travel with kids: two things we LOVE right now

We just took a seven hour drive from our home in Iowa to St. Louis for graduation at my alma mater this past weekend. Seven hours in a car with an energetic 21-months old is quite a feat. To make the long trip easier, I uploaded a few cartoons on our iPad and gave C. some much appreciated screen time while I drove. I haven’t written any “travel with kids” posts in a while, but I thought these two much loved items were worth sharing.

Two things we LOVE for travel with our nearly two-year-old are:

1. The iPad headrest mount that allows us to hook the iPad unto the seat in front of her and turn it into a TV screen. It’s easy to use, fairly inexpensive, easy to unhook, and invaluable in turning the iPad into mini cinema for the car.

2. The Califone Toddler Headphones (we got the tiger ones as seen above but there panda bear ones available as well). These headphones are wonderful! They’re meant for toddlers so the volume is capped at a reasonable level and they’re just the right size to comfortably fit their heads. C. doesn’t mind wearing them at all. She’s now able to put them on and take them off on her own. The beauty of using these is that they allow her to watch a movie without filling the car with the sounds of her cartoons. This allowed me to either drive either in silence or while listening to my audio books or NPR. They’re are also great for flying as it lets C. to watch something on the iPad without subjecting all the neighboring passangers to her cartoons.

What are some of your favorite items for traveling with kids?

PS: For those of you who followed our blog, here’s the reason for my trip to St. Louis:

Congratulations to A & E who received their PhD’s!! I was thrilled to celebrate with them although it was also a bitter-sweet ending to an era. We’re now all graduated and moving on to new life adventures and projects. While I’m really happy for my friends and their accomplishments, I’m also a bit sad that we’re all going to be separated by many miles from now now and that our days of grad school companionship are truly over. Thank you, A & E, for a truly wonderful friendship that I know will continue to grow through the coming years despite the geographical distance between us.

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7 Responses to travel with kids: two things we LOVE right now

  1. I just visited Academic Chic for the first time! I had no idea it existed. Now I feel like I totally missed out. What a wonderful graduate community you had. I think that’s so important for a meaningful graduate experience. I’m loving the itty bitty bump too!

  2. JaneW. says:

    So nice to see a photo of three of you together again, and to know that you all finished!

  3. Dee says:

    Yay academic chics! Congrats!

    • Phuong says:

      Youre so awesome, man! I cant bevliee I missed this blog for so long. Its just great stuff all round. Your design, man too amazing! I cant wait to read what youve got next. I love everything that youre saying and want more, more, MORE! Keep this up, man! Its just too good.

  4. Cristy says:

    Hurrah! So happy to see old friends! How are the girls doing? Do they have any leads on where they’ll be going now that they have finished their degrees (remember, we were in on part of that discussion way back when!)? Please give them our secondhand congratulations!

  5. Mel says:

    Thankyou for the update on the chics, congratulations to all of you. I just checked in over there today for the first time in well over a year, wanting to think about my own wardrobe, having returned to study… I followed the link here on a whim & got to see each of you has great news. All the best to all of you.

  6. Heidi L. says:

    Congratulations to the two of them!I’ve really missed that blog since it’s been inactive,but enjoy looking at the archived stuff sometimes and follow yours too of course ;)

    Heidi L.

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