“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Whether you are are embarking on a journey across the pond, a fun weekend getaway, or a hardcore camping or backpacking trip, traveling brings with it the pure thrill of getting out of your environment and expanding into something new and breathtaking.
Studies show that an increasing amount of people value experiences like travel and events over home ownership and pricey cars. They would rather do things than have things. And the booming travel industry is keeping up with the growing demand for innovative goods to enhance all your travel experiences.
Here are our a few of our favorite must-have picks for all of your wayfaring family members, and a sprinkling of ideas specific to different types of getaways.
“Mom, where’s my charger?” You’ve heard it a hundred times. Why are you the one everyone goes to when their electronics accessory (or anything, really) gets lost? We don’t know, but we can bet that once you implement this storage solution for all those pesky gadgets you are going to be everyone’s hero. Its sturdy, multi-layered design is shockproof and waterproof to keep everything neatly and safely organized.
This bag has ALL the storage. There are places for your mini tablet, cell phone, chargers, adapters, cables, power banks and more. Adjustable padded dividers in the bottom section allow you to customize the bag to your family’s needs. And it comes in 7 colors. We recommend one of the brighter colors, so it stands out from the rest of your gear.
Someone has to take photos of your vacation, and that task often falls to you, Dad. But you can leave the digital camera at home and take award-winning (well maybe not award-winning, but pretty darn good) shots that will awe everyone and make you look like a pro.
This Phone Camera Lens 5 in 1 Kit from Shuttermoon will work with any smartphone to allow you to take crisp, professional looking photos. All you need to do is screw the lens you want to use into the included clip and slip it over your phone’s camera to instantly turn your cell into a high-quality digital camera. The kit comes with five lenses: A macro & wide-angle 2 in 1, a fisheye lens, a telephoto lens, and a circular polarized lens.
This ultra-cool gadget weighs just 3.2 ounces and comes in a sturdy nylon carrying case to keep all the lenses organized. It replaces heavy, clunky cameras for more efficient use of packing space. Of course, everyone in the family is going to want to borrow it, so you may have to be stealthy.
Some babies can sleep through anything, and others are ultra-sensitive to noise. Travel can be a pretty noisy experience if you are only a few months old. Busy airport terminals, theme parks, live entertainment, and other sounds can keep baby from getting solid rest. These tiny yet useful noise canceling headphones are like soft little earmuffs and have a padded headband to ensure a comfortable fit.
There will be no more worrying about damaging babies hearing during your next outdoor festival or live concert. Just pop these on, and your baby will experience instant silence. Customers absolutely love these, and they are highly rated, but just in case you don’t like them, the company offers a full 90-day money back guarantee. Oh, did we mention they come in blue, pink, or purple?
Once you get these kids to play trays, you will wonder how you ever kept the little ones busy without them. These nifty foldable and portable trays work for the backseat, airplanes, high chairs, strollers, or anywhere that requires your child to be sitting. They have mesh pockets for keeping things handy and a cup holder for drinks. The durable surface is ideal for playing with matchbox cars, coloring, and more.
The good people at BO Innovation have been kind enough to include a beautiful set of colored pencils and a coloring book, so this can be used right out of the box. The case that the tray folds in to is roomy enough to hold other items like snacks or books and is lightweight enough for kids to use as a carry-on.
Road Trips are all fun and games until the backseat passengers get hot. You know the drill: The driver and navigator are freezing, so they have to turn down the AC. Then the passengers in the back are sweltering. It’s a constant battle trying to adjust to everyone’s temperature needs. This dual head rear seat fan solves the problem. The 360-degree rotatable design will cool off the backseat in a jiffy. Just plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter, attach it with the included clamps and go.
We wish our parents had purchased one of these when we were younger. It is such a simple solution to a common problem that can make the difference when hot temperatures lead to fiery temperaments. It’s also a great way to ensure that pets and babies who can’t speak up for themselves stay cool and comfortable in the back of the vehicle.
Trying to fit everything into your suitcase for your next flight can be a challenge. Even if you start with a neat and tidy suitcase, one search for the right tee shirt later you have a disorganized pile of clothes. Packing cubes are the latest way to help keep you neat and organized while traveling. The Shacke Pak brand is made from sturdy, water-resistant nylon that has reinforced web stitching and mesh to allow you to see what you have packed. Each bag is 4 inches deep and equipped with a heavy-duty zipper for durability.
Clothes stay fresh and unwrinkled in the cubes, and you can use them however you like. Pack everything for Tuesday in one bag, Wednesday in another, etc. Or you can go the traditional route and pack like items together. Either way, this is going to help tidy up your suitcase and ensure you spend less time looking for things and more time sightseeing.
This is one of the coolest beach accessories we’ve seen. This little portable safe holds medicine, keys, cash, phones, and anything else you want to keep safely stored while at the beach. It is constructed of ABS plastic (one of the strongest plastics in the world) and has a nickel-plated zinc alloy combination lock. A 17-inch adjustable steel cable keeps it securely fastened to your beach chair. It is ideal for the beach but also works great at the pool, resort spa, or attached to your bicycle.
No more shoving our valuables in the toe of our sneakers and covering it all up with a shirt while looking around sheepishly to see if anyone is watching. This portable safe is a perfect solution when your usual hiding spot is just not enough. Relax, you can go swimming now. Your stuff is safe.
These portable LED camping lights are a definite must-have for camping. Lightweight, cool to the touch, and easy to pack, they will provide steady light wherever it is needed. There are three settings: dimmer, bright, and flashing, and a hook at the top allows you to hang them from the top of your tent for illumination. They come in sets of four and take three AAA batteries. Best of all, you can use them right out of the package as E-TRENDS is thoughtful enough to include 12 batteries with your purchase.
Not only are these lights ideal for tent camping, but they are also handy for RVers, backpackers, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. They also can be used around the house for spots that need some extra light such as closets, sheds, or cupboards. One of our favorite uses? They are a nice helping tool for children who are afraid of the dark.
If you’ve ever been on a cruise without one of these, we’ll bet it was the last time you took a voyage without one. An often overlooked but ultra important detail of cruise ships is that only do their cabins feature very few electrical outlets, but any power strip you bring along cannot have a surge protector. This can range from being a minor inconvenience for you or a full-blown family crisis if you happen to be cruising with the rest of your tribe. Its Okay though, the NTONPOWER power strip was made for this. With three outlets, three USB ports, and most importantly, NO surge protector, you can throw one of these into your bag and be on your way.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference when you’re on vacation. This power strip is a real stress reducer if you travel with a lot of electronics. Plus, it has a handy phone stand.
This Fiskars 14 inch hatchet is a small and easy-to-carry choice that is perfect for backpackers. Like all Fiskars axes, it features advanced blade geometry, an ultra-sharp edge, and an indestructible design. It is ideal for chopping kindling and small to medium-sized logs and can handle most camp chores with ease. Its perfect weight distribution and ergonomic grip mean that you can chop more wood in less time without your hands getting too sore.
It’s a tremendous little splitter made in Finland and backed by the Fiskars name. This hatchet weighs just 1.38 pounds and will attach to your pack or belt for easy carrying. Its an essential tool for the woods that will be used for years to come.
Traveling is exciting and nervewracking all at once. You are about to set off on an adventure to see new parts of the world but this adventure comes at a cost. You will not have the comforts of home while you’re on the road. You won’t have your familiar couch at the end of the...