Keep your kids busy on the road!

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1. Make your own Trail Mix with favorites

Before your trip, let kids pick out a few of their favorite snacks to combine for their very own trail mix blend. Parents, feel free to toss some healthy options into the mix as well. Pre-portion the mix into mini baggies for a tasty treat, they can go to when hunger hits.

2. Have some fun with the tunes!

We all have different tastes, so to keep everybody happy, let each rider take a turn selecting their favorite songs.  Set a time limit for each person and