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Family Travel Essentials

Summertime means summer travel. When you have children, the key to making any trip fun and stress-free is to be organized. Plan ahead, and make sure you have everything you need, including some helpful distractions for the little ones. Mike Avila, founder of, knows this well. He’s the father of two young girls. He shared some great products to help make family travel easier.

Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Expandable Global Carry-On

A great bag for the quick weekend getaway. It has the versatility you expect from Swiss Army products. While this ideal for business travelers, it’s the perfect bag to pack all the essentials you need for a quick family trip, too. The front zippered door gives you easy access to a laptop, tablet, smartphone or portable gaming system so you can organize all the family’s tech items in one bag! It’s also incredibly durable.

Nintendo Switch - 

Distractions are a must if you’re making a road trip or hopping on a plane with small kids. We all want to be able to have a little peace and quiet. The Nintendo Switch is the perfect console. It’s a full gaming console, you can take on the road. It has two portable modes. What’s great is that multiple players can play from one console, because of the detachable controllers. So if you get a game like Nintendo’s brand new ARMS fighting game, all the kids can play!

Cube-Tastic puzzle -

Another great option to keep the kids occupied while traveling is The Cube-tastic. Download the FREE APP which helps you figure out how solve the Cube. The more you do it, the better you get. A great way to develop problem-solving skills. Right now, Morning Blend viewers can use the code TBMBSHOW to save 25% on the Cube-tastic on Amazon.

ThinkGeek R2-D2 AC/USB Power Station -

With every family member bringing along a phone, tablet, e-reader and/or laptop, competition for wall outlets at a hotel can be fierce. Eliminate the problem by getting this awesome R2-D2 Power Station from ThinkGeek. It has four sockets and 2 USB ports to charge everyone’s devices, at the same time. Easy accessory to bring along.  May The (power) Force Be With You.

Macy’s Celebrate Shop Tailgate Set - 

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? But picnic baskets, while cute and all, aren’t the most practical way to lug around your family’s snacks and beverages. This set from Macy’s, while called a Tailgate set, is actually picnic perfect. A soft cooler with plenty of room for snacks and sandwiches, a blanket to keep you from getting dirty, and doozies to keep the kid’s colas cold. Even comes with a jug that will hold plenty of water.

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