The Best New Travel Gear and Tech for Kids
Keep your tiny traveler entertained and comfortable with these new travel products perfect for kids on the go.
CozyPhones Kids' Headphones
Thin speakers in this soft, fleece headband keep sounds centered on tiny heads, allowing kids to lie down. Perfect for when earbuds or traditional headphones aren't comfortable, CozyPhones allow parents to limit volume for hearing protection. The fleece band is machine washable and can also be used as a sleep mask. The headband is foldable, and the 52-inch stereo plug is long enough to plug into airplane seat entertainment systems. It's available in several styles including a unicorn, cat, panda, pirate and more.
Buy It: Amazon, $18.97
BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat
Make planes, trains and automobiles that much more comfortable for little ones with the BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat. Suitable for children up to 100 pounds, the seat uses a combination of memory foam and air to create support that remains firm even if punctured. Crash tested to exceed US and European standards, the seat folds down to the size of a water bottle for easy carry-on transport and storage.
Buy It: Amazon, $29.99
MAXCases Extreme iPad KeyCase
If you share your iPad with your child and don’t necessarily want cartoon characters all over its protective case, the MAXCases Extreme KeyCase is for you. The built-in keyboard is water resistant, and the stylus holder is handy for both coloring and creating spreadsheets. The shock-absorbing construction withstands the bumps of traveling and slips from little (and big) hands, and the attached kickstand is perfect for setting up on tray tables.
Buy It: Amazon, $89.95
Kurio Watch 2.0+
Play games, send messages and texts, take photos, track activity, listen to music and set an alarm with the Kurio Watch 2.0+ designed for kids. This Bluetooth-enabled watch connects to other devices (including parents' cell phones) and is splash- and scratch-resistant. Parents can add their child's emergency contact and medical information to the watch, too.
Buy It: Amazon, $49.44
HearthSong Collapsible Folding Desk
Keep art supplies organized and create a child-sized play area with this travel desk that folds up for easy transport. The desktop opens to a storage area, and the rigid sides create a stable platform for drawing, playing and even eating. The desk fits in airplane seats or over car seats and is lightweight enough that little travelers can carry it themselves.
Buy It: Amazon, $15.98
Polaroid Mint Instant-Print Digital Camera
Young photographers can document their trip both digitally and with old-school paper prints with the Polaroid Mint Instant Camera. Capture 16-megapixel digital photos and make paper prints with the built-in printer. The photos can be peeled like a sticker and are ready for posting into travel diaries or sharing with new friends. Several photo modes include black and white and vintage settings. The complete camera and printer weigh just six ounces, and print packets are available in 20-, 30- and 50-print counts.
Buy It: Amazon, $99.99
Rumpl Stuffable Fleece Travel Pillow
Travel pillows can be too big for little heads, and neck pillows don't always work when little ones want to lie down in airplane seats. This Rumpl travel pillow is sized right and soft enough to be used alone or can be stuffed with a jacket or clothes to dial in the perfect thickness and firmness. It's machine washable and can be packed with clothes when traveling to save space. It weighs only a third of a pound, and ripstop nylon and plush polyester fleece stay soft while being tough enough to use trip after trip.
Buy It: Amazon, $25.00
BuddyPhones Wave Wireless Headphones
Cut the cord with these wireless headphones sized just right for kids. Parents can adjust the maximum volume output to protect little ears, and these headphones are foldable, waterproof and have a 24-hour battery life. The adjustable headband is expandable for growth or shared use. Designed to be comfortable for children as little as three years old, the headphones also come with a cable if Bluetooth isn't available or the headphones are low on charge.
Buy It: Amazon, $54.99
Tanoshi 2-in-1 Kids' Computer
This fully functional computer is designed for little laps with a 10.1-inch display that becomes a tablet when removed from the kid-sized keyboard. Parents can set up controls and even screen time via their cell phones. The Tanoshi 2-in-1 Computer comes loaded with educational games designed for children aged six to 12. This machine has enough speed and memory to make a great travel-friendly introduction to computing.
Buy It: Amazon, $189.99
Nintendo Switch condenses the home gaming system into a portable package perfect for planes or any other getaway. Classic games such as Pokémon, Zelda, Super Mario Bros., as well as new releases are available. One or two players each have their own remote and play on a 6.2-inch screen. The unit holds a charge for three to six hours depending on the game, and parental controls allow limiting online interaction. Once at the hotel room or back at home, hook Nintendo Switch up to the TV.
Buy It: Amazon, $299.00