Depending on how you’re doing it, travel can be either the best experience of your life – or the worst. For some, travel is what enables them to get away on holiday. For others, it’s an essential part of getting to work, school or elsewhere.
But what unites the almost nine million annual visitors to India alone as well as travelers all across the world is a shared understanding that traveling with children runs the risk of causing tension and arguments. That’s why it’s important to make the most of cutting-edge technology to keep the little ones occupied.
1] Entertainment devices
Back in the day, entertainment was something that people could only do in a specific environment, such as the cinema – or, later, at home thanks to the rise of the television and the entertainment center. But now, that’s all changed.
For drivers, investing in a car with headrest screens so that kids in the back can watch films, TV shows and more as you drive could well pay off in the long run thanks to quieter, more relaxed journeys.
And portable devices with entertainment capacities, such as tablet computers, are handy for this purpose. Don’t forget to download the content before leaving the house, however, as cellular coverage may be dodgy on the road.
2] Protect your gadgets
And the risk of accidents is ever-present when traveling: whether the car makes a sharp break or an over-excited child drops a device overboard while on a ferry, accidents can and do happen. Investing in coverage for your valuables is important for this reason, while purchasing covers and cases is also prudent.
3] Games consoles
If like many people involved in the $116 billion gaming industry your children are into gaming, then taking a games console with you on a family trip could be a great idea. If you’re a parent of two or more children, though, you’ll need to make a calculation about whether it’s best to introduce gaming or not.
Gaming can get quite competitive, and the last thing you want is for your kids to start warring with each other in the back of the car! Individual games which can be played without co-operation or teams, then, may be wise.
4] Headphones or earphones
No matter what sort of activities your kids plan to get up to while travelling, it’s definitely a good idea to invest in a pair of headphones or earphones for each of them. That’s because they’re so versatile, and they can help to facilitate other activities.
Say you’re travelling with more than one kid, but each one wants to watch a different movie or TV programme. Having headphones for each means that they don’t have to share a screen, which reduces the risk of arguments – and in turn makes life easier for you.
Or maybe your kids often start the journey feeling excitable but end up crashing out and sleeping. A pair of headphones may be able to block out excess noise and keep them sound asleep.
5] Apps and programmes
If you’re keen for your kids to be entertained while travelling from place to place but you don’t want them to spend hours on end watching movies, meanwhile, judiciously selecting the right apps and programmes for their devices is wise.
There are plenty of apps out there which function as diaries or journals, for example, and allow your kids to keep a note of where they’re going and what fun they’ve got up to that day.
Or if their devices have cameras, a photo-editing function can help them bring to life any snaps they have taken that day. You never know they may well end up with something cool to take in to show their teachers and classmates at school or kindergarten.
Traveling with little ones in tow can be stressful. But by preparing yourself for the journey and making the most of technology, it doesn’t have to be too bad.
Investing in a tablet computer, a headrest screen or a games console are all good options. And remember: by protecting your gadgets, you’ll be able to ensure that your kids don’t sabotage or damage the items.