Some of my favorite memories with my family as a child are the ones we made during spring break. It would be uninterrupted time for our family to get out of the house and do fun activities together. Normally, it would consist of us jumping in the car and going to the beach or could even be as extravagant as going on a cruise. Whatever you decide to do or wherever you decide to go, here are some must-have spring break products for kids that you shouldn’t leave home without.
1. Road Trip Games
Whether you’re buckling in for a cross-country flight or just a day road trip, entertainment for the littles is a must.
For more, read our age-by-age guide of the best road trip activities for kids.
2. JetKids by Stokke Bed Box
Help your kid get comfy and settled in for a long plane ride with this awesome product. It’s your child’s carry on, ride-on luggage, and seat extender in one!
3. Lap Desk
Perfect for planes, trains, and automobiles. Lap desks help keep your child entertained while traveling. Give your kiddos a hard surface to color on, play a game or rest a book.
4. Fun-Sized Backpack
Littles always want to bring their stuff with them–whether it’s a cool shell they find on the beach or their favorite toy car. Gift them a special, cool backpack they can tote around themselves on vacation and carry all their treasures in.
5. A Good Travel Bag for You
We know that kids barely want to hold anything so bring a good bag with you to hold all the things. Hold old your keys, the kids’ toys, all of the snacks, and your personal items in one place that is stylish and comfortable for you to carry.
6. Kids Water Bottle
With all the time outside, make sure the kids are staying hydrated. Bring their favorite water bottle with you and if they don’t have one, one of these will do the trick!
7. Hearing Protection
If you’re attending a sporting event, live concert, lighting fireworks or anything that can get extra noisy, protect your littlest one’s ears with some hearing protection. According to the Children’s Hearing Institute, noises louder than 85 decibels can cause hearing damage to children. (This is equivalent to the noise in a restaurant or in city street traffic.) Use some child approved ear muffs to protect your child and their hearing and reduce the danger of hearing loss from exposure to the loud noises.
8. Somewhere Comfortable for Baby to Sleep
Sometimes baby needs to sleep while hanging out on the beach. The Peapod Plus Travel Bed from KidCo is a great solution for baby lounging outdoors with its UV protection and insect screen. And the SlumberPod is amazing to keeping baby’s sleep atmosphere dark and cozy. Nothing get’s baby out of their sleep routine more than when there is still light in the room and they see his or her parents in the hotel bed right next to their pack and play.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your child will stop asking for snacks. Pack your family snacks ahead of time and some easy products to keep them fed and happy.
10. Bathroom Breaks with Kids
Bathrooms on the road can be gross. It can also be difficult if your little one is too small for the regular toilet seat. Pack an easy, portable and foldable toilet seat to keep things clean for your kiddos. I like how this one folds up and comes with a bag.
11. Travel Stroller
These are our favorite travel strollers. They make it so much easier when traveling with baby or with tots. The Doona is a carseat and stroller, the gb Pockit+ folds so small that it can come with you anywhere, and the Evenflo double stroller is sturdy yet lightweight and compact. All perfect for your Spring Break travels!
12. Go-Anywhere, Do-Anything Shoes
One of the most difficult things about traveling with kids can be all of the stuff. Try to cut back this Spring Break by packing one pair of shoes for each of the kids. Look for weather-proof and comfortable options that are easy to get on and off.
13. Some Stylin’ Shades
These sunglasses are beyond adorable and help keep the sun out of your kids’ eyes. They are durable and very affordable so if they happen to get lost, oh well!
14. Sun Protection
Many people go to the beach or the lake during Spring Break and a big thing for all parents is to keep our kids from burning. Sunburn is awful, especially for kids. These spring break products for kids will help protect their skin and eyes from those UV rays.
15. Pool Floats
Everyone loves a pool float! Here are some options that are great for everyone in the family.
16. First Aid Kit
Accidents can still happen while out on the road. Make a mental note where the nearest emergency clinic is while you’re away from home and bring your first aid kit with you, or at least a few of the essentials.
And another thing. Disinfect everything. Planes, public places, and hotels can be riddled with germs. Wipe things down with disinfecting wipes and pack some hand sanitizer to keep your family’s hands clean.
It’s important to remember that we only get so many spring breaks with our kids. Document these special family memories with your camera. That may be with your phone or DSLR camera. Also, consider giving your kids their own camera so that they can capture some of their favorite moments too. They will love it! Here are some affordable options.
These are our must-have Spring Break products for kids. With all of these items you and your family are sure to have a fun and safe time together. Bon voyage!
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