Traveling with kids

Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Paz


Rules for traveling with an iPad

Many of us are taking off on our last trip for the summer. We are also are bringing along our iPad. If you are traveling with kids or alone there are some basic rules for traveling with an iPad that will keep you and your iPad safe. Ours travels via airplanes, buses, trains, and automobiles


1. Good case – $14.99 – $19.99

My favorite case is the “Fintie Casebot Kiddie Series“. We love ours.

Before you ever leave your house your iPad needs to have a proper case. I personally recommend this case and was worth every singe penny. This will keep your iPad in one piece and is easy for anyone to hold when running through an airport or bus station. The handle turns into a stand so you can prop it up and read or watch a movie. Way better for the price than any other iPad case we researched.

2. Pre-download your movies, apps, music

**FYI – you can rent movies from iTunes to not break the bank**

Before we make any trips I do a few things to our iPad.

  1. Update all your apps
  2. Download movies for your trip
  3. Double check that your books and anything else you wish to read while on the road are still on your iPad (maybe your kids deleted them)

3.  Be discrete with your iPad

If you are on a bus with chickens….don’t take out your iPad!!!!! While traveling the world we have traveled on buses, sleeper buses, trains, and tuk-tuks where our electronics cost more than most people sitting around us make in a year.

If you are in a similar situation, don’t take out your iPad. Keep it put away. You don’t want to rub your wealth in people’s faces or make yourself an easy target. Instead encourage yourself and your family to look around and enjoy the scenery. We always encourage our kids to strike up conversation or games with other small children on the bus. It makes a 8 hour journey a lot more fun when your kids interact with other kids who have different backgrounds and speak different languages.

That is what traveling is all about, isn’t it?

4. Write out your iPad rules before leaving and go over them with kids or yourself

Have expectations on when and how your iPad is to be used. Doing this before setting out on your trip cuts down on arguments and melt-downs regarding the iPad at least. 🙂 Remember your family car trips? You could read, draw, look out the window, or fight with your siblings, there were NO iPads. Don’t feel bad to restrict the time your kids spend on the iPad, even if you are just sitting in the car. Let them suffer!! Ha! Here are our rules on the iPad while traveling

  1. No food or drink around the iPad, ever!
  2. No dirty hands when using the iPad (our little guy is always dirty)
  3. Mom and Dad are the boss of the iPad 100% of the time. No questions!
  4. You must ask before using the iPad, since we are the boss.
  5. The kids must play with 90% of the other toys that we brought BEFORE they get to use the iPad.

Our kids aren’t perfect with the iPad, but they don’t cry when it is taken and do use their imagination to play.

5. Don’t plan on taking picture with your iPad.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been visiting places around the globe and see people take out their iPad to take pictures.  I understand it is a good idea to try and use something as much as possible, however…..

Have you ever watched someone try and take a picture of their family on the Great Wall? They look so awkward. Taking pictures on an iPad isn’t easy or fun while you are trekking through the jungle or playing on the beach. You make yourself a big target because you have this huge iPad out while you are running and playing on the beach. Can you picture it?

Buy a small camera and use that. You won’t drop it in the sand and be worried or have messed up pictures at the end of your trip.


Use these rules for traveling with an iPad and have an awesome adventure!

About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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