When the whole family is stuck in the car together for an extended period, your holiday can get off to a grumpy start. Kids get bored and irritable easily so whether you are traveling by car, train or plane you need to keep them amused somehow.
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, App — Photo courtesy of Oceanhouse Media
Get a Tablet
The most popular choice on the market is the iPad from Apple but you can find cheaper alternatives that will do the job just as well. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is worth considering. With a tablet you can set your kids up with movies or games. The touch screen interface is easy and intuitive to use, even for young kids, and you’ll be impressed at the wide range of apps and games specifically for children. Options like Dr. Seuss I Can Read With My Eyes Shut are entertaining, educational and interactive.
If you do get a tablet, then you should also consider a protective case or stand. The Griffin Cinemaseat is a handy and reasonably priced option that allows you to use your iPad as a cinema screen for the car. It’s perfect for keeping the kids amused in the back.
Use Your Smartphone
You probably already have a smartphone, so why not check out the available apps or games for kids in the app store? If you have an older model that you don’t use anymore, then you might consider turning it into a kid’s TV or gaming device. You can preload it with suitable games or video files and then disable the network and Wi-Fi connections.
Some apps aimed at younger kids will actually lock down the functionality of the device so there’s no risk of your children accessing something they shouldn’t or making a call.
A tablet or smartphone is definitely the best tech gear for families on the road. When the kids drop off, you can use them yourself and since they boast so many features, they offer great value for money.