Everyone had to stay home a lot more this year, but families faced some extra challenges balancing work and school in the house. This was particularly hard for those households who love to hit the road. So, to bring a little cheer to those families in your life who love to travel, why not get a gift that gets them excited (and prepared) for that next trip? Here are some great options.
There’s nothing better than giving someone peace of mind no matter where in the world they are. That’s what a Medjet membership provides. The global air-medical transport and travel security membership program is ideal for loved ones who are always on the move. With a MedjetAssist membership (around $399 for a one-year family membership), if a member is 150 miles from home and needs to be hospitalized, Medjet will provide access to its medical consultants’ team language translators and arrange air medical transfer to the member’s hospital of choice. There are no health questions, claim forms, or deductibles.
JUDY Emergency Kit
Accidents will happen with little ones on the road. Help your loved ones be prepared with JUDY. The safety brand creates smartly designed emergency kits ($45) geared towards families. It comes with N95 masks, gloves, a First Aid kit, sanitizer, wet wipes, and tissues. Plus, it’s the size of a pencil kit so that you can throw it in any bag. No wonder Oprah just named them one of her Favorite Things for 2020.
There are always those families who like trips off the beaten path, which means it’s harder to come by necessities like clean water. The LARQ Bottle ($76 for a 17oz bottle) is great for families who travel thanks to its self-cleaning technology and water purification system. The built-in UV-C LED light eliminates up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from the water and bottle. And the company just came out with the Terra collection this year, with colorways inspired by nature and travel.
Keep kids engaged with the world even when they’re not on the move with the Little Passports subscription service. The monthly themed kit arrives in a miniature suitcase and is filled with activities (food, geography, archeology), hands-on building projects, as well as STEM projects, and unexpected treats. Children learn about languages, landmarks, and more to get them excited about destinations. Prices start at $17.95 a month.
Bombol Pop Up Booster
Perfect for families with youngsters, the Bombol origami booster for $149 instantly becomes a sturdy, comfortable seat to suit any location and folds to be as flat as a small book when you don’t. Weighing less than 2.5 pounds and featuring a removable five-point harness with elastic shoulder straps, the booster fits almost all chair designs and makes traveling for family meals easy.
Paravel Packing Cube Trio
Organization is key to making family travel run smoothly. Paravel’s Packing Cube Trio for $55 is just the ticket as it’s easy to assign everyone a cube or two. Simply have each family member pack their own cube, then easily place them in a suitcase. This also makes it easy to unpack at the destination as well, reducing time looking for items. Not to mention, you can personalize the cubes, so you know exactly who’s who.
Patagonia Provisions 2-Day Camp Kit for Two
Camping is one of the best types of family vacations and is often COVID safe. So, for families looking to get outdoors for some camping trips, the Patagonia Provisions 2-Day Camp Kit for Two ($89) is ideal. It’s got recipes, ingredient/shopping lists, and other provisions to make all the meals for two days. Families would have to purchase two kits to serve a family of four.
Uppababy Minu Stroller
You can never go wrong with a reliable travel stroller for a family traveling with tots. And the UPPAbaby Minu (starting at $399.99) is one of the best. It has all-wheel suspension for a smooth ride, a multi-position recline to make napping on the go a breeze, a large basket to hold everything you need for a day of exploring, a large canopy with a UPF 50+ sunshade, and one-handed fold capabilities. Oh, and all this is compacted into just 15 pounds. Add on the new snack tray, and meals are easy too.