The Best Travel Accessories for Families On the Go

Heading out for a weekend trip with the kids or planning a big family vacation? Check out our picks for the best travel accessories for families on the go.


Get tech savvy

When traveling with children, tablets and e-readers can be total lifesavers. Whether you’re waiting at the airport or stuck in traffic, putting on a movie or pulling up a favorite book on a tablet occupies kids in an instant.


Invest in kids’ headphones. Not only do they come in cute designs and smaller, comfortable sizes, but they’re also volume-limiting. If multiple kids want to listen to something, bring along some headphone splitters. They’re a simple and inexpensive way for everyone to enjoy the iPad.


And don’t forget to pack a portable charger! This is a vital travel accessory for the whole family. It’ll revive your devices and make sure your little ones get to see the end of Frozen.


P.S: If you take a Brightline train, you won’t have to deal with stressful airports or traffic. There’s a BrightKids play area in each station perfect for kids 12 and under. Plus, riding the train itself keeps your little ones occupied. What kid doesn’t love riding the train and looking out the window? Try Brightline for your next trip.)


Boy Smiling with Headphones




Ready for refreshments 

When you’re on a family vacation, there’s usually someone that’s hungry or thirsty at any given time. That’s why packing snacks and water bottles are oh-so-important, especially for longer trips.

Forego disposable plastic water bottles in favor of insulated stainless-steel water bottles. Choose a high-quality, leak-proof insulated bottle that can keep your beverages hot or cold for hours on end.


When preparing snacks for your children, try out bento boxes. Bento boxes include several kid-friendly compartments that keep food separate—a must for picky eaters. They’re more fun than regular lunch boxes and it’s easy for parents to pack a variety of healthy snacks without wasting plastic bags.


School lunch box for kids


Let’s go to the beach

Take your family on a Brightline train and you’ll be a short drive to one of South Florida’s many beaches. Pack one of these nifty beach accessories in your bag next to your swimsuits. You won’t regret it.


Forget your old beach towels. Sandless beach mats immediately filter sand away from its surface. Say goodbye to finding sand in your suitcase from vacations of years past.


Ever worry about your valuables when you take a family swim in the ocean? Try a portable safe. You can lock up your smartphone, camera, and wallet and have peace of mind while you’re enjoying the water.


Want to take your phone into the water? Waterproof housing kits turn your smartphone into a cool underwater camera. This way you can capture every memory without risking water damage.


Tote bag on the beach


One more thing

There are so many nifty travel gadgets out there—but you can’t pack them all. When you have room for just *one* more thing in your luggage, consider these travel accessories.


A waterproof toiletry organizer is worth it. It may look like a compact toiletry bag, but it unfolds to reveal a plethora of compartments. A toiletry organizer saves you from the trouble of digging through your suitcase and finding Dad’s shaving cream instead of the baby shampoo.


While you probably keep band-aids and children’s pain relievers on hand at all times, a travel-friendly first aid kit ensures that you’re ready for anything. Family-centric first aid kits often include kid-friendly bandages, diaper rash ointment, ice packs and more.


When packing for a trip on Brightline, remember that you can bring up to 2 carry-on bags and one checked bag per ticketed guest for free. Read more about Brightline’s baggage policy on our FAQ.

When you combine travel accessories with Brightline’s baggage policy, your family will be prepared for anything.


Travel toiletry kit


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