Traveling with kids, whether you’re going to another country or just another neighborhood, can be a harrowing experience, to say the least. From constant requests for snacks to the often-repeated “are we there yet?” and “I’m bored” refrains, keeping your kids safely occupied, tantrum-free, and willing to keep trekking with you can mean some pretty pro-level wrangling on a parent or caretaker’s part. Fortunately, there are plenty of accessories you can bring from home, that can help keep even the most boredom-prone kids happy and entertained throughout the journey — and all that’s left for you to do is get them there.
Indulge your kiddo’s inner filmmaker with a GoPro Hero. This tiny camera can withstand the elements (you can even take it in a pool), it’s great for strapping to moving things, whether that means your dog wears it on their collar or your kiddo tacks it to their helmet while biking, and it’s a whole lot more kid-proof than that vintage Leica they’ve been eyeing. I saw in the Outdoor Empire air rifle buyer’s guide that they outfitted these cameras to a bunch of air rifles and had an air rifle match, the videos the created is so action packed and fluid, it’s a must watch.
Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Kids Edition
Screen time rules tend to change on vacation, so giving your kids a tablet of their own can be a real life-saver, especially when you’re making a long trip from one place to another. Luckily, the Kindle Fire Kids Edition is drop-proof, easy to use, and can be loaded with their favorite movies, shows, and educational games. For older kids, it can also be used as a traditional eReader, making it easy for your kids to complete those summer reading lists, even when you’re on the go.
The Alex Toys Car Valet
A messy car can often feel like a foregone conclusion for parents, but the Alex Toys Car Valet can easily keep your kids entertained and your space clutter-free. This art kit makes it easy to keep art materials, like notebooks, paintbrushes, and markers contained throughout your journey, keeping your kids entertained in the process.
Make education a priority even when you’re on the go by bringing a LeapPad tablet along for your little ones this Labor Day Weekend. Loaded with games that promote literacy, problem solving, creativity, and a love of math, these tablets make learning a whole lot of fun for kids, creating a love of education that may well translate into their lives at school, as well.
An oldie but a goodie, the Etch-a-Sketch is one of those low-tech toys that even kids raised in the digital age can’t get enough of. Not only do Etch-a-Sketches come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making them perfect for travel, they also let your kids express their creativity, play games, and marvel at the wonder of the toy’s magnetic powers without all the flashing lights and loud noises that come along with electronic toys.
Make this Labor Day weekend an enjoyable time for every member of your family by packing smart. With a few of the right accessories for your little ones packed in your luggage or handbag, you can make your Labor Day vacation a breeze for the whole gang.