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Since my family doesn’t live nearby, I’ve had a lot of experience trekking my kids in the car for family roadtrip fun. By fun, I mean a bored, screaming toddler, a puking baby, and diaper explosions galore. And, you know, all the stress that comes along with family roadtrips. Like traffic, exhaustion, and leg cramps.
There’s got to be a better way, right?
A lot of successful family roadtrip execution relies on planning. If you’re going to be in the car for 2+ hours, you’ll probably need to make a few stops for diaper changes, stretching, food, and potty breaks.
But as far as being in the car goes? There are some truly amazing gadgets and things to bring that will keep you sane on your family roadtrip.
1. Mom’s Besty Luxury Car Back Seat Organizer
If you’re planning a family roadtrip with the littles, you know the importance of keeping your kids occupied in the car. It can make the difference between a happy family roadtrip and the roadtrip from hell. While I wish they gave this product a shorter name, the Mom’s Besty Luxury Car Back Seat Organizer (seriously? Haha) is less than $20 on Amazon and can keep your backseat organized and your kid entertained for hours. Just make sure you charge up the iPad or your other tablet before leaving.
2. Kids Travel Play Tray & Bag
Maybe you don’t want your kid logging a ton of screen time in the car, or perhaps they like to draw or eat on the go. This tray is awesome and it folds up and doubles as a bag for your little’s belongings. Bring some crayons, a coloring book, and some snacks, and you’re good to go. This tray is also under $20 from Amazon.
3. Portable Kid Cot
Don’t add bedbugs to your family roadtrip worries. Bring this foldable, portable Regalo My Cot Portable Bed with you.
4. KidCo Go-Pod
This Go-Pod is literally worth every penny. We live in a small apartment, and I got this for Monster (baby #1) as a space-saving alternative to the exersaucer. I’ve used it for both babies. Brought it on vacation. Take it in the bathroom to contain a little while I shower. The possibilities are endless. It’s really a great investment. Super sturdy. Super easy to clean. And very travel-friendly.
5. Portable High Chair
Um….why did I just find out this exists? (Excuse me while I go buy 2). Have you ever went to a rest stop and wished they had high chairs at the picnic table? Or a restaurant with no high chairs? This is the ultimate solution. Durable. Easy to clean. Relatively inexpensive for a high chair (less than $55? Awesome!)
These are just a few things that will make your next family roadtrip with little babies just a bit easier. Have any other great suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Happy traveling!