Thanks to Waynesboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for collaborating on this post. As always, opinions are my own.
Our summer has gotten off to a busy start, and as I look back at my Timehop, I realize that all of our summers generally get off to hectic starts – usually with a long road trip. This summer, our road trips are happening a little later, but we’ve been on a few and I’m rounding up my top car travel accessories for kids – at least my kids.
Last summer we drove from NC to Toronto – with a couple of stops to explore other towns. We were gone 8 days and it was quite the adventure. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and we had to really wing it at some points. I thankfully planned ahead with gadgets, toys and snacks – and we all had a decent time!
Tablets. We have an older iPad and I have a Kindle Fire. I downloaded movies (through Netflix) to the Fire, and made sure there were a few fun games on the iPad so the kids could switch off when needed. (Also, if you have a younger child – or even an older child – and need an iPad case, I’ve been using this one for 6 years and our iPad is still going strong!)
Portable DVD player. Yes, I could have found a Blu-Ray player, but I stuck with a less expensive DVD player and only took a few shorter movies. The one we have has a remote, so the passenger in the front could control the volume and start the movie over again.
All that to say, have you seen the new Dodge Journey? It offers a third row, without being a minivan and they have the option for the entertainment system. It would save me the hassle of having to track down portable dvd players and holders, for sure. Waynesboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has the vehicle in stock and they look incredible.
A holder for the DVD player. I bought this holder, and installed it on the back of the seat (my daughter was still rear-facing) in my husband’s car. A year later, the holder is in my car and attached to my front seat, and we can use it easily. It took some getting used to when installing it, but it’s been a great investment.
Musical books. I discovered these books when my son was young, and we have a collection of them now that my daughter still loves. (So we’ve had some of these for 6+ years!) They’re entertaining, not too loud, and they are books – so they’re encouraging kids to read at a fairly young age. This VTech book is a great one too.
For comfort’s sake, make sure you have your child’s favorite blanket, lovey or animal along for the trip. My kids can take a blanket and one animal and it helps with car naps, and the anxiety of sleeping in a new space (which neither of them is really great at doing.)
I also create a bin of books for both kids, and it sits in between them in the back seat. My son has a game system, and my daughter has a play laptop that we bring along. Whatever entertains them while we’re driving!
I’ve been taking long road trips with my kids since they were born, and I started doing solo road trips when my son was just 2. What tips might you have to add to this list?