We all want little ones to see, feel and participate in travel experiences, but there are times when purchases help keep them happily distracted. The following items meet some of the challenges of keeping tykes occupied while waiting in lounges or during a long flight or car trip. Sometimes, one of more of these objects are useful during dinners that drag on beyond their attention span.
Even tots can wear these animal-faced, super-thin, soft headband earphones with tangle-free braided cords, made by veterans at CozyPhones.
Pack toys, clothes and snacks in the suitcase, let your child climb up, then fasten the safety belt. Kids love the ride and parents have one less item to push. Ride-on luggage —for sale at a variety of price points — is a win-win for parents and for kids.
Headphones for Two
Headphone adaptors let siblings or pals watch the same show together. Sure, you may have to flip a coin to see which item to watch, first, but, then, they may enjoy some togetherness.
Back seat organizers fit automobile seats and car-seat backs. The installation is worthwhile because they store tablets and iPads, wipes, bottles and snacks, conveniently.
Cameras for Kids
Multiple point-and-shoot cameras are easy to use and durable enough for toddlers. Some include an MP3 player, others are waterproof. I avoid those that pander to pink and blue stereotypes (yes, manufacturers are still doing that almost 20 years into the 21st century) and prefer the unisex, blue/green model by Discovery Kids.
A plethora of activity kits — some with bags or trays — lure toddlers to match colors, color and count. Choose practical activities and avoid traveling with multiple minuscule pieces.
Choose the Little Scholar Learning Tablet, a different LeapFrog or another brand tablet device. They each come preloaded with games, videos, books and songs.
Plastic storage bags are indispensable for travel. Though as low-tech as can be, they are perfect for storing toys, activity parts, snacks, wipes, a change of underwear or bathing suitor a “blankie or binky (pacifier).” I used them on sailing trips with my kids and, some years later, as the Ziploc National Spokesperson, I promoted their use for children’s scouts’ to sports’ items.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.