Are travel plans in your future? A little organization and planning can go a long way to improving your enjoyment (and sanity) when it comes to travel.
Ever experienced these travel challenges?
- Can’t find what you need in a messy suitcase
- Unexpected stress from oversleeping or bags over weight limit
- Lack of comfortable and safe pet carrier
- Fear of leaving items behind in your hotel room
- Stuff strewn everywhere with kids in back seat
- Difficulty sleeping comfortably on a plane or in a car
- Not being prepared for car breakdown
- Bored kids on long trips
Look no further, we have solutions. Whether you are packing the kids up for a weekend at Grandma’s or planning an epic family vacation, smart travel gear, easy-to-use accessories and organizers can make packing and traveling a breeze, or at least a little less stressful.
Here are a few of our favorite finds for family travel gear, gadgets, and accessories to make your next family trip a smooth one.
By the way, we enjoy travel too. This post contains links to products we love. If you chose to purchase them, it does not increase the cost to you, but we may receive a small commission in return.
PACK IT UP
Packing Cubes with Laundry Bag
You aren’t doing packing right until you’ve used packing cubes. ZOMAKE’s set of four packing cubes make packing and keeping things organized a breeze. The cubes can be stored in a suitcase, a tote, or even in the trunk of your car. Four sizes can be used for your different packing purposes or family members.
Portable Shoe Travel Totes
Keep the clothes in your suitcase clean with these shoe travel totes. (And they’re so cute!) These 13.2″ x 7.8″ water-resistant dust-proof, portable shoe travel bags by ZMart fit up to a size 9 women shoes. The set of five consists of five bags: blue, burgundy, red, navy with daisy and pink smiling face prints.
Space Saver Travel Bags with FREE Hand-Pump
Stop sitting on your bag to squish it all in. These unique double-zip seal and triple-seal turbo valve of Vanled’s space saver travel bags are designed to get every ounce of air OUT of the bag! Other storage bags let air back in defeating the purpose. Made of anti-microbial materials so you won’t have to worry about the long-term effects of storage. FREE travel pump included.
Travel Alarm Clock
This travel alarm clock by Symple Stuff has a loud alarm with a snooze function and a button-activated backlight that provides maximum illumination. It also includes both 12 or 24-hour display formats and indoor temperatures in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Precision Digital Luggage Scale
There’s nothing worse that getting to the baggage counter and finding out you’re over the allowable weight. Never again wonder if your bag is too heavy for airline limits. Etekcity’s digital hanging luggage scale allows you to weigh your bags before you get to the airport. The luggage scale has a weight capacity of up to 100 pounds and no setup is necessary. Simply hook your baggage onto the durable steel hook and the scale will display results within seconds.
Travel Pet Carrier
Don’t even think of leaving Fido at home! Your pet is part of your family so transport them in something comfortable, convenient and safe when you travel. This compact nylon pet carrier by Snoozer Pet Products converts into a backpack, car seat, and pet bed, and can be used in a car or airplane. The carrier has a soft-sided frame structure, ventilation windows, a side pocket where you can store pet food and other pet accessories, a carry handle, and wheels at the bottom. The interior strap connects to your pet’s collar to prevent them from jumping out. The carrier is collapsible and is available in multiple colors.
Travel Passport and Document Organizer
Where did I put that???? You won’t say that anymore when you fit all of your family’s travel documents in one place. This travel passport and document organizer holds up to 6 passports, 4-8 credit cards, ID cards/driver’s licenses, boarding passes, a pen, keys, any size phone, etc. This unique organizer by Valante has a removable wristlet and crossbody straps allowing you to choose the desired type of wearing and usage.
Tame the cords!
Secure your charging cords, headphones, phone, mini tablet and more with SUKEQ’s electronics organizer. This strong, durable and waterproof bag is available in purple, black, sky blue, navy, gray and red.
Toiletry Travel Bag
Hotels never give you enough space on the counter to organize your accessories, cosmetics, personal items, shampoo, body wash, etc. so make your own space in this large hanging toiletry bag by Freegrace.
