I received a Jabra Extreme2 AE Bluetooth Headset and Pocket Doodle Sketch to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Reposted from August 7, 2014.
2016 is going to be a great summer! We’re vacationing earlier than usual this year, due it it being an incredibly stressful year, with LOTS of changes on the horizon for the kids. And, we will be driving.
This year is unique in that we are going to let the kids go to swim respite, then pack ’em up in the car and drive down to Virginia. We’ve found a Mellow Mushroom to eat just before we arrive and we’ll be packing up epsom salt to detox all that nasty chlorine. Other than that, it’ll be Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and a relaxing swim vacation!
I’m reposting this blog from 2014, because I’m going to need this for those car trips!
Mom and Dad’s Phones
Of course, you’ll need these especially if you don’t have GPS (or your car breaks down), to plot out destinations, bathrooms and the nearest gluten free restaurants. Make sure you have the app, Find Me GF App. It was a hit in locating an AWESOME GF burger joint that was affordable in Manhattan and tracking down last minute food for hungry kiddos after all that traveling. Still love this app and use it everywhere! The key is to make sure the kids don’t get your phone while driving. They’ll suck down all your power and then you’ll be stuck if you need to make an emergency call, get lost or have to track down a bathroom. To solve that, make sure you bring…
Old Phones for the Kids
Assuming your kids don’t have activated phone of their own or you don’t want to bring them on vacation, this is an ideal solution. If you have old phones lying around that no one will take off your hands, that’s perfect. Download games you can play offline, load up movies or music, and make sure the camera function is intact in case you have a junior photographer in your back seat. DO NOT let the kids take your phones!, you’ll need them to navigate.
iPad and/or Portable Gaming System
Yea, we bring these – sometimes. The iPad is excellent to help a nonverbal child with an app like ProLoQuo2Go talk through their needs or to set up a vacation reward system. It’s also good for loading up some movies on a larger yet still portable screen, or if mom needs to get some blogging work done. (In that case, bring your Mac keyboard along too, if you have one). Or try with a highly interactive app, like Hullabaloo’s Pandora app and other apps your kids love! Avoid the music ones or you may want to shoot yourself by the time you get there. Load up a movie too (NOT Chipmunks!)
Easy Low Tech
Sometimes kids DO get tired of games and movies. Obviously, you don’t want to bring a bagful of crafts, pens, or games with parts. (For me, portable games are just an invitation to lose pieces away from home!) Self-contained toys are ideal for car and plane trips. like the a Ohio Art Pocket Doodle Sketch for under $10, so your kids can draw without mess or fuss or extra pieces.
Bluetooth Headset / Spare Car Charger
The Jabra Extreme Bluetooth Headset will help keep you safe on the road so you can remain hands free. It features extreme noise cancellation so you don’t have to turn up the volume that high. A breeze to set up, this headset sits comfortably in your ear. You can also directly download your contacts. They work wonderfully. And the ear connector is separate, so you can use it in either ear. Plus that dual USB car charger means Mom & Dad can simultaneously charge phones while the kiddos are doing their own thing!
And whatever you do, do NOT forget a spare charger – or charging it on the way! If you have one that plugs into your lighter, all the better. Ours is dual recharger – pretty sweet!
Enjoy your vacation and remember to relax on the way… 🙂