Traveling with kids – Must have gadgets and technology 25



We do a fair amount of travelling, last year alone I made three transatlantic trips, 2 with kids, 1 european trip and numerous UK trips, some of which took ALL day!  So I know a little about what technology and gadgets ease the load and make travelling  and being on holiday with kids a lot easier.

Our top gadgets and tech for traveling with kids

Before we even talk about gadgets and tech, we need to discuss charging them.  There is nothing worse then getting somewhere or being mid travel and pow you are out of charge.

Charging Technology

 

Nomad Charge Card and Charge Key

These two small but perfectly formed devices are pretty much permanently on my person.  The Charge Card
(with a micro USB attachment) lives in my purse and the Charge Key (lightening connection) on my keyring.  They have become indispensable and have been used a lot, not just by us, but by friends and colleagues too.  You always need a charger when you are out and never seem to have one.  This is the perfect solution to that.  Even better they are under £20 each.

PortaPow Crystal 4.2A USB Universal Charger

I seriously heart the PortaPow Crystal 4.2A USB Universal Charger (under £15), it can  charge up to 4 tablets, smartphones, satnavs, ebook readers etc at high speed anywhere in the world using universal USB charging sockets.    It has four  individually coloured and shaped status LEDs let you know when a device has finished charging and returned to trickle charge mode.  Even better it comes with interchangeable UK, US, European and Australian shaped plugs clip securely into place for use in almost any country worldwide.  We have two of these and they are totally amazing.

Belkin 4 Port Travel Hub (£6.00)

We use this a lot in the car, it is perfect for connecting to a USB Car Charger (£3.00), which means we can use four things at the same time one of which is my trusty satnav.  Plus is you are travelling with a laptop or device with a usb connection you can use it to charge quadruple your charing ability from that device.

Always take with you camera battery charger or a space battery (sods law means that it will lose charge just when you least want it too!)

Great Gadgets

 

QDOS Q-Bopz Bluetooth Speaker

Both my boys love to relax and go to sleep to an audiobook or to listen to music the QDos allowed us to do this with great quality sound for as little as £20. It was really simple to use and set up and didn’t require constant charging.   It has a really clever suction cup too, so you can stick it pretty much anywhere, even to the back of you decise and use it as a stand.

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Case, Keyboard and Stand for iPad Family

I love my Ipad, it has revolutionised technology for me and I have to say that travelling with the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Case, Keyboard and Stand for iPad Family just takes it to the next level.  I find that I don’t need to take  a laptop with me when I travel.  Yes it is a little heavier that our Pong Ipad case (which we are still using a year after first getting it), but for travel it works really well.  MadDad has the Kensington hardshell case for his Ipad Mini and he uses that when we are travelling too.

Headphones

For both you and the kids.  I think that good quality children headphones with a decibel limiter in are a must when travelling with kids.  However, I have jet to find a pair I feel confident recommending.  We have had different ones and unfortunately the boys have killed them within less than six months.  So perhaps you can suggest a great pair for me!

Safesports ID Bracelets

Both the boys have Safesports Kids ID Bracelets and I think they are ace. We got them before travelling to Florida and neither of them took them off the whole time we were there.  They are like those on trend plastic bands that people were and for the kids version the  information is discreetly imprinted.  They are made from 100% silicone and the data is engraved directly into the wristband.  These survived water parks, roller coasters, fights, sports and children who have eczema! I still use them when we go anywhere as a family where we might be split up. 

But what about the Tech?

 

As for actually tech to take with you, my boys have an Ipod each, which is great and we also travel with the family Ipad (great for movies and TV whilst travelling).  They also tend to take their Nintendo 3DS’ with them too.  For younger children I recommend Leapfrog products and my Best Friend will be taking a Leap Pad with her to Malta in a couple of weeks for her younger children along with the Leap Reader.

Once we get to our destination technology takes a back seat and will often remain unused, but it is great for travelling with and I love that the boys can store audiobooks and music on their Ipods.

Digital cameras are one of our most used pieces of technology when travelling and the boys both have point and shoots and we are currently lusting after a Go Pro after Who’s the Mummy showed us hers.

 What is your must take?

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My boys are nine and nearly eight at the moment and I am aware that this will be a different list for children of other ages and I would love to know what would be on your list?

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25 thoughts on “Traveling with kids – Must have gadgets and technology

  • Michelle

    Wow – that’s a lot of travelling!

    Our must have gadgets are the usual things – ipods/phones/pads, plus the chargers and earbuds. Me personally, I always must have a pad and pen to write things down!

  • mellissa williams

    I am loving the PortaPow especially. It’s a pain when you travel abroad, especially as there are only so many sockets in hotel rooms. I have bookmarked this post and I going to go through each gadget as we love travelling.

  • Mina Joshi

    Wow what a collection gadgets. I always travel with my universal charger so that I can use my laptop or charge my phone. Other than that I travel light where gadgets are concerned but I always take my PG tips and Digestives!!

  • Kate Thompson

    I’m just writing a Blog post on travelling with kids – but those with allergies so focussing on that side of things. For us it would sadly be meds, without which no one would have much fun. Then gadgets!!!

  • Kirsty

    We always travel with the iPad stocked up with some films and lots of CBeebies on iPlayer Download. We also have story CDs and nursery rhyme CDs which are popular for car journeys. We are limited on tech as little is only little but I love your charging ideas x

  • Keri-Anne

    Neither of my children take gadgets with them. My eldest gets awful car sickness so looking down at something or reading etc makes her sick. We have to try and distract her and get her to look out of the window or straight ahead so we play eye spy and other games 🙂

  • Sara-Jayne

    We use the Leappad and the phone for travelling…. Those bracelets sound great though, I’m going to look into those, we’ve used tattoos (removable ones!) before.

  • Globalmouse

    This is a great round-up and my children are around the same ages. As I use my phone for a lot of photographs my must have is like one of yours – an in car charger. I wish phone batteries were better!

  • Charly Dove

    Great post Jen and really useful, I need to ramp up my charging options. Phones never last long enough if you actually use them! iPhone and iPad at the top of the list I think 🙂

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  • Helen @ Witty Hoots

    We tend to have the portable dvd in the car and the teen has his phone. We have in car chargers but must admit we tend to go places where you have no reception so it is a waste of time really!

  • Samantha

    Wow, you would be the envy of my husband with all your gadgets! We have the Belkin but I’m now going to look into the others, it’s always good to have a stash of gift ideas for a gadget lover! Great suggestions for a family who will only sit still with a gadget in hand (mum of two incredibly active young boys!).

  • Samantha

    Wow my husband would be incredibly envious of your gadget collection…must make note for future gifts!! Thanks for the ideas, from a mum of two incredibly active boys who will only sit still if they have a gadget in hand!

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