Hanging Travel Accessory Organizer Keep all of your jewelry, toiletries, cosmetics, electronics, and other odds and ends handy in this hanging travel accessory organizer by Home Basics.
Car Seat Back Organizer
Keep your car clean and tidy with Modokit’s high-quality insulated car backseat organizer. The organizer comes complete with a cooler bag, cup holder, tissue box and tablet holder (for up to 11″ Android and iOS tablets, portable DVD player, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc. It also includes pockets to store crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals, diapers, baby wipes, snacks, bottles, etc. The slit in the opening allows for easy headphone plugin. It is compatible with all types of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Comes with two headrest hangers.
Make long distance traveling a little easier (and less messy) for your backseat travelers with this foldable and easy to install car food snack tray by Zonetech. Constructed with 2 cup holders, an enclosed pocket, a mini flat surface, and a large flat surface. The tray can conveniently hang on the back of the front seats even when it is not in use because it is foldable!
This travel pillow by Travelrest is the only product that provides full lateral support for the upper body. It inflates easily and deflates instantly, and stores neatly when rolled. It can be worn like a messenger bag, and it easily loops over headrests in cars and airline seats. Besides cars and airplanes, it’s great for buses, trains, camping, backpacking, wheelchairs, etc.
Mickey & Minnie 2 Piece Pillow and Blanket Set
Kids LOVE Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Great for travel by car or air, Disney’s Mickey and Minnie 2-piece travel set includes a super cozy travel-sized blanket and pillow. Made of 100% polyester, this set is machine washable and easy to care for.
AAA 64-Piece Premium Traveler Road Kit
Don’t set out on a road trip without an emergency road kit. This AAA traveler road kit by Lifeline includes 64 essential safety components. The kit has the perfect combination of first aid supplies, as well as other automotive safety supplies such as a heavy duty jumper cable, aluminum flashlight, screwdriver and more.
Let’s face it, if you’re traveling with kids, it probably means screen time. Save your own nerves and get each of them their own headphones so you don’t have dueling videos going at the same time while you’re trying to listen to your audio book.
Going to a architecturally rich destination? Indulge your inner artist or architect and sit and sketch, journal, and create a personalized travel notebook to look back on when you return home. Moleskin sketchbooks and journals are our favorites.
Empower your youngest travelers to remember their trip, their way with their own digital camera, like this one by Vtech. Let your child take their own photos, learn about photography, and keep them busy while you enjoy the trip too.
Travel Size USA Scratch Off Map
Your kids will enjoy playing the license plate game during car travel with the USA Scratch Off Map by WDS. This is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn the 50 states and pass some car travel time too.
This activity map by Universal Map includes games for your kids to play on the road, a convenient marker to write-on and wipe-off, puzzles, travel bingo, color-by-cars, mileage matters, a vacation report card, tic-tac-toe, dot-to-dot, the challenge of “Snakes”, and other entertaining games for traveling. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dry Erase Activity Center
This activity center by Crayola is great for road trips and provides kids with 25 games and learning activities. The set includes the activity center, four bold, low-odor dry-erase markers, an eraser, eight interchangeable templates with a clear protector cover and one page of repositionable stickers that will adhere to the clear protector cover. It’s great for at home or on the go! Recommended for ages 4 and up.Street Vision Adult Coloring Book
Kids aren’t the only ones who like to engage in games or activities to pass time on a road trip. Parents can also pass time with this 2-pack adult geometric coloring book by Street Vision (passengers only!). The books perforated pages are printed on one side for easy removal and display. All you need is a box of colored pencils!
Whether you’ll be traveling by plane, train or automobile, make sure you plan ahead and pack travel gear and accessories that will provide you comfort, keep you organized, and ease your stress so you and your family can make special memories.
Travel can be eye-opening, refreshing, and most certainly memorable. It can also help you see your own home with new clarity. Sometimes going on vacation is a great way to get ideas for your own home remodel – Read our blog post here.
If you want some more ideas for improving your home environment, hpd architecture + interiors can help. Just give us a call at 214.751.2304.
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