Summer time is travel time. The weather is great and it’s time to load up the family and head out on an adventure. Here are some new items to help enhance your summer family fun as you travel together and make memories. No matter if you travel with the kids, the pets or just the two of you.
Traveling with the kids
Nothing is more iconic then the family road trip, however traveling with children can be tricky at best. When traveling with a baby, we have all done the behind the seat pacifier hunt as we drive down the road. The Friendly Pacifier can help alleviate that. The Friendly Pacifier, recommended for babies 0-6 months of age, is a stuffed friend and a soothing pacifier in one. The cuddly friend gives baby something to hold on to, lessening the chance of dropping the pacifier. The soft toy can also entertain baby, giving you a few more miles of peace. Since the pacifier and stuffed friend are attached, if the pacifier is dropped it will be easier to see especially in low light conditions and can be found easier when in a diaper bag.
One issue when traveling with an infant is a safe and secure sleeping space for your little one. At a hotel you can only hope they have safe and secure cribs. With a JourneyBee travel crib you can bring your own, safe and secure travel crib to give you complete piece of mind. The JourneyBee weighs less than twelve pounds and comes with its own travel bag. No tools are required and the product is a simple set up. Mesh side panels allow easy viewing and plentiful space allows for playtime as well. The JourneyBee would be great for an overnighter at Grandmas, a weekend camping trip or a safe place for baby while at the beach. JourneyBee is recommended for babies up to 18 months of age.
For older children, a special toy can make a long trip more bearable. Nenuco by Famosa’s Travel With Me Doll, allows little mommy’s the chance to care for their baby on the go. This cute 14 inch doll comes complete with its own fabric car seat. This car seat has a strap in the back that allows it to be attached to your vehicles seat belt, allowing the doll to be secured right next to your child. The doll is designed for ages 2-6 years old, but can also appeals to older children. This high quality doll comes complete with a bottle and will be sure to entertain your little traveler.
When you can combine fun and learning everyone wins. The ABC Touch Pad by Bkids combines touch technology with learning and fun for kids 6 months and up. This colorful tablet sized device features touch pad technology on the buttons making them easy for even the smallest child to use. Three different and easily changed modes allow for more play options and less boredom with the device. The three different modes teach ABCs, numbers and the third allows each button to play music. This interactive learning tool will provide young children of all age’s fun throughout the summer whether home or away.
Appealing to kids of all ages, the Limited Edition release of The Jungle Book Movie is a great choice to play on a portable DVD player of your in vehicle entertainment system as you head to your destination. Available only at Wal-Mart, this animated movie features your favorite Jungle Book characters in a new adventure. Adding to the fun of the movie are two collectible figures included right in the package and the DVD contains a downloadable activity kit.
Traveling with the family Dog
For many of us, dogs are part of the family too. To make traveling with them easier Petmate has a wide variety of products to suit your budget and your dog, no matter his size. To travel safely by car the universal wire pet barrier can help sequester your dog in your SUV or car. This lightweight but sturdy wire barrier installs quickly and with no damage or permanent mounting to the vehicle. The universal size fits many SUV and cars, keeping your pooch out of the front seat. This is great to use occasionally for trips to the vet or to install long term.
Another option to keep Fido safely in your vehicle is the travel harness. The harness comes in several sizes so finding a fit for your dog is easy. The harness features comfort chest padding, reflective stitching for visibility and a seat belt clip that clips into most standard seat belt buckles. The harness allows your dog to be secured in the back seat, allowing you to drive safely. This harness can also be used as a temporary leash, perfect for quick potty stops along the way.
To assure your dog’s comfort once you reach your destination, Petmate has comfortable and convenient zip up pet beds. These beds come in different sizes and zip up to allow for easier packing. If your dog feels more secure in a crate, consider the pop up tent also from Petmate. A more travel friendly alternative to a bulky and rigid crate, its perfect for small dogs. The quick pop up tent can be a perfect retreat for a timid or tired pup. All four sides are durable screen mesh to allow for adequate airflow. The tent quickly folds for easy storage in the included travel bag.
