When you have children, spring break takes on all-new meaning. It becomes an opportunity to spend valuable time with your family, to share life experiences, and to make lasting memories. Of course, with children comes responsibilities, and planning takes on greater importance than ever. If you are taking a family vacation this spring break, these travel essentials can help you get the most out of your trip!
Spring break inevitably means spending time near and in the water, which means taking photos and video with your iPhone is likely out of the question. Yes, many smartphones are now water resistant, but that doesn’t mean they’re suitable for extended use in the ocean! Instead, consider purchasing a GoPro or Sony Action Cam to document your vacation.
Ultra Fast-dry Towels
When you’re spending time at the beach or the pool, the last thing that you want is a towel that doesn’t dry out. When it’s time to dry off, you want a towel that is up for the challenge. Consider buying an ultra fast-dry towel, like those by Discovery Trekking Outfitters, so that you can go in and out of the water all day long without worry.
Flying on a plane with children can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With snacks and diversions stocked and ready to go, diapers and changes of clothes packed away in the carry-on, and a travel pillow to help them fall asleep, you might just find that airline travel is a non-event. Consider buying an inflatable travel pillow for your child, as they’re much easier to pack and store when not in use. There are a wide range of options available.
Waterproof Phone Case
If you’re dead-set on using your phone while on vacation, it’s highly recommended that you purchase a waterproof phone case like the Satechi GoMate. This case is certified for depths up to 20 feet, and even allows you to continue using your touchscreen while the phone is wrapped in its case. Though perhaps not an exact substitute for an action camera, a waterproof case has the benefit of being much more affordable! And for many people, might just meet their needs.
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
By now, you may be noticing a theme: waterproofing! Whether you’re spending your spring break at the pool or the beach, there’s a good chance of your things getting wet. When you combine children and water, that’s simply the name of the game! So it stands to reason that if you’re going to pack along a Bluetooth speaker on your trip, you might as well get one that’s waterproof. The AmazonBasics Nano speaker is small, lightweight, colorfully designed, water resistant, and best of all, it’s pretty affordable.
Copy of Your Passports
To make copies of your passport (and those of your children), you can go about things the old-fashioned way and head down to your local FedEx Office location, or you can use an app like TinyScanner. We know which option we would prefer! If you lose your passports, you’ll be thankful that you have a copy saved to your cloud.
International Data Plan
If you are traveling outside of the U.S. for spring break, you’re going to want to get an international data plan. With an international cell phone plan, you’ll be able to use your phone for directions, Internet browsing, social media, texting and phone calls, and more, all without a large phone bill. Carriers like T-mobile have their ONE plan, that includes unlimited data in 140+ countries. Shop around before the trip and find a plan that suits your needs. You can even purchase international data plans for specific time periods.
Whether you lose your keys, your phone, or temporarily lose track of your children, tracking devices can help you hunt down the person or object in question! Apps like Find My iPhone make it easy to track down a lost device, but some apps take things even further. The Tile app, for example, actually comes with portable Bluetooth “tiles.” You can clip them to a wallet, bag, backpack, and yes, even a child, and keep track of that item at all times right from your phone. Best of all, the Tile app is actually reasonably priced, especially for what it delivers.