Road Trip Must Haves ~ Terrific Travel Gear for Families

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by and
We received these car organizers, backpacks, luggage, and travel gear at no charge from these brands in order to learn more about them for this guide. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about travel gear we think families will enjoy.


Road Trip! Three day weekend…..road trip… Off for a school vacation…road trip….a day of playing hookey…road trip. We love traveling with our kids. We love blogging about travel. So we spend A LOT of time traveling in our car. Whether it’s an hour to a local zoo, going into New York City for a show, or Philadelphia for a museum, we spend a lot of time in our car and a lot of time packing and unpacking and figuring out the best way to carry around the stuff we need. It’s through those experiences that we’ve come to learn what kinds of products can make our lives easier when taking road trips and family vacations. Take a look at what we’ve tested and are recommending. We hope you’ll find them to be as valuable as we have in making family travel easier and more pleasurable.


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Road Trip Must Haves


Car Organizers for Families

BubbleBum Junkie Backseat Car Organizer


Retail Price: $39.99

Available for sale on BubbleBum

About the BubbleBum Junkie Backseat Car Organizer

The perfect way to keep all entertainment and snacks organized during road trips! No more hearing “Are we there yet?!” every 10 minutes! This BubbleBum Junkie Backseat Car Organizer was perfect for keeping two of my boys separated on our recent road trip to New Hampshire. Everyone had a spot for their drinks and some of the activities they brought on the trip.


BubbleBum Car Organizer


The Junkie transforms your backseat, organize your junk and keeps your kids entertained. With a “tech mount” for kids to share one device, both kids can access, interact and view together. Two compact, retractable activity trays for snacking and play. Junkie also features two convenient cup holders. Expanding compartment fits the removable, reusable, refillable totebag with insulated pocket, to transport all your junk from home to car. It is a must-have for all of your family road trips and fly-ins with car rentals!


Learn more about the BubbleBum Junkie Backseat Car Organizer in this video we created


For Keeping Kids Happy in the Car

Sneck Pillow System


Retail Price: $14.99

Available for sale on BubbleBum.

About the Sneck Pillow System

The Sneck pillow system is a travel pillow that converts into multiple uses. This innovative design makes napping in the car more comfortable than possible in the past. It definitely helped my son avoid that neck strain and pain he normally gets when he falls asleep in the car. He used it in a vertical position stretching across his body.


The travel pillow’s micro-bead pods and cozy material allow kids to nap without getting a kinky neck. It is perfect to take along on car rides, plane trips, or journey by bus. The Sneck easily attaches to the headrest with a Velcro strap so it stays in place allowing kids to rest without having to reposition the pillow. The stash pocket allows kids to store MP3 players or small toys. The three way design allows kids to manipulate the position for optimal comfort.




snapwareRetail Price: $24.99

Available for sale on

About Snapware

Recently Jersey Family Fun was invited to learn more about Snapware. Snapware is perfect for road trips because it offers leak proof, air tight food storage! No funny smells coming from the back seat, or leaky containers of fruit. Kids need snacks, and road trips especially call for some yummy treats. Snapware is available in glass or plastic, in a variety of sizes and shapes. Plan ahead and pack your favorite healthy snacks to make the ride smoother – and tastier!



We think children’s music and children’s books can be a great way to keep kids entertained in the car as well. Click over for our suggestions for children’s music and children’s books.


For Keeping Kids Safe While Travelling


Starting at $20.99

Available for sale at Safetytat

About Safetytat


This fun and colorful temporary safety child ID tattoo is offered either customized with your mobile phone number or blank so you can write in your cell phone number on them. When applied to the arm of your child or loved one, SafetyTat provides an immediate, highly visible form of child identification that stays in place even when wet! Ideal for school, camp, and outings. Tattoos can indicate allergies, medical conditions, or just your name and phone number.


Backpacks for Family Adventures

LoDo Large Backpark by Case Logic

caselogiclodoRetail Price: $99.99

Available for sale on Case Logic.

About the Case Logic LoDo Large Backpack

This backpack has become my (Jenn’s) go to back pack. The design and functionality of it combine to deliver a stylish laptop backpack perfect for work, school or travel. The thickly padded laptop compartment was developed to protect laptops with up to a 15.6 inch display, but my laptop is 17 inches and it slid in snugly, making it great for me. Having to not pack my laptop in a suitcase keeps it convenient and handy for me. The inside and outside storage pockets provide ample space for flash drives, charging cords, books, snacks….anything I can think of needing while on a road trip with the kids or a business conference on my own.

Additional Case Logic LoDo Large Backpack product details

  • Protective iPad® or 10.1” tablet storage
  • High quality cotton canvas exterior
  • Genuine leather touch points
  • Discrete zippered phone pocket
  • Easy-access external accessory pockets with magnetic snap-closure
  • Internal zippered pocket for extra secure storage
  • Padded back panel and shoulder straps ensure a comfortable carry


LoDo 14″ Laptop Attache by Case Logic

lodolaptopattacheRetail Price: $69.99

Available for sale on Case Logic.

About the LoDo 14″ Laptop Attache

Similar to above with functionality and style but in a different design. While spacious enough for a Kindle, tablet, or smaller laptop, I wouldn’t push the size restriction. While the above case could adjust to a larger display, this Attache case can’t. I love this as an option for those trips when the laptop will be staying home and I might be taking a number of the kids’ electronics instead. The width and depth of the bag, will allow for carrying multiple books or items. Again, the other pockets are great for storage of those items you are going to want to get to quickly and not have to forage for.

