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Over the last couple of years my family has taken many, many road trips. Whether it’s coast to coast voyage or a 3 hour day trip, we have mastered the art of the family road trip.
A lot of people ask what our secret is for staying sane on the road with 6 kids. While it takes a lot of patience and planning, the thing that saves our sanity more than anything is our Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro with the Walmart Family Mobile plan and 10 fabulous apps that make road tripping with kids not only possible but a lot of fun too!
We chose Walmart Family Mobile because of their unlimited, talk text and data plan that includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data (perfect for road trips where wifi is limited) and starts at only 29.88 (for the first line) per month.
- Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/frw8 or your local Walmart for current pricing.
We went with Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro because it met all our needs (large touchscreen, camera and access to android apps) and was very affordable at only $64.88. You should totally pick up one of these phones, they are pretty cool and won’t break the bank.
Now let’s tackle the must have travel apps for any road tripping family.
Best Free Travel Apps for your Next Family Road Trip
1. Waze – Relying on crowd-sourced traffic information, Waze is the ultimate in real time navigation. With this app you can check out traffic conditions based on real-time information from other Waze users, complete with reports on road hazards, accidents, speed traps and more. My favorite feature is the turn-by-turn navigation that takes into account traffic conditions so you now what roads to avoid and can easily find a detour.
2. Roadtrippers – With this app you can take the road less traveled. Roadtrippers finds obscure restaurants and attractions on your planned travel routes giving you a more adventurous road trip.
3. Field Trip – This app runs in the background of your smartphone, and alerts you to locations that are perfect for a road trip field trip. It includes historical sites, architecture, entertainment, etc. My favorite feature is that the app tells you about interesting places as you drive by and will customize recommendations based on you giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”
4. Gas Buddy– Since gas prices are on par with college tuition these days, being able to quickly locate the lowest prices for a gallon of gas on your trip is a huge money saver. Gas buddy helps you do just that with their easy to navigate app that will sniff out the lowest gas prices near you.
5. iExit Interstate Exit Guide – Always know what is coming up several exits ahead with this app (our family’s favorite!). With this app you know exactly how many exits until your favorite fast food chain so you can hold out or make the decision to stop somewhere else.
6. Hotel Tonight– We all know that nothing goes quite as planned with kids so this app becomes a lifesaver if your pans fall apart, or if you just like to live on the wild side and not plan anything until the last minute. Hotel Tonight can help you find the best deal near you, whereever you are. You can read reviews, see pictures and even snag some pretty sweet last minute deals all through this easy to use app.
7. USA Rest Stop Locator– A must have for any family road trip! Every parent knows what it’s like trying to find a decent bathroom when someone in the back starts to do the potty dance. With this app, you can easily find the nearest rest stop, welcome center or turnpike service plaza. You can even read comments from other visitors to that stop or leave one of your own.
8. PackPoint – Type a’s will love this app! with PackPoint you will be able to pack like a pro. This app suggests what to pack based on weather conditions in your destination, what activities you have planned, and the number of nights you’ll be away. This must have app delivers an itemized list of essentials, along with items you’ll want to pack for your side excursions.
9. License Plate Game App – No road trip is complete without a round of the license plate game! This handy app allows you to play together as family or go head to head with each other. Easily keep track of the 103 different license plates in the apps database and see how many you can collect before your trip is done.
As you can see with a little help from Walmart Family Mobile and some awesome free travel apps, you can be family road trip warriors too!
Did I miss one? What is your favorite travel app?