Before you jump in a lake, let somebody else test the water for frigid temperatures or piranhas. Same goes for helpful ways to navigate the world of occupying a child. The kid products we like have saved us in some tough pinches. Below you’ll find our recommendations for tactile toys, iPad apps, kids books (through toddler years) and music.
We also have added a section of helpful equipment recommendations that we’ve really come to appreciate after two kids.
What you'll find...
Kid Products and Tactile Toys:
DUPLO blocks – Medium format blocks in the Lego family. Still easy to assemble but much more versitile and they take up less space than Megablocks. Once your child is at the Duplo age (18 mo until ??) they may WANT to bring tons of them, but still just a good handful is fine for travel.
iPad and Andoid Kid Apps:
Paper – a drawing app that is great for kids and adults. The tools within the app help to create really interesting, and sometimes professional looking, images. This is great if you don’t have crayons and real paper in your bag.
Sleep Pillow – perfect offline sound machine to help buffer the noise of a loud hotel room or campsite.
Helpful Equipment We Like:
Summer Infant Support-Me – if you need to bring a high chair and don’t have a collapsible one, this is a great option. It attaches to chairs or is free floating/sits on the floor. Also, if you have a girthy baby, this is a great alternative to the Bumbo.
Trunki Suitcase – this is a great hard case for kids to pack their clothes and toys in. It has wheels and can be ridden. **We replaced the strap on ours with one that’s easier for a child to pull or hold onto when riding.
Kelty Kids Hiking Pack – we would be lost beyond lost without our pack to carry kids in when we’re hiking. It’s adjustable and durable. And comfortable for both kids and adults. Awesome.
Rob Taylor is the founder of 2TravelDads, the original LGBT Family Travel blog. Focusing on ecotourism and education, 2TravelDads inspires LGBT families (and traditional families also) to go beyond their usual getaways and use travel to learn about and be part of a bigger world. “Traveling the globe and giving the kids a broad worldview.”