Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel

Use a few of these road trip apps the next time your family is traveling and make it easy to find fuel, lodging, fun, food, and more. Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel ~ #family #travel #roadtrip #apps #summerfamilyactivities


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Gone are the days when road trippers picked up a map and just started driving. In our high-tech modern world we have everything we need to plan, map, and have a blast on a road trip in the palms of our hands. Tap into some of the best travel resources available with these top road trip apps for family travel.


1. Waze

This app helps you check traffic conditions, road hazards, and more along your driving route by tapping in to a community of other drivers in your area. It also acts as a map to your destination and has voice-guided navigation .


2. Gas Buddy

This app is the best way to find the best prices for fueling up. Compare gas stations along your route or type in a zip code to compare gas prices in another area. Gas Buddy gives you gas station addresses and a map to help you get there.


3. iExit

Find out what’s coming up – restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, and even campgrounds – at each exit you approach. iExit acts as a digital road sign for every exit near you and taps into your phone’s GPS to show you where to go.


4. State Plate Bingo

No roadtrip is complete without games! Use an app like State Plate Bingo to have a little fun on a long trip. If you’re looking for more ways to pass the time while driving, you may want to check out this list of road trip game apps on Babble.


5. Yelp

Yelp is a do-it-all app for finding shopping outlets, restaurants, and services and seeing reviews to find the best of the best. You can also use Yelp to get addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even make reservations.


6. Hotel Tonight

When you hit that road trip wall and need to hole-up for the night, Hotel Tonight is the app that can get you a place to stay in a hurry. Hotels share their last-minute availability at discounted rates so you can get a great price, but you can also book a hotel up to 7 days out.


7. USA Rest Stops

It may not make for good conversation, but everyone’s gotta go sometime. Find rest stops along highways and interstates and avoid stop-on-the-shoulder bathroom breaks. It can tap into your GPS and guide you if needed. This app may be especially helpful if you have kids!


8. TripAdvisor City Guides

Get information on local hotspots and fun things to do, plus restaurants and hotels. Any information that is available for the city, including fun facts and how to get from one place to another, can be found within the app. City Guides can also help you create a kind of travel journal on your phone – just check in and take a photo at each of your stops.


9. TripIt

Keep track of every aspect of your trip with TripIt. Compile information and times for hotels, dinner reservations, flights, and other stops along your route. You can also access maps and directions to get to your next destination and sync your plans with others.


10. Oh Ranger! Parkfinder

If you’re looking to visit national and state parks and experience the great outdoors, this is the app for you. The Oh Ranger! Parkfinder app has information, directions, overviews, activity descriptions, phone numbers, weather, and more for every park in the USA.


11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Even a low-tech family can use a little free Wifi now and again, and this app will find it for you. Wherever you are, Free Wi-Fi Finder will use your location to give you a list of the nearest hot spots..


12. Animoto

No road trip need be forgotten with Animoto. The app lets you take photos and videos from your phone and turn them into a movie complete with introductions, captions, music and more. This one is a pricier app, but it might be worth it to share videos with family and friends as you travel!



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How to Create a Family Travel Kit for Hotel Stays

How to Create a Family Travel Kit for Hotel Stays | #travel #kids #hotel #ideas #packing

Summer is here and that means fun vacations with the family! If you’re planning on staying at a hotel with kids, here’s how to create a travel kit for hotel stays. These 6 items can all fit in a tiny travel bag, and they will help make your hotel stay so much nicer.


1. HDMI cable

Bring an HDMI cable to hook up your tablet or laptop to the hotel TV. You’ll be able to watch anything you want on your Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon subscriptions. You could also rent a DVD from Redbox, put it in your laptop, and connect that to the TV. Another idea is to download a couple of kids’ movies before you leave home and stream that to the hotel TV. Then relax on your bed with your kids and watch good TV without having to deal with bad and often inappropriate hotel TV channels.


2. Outlet adapter or extension cord

There are never enough plugs for all the phones, tablets, laptops, handheld game consoles, camera chargers, and other devices that we bring with us on hotel vacations. Pack an outlet adapter or extension cord and everyone will be happy to have their favorite gadgets fully charged.


3. Sound machine (or app)

When you stay in a hotel room, you might get woken up by other vacationers who are staying in the rooms next to yours. Bring a travel sound machine for ambient noise so you can sleep in peace and be fully energized for traveling with kids. Or you could download an app on your phone and pack one less thing. Try the Sleep Machine Lite app or the Sleep Pillow Sounds app for the iPhone and the White Noise Lite app for android devices.


4. Night light

Don’t forget a night light for your kids if they can’t sleep in the pitch dark. Plus, a night light will help you be able to move around your hotel room without bumping into things and waking up the kids. You might also want one in the bathroom for nighttime visits.


5. Oatmeal packets

A couple of oatmeal packets is a great addition to a family travel kit. If your hotel room has a coffee maker, you can whip up a quick and satisfying snack for the kids (and you) in a pinch with these instant oatmeal pouches and hot water. What’s more, the packaging of these packets are so convenient — they’re actually also measuring cups. You’ll easily cook the perfect bowl of oatmeal every time.


6. Denture cleanser tablets

Traveling with a baby? Include a box of denture cleanser tablets in your family travel kit to easily clean pacifiers, sippy cup lids, baby spoons, and other baby or toddler items that need cleaning. Simply grab a cup and fill it with warm water and then add the item and a tablet. Your baby’s things will be completely clean in just a few minutes.


What other things do you consider essentials for vacations with kids?


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