You’ve bought a reliable car from a Buy Here Pay Here car lot, you’ve hastily loaded it up with luggage, and you’re on the open road with your kids in the back and your partner by your side. Boredom is setting in. The kids are getting restless and ask, “Are we there yet?” for the 15th time. With each passing minute, your family becomes more and more restless, argumentative, and your concentration is beginning to lapse.
Situations like this can be a big strain but can be easily mitigated thanks to the thousands of fun travel gadgets available in 2019. Here’s a list of some great gadgets that’ll keep your family entertained on those long road trips!
1. Nintendo Switch
With the Switch, Nintendo brings together the portability of handheld electronic gadgets, console gaming, and interactivity in an outstanding portable touchscreen console. The controllers can detach from the sides of the console screen so that two people can together play one of many multiplayer games available. The Switch has been massively popular for making long journeys feel short in 2019 and it is the undisputed portable boredom killer.
2. Kids Travel Trays
Do you have an infant that needs to be kept entertained every waking moment? Travel trays are amazing for traveling infants and toddlers. They’re placed across the child in the seat and can safely harbor toys, drawing pads, books, and anything else you want to throw on there! They come in a wide array of waterproof designs and colors to keep your kids’ attention away from the length of the trip, without making a mess of your vehicle.
3. Kindle Paperwhite E-book Reader
If you love reading and games aren’t your sort of thing when on the road, e-book readers such as the Kindle Paperwhite are a great choice.
Why carry around a bag full of heavy paper books when you can have thousands to choose from all in the palm of your hand? The 300-PPI screen looks like a traditional book page and doesn’t become unreadable in varying light levels. A single battery charge lasts for weeks, and there’s up to 32 gigabytes of space for your books, magazines, and audiobooks.
This affordable gadget makes the hours roll by on a road journey and is well worth the purchase if you’re a book lover.
4. LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate
Combining education with enjoyment is the key to keeping kids occupied when learning. The LeapFrog LeapPad comes with no less than 1,000 educational games focusing on mathematics, reading, science and much more.
The handheld device is child-friendly (it’s aimed at children 3 years or older) and touchscreen, making it easy to use and durable. It’s a better option than an Android tablet or iPad if you are keen on ensuring your kids only play with educational apps.
5. VSSL Compact Adventure Flask
Flasks are nifty things to take on the road with you. They keep your beverages cold or warm for whenever you need hydration.
The VSSL Flask is no traditional flask. This useful gadget has a compass, 300ml flask, and a hidden compartment with two shot glasses and a bottle opener. To top it off, it also has a powerful four-mode LED torch at the end. You can keep your money safe and small playing cards/dice in the hidden compartment too!
6. Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger
There’s nothing worse than the battery of your electronic devices going completely flat while on the road. If you have a number of gadgets all competing for power, then you need a portable charger that can handle the job.
That’s why an Anker PowerCore 26800 is a good choice. This power bank has a huge 26,800-mAh capacity. It has three USB ports, great for when you’re traveling with many people. It also charges itself lightning fast when plugged into a wall socket. It’ll assist in keeping your family entertained on a long road trip by ensuring they always have the juice they need to power their gadgets.
7. Mastermind Remastered by Pressman
The last item feels more traditional than other gadgets. If you’re a big lover of mentally stimulating board games, Mastermind Remastered is an excellent game in the car and out. This code-breaking game modernizes the traditional board game with a sleek design that won’t have the pieces falling everywhere and anywhere. It’s great for older kids too as it teaches the principles of deductive logic and reasoning. It can be played on a table or on your lap too because of its smaller design and easy access piece tray. It doesn’t even need batteries!
Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas for gadgets, tools, and toys that make a long road trip with your family even more fun.
This article was contributed by Mark Daniels with AutoMax, a car dealership in Henderson, North Carolina.