Friday Finds: Travel Essentials for Long Trips with Children

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Travel Essentials for Kids

Are you hitting the road this Thanksgiving? Traveling with the kids is no easy feat, but that doesn't mean you can avoid it either. From our favorite headphones to activities on the road, here is what we are going to use with our kids to pass the time.

Essential First-Aid:

Glow-in-the-dark Cuddly Bandages

For those traveling at night, we love the new Glow-in-the-dark Cuddly Bandages comes with a small heart that glows in the dark. The fear of darkness is one of the biggest fears in children and this little cuddly friend will light up its little heart in the dark. The Tröstisar characters have their own super powers and are easy to make good night stories around, and now they are even there to make the dark a little bit less scary.

Essential Snacks:

CVS Nuts

For snacks on the road, we love foods that can give us energy without draining us and the kids. Some favorites are the CVS Gold Emblem line featuring a delicious selection of cookies, crackers and nuts. This includes favorites like the CVS Gold Emblem Abound Unsalted NutsCVS Gold Emblem Abound Raw Natural Almonds and the CVS Gold Emblem Abound Lime & Black Pepper Flavored Baked Rice Thins.

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Another favorite snack for the kiddos is Annie's. Some favorites for the road include their Organic Cheddar Bunnies and the Organic Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - both of which contain no Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors or Synthetic Preservatives. They are also made with non-GMO ingredients and do not contain high-fructose corn syrup

Essential Books:

Steampunk City

Sure, you can pass the time with tech (and it has its place), but we love to start our long trips with a selection of new books. Some of our favorites are Steampunk City, a lavishly illustrated volume that invites readers to longer over every intricate detail. With this spectacular picture book, Steampunk— with its irresistible combination of Victorian-era style and futuristic sensibility — enters the world of children's books. Kids will love the ingeniously detailed descriptions of the machines and objects that exemplify each letter, while older steampunk fans are sure to pore over these retro-futuristic dreamscapes.

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We also love the new I See Me Book, I Can Change the World. This inspiring and uplifting new storybook is an incredible way for kids to learn that they have the power to change through kindness. Using a personalized method where you can insert your child's name throughout the book, we love how it teaches kids to mind their manners, do chores around the house to help the family, being a good friend to other kids and collecting food for the hungry. Written by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing, illustrated by artist Marie Cardouat, I See Me! is donating $5,000 back to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need through the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project.

For Baby:

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Don't leave home with our favorite Baby Björn Travel Crib Light (check out our video about the crib here). This portable and lightweight crib is super easy to set up, carry and fold. This includes a system that is only 13 pounds and features an incredibly lightweight frame that sets up in one swift movement. It also has a breathable mesh lining so you can see your baby while they are also secure. It also has a super comfy mattress that when you are done using it can be easily folded and placed in its sleek carrying case.

Older Kids:

Animalz headphones by ReTrak

For older kids, we love the cool and fun Animalz headphones by ReTrak. Perfect for families on airplane rides and road trips, Animalz by ReTrak headphones are designed for little ears and feature 85 decibel volume-limiting technology in six lovable, soft fabric animal designs: Biker Bearz, DJ Panda, Jam Bunneez, Scuba Shark, Skate Monkeez and Surf Dawgz*. Manufactured with high-quality components, Animalz headphones are also made with soft fabrics to ensure comfort for road trips, plane rides, or casual listening. They are also equipped with a built-in 3.2-foot retractable cable for convenient, tangle-free storage. Animalz are available at more than 15 U.S. retailers including Amazon.com®, Best Buy® and Toys“R”Us®

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