Travel Finds for Families


Article by Nadine Bubeck

Photography by Nadine Bubeck

To gift travel, is to gift memories. 

As families embark on holiday road trips, ‘tis the season to stock up on gear that makes your adventures smooth, easy and comfortable.

Here are a few new finds for travelling families. 

1. Guava Roam Stroller

With many families jumping on the RV bandwagon and exploring national parks, those with young kids will need some wheels that survive rough roads and rugged paths. Guava’s Roam stroller has all the features of a traditional jogging stroller — and more.

The Roam is a two-in-one crossover stroller designed to fit any lifestyle. Its compact fold and superior performance make it a great option for hitting the trails or grocery store — all in one trip.

Feel free to off-road with the Roam, and when you’re done, swoon over its compact fold- storing 50% smaller than traditional joggers. The rubber tires flaunt foam-filled technology that reduces the possibility of going flat.

2. Columbia Outerwear

Introducing Columbia’s brand-new Omni-Heat Black Dot – the industry’s first external thermal shield built to protect you from the cold. Simply put, it’s an all-new fabric tech that keeps you SUPER warm. In fact, Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat Black Dot, 3D, and Thermarator Recycled Insulation technologies use advanced dots that trap heat to retain more warmth.  These dots capture solar heat, enhance thermal efficiency and reduce heat loss. 

For hiking buffs, get the Women’s Facet 15 Trail Shoe, an ultralight, versatile shoe built for all-terrain traction, runners and walkers. Consisting of Columbia’s Omni-Shield™ water-and- stain-resistant tech, tough ballistic textile, and stitch-free, and welded overlays, this comfortable footwear solution will keep you cruising for miles.

For the kiddos- ditch the cliché sweats and suit them in Fast Trek Fleece Pants. These cozy fleece-lined pull-on pants will be their new faves for chilly hikes or cozy evenings by the fire.

3. Which Way USA: 50-State Collection

Remember way back when – your kiddie bookshelves were filled with World Books? Well, this is the best thing since, and it’s exposing and educating your children to the beautiful landscape of our country.

Ideal for the holidays (consider this is a group gift to siblings), Highlights is offering a Which Way USA set of all 50 states — it’s a great way to learn about the whole country. Kids can take in the sights, relive history and encounter fascinating facts about the states through fun puzzle adventures. Along the way, they’ll learn about famous landmarks, culture, map-reading skills and more. The set includes 50 paperback puzzle books and 50 maps.    

4. Xray Footwear

Your kids will live in these shoes- perfect for trail walking, hiking and beyond. With plenty of boot styles to choose from, the attractive all-weather shoes come equipped with a padded collar and tongue, a cushioned foam bed, gripped rubber outsoles and an easy pull tab for safe and enjoyable fun. Made especially for energetic boys, styles like the Troy Sneaker lets your little man strut his stuff with comfort and confidence.

5. GyPSy Guide

This app is a must for national park goers. Listen to entertaining behind-the-scenes stories about the history, geology, hikes, animals and cultural highlights along the route- all triggered by GPS. GyPSy commentary plays automatically as you drive, based on your location- we used it for Yellowstone, and the guide helped us prioritize the best things to see and do, as well as suggested side-trips and local tips. Only $10!

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