Traveling with kids

Elizabeth - posted on 11/29/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a portable DVD player or after market headrest DVD player? We're looking at traveling 18 hrs with 3 kids, ages 5 yrs, 3 yrs, and 5 months ...

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/29/2010

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I certainly agree JuLeah, but I want to cover all bases and get answers to questions I know my husband will ask. I've been asked to gather information on traveling; total miles, if we get free hotel, keeping kids occupied, breaking up drive, meals, etc. My husband will be doing the majority of the drive, so I'm in charge of research and planning. I know he'll ask about DVD player to use a couple times during the trip, so gotta do the research on decent ones.

JuLeah - posted on 11/29/2010

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I am not a huge fan of DVD players even on long trips. I have traveled that distance and more with little ones. Toys (Dollar store) and snacks and games and songs and many breaks to look at things and stretch legs .... it is not the distanation, but the journey, right? Don't allow kids to zone out of their own lives.

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Here's the one we bought when we moved from Florida to NY and had to drive 25 hours with our then 2 year old in the car (me in the car, husband in the moving truck).

http://www.target.com/RCA-Screen-Portabl...

For the price, I think it's a really good deal. It has two monitors so you could have one on the back of each headrest (driver and passenger). The only thing to keep in mind is that one of the monitors is actually the dvd player. I only had the one child in the back, so I put the monitor with the player in the passenger seat next to me so I could more easily change dvd's. With you having 3 kids in the back, you'll probably want to have it where both of the monitors are usable by the kids. That just means you or your husband will have to twist a little to change out the dvd's. All in all though, I liked the player. It didn't skip on bumps and was super easy, especially with the remote. Once I learned where all the buttons were, I could just restart, turn off, on, and control volume without having to stop. The only thing I didn't (and still don't) like about it is that even with an adaptor, I've never been able to get it to work in a regular wall outlet. We stayed over night at a hotel when we moved up and I tried plugging it into the wall in our room and it just wouldn't play. I don't know if they're all like that or if it was just a fluke with the one we bought.

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