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The holiday season is fast approaching. This is the time of year that we start making our travel plans and dreading the 5 hour ride with a car of unhappy children. Traveling with children is never easy but with the right items you can survive the madness. I have compiled a list of my favorite products that ease the pain of dragging kids across the country.
The child airplane travel harness is the only FAA approved child flying safety device. It is adjustable and fits nearly all airplane seats. This harness is designed for children 1 year of age and older weighing between 22 and 44 pounds up to 40 inches tall. This harness is similar to a car seat for children. Once the child is strapped into the harness you can rest assure that they are safely buckled into their seat and will not be injured by falling during take off, turbulence or landing. It is also a handy item for parents of children that will not stay in their seat no matter how much you beg them to. This is very handy during a long overnight flight . You can rest without worrying that your young child will leave their seat during the flight.
With the Shrunks Indoor Inflatable Travel Bed you no longer have to cram all of the kids in the bed with you at grandma's house. Deflated, this travel bed is very small making it ideal for travel. Once inflated a standard crib size sheet fits the mattress. It inflates within 30 seconds and includes a pump and repair kits. It has convenient side rails which prevent younger children from falling off of the bed at night. It is designed for children between 30 and 100 pounds which makes it the ideal travel bed for toddlers and big kids.
We all know how fast kids can vanish. One second they are beside us and the next they are no where to be found. Children on the autistic spectrum are known to walk away without realizing the dangers in doing so. The travel wristband is a wonderful product for parents of children with autism and children that are not old enough to memorize contact information. The bands are waterproof which makes them ideal for use while traveling or during outings to the beach or waterpark. These bands are brightly colored to ensure that they catch the attention of anyone trying to assist the child. Contact information is kept inside of the bracelet to protect this information from onlookers. The band is adjustable and can be adjusted to fit children of all ages.
Anything that begins with child proof is my favorite product. My kids, like most, are destructive. This handy case is wonderful for protecting portable DVD players, tablets, e-readers and accessories. It features thick foam padding, RipStop Nylon and internal dividers to provide excellent protection of your devices and accessories for them. It easily mounts to seatbacks for convenient use in planes, trains and automobiles. This protective case helps to prevent damage from accidental drops. You can trust that you IPad will be safe during the long ride to grandma's house.
We have all said it. "Go pee before we leave because we are not stopping" only to hear 10 miles later "I have to go to the bathroom". Occasionally you will run across a dad that actually means it. For those families, there is the Travel John Disposable Urinals. These convenient unisex absorbent pouches are great for those emergencies when dad just won't stop. They are also great for motion sickness. Each pouch is filled with polymer substance that absorbs liquids and turns it into an odorless, spill-proof gel. A handy spill guards is include for ease of use. While I do not suggest attempting to use this product while driving, it can be a very handy item to keep in the car for emergencies in rural areas, late night driving and passengers with sensitive tummies. They are also great to have in carry on bags for little ones whose tummies may not handle turbulence well.
There are many great products available to help ease the stress of traveling long distances. I prefer to leave home right around bedtime so the children will sleep for the majority of the ride and pack lots of DVDs for the times that they wake up. Traveling doesn't have to be miserable. With careful planning it can be wonderful time to make memories that they will remember for the rest of their lives.