6 Techie Toys for Kids That Parents Won’t Want to Travel Without

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Taking a road trip and sitting in the car for hours upon hours can get pretty boring -- especially for young kids. Being strapped into a car seat with nothing to do is never fun, and that's why it's essential to make sure you have plenty of things packed to entertain your little ones while you're traveling from point A to point B.

And of course, the absolute best thing to entertain kids are gadgets that provide plenty of options for passing the time. I learned pretty early on in my son's life that car rides are much more pleasant when there's some sort of electronic involved -- which is probably why we have at least five or six along with us on any given trip. (You gotta have options, people.)

Here are some of the best kid-friendly gadgets to help them pass the time in the car.

1. iPad -- If you have an iPad, then you honestly don't need anything else. Between watching movies & playing games, this thing has definitely saved our sanity on more than one road trip.

2. iPod Touch -- The iPod is definitely the next best thing to the iPad, and it's what we used for our son before we upgraded to the iPad. It still plays movies and offers games, but with a smaller, hand-held screen.

3. Headphones -- Do I really need to explain this one?

4. Leapster/Leap Pad -- The Leapster & Leap Pad is great for small kids who haven't quite mastered using big kid gadgets just yet. And since it offers educational games, they can keep on learning right through the summer.

5. Portable DVD players -- Portable players are pretty much dinosaurs when it comes to movie watching methods, but they will still keep your child entertained.

6. Extra chargers -- No matter what kind of technological device you pack for your kids, make sure to have at least one extra charger on hand in case you leave one at your destination. We've lost many a charger to hotel rooms and relatives' homes, so it's always smart to have a spare.

What are some of your favorite techie toys to bring on a road trip?


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daerc... daerca574

for my oldest, she can't travel without her laptop.  I have to have my smartphone.  And the little one is happy with just his IXL or a DVD.

Roxygurl Roxygurl

Makes me wonder how we all survived road trips back before all of this.

We used to drive 12 hours to visit family at least once a year and we kept ourselves entertained without gadgets.

Aunt_... Aunt_ning

All we take for my nieces and nephews are books, book lights and their ds's and some road games. We have car bingo, spot the liscense plate and play the alphabet game. We turn up the radio and sing, or turn it down and talk. The kids take time reading out loud from the books so we can all enjoy them.  We also just bring a good old fashioned white board, as well as coloring books and crayons.

godde... goddess99

We don't leave the house without the Nintendo DS or laptop.

Bmat Bmat

I don't have electronics for the children.

MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

None really but mine are still young.

count... countrygirlkat

My kids love to take their Leap Pads on road trips.  We just pack lots of extra batteries. 

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

We have all of those plus Nintendo DS's and 3DS's.

nonmember avatar Mom on the run

Well we love to bring D.S and our 15 year old likes to bring his magazines and mp3 player. Our daughter likes her iPod touch and brings a few crafts. But our twins love ther nabi. It's a kid friendly iPad.

elasmimi elasmimi

I pad says it all.

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