Technology: it’s the bane and boon of just about every parent – especially those about to embark on a long road trip or vacation. If you’re packing up for anything from a long weekend to an extended holiday, it can be hard to know what’s worth the extra space in your bag and what’s, well, just more clutter. Here’s a quick peek at some of our favourite technological must-haves to make your family’s vacation season a little less stressful.
1. A Better Baby Seat
It never fails: you’ve (finally!) gotten everyone bundled into the car and are (finally!) headed down the road to grandmother’s house when the baby wakes up in the carrier, begins to cry, and makes the rest of the kids in the back seat fussy. By the time you all arrive at your destination, everyone is cranky and miserable.
This holiday season, avoid the fuss with a whole new take on the baby seat. Check out Evenflo’s Platinum Series seats, for example. It maintains perfect heat distribution, which can lead to a happier baby and an overall quieter trip.
2. Find My Luggage!
Flying the friendly skies seems a whole lot less friendly when the thought of losing your valuables somewhere up in the air becomes a very real possibility. Give yourself a little peace of mind this season with the Trakdot – a personal luggage tracking system. Not only will the system send you a text or email when your luggage has arrived safely, it will even let you know exactly where in the world your stuff is on the off chance that you should get separated from your belongings.
3. Power Up
Nothing bums out a kid (or teenager, or mom, or dad) faster than a dead battery. Many modern cars like the Jeep Cherokee Sport have USB power outlets that can give juice to your devices. But once outside the car, power outlets can be tricky to find, especially around airports and inside trains and cabs. So why not get bring the power to you with Jackery external battery packs and chargers? Available in several sizes, these sleek little battery packs don’t take up much room, but are sure to save you serious headaches.
4. Handheld Gaming
When it comes to handheld game systems, you have a lot to choose from. The PlayStation Vita has garnered a lot of recent buzz, but for the widest variety in gaming, it’s hard to beat Nintendo’s 3DS. With nostalgic favourites like Donkey Kong, Super Mario, and Yoshi’s Island, competitive family games like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart and kid friendly fare that also appeals to grownups like Lego Star Wars, Rock Band, and Animal Crossing, a 3DS may end up being a family gaming system that everyone takes advantage of during your vacation time.
In the end, your vacation is all about taking some time to get away with the ones that matter the most to you. Apps, technology, gadgets and games are all fantastic tools to help you do just that, but it’s up to you to decide which ones are making your life easier, and which ones you’d do best to simply disconnect from.
About The Guest Blogger
Valerie Wright is a geeky girl, and she’s not afraid to admit that apps are her saviour in successfully running busy family life. She enjoys writing for a range of Mommy lifestyle blogs covering all aspects of family life in her articles.