If you travel with kids, gadgets are a must. Gadgets are there to make our life easier, but you must also consider the space and weight that each gadget takes up. This is our tried and test list of gadgets that we have put together after travelling for 2 years on the road. Some of them are just too fun to miss out on, others are downright necessary when travelling with kids. These also make perfect gifts for travellers.
We even took our own speaker backpacking in South America! We have a few elements that guide us into picking an item to carry caravanning with the family. One, it needs to be hardy and rugged since we’ll be using it outdoors. Two, it needs to provide hours of fun to the entire family.
The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is an enjoyable gadget to bring. Travelling Australia with kids, we need something that can play music and lessons around the caravan. Flip 4’s sound is loud enough and balanced enough to use it all day. The Flip 4 has a listed 12 hours operational time, but the average reports to be between 8 – 10 hours on max volume. This varies depending on the use.
Do we love it though? You bet.
Portable chargers are some of the must-haves in your family travel. When picking a portable charger, make sure it has enough juice for as many devices that you have. You would want to have around 3 full charges per device at the very least. In addition to the three charges, you would want a high wattage for fast charging.
The Aikove Portable Charger is everything that you need in your camping holidays. Put it near the window and let it soak up as much sun as possible. Connect it up to 3 devices simultaneous and get a nice 5v 2.4 amp charge throughout.
We also love how the Aikove Portable Charger is as rugged as it can be. Its durable rubber body is easy to hold and can stay together for a few drops onto jagged soil. We just love it to keep our family travel blog up and running through our mobile gadgets.
If you’re going to caravanning around Australia, waterproofing is your friend. The Drybag TPU Waterproof Armband base lets you be extra adventurous when you run around. Put it on your arm and go to extreme activities with your kids!
Want to go rafting? Bring your phone with you and take those gorgeous photos. The Drybag is easy, does its job and works exactly the same as it says on the tin.
You can’t get it any easier than that.
The Kidizoom smartwatch Dx2 has many features that can make kids enjoy using their smartwatch! The Dx2 features two cameras that let your kids take anything from a simple selfie to a day to day vlog of their adventures.
Travelling Australia with kids has never been this easy! Customise the watch’s interface with various styles to choose from. Play with silly apps so your kids get more fun in the caravan.
If you’re one of those people who wants the latest gadgets with you in your family travel, you might have experienced over wireless charging. Most of the newer gadgets take advantage of wireless charging, so here’s the thing. Don’t bring 10 different chargers with you.
The BlitzWolf 10W Wireless Charging Pad is the all-in-one charger that you need for your newer tech. You can use it for your iPhones, Samsung S8 series and all other Qi-enabled devices.
Going at 195g, it’s light and portable. It protects your phone from overcharging and is non-slip, so you don’t get your phone moving in place.
The BlitzWolf Wireless Charging Pad is your all-in-one charging companion.
The Huawei P20 Pro Twilight is one of the best smartphones on the market right now for bloggers. Why? It’s the top-level camera.
The P20 packs a gorgeous Leica Triple Camera, scoring the highest-ever mark on image authority DxOMark with 109. Its system features a 40-Megapixel 1/1.73” RGB camera, a 20MP 1/2.78” monochrome camera and an 8MP, 1/4.4” RGB camera with optical stabilisation.
What all this means is you get professional quality images that show how beautiful the world is. The photos we take look stunning. It’s like we framed Australia on the palm of our hands!
Huawei P20 shows how you can enjoy Australia during your family travel. We recommend this phone for anyone who wants to shoot photos like a pro.
The Go Pro is ubiquitous for all families travelling Australia with kids. It’s the gadget that you need to document your every adventure!
It’s rugged, waterproof and perfect for sharing any experiences that you have without worries. Take photos, live stream and get powerful 4k, 60fps video that looks as awesome as the moment itself.
We even tested it on our camping holidays.
Reading is one of the most important things to impart on kids whilst they are young. When you have some family places to go, having a Kindle with you to pass the time is an important pastime.
With Kindle, you can read as much as you want without a headache from gadget screens. Read classics like the Moby Dick, Adventures of Tom Sawyer and up to thousands more in the Amazon library.
