Discovering the world together can provide parents and children with memories to cherish, strengthening the bonds of love and respect—or not. Here, Hemispheres contributors share tales of family trips that didn’t quite follow the script, along with tips to help others avoid familial woes in far-off lands.
A KINDER, GENTLER LEASH
The Evado Filip VivoPlay is a wristwatch/phone/tracking device that will notify you when your child leaves his safety zone—thereby significantly reducing the time you’ll spend away from yours, by the pool.Not yet priced, evadofilip.co
KIDS, COVER YOUR EARS
While Junior’s music choices may leave something to be desired, the sound control on these KidzGear headphones protects tiny eardrums, so hearing loss will be one thing you don’t have to worry about. $20, gearforkidz.com
Face it, a good part of your vacation will be spent immobilizing the kids. For the taxi there’s the BubbleBum inflatable car seat ($40), while the My Little Seat travel chair (from $25, shown) keeps restaurant toppling to a minimum. You can also pick up cotton rope for as little as 50 cents a yard, but we don’t recommend that. $20, amazon.com