February 19, 2018

Family Road Trips: 6 Gadgets to Help Keep the Peace


Hitting the road with my four kids means bringing as many electronic devices as possible to keep them from asking me when we’re going to get there, telling me that they’re bored and fighting with anyone else in the minivan over use of the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Keeping them busy also makes the time go by more quickly, which will be ideal when we drive from DC to Boston.

So naturally I’ve been on the hunt for the right gadgets and accessories to keep arguments to a minimum in the car, and here are six of my favorite must-haves for any car trip with kids.

Stashcord ($10.95): I’ve never picked up my earbuds and they haven’t been tangled. It’s worse when the same thing happens to my daughters sitting in the backseat of the minivan. So I love Stashcord. It’s a sleeve that you slide onto your earbuds to keep them together and tangle-free. No more trying to untangle earbuds while you’re driving down the highway just to keep the peace in the backseat.

Kidz Gear Headphones ($19.99): The earbuds work for my older girls, but the younger ones hate putting them in their ears, so over the ear headphones are a must. The kids can watch a DVD or listen to music and I can enjoy the silence. Even better, pay $5 more to get the wireless version, which honestly can go a long way toward avoiding fights over cord placement in the car.

Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot ($64.99): We have at least one iPod Touch and one iPad in the house, which is fun in the house, but my kids can’t play most of the games they’ve downloaded on the go, so I suggest that you bring along a mobile hotspot. Pay for the device, then pick a Broadband2Go plan from Virgin Mobile for access to the network. No contract required.

Headphone Splitter ($3.99): If you’ve got two or three kids who want to watch the same movie on a laptop or portable DVD player, then you’ve got to get a headphone splitter. No need to start off a road trip with a big problem because you’ve got three headsets and only two jacks. Get a splitter. They’re cheap and you’ll thank me.

Universal Car Inverter ($29.99): Seriously, don’t leave the house without a power source if you’re planning to bring along iPads, iPod Touches, laptops or portable media players. Most laptops and DVD players have about two to three hours of battery power, and then what? This has three power outlets and a USB outlet, so you can charge up to four devices at once.

Charge Anywhere ($29.99): If you’re on the go and somehow your cell phone or digital camera is low on juice, break out the Charge Anywhere from iGo, which lets you, yes, charge up from anywhere you are. This is great when someone, ahem, forgot to plug in while playing Draw Something.

So, what are some of your must-have gadgets and electronics to have on hand during road trips? Let me know in the comments section below

Photo Credit: macattck

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  1. Great tips! Mine is too young to play with technology (without me watching), but maybe in the future. What about an old fashion book? Although as a kid I always got car sick so that was always a no go. Sleep is the best though!


  2. Tonya @ The Traveling Praters says:

    We can’t go anywhere without gizmos and gadgets. I pack my inverter, laptop & Mi-fi, the kids pack their iPods and of course we always have our smartphones that never leave our sides. The smartphones are nice because they can take the place of many other gadgets. My kids play games, listen to music and read books from theirs.

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