As you pull your family car out of the dealership lot, you may want to consider items that will help keep your kids amused on those long road trips. Here are ten great ideas for keeping the in-car peace on an extended journey.
- Amazon Fire 8
Tablets are ubiquitous and they open up a wealth of portable entertainment options, from movies and music to apps and games. We recommend the Fire 7 or 8 from Amazon as an inexpensive tablet specially made for kids, with their rubber case, built-in parental controls, simple interface, and wealth of content available through FreeTime Unlimited.
- Mattel View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
For generations, we’ve marveled at stereoscopic images through View-Masters, and now your kids can experience a fully interactive 3D scene using the View-Master Virtual Reality glasses. These inexpensive goggles pair with a smartphone for an interactive, educational, exciting travel-themed 3D experience your kids can enjoy when on the road.
- Apple iPad
Our second tablet choice, the 2017 Apple iPad is a first-rate piece of kit that comes with a higher price tag than the Fire 8. With its 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution screen, long battery life and fast processor speed, the iPad makes for a formidable tablet choice for older kids who are able to navigate the interface. Just be sure to pair it with a big, rubbery case for protection.
- Selfiemic Selfie Stick Microphone
The Selfiemic Selfie Stick Microphone is a fun microphone-earphone-and-stick combo that pairs with a smartphone to let your kids make their own music videos – even in the car. Instead of your kids keeping their heads down buried in Facebook or Instagram, the library of available karaoke songs can turn a road trip into an old-school sing-along extravaganza.
- Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo’s range of extra portable DS games consoles tops out with the new Nintendo 3DS XL. The new 3DS XL adds 3D video support and face-tracking 3D gaming to the mix while retaining a relatively low price tag. Aside from the large back catalog of games, the 3DS is great simply for how small and portable it is.
- Philips PD703 Portable DVD Player
Worried all this gadgetry is going to fail halfway along the trip when the Wi-Fi signal drops or you can’t get the Bluetooth headphones to pair? Keep a simple fallback in the car with an inexpensive portable DVD player and a few DVDs from Disney or Pixar. Virtually any portable DVD player will do the job, but the Philips PD703 adds icing to the cake with its built-in games.
- Fuhu Nabi Elev-8
The Fuhu Nabi Elev-8 is one of the top kid-centric tablets on the market. It comes with a wealth of preloaded content for kids that is arguably more educational than the apps they’ll end up playing with on an iPad. The battery will last for over six hours without charging, and the 8-inch screen is surrounded by grippy protective rubber. The screen is a mere 1280 x 800 in resolution and the Elev-8 uses a proprietary charging port instead of micro USB, but it is priced significantly cheaper than adult-focused tablets.
- Sony PlayStation Vita
Though the PlayStation Vita has been around for over five years, it is still perhaps the best portable games console available, thanks to its excellent back catalog of games. Over 1,000 PlayStation games are available to play, and when you’re back home you can use the PS Vita to stream games from your PlayStation 4. It’s more comfortable to hold than a tablet or phone, so if gaming is your kids’ thing, it may be worth the investment to choose a dedicated portable gaming machine like the Vita.
- Verizon GizmoTab
The last tablet on our list, the Verizon GizmoTab is another 8-inch Android tablet aimed at kids. Inside the case, the GizmoTab offers slightly better specs than the Nabi Elev-8 and a better screen, but you’ll need to upgrade the storage capacity as it only comes with 16 GB of internal space. The button placement is a little awkward, but there’s no doubt that the GizmoTab comes with inbuilt apps ready to keep your little ones amused for up to 5 hours at a time.
- Kidz Gear Volume Limit Headphones
Of course, if you’re looking for a nice quiet drive, then you don’t want to have to hear game music blasting out of a tablet for the entire trip. Invest in a set or two of Bluetooth headphones and your kids needn’t even be limited by a cord. Just make sure you remember to charge the headphones ahead of time.
Nice options are Kidz Gear KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones, as they offer high-quality audio, come in seven bright colors, and automatically limit their volume to maintain a safe listening experience.
This guest post is shared by Mark who works in a company of car dealership.