It’s here, everyone: Summer vacations may not look like it used to, but we are ready to bust out of these homes and go out to see the world, or Grandma’s house, or maybe a just little bit of cooler water or shadier trees that are more than a day trip a way. And as happy as we are about making all those family trip memories, we can’t forget that traveling with kids can be a giant hassle too. But if you have the right travel accessories, that hassle does get a little bit smaller.
Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teenagers, you know it’s never going to be as easy as when you were single and carefree. But you also don’t want to stay trapped in your home forever, nor do you have to. From the days when cavewomen learned how to strap babies to their backs, we have been taking kids on trips long and short. And luckily, we have more than handmade baskets and animal hides to help us. Folks have invented travel beds and ride-on suitcases, mobile entertainment devices and compact travel toys, snack packs and cleaning products that turns harried parents into super-moms and dads on the road.
Remember how good it felt the first time you figured out just what to pack in your diaper bag to leave the house for half an hour? (Change of clothing, extra wipes and diapers, and … an extra shirt for you.) You have it in your power to feel that mastery when you pack for family vacation now, too.
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These are some genius travel accessories for kids that will make your vacation so much easier.