The thing that got us like the Kindle so much is the battery time. Depending on the use, it takes a week to go to half charge. For a family travelling Australia in a van, the Kindle is a great edutainment gadget for the entire family.
You can get the Kindle App on your Ipad, but it is just not the same. We can hand the kids the Kindle and know they are ONLY reading books, in comparison to the Ipad where the temptation to want to play or watch something always takes over.
If you’re caravanning with kids, you need a versatile watch just for yourself. Joe chose the Huawei Watch as it is ultra versatile. He can add a SIM to take and receive calls travelling Australia and overseas, and its waterproof up to 10m. He just never takes this watch off. The added bonus with this watch is that it also translates languages which have been invaluable for backpacking! Knowing the family’s current health situation lets us take care of everyone soon.
This is why you need a smartwatch. A Huawei Watch 2 with Android Wear 2.0 is just about everything that you’d need to watch your family’s health when caravanning.
We’ve featured the Cozy Phones in our previous articles, and we’re adding it here again due to how useful they are!
Cozy Phones lets you and your kids listen to your favourite audio tracks with full ease and comfort. The headphones are built-in on the soft silky headband, so you can rest or sleep in the caravan whilst you listen to your favourite podcasts. They even can be used for lessons for the kids.
The fabric material’s soft, providing comfy pressure and you can use it as a sleep mask. We can’t recommend Cozy Phones enough! They’re too awesome to pass up.
When you’re keeping a family travel blog, the number one tech need you have is a hard drive. To be specific, you’d want a super rugged external hard drive to keep all the photos and important documents. The Adata HD710 Rugged External Hard Drive is a stalwart friend that is ready to use every time.
The HD710 is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, so you can carry it wherever you go. The HD710 works with PC, Mac or Linux, so you can go places for kids and adventure hard without having to worry about your files.
If you want the USB-C option for faster transfer speed, we recommend the LaCie USB-C HDD. This hard drive can take as much abuse on the road, so you’d love using it.
The Ourine Solar Charger Power Bank packs a whopping 24000 mAh that you can use for a variety of things. For one, you can use it as a run of the mill power bank for your devices. You can also use it as a night light when you’re out on a caravanning ground.
We’ve gone a lot of times without straight up power to save on money on our caravanning around Australia. A charger that uses up the sun in Australia is as free as it gets for energy. The Ourine Solar Charger is our power buffer and solar surge protector. It’s the most convenient way to straight up get the best out of your energy needs.
The LEMEGO USB 5 Port Charger is the solution to the over drain kids and kid-adults put on their gadgets batteries. The device is using a quick charge technology that can fill up most phones to 80% in 35 minutes. That’s a good level of charge that can relieve you the headache of dealing with kids’ boredom.
The only gripe we have is that the LEMEGO 5 port is a bit bulky and lacks the right connector. In a caravan, this should be no problem. One alternative we recommend is using a Cigarette Lighter Splitter Car Charger, which monitors battery voltage whilst you charge.
The Arkon Dash Car Mount Holder is a useful travel accessory that holds devices in place. You can use this for navigation through GPS, connect your phone to your Bluetooth audio or make it your control panel.
The spring-loaded holder allows for single hand operation, from insertion to removal. That means you don’t need to pull over to get it snug in place!
We can’t tell you enough how this saved us from the monotony of endless roads on the Outback. We get to play our favourite music or make dash videos for the family travel blog. There’s too much fun from a simple Dash Car Mount!
Sport and gym armband cases tend to be on the typical side of tech gadgets, but for a family travelling Australia in a van, this is invaluable.
Armband cases mean you can take your kids to the park, beach or an event and still be completely handsfree without filling your pockets. It also is a great helper to prevent your kids from forgetting their own mobile gadgets in stops and campgrounds. As long as the device is on their arm and some guidance for your little Aussies, you’ll be good to go.
What we like about the Lovphone armband is the waterproofing and protection it provides. Its PVC and neoprene material prevent damage from liquids, sweat, scratching and even dust.
The armband even has a reflective strip, so people can see you in lowlight environments.
If the adults in your travelling family aren’t committed to the CozyPhones, than these Wireless headphones will be for you.
The JBL Lifestyle Tune 100BT Wireless is a nifty set of wireless earbuds designed to cut down on the gamut of cords in the van. The buds provide amazing audio quality for the price. It’s not the best value dollar-for-dollar, but it’s right up there.
