments with turning the volume up or down. I also imagine these would be great especially if you have a nervous child or children who struggle being around crowds. Please, your input would be appreciated in the comments. It is also worth noting that adult headphones allow volumes potentially dangerous for young ears.

WIRED VOLUME LIMITING KIDS HEADPHONES FOLDABLE OVER EAR HEADPHONES WITH MUSIC SHARE PORT AND DETACHABLE CABLE FOR CHILDREN £14.99 AMAZON

  • Kids Safe Headphones:VOLUME LIMITER at 93DB 71swxh-2hdl-_sx425_
  • Features a SHARING PORT on every set: Connect one side of kiddies headphones to your media device then connect the other side to a second set of wired headphon
    es to allow a daisy chain of kids to all listen at once.
  • Childrens Padded Headphones: The kids headset equipped with high quality polycarbonate headband ,protein leather soft cushioned ear pads and high tenacity eco-friendly plastic outer shell. Adjustable headband to get the right fit for your child.

ID Bands

LOST CHILD! We’ve all had that heart stopping moment in a packed park when your child is out of sight. Thankfully for me it had always been just that – a moment. However I have witnessed distressed parents who have lost a child, frantically looking around for them in tears. In both cases I’m relieved to say both children were found. Whilst travelling children are in unfamiliar surroundings and therefore more likely to get lost. Maybe this little aid could be of some reassurance with younger children.

INFOBAND ID WRISTBAND FOR KIDS, VARIOUS DESIGNS £2.95 AMAZON

  • Cool and unique multi use wristband for children
  • This smart product enables adults to reunite with lost children.
  • Can be used over and over again31cqaddwwzl
  • The text becomes water resistant
  • Buckle makes the Infoband impossible for small children to remove.

Want to go one step further then check out the latest gadgets for tracking your child – 

GPS trackers

They are available in a few forms, primarily watches for young children to wear. 

HEREO21

Is a fun looking childs watch that allows parents to track their children with pinpoint accuracy. The watch features a panic button and its synchronised with an app available on apple and android OS. Not cheap at $199 with three months service included and available from October 2016.

Journals

9781490366913Travelling is great for kids, it broadens their mind and allows them to open their eyes to the world. What great adventures children can have. It all need recording. Firstly as a way of remembering trips. Secondly it can be something for them to do whilst in the car/on the plane/ boat etc. You could simply use a plain scrapbook and fill it with pictures and notes or you could use a journal such as this one on wordery.com.
Specially designed for kids so they can record special trips.

61nhve-7nrl-_sx374_bo1204203200_Or this one on Amazon. Kids can rate each day, write about what they’ve done and seen, paste in tickets, photos and leaflets. Hardcover and suitable for ages 7 – 12.

Camera

Thinking about photos and recording memories. Why not let them have their own camera such as this one. If your kids are anything like mine they’ll love taking photos. 

VTECH KIDIZOOM DUO (£44.99 SMYTHS TOYS).

Suitable from ages 3 – 9 using a microSD card. Durable and fun.

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