Kid friendly travel products for your upcoming summer vacation

Taking the kids with you this summer? As exciting as the plane or car ride may be, eventually your little ones will become bored, and some may start playing that fun game called “kick the seat”. The products in this lineup may not all be designed to entertain your kids, but they can make your own trip a little more enjoyable.

Trunki is probably the most kid friendly luggage on the market. As you can see from the photo, the luggage looks pretty cool (if you are under 10 that is). Kids can pull their own suitcase through the airport, but it is also sturdy enough to sit on and be pulled by their parents. The cases are available in several bright colors.

Price: $49.95
Where: Most major online luggage retailers

iFrogz Tadpole case + headphones

The Apple iPod is perfect for kids – it has the ability to keep them quiet for the duration of an episode of Dora, Diego or <insert their favorite TV show here>. Of course, with $300 in electronics comes the risk that they’ll drop it. The iFrogz Tadpole kit is designed to protect your iPod, and consists of a silicone rubber case with large handles and a pair of kid friendly headphones.

The case is designed for the iPod classic (all sizes). The headphone have a standard jack, so you can also use them on the in-flight entertainment system as a better fitting option than the headphones provided by the airline. The headphones also provide some basic volume reduction, to keep their little ears safe.

Price: $14.95

CARES harness

Fellow Gadling blogger (and Flight attendant) Heather Poole mentioned the CARES harness last year, and it really is the kind of product you just need to invest in if you plan to fly with young kids. CARES straps around the back of your seat (you’ll have to ask the person behind you to help out if they are already in their seat), and once installed, it provides a secure way to strap your little one in.

The product is FAA approved, and the official FAA child safety page even uses a photo of a CARES harness in their briefing. The best part of the product is that it is becoming pretty popular, which means you won’t run into any flight crew member who hassles you over using it.

Price: $74.95

Plane clean air

Plane Clean Air may seem like the perfect product for the hypochondriac, but after the recent swine flu scare, it may make more sense than ever. Plane Clean Air is a small device that attaches to the vent above your head. Its built in filter blocks up to 99.5% of bacteria, viruses and germs.

It obviously won’t filter germs coming from fellow passengers, but given the speed of the air coming out of the vent, any way to clean that a little more is pretty neat.

Price: $19.95 + $6.95 for replacement filters


Zoombak is the high tech equivalent of a long leash – the device incorporates a GPS receiver and cellular phone in one compact unit. Zoombak is small enough to be attached to a child, stroller or even a dog, and can send you an alert any time the device moves outside a predetermined “zone”.

In addition to this, you can track its location at any time using a web browser, or through a text message on your mobile phone. One of the accessories in the Zoombak lineup is a small pouch with a clip, making it easy to clip the unit to a backpack or belt loop.

Price: from $99 + $9.99 monthly subscription fee
From: and many online retailers

Heys Disney luggage

Nemo, Cars, Pooh, Tinkerbell, Mickey, Minnie, Princess
Price: from $55
From: most online luggage retailers

Sarahbelli “Tray Bien Kid”

The Sarahbelli “Tray Bien” is a tray table mounted pouch, with plenty fo space for the kind of stuff you’ll need to keep your kid(s) entertained during your flight. The product is great for storing stuff, and it doubles as a place mat, to prevent getting crayon all over the table.

Price: $39.95

Three products for people who carry too much stuff on the plane

Ever found yourself sitting in your coach seat with way too much stuff? Your iPod, magazines, mobile phone, water bottle, headphones, bag of snacks and a book? Or things could be even worse, and you’ll have kids to your left and right which means you also have diapers, more books, crayons, toys, wipes and juice boxes.

Lets face it – coach seats are not designed for people with stuff, the seat pocket is usually occupied by the airline magazine, stale pretzels and of course, the Sky Mall catalog.

This is where the three products in this article can help – they each offer a way to help you carry some of that stuff, and get it organized once you reach your seat.
Zen Class Travel Nirvana Seatback Organizer and Travel Tote

The Nirvana seatback organizer is the perfect product for people with too much stuff. The bag starts out as a shoulder tote, and once on board your plane, you open it up and hang it on the seatback table.

Inside this tote is where you’ll find multiple pockets, a bottle holder and even special pockets for your MP3 player and memory cards/sim cards.

The Nirvana Seatback Organzier and Travel Tote is available directly from the manufacturer, and costs $39.99.

Sarahbelli “Tray Bien”

The Sarahbelli Tray Bien is different kind of seatback table organizer. The Tray Bien slides over the entire table, and comes in various designs.

Each design is specifically made to hold stuff for its intended user – the kids version holds crayons, coloring books and a water bottle, the baby version holds a baby bottle, diapers and wipes, and the traveler version is designed for your mobile phone, MP3 player, magazines and a water bottle.

Each of the six versions costs $39.95, and can be ordered directly from Sarahbelli.

The Cup-Pilot

The final product in this lineup only holds one item – but to many travelers it’s the one product they’d never want to board the plane without.

The Cup-Pilot is a cleverly designed cup holder, which can be attached to almost anything. It’ll hang on your tray table or even on your rolling suitcase.

The Cup-Pilot was invented by Patrick J. Garahan, who twice served as Secretary of Transportation for the State of Vermont, so this man knows a thing or two about travel.

The product costs $18.95 and can be ordered directly on their site, or from Sky Mall.

(Via: Flyertalk)