The buttons in the Tune 100BT are also nice and big, so you don’t need to fiddle around too much. It even has a good bass to keep the audio crisp and booming.
Homeschooling or carrying out a business on the road – then a lightweight printer is a must.
The Canon PIXMA MG2560 is one of the smaller, more portable inkjet printers that won’t break the bank. It can print both high-quality photos and fast document printing, depending on what you need.
On the road, this is an invaluable travel tech that nobody should miss. At its current price range, the Canon PIXMA MG2560 is a bargain printer when you need to print that quick document.
Going on camping holidays, the bane of our existence is the lack of power points to plug our stuff.
That’s the reason that we recommend getting a Safemore 2 Level Power Tower. It’s a power cube where you can connect everything! It has 6 outlets total and 4 USB 2.1A chargers, enough for a family of 4!
The colourful design looks sleek on any surface. Our favourite part is that it has an overload protection built-in. That means your gadgets are safe if ever you get a full surge!
Joe’s favourite product – a must have for Dads and even Mums! Drones are awesome for family travel.
This Mavic Pro 2 makes it so easy to include in your caravanning Australia set up. It’s small enough to carry all around and fun for the kids to fly.
Equipped with a Swedish Hasselblad camera, you won’t only get to fly it when caravanning. It lets you document sweeping fields, the gorgeous Outback and much more.
This is perfect for a family travel blog! Assemble it easy and disassemble it easier. Make it a task for the kids and they’ll be more than happy to help you.
As a family travel blog, we need all the good angles we can get for that perfect photo.
The CREUSA selfie stick is a multi-function monopod and tripod that connects to your phone or Go Pro via Bluetooth. Its aluminium construction is thick and solid but light to carry all day. This results in a more stable photo or video you can upload on social media.
What we love about this selfie stick are its variable modes. You can set it up as a stand-alone tripod with the removable remote so you can join those group shots! Mount a Go Pro and bring it to an adventure as a body or shoulder cam.
The CREUSA Selfie Stick Tripod is a good gadget to use on your camping holidays. Go caravanning with kids and start taking those photos!
Drinking from the tap is not a problem when you know you have a clean water source around. However, on an Australia roadtrip that may not always be possible.
The Steripen Classic UV Water Purifier is a fast and effective method to remove 99.9% of bacteria from your drinking water. Purify a litre of water in just 1.5 minutes! Press a button, leave it and you’re all set for clean drinking water.
What we love about the Steripen is the portability and trust in the product. It’s one of those trusted products around the world that can help provide safe drinking water to your family. As parents to two wonderful little Aussies, we’re more than glad we have something like this for our travels.
With family places to go around the world, we tend to carry gadgets around a lot. Gadgets mean we have Li-Po batteries.
The Lookatool LiPo Battery Guard is the last battery carry bag you would ever need. Perfect, and in some airport mandatory for air travel.
This battery bag can carry all your Lithium polymer batteries and is designed to safely contain any leaks or explosions that may happen.
The bag is both fireproof and follows USA/AUS/NZ flight standards for battery carry-on, so you can rest assured that you are safe when you’re on family travel. We took these with us all about New Zealand and South America and never were held up at the airport!
Travelling Australia in a van can get hot! Australia has sweltering heat, and you will need even a small reprieve from it.
The 5.5” Flex USB Fan won’t do a lot, but it’s your best bet when you have a spare USB port. It’s fast, quiet and works with any USB connection. The blades are made of silicone, so no risk of injuries for the family.
It’s great when you travel with kids and a nice add-on for how cheap it is.
Apple’s iPad is one of the best travel techs that you can give to anyone. It’s useful to both us as parents and to the kids as well!
When travelling Australia with kids, you can use it to help navigate your way around the winding roads of the Outback. Whilst doing so, you can have them play games or learn their lessons through educational apps.
The iPad makes multitasking easy, and we love moving back and forth between gaming and using it as a utility tool. Whether you’re aiming for business or play, the iPad is a great way to help your little Aussie to enjoy moments with the family.
What have we missed? What would you add?
This is our list of best gadgets to take to make travelling easier with your family. But what would you take? What should we add to this list?