Road Trip Survival Guide: 11 Must-Have Gadgets for Your Next Car Trip

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Road trip survival electronics for your kids

Planning a road trip with the family? Look no further than this electronic road trip survival guide to get you there with sanity intact while keeping your kids occupied for the journey.

We’d like to think that we’ve mastered the road trip pretty well, after many lengthy jaunts to the beach and a couple of road trips to Disney World from New York.

We’ve got it down, but not without a few tricks up our sleeves.

Gone are the days of the long car trip with nothing to do and nothing to keep your kids entertained. With these must-have gadgets on hand, you can even minimize the sibling war that sometimes goes on in the backseat.

Check out this tried and true list of some of the items you might want for your next road trip – and let us know what your own tricks are for a successful road trip!

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  • Nintendo DSi 1 of 11
    Nintendo DSi
    Even if their game selection is limited, if you have more than one child, they can trade games or play Pictochat with one another. Some games allow wireless gameplay between multiple DS's too!
  • iPhone 2 of 11
    iPhone
    iPhone It's all about the apps, baby! Whether your kids love the challenge of Angry Birds or you want to get the whole family in on the Mad Libs app, there is no shortage of fun games and activities to play on an iPhone. We hear there are even educational ones!
  • Leap Frog Leapster 2 3 of 11
    Leap Frog Leapster 2
    If your little ones are too young for the Nintendo DSi, consider the educational learning/game fun of the LeapFrog system.
  • Chargers 4 of 11
    Chargers
    Don't forget the car chargers for all of these items. The last thing you want to do is run out of battery!
  • DVD Player 5 of 11
    DVD Player
    Some minivans and SUVs are already swanked out with a built-in DVD player, but we have a portable one that does just fine.
  • Laptop 6 of 11
    Laptop
    The kids can watch a movie on the laptop or you can install games for them to play during the ride.
  • iPad 7 of 11
    iPad
    We just got one of these and it was in hot demand on our road trip for some of the apps, but the bickering over who got to use it next reached a near fever pitch!
  • MP3 player/iPod 8 of 11
    MP3 player/iPod
    Kids like to listen to their own tunes, so load up their MP3 player with plenty of songs for the long trip.
  • NOOK, Kindle or other book reader 9 of 11
    NOOK, Kindle or other book reader
    If you want to save on space by not having a pile of books in the backseat, consider getting some children's books on your NOOK or Kindle.
  • Car plug converter with USB Port 10 of 11
    Car plug converter with USB Port
    This is a lifesaver if you have a laptop along for the ride that you want to plug in while also charging a cell phone.
  • GPS 11 of 11
    GPS
    It's not just for grown-ups to find their way - your kids may enjoy following along on the route and best of all it gives you an estimated arrival time so you can accurately answer the age old "Are we there yet?" question.

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