Long car trips can be boring for young children and difficult for their parents. Fortunately, technology has made it easy to keep kids occupied on the road. However, knowing which tools to buy can be challenging.
Here's a roundup of some of the best tech to keep your kids occupied (and fun) on your next road trip:
One of the most versatile pieces of travel technology is the tablet, which allows your child to read, watch a movie, or play any number of interactive games. If the media is pre-downloaded, you don't even need a WiFi connection for your kids to watch their favorite movies or read their favorite books. A range of interactive games are also available, many for free, and no internet connection is required.
Long trips are great for listening to music, reading a book out loud or watching a movie, but sometimes not everyone in the car wants to Listen to the same thing. Thank goodness for the headphones. Earbuds aren't always the best choice for kids—they're easy to get misplaced and tangled, and some kids don't like them in their ears. A variety of headphones are available in rainbow colors, some designed specifically for smaller heads and capped at maximum volume so little ears aren't hurt by very loud sounds.
Help your child preserve all the memories of your trip with his or her digital camera. There are plenty of solid options available in a variety of price ranges, and some even do video shooting.
Road Trip Apps
There are a number of free and inexpensive apps out there that offer fun games for the whole family to play, including FunBlast Trivia and Karaoke Anywhere .
If you're getting a printer, here are 36 fun, interactive road trip puzzles, assembled by Discovery Kids. Games range from hidden pictures to scavenger hunt to roadside bingo. Print it out ahead of time, hand out pencils to passengers and enjoy the ride.
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