The list author says: "If you're planning a road trip with a toddler, chances are you could use a little help (and possibly a magic wand to help expedite the drive). Here are some products that should help make the journey more enjoyable for everyone.
Safe journey, Shelly Rivoli Author of the award-winning book Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children"
"We like this tray because it's large enough to accommodate coloring books and drawing paper, and the extra-high edges help keep toys and crayons from escaping--even if the tray is at an angle (from the sloping car seat). The side pockets are helpful, but a small toddler may not be able to reach much in them. Since it's soft, you can roll or fold it to stuff beneath your stroller, too."
"The Taby also offers a nice, wide surface with the advantage of a recessed cup holder--great if your car seat doesn't have one! The surface also wipes clean easily, making it ideal if your child will need to eat meals during the drive. It also works well for Play-doh as another drive-time diversion."
"No more free-range cheddar bunnies in the back seat of your car. These "traps" help keep cheerios, crackers, and other snacks contained, and sometimes help keep toddlers entertained as they dig for treasures inside."
"Truly fantastic for travel. After battling "stinky sippies" in travel, loading up cups with ice cubes, and so on... I'm thrilled to find these. The insulated stainless cup is even sweatproof, so contents stay cool and the cup doesn't get hotel furniture or your daypack wet. Stainless steel interior also doesn't leach into liquids, even in heat."
"This is a great size for all of your travels, especially if you'll also be going by plane or train with your child. We keep one in our diaper bag at all times, and it's also handy in restaurants while waiting for our meals."
"Save these as a new novelty to bust out just as your child begins to tire of the scenery. Toddlers tend to love the feeling of using a "marking pen," but you'll love having nothing more than water making the designs."
"Includes planning tips and advice, including car seat laws across state lines, guidance on traveling with car seats, driving with children in foreign countries, a car sickness survival guide, renting RVs or campervans with toddlers and more. Click to see the Table of Contents and browse the book."
"Packed with hundreds of tips to help DURING travel, including best-bet fair-weather and rainy day road stops, toddler-level car games, easy songs to sing in the car, carsickness survival guide and more."
"Whether it's your last resort or your first instinct, some favorite TV episodes may help make the miles fly by. This portable DVD player comes ready with a car adapter charger and a 5 1/2 hour battery life, plus many possible viewing angles."
"Another good option for back-seat viewing that packs up in a snap and carries easily into the hotel room. Allows for 90Â° or 180Â° screen extension for optimal viewing, which you may prefer. Two headphone jacks for two listeners."