This Creative Solution explains which gadgets we use for our kids while traveling – and why. We live a-ways from family: a minimum of a 3 1/2 hour car ride or a 3 1/2 plane ride. When my boys (now 6 1/2 and 8) got to be of the age where we would consider a video gaming system or a portable DVD player (or both), we opted for iPod Touches.
- The adults in the house have iPhones that the boys love to play with, so this would give them their own version of the gadgets we use
- The iPod Touch is versatile: movies/shows, games, interactive aps
- The newer iPods allows them to FaceTime and iMessage their Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Grandparents (who have iGadgets)
- It also has a camera
- Rugged cases
The longevity of application and versatility won the cost analysis.
Honestly, in cost analysis today, I can’t say I’d choose an iPod Touch over an iPad Mini…
Anyhow, when purchasing gadgets for kids, a rugged case is a must! Given the choice, I’d usually choose (and recommend) an Otterbox because of their guarantee. When purchasing cases for my own kids, however, I found that my older child’s neurotic preferences for color combinations was strong enough to sway me to a non-Otterbox brand that promised kid-safe ruggedness. Two years in and no problems!
Child friendly headphones are another must in my book. You don’t want to have to listen to that-noise. Please don’t subject your traveling neighbors to listening to that-noise. While my older one has been satisfied with random ear buds, my younger one has a sensitivity. He prefers over-the-head. I have found that the kids version of the Uprock Skullcandy Headphones works really, really well. They’re definitely rugged (in case your kid might be like mine and leave them in a walking path to be trampled upon). Unfortunately, Amazon tells me that the Uprock headphones are discontinued by the manufacturer. I’ll update this post if I hear any more, but we have been really pleased with the quality and durability and comfort of these.
So an iPod, a rugged case, and headphones. A must in our Creative Solution traveling tips!