Some dogs can be possessive and picky about their food dishes. Consider feeding and watering your dog in travel bowls before you leave on your vacation to allow him to get used to them. The collapsible food and water dishes fold flat for travel, but are sturdy. Different sizes allow you to find the perfect one for your dog. The large bowl can hold three cups of food or water, the small size holds one and a half cups. These travel bowls are also great for trips to the Dog Park or outdoor play at home.
Speaking of outdoor play, to allow your dog to be outdoors in a safe contained area Petmate offers different sizes of Exercise pens. The Extra-large pen is 4 feet tall and features 6 panels that can be configured in different patterns. The pen comes with ground stakes, but I would still recommend this for small dogs. My Rat Terrier loves running around the pen, but my German Shepherd makes quick work of knocking it over and escaping.
Petmate also offers tons of toys that will appeal to any dog. There’s no better way for you and your dog to enjoy the lovely summer weather than playing with some fun new toys. The Chuck It comes in different size launchers and compatible sturdy Chuck It balls which is great for the dog that loves to fetch. If your dog is more comfortable in the pool, he would probably enjoy the Water Skimmer. The skimmer is a Frisbee shaped soft toy that floats on the surface of water encouraging your doggy to swim to the toy. My dog who hates taking a bath loves to chase the water skimmer into the pool to cool off in the summer heat.
My dogs love toys that they can play with alone. It keeps them entertained when I am busy or away from home. The EverTuff Treat Pods can be filled with safe dog treats. While the dogs are relaxing and playing with the toy they get access to the treats, a perfect way for the dogs to unwind after a day of outside play.
Staying Beautiful on the Go
Maintaining your skin and makeup routine on the go can be easy with some convenient travel size editions of your favorite products.
Bodycology is available at your local Walmart and Kmart stores. They offer a wide variety of scents and product lines at a good value. Perfect for your summer travel are their 2 ounce Hand Sanitizers with soothing aloe vera. The sanitizers come in scents such as Brown Sugar Vanilla and White Gardenia.
Bodycology also offers fragrance mists in the two ounce travel size you can try their new scents such as Cucumber Melon, Blackberry Vanilla and Sweet Petals. The Fragrance mist is light enough for summer, but heavy enough to be noticed.
You can also combat dry skin on the go, by tossing the rich and luxurious Bodycology body cream into your purse or makeup bag. In a convenient two ounce tube, containing shea butter and aloe vera, the cream is light, absorbs quickly and smells heavenly.
The summer heat and sun can take a toll on your face. Luckily for you Bioelements has a complete skin care regimen, in flight friendly travel sizes. The Travel Light Essential Weekend Kit for Skin contains Cleanser, Equalizer, Peel, Moisture and a Sleepwear Oil Control Moisturizer in the Combination Skin kit. This kit contains everything to cleanse tone, exfoliate, hydrate and provide ant-aging on the go.
Your hair can also suffer terribly in the summer. Constant heat, pool chemicals and salt water can leave your hair dry and lifeless. For those with curly hair, you may find it to be frizzy and unmanageable. Ouidad has developed the Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Hair Repair Mask. Simply applying this mask to your hair twice a week will help restore your hair and prevent future damage. The mask smells wonderful and contains their proprietary repair complex to wrap the hair shaft which protects and nourishes your hair.
For the guys, Garnier Fructis has launched an entire line of Power Gels and Power Putty’s. Coming in six different formulas getting the hold you need to create the style you want couldn’t be easier. Each package clearly labels their control power number allowing you to choose just what you need to make your hair behave in the hot summer sun. All formulas offer 24 hour style and hold.
To keep your smile as white and beautiful as possible, Rembrandt Intense Stain Dissolving strips offer quick help. In as little as two weeks of daily wear, these strips can noticeably whiten your teeth and can protect against future stains. I was pleased with my whitening results, and loved the fact that it took only five to ten minutes a day. The strips are individually sealed, which makes them perfect for travel.
To contain all of your beauty items while you are traveling SOHO Beauty offers a variety of makeup bags in various designs and patterns. They feature multiple configurations on the inside for secure storage of makeup and beauty items of all kinds. The bags are sturdy and durable while still being lightweight and compact.
There you have it. Before you travel take some time to check out these fun and innovative products to make your travel experience better this summer.