Additional Case Logic LoDo Large Backpack product details

  • Thickly padded laptop compartment sized to fit ultrabooks/laptops with up to a 14.1 inch display
  • Leather-wrapped handles and zipper pulls
  • High quality cotton canvas exterior
  • Easy-access external accessory pockets with magnetic snap-closure
  • Outer zippered pocket provides a convenient place to carry accessories and personal items
  • Removable shoulder strap adjusts for a custom fit
  • Luggage strap securely attaches slim case to most rolling luggage
  • Separate file compartment stores folders, magazines and loose papers


Rego Gear Metro Sling Plus 550

metroslingplusfront__38308.1431631930.1280.1280Ages:  Adult

Retail Price: $80.00

Available for sale on Rego Gear.

About the Rego Gear Metro Sling Plus 550

Front Pocket Metro Sling Plus 550™ is an ultra-light and comfortable biking, hiking, and travel sling with more storage capacity that can accommodate large phones like the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S5. Perfect for hiking outdoors with kids, moving quickly through airports, or keeping your valuables safe while on roller coasters.


It is a revolutionary, outdoor sling for travel and active lifestyles, designed for immediate access to your phone, or other essentials while on the go. The Grip&Fit™ ergonomic design, combined with an adjustable strap and RG-Anchor™ provide supreme resistance to bouncing and drooping during rigorous activities while delivering maximum comfort.


Rego Gear Metro Sling Plus 550™ – holds, protects, and provides easy and immediate access to your essentials while traveling, hiking or biking. You’ll never have to `stop and squat’ to dig out your iPhone, passport, keys, energy bars or water-bottle from a cumbersome backpack. Great against pickpockets! Stays in place even when you’re upside down! I only wish I would have had this last October when I spent so much time in airports. It would have made it much easier going through security. I would have just laid this out on the belt with my valuables inside instead of unpacking all my pockets. I’m looking forward to using this on my next plane ride and on some roller coasters I expect to be riding on when I visit Nickelodeon Universe this May.



Luggage for Families

TravelWise Packing Cube System


Retail Price: $19.95 (3 Piece set) | $29.95 (5 Piece Set)

Available for sale on

About the TravelWise Packing Cube System

Packing Cubes make it so much easier to get organized and pack for a trip. They allow clothes to stay folded and neatly packed in their own “small drawers”. The cubes are fantastic for staying organized on short travels and long travels alike and help you avoid over packing.


I love them for the organization and convenience. Kids can be assigned a packing cube for their own clothing allowing parents to easily identify whose clothing is who. Or parents can pack and sort by item. Use one cube for the bathing suits. Use another for the pajamas. Rather than sorting through your entire suitcase for these items, just find the right cube. Each cube also has a strap, making it easy for kids to carry or for parents moving the cubes from one room to another when you are unpacking and repacking for your trip.


Constructed of lightweight, durable nylon, these multi-sized cubes also have an open mesh top making searching for misplaced items a thing of the past and five color choices allows each traveler to have their own individual set. If 3 cubes aren’t enough, they also offer a 5 Piece Weekender Plus Set. Each set contains cubes of the same color.



Keeping your family’s electronics and smart devices safe while traveling

urbanarmorgearUrban Armor Gear Trooper Case

Retail Price:  iPhone 6/6s MSRP: $39.95, iPhone 6/6s Plus MSRP: $44.95

About the Urban Armor Gear Trooper Case

More than just a case, Trooper has been created to be the ultimate dual utility tool, combining a rugged case and wallet into one. Holding up to 4 cards, the versatile Trooper series case provides drop-tested protection and a hidden compartment that opens like a door to keep your cards secure during your adventures. Blogger going to a conference? Store your business cards inside. Mom or dad taking the kids on a trip, keep your bank cards inside. No fumbling through a wallet or purse to find those items quickly. The door locks securely in place. The case provides great protection to my iphone from bumps and falls without making my phone burdensome or bulky. I can still access all the ports, and I actually find the over sized tactile buttons incredibly helpful for when I need to use those buttons.

Additional Urban Armor Gear Trooper Case product details

  • Holds up to 4 cards
  • Feather-light impact resistant core
  • Easy access to touch-screen and ports
  • Over sized tactile buttons
  • Glare-free flash photos
  • Meets military drop & shock standards (MIL STD 810G-516.6)
  • Available in 3 colors: Black, White, & Orange


AquaVault Outdoor Travel Safe

aquavaultAges:  Adult

Retail Price: $49.95

Available for sale on AquaVault.

About the AquaVault Outdoor Travel Safe

We all want to relax while traveling or while visiting one of or local waterparks but the worry about protecting our stuff means either mom or dad are left poolside on a bench or you’re spending upwards of $20 for a locker rental. Unfortunately, thieves prowl the pool-decks, waterparks, and beaches around the world waiting for us to go for a swim so they can swoop in and grab our money, watches, sunglasses, and smartphones. It doesn’t have to be that way. The AquaVault provides a place to stick our valuables so we can take a worry free swim or ride down that waterslide with our kids. Plus, with its handy purse strap the AquaVault doubles as your stylish beach purse.


The AquaVault® outdoor travel safe (MSRP $49.95) is made of durable high impact ABS thermoplastic to withstand aggressive attempts on your valuables. The 120-square-inch cargo hull is roomy enough for wallets, watches, mobile phones, jewelry, keys and other valuables. The AquaVault® lock box is designed to fit over 95% of existing beach furniture (and plenty of other things too!). Once your valuables are secure, you can start enjoying yourself without worry!



What is one item you MUST HAVE on your family road trip?


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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys start to become teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 7 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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