Sometimes the right gear makes the trip, especially if you're traveling with little ones. Over the past four weeks, we asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to vote for their must-have Family Travel Essential, and the results are in.
The winning essential, the Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas, gets kids interested in a trip both before and during a multi-state road trip. This family-centric atlas by National Geographic includes amusing trivia along with unusual stopping points and wacky roadside attractions.
Runner-up for Best Family Travel Essential, the Life360 app helps mom and dad keep tabs on the whole crew, especially during those times when different family members are doing different things while on vacation.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Travel Essential are as follows:
- Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
- Ride-On Carry-On
- Joovy Hook
- Take 'N' Play Anywhere Magnetic Games
- BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light
- Cash Passport
- Fujifilm Instax Mini
- Kidz Gear Headphones
- Pognae Hipseat
Other nominees in this category included Mad Libs, Trunki Suitcase, Vapur Anti-Bottle, CARES Airplane Safety Harness, YOYO Stroller, Gate Check Bags for Carseat or Stroller, Patagonia Lightweight Travel Courier, Neat Solutions Table Topper, Mom Maps and Postino.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Katie Dillon (La Jolla Mom), Kyle McCarthy (MyFamilyTravels.com) and Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) were chosen for their expertise in the family travel industry.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo