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Melissa Joan Hart Shares Road Trip Must-Haves And How to Find the Best Car for Your Family

  • Portable DVD Player
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    Portable DVD Player 

    Even if your car is not equipped with a DVD player, you can purchase one (or two) for road trips, that can even easily be stored in the car year round. This portable DVD player has a rechargeable battery and the battery can last for up to 5 hours. It comes with an AC power adapter and can easily be charged on the go. ($54; amazon.com)

     

  • Car vacuum
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    Car Vacuum

    Melissa Joan Hart definitely inspired us to start thinking about a built-in vacuum for our next car, but in the meantime a smaller vacuum will have to do. This vacuum can tackle seats, floors and trunks and has an extendable and detachable nozzle. It also has a washable filter and LED light for getting those hard-to-reach places under your kid’s seat. It can be plugged into the AC adapter in your car for convenience and also comes with a storage bag. ($28; amazon.com)

     

  • Backseat Bingo
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    Backseat Bingo

    This is the perfect game for road trips, because all you need are the cards and a window to look out of. Each person gets a card, and the first person to see five things in a row on their card, wins! Families will be tasked with looking for things like airplanes, horses, traffic lights and stop signs. Switch the cards from person to person to keep the fun going! ($8; amazon.com)

  • Contigo Kids 2 and 1 Snack Cups purple and green
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    Travel Cups

    No matter how hard you try, kids will inevitably eat and drink in the car, so it’s a good idea go ahead and buy some spill-proof snack and drink cups (or one that holds both)! These Contigo cups come in a set of two and conveniently hold snacks on the top and drinks on the bottom. The spout helps to eliminate spills, while the cover contains the snacks and keeps the spout clean. ($22; amazon.com)

  • Graco Car Seat black and gray
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    Car Seats

    If you’re searching for a car for your family, making sure your kids are safely secured in the car should be at the top of your list. Car seats vary for kids based on their ages, weight and height, and come in a number of different makes and models. Even if you already have a car seat, it may be time for an upgrade, because safety standards and guidelines change. This pick by Graco will grow with your family from the infant to toddler stage and beyond. ($200; amazon.com)

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