10 Tech Gadgets to Take on a Road Trip with Kids
Electronics You Shouldn’t Travel Without
Taking a road trip with kids is no easy feat. They get antsy and restless pretty quickly, making your job of getting your family to their destination harder. Keeping children occupied on a road trip is easy if you stock up on tech gadgets the kids will love. Don’t know what to buy? Don’t fret, I’ve picked out the top 10 tech gadgets that you can’t travel without during a road trip with kids.
Top 10 Tech Gadgets to Take on a Road Trip with Kids
1. Leapster 2
Leapster 2, a handheld video game system made by Leap Frog, is an essential tech gadget for a road trip with kids. You can buy games with all the kids favorite cartoon characters to keep them occupied. But that’s not the best part. All the games for Leapster 2 are educational, making learning fun for your child. Leapster 2 is perfect for long car rides. This is guaranteed to be a favorite with your child, so bring extra batteries.
2. Tag Reading System
A child needs some good books to read for a long road trip. The Tag Reading System, also made by Leap Frog, is specially designed books that respond to the Tag pen. The Tag pen will read the book to your child, or assist them with reading by helping with specific words. All your child has to do is touch the pen to the word. This interactive reading system also has mini-games built in that test your child’s comprehension. This tech gadget will read for you on a long road trip with your kids.
3. iPod Touch
Thinking that an iPod Touch is too expensive to buy for a child? I agree. I would, however, suggest getting an iPod Touch for yourself. Not only will you have a place to store music for you and your child, you can also download kids games and apps so that your child can play with it during a road trip. My son is only 5 years old and can operate a few games for the iPod Touch. It’s a rare treat for him and keeps him well occupied on car rides.
4. Sony DVP-FX930 Portable DVD Player
You can’t take a road trip with kids without a portable DVD player. With a 9 inch swivel screen and long battery life, this Sony portable DVD player is perfect for traveling. Pack up all their favorite movies and hit the road.
5. Nintendo DS
What kid doesn’t want to play with a Nintendo DS? This handheld game system is great for road trips with kids. It’s portable and has tons of fun and popular games to play.
6. Playstation PSP
Great for playing games and watching movies, Playstation’s PSP is another great handheld game system that makes a great tech gadget for a road trip.
Again, not suggesting that you buy an iPad for your child. If you get an iPad for yourself, look into the many great iPad apps that are designed for children. They are sure to stay busy for hours with the large display and awesome screen resolution. If your child can read on their own check the iBookstore for some books that your child can read during the trip.
8. Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera
Let out your child’s creativity. Bring along a Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera and let them get in touch with their inner photographer for your next road trip. This awesome tech gadget is easy for kids to operate with only a few simple buttons. They’ll have fun getting snapshots of their favorite things about the trip.
9. Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera
Can’t have a digital camera for the kids without having one for you. A road trip with kids is a breeding ground for embarrassing drooling pictures. Don’t miss the opportunity to snap pics of your kids passed out in the back seat. Sony Cyber-shot has many great features, including a smile button that will only take the picture when everyone is smiling. For excellent picture clarity and easy to use functions, try out this digital camera.
10. Discovery Kids Teach/Talk Activity Toy Laptop
Kids love to feel like grown-ups. Your child will be excited to have a laptop of their very own. A toy laptop is a good tech gadget to take on a road trip with kids.
Tech gadgets are great and helpful, but kids will need other stimuli also. Pack some old fashioned crayons and color books, action figures or barbie dolls and some of your child’s favorite toys. Preparation can make any road trip with kids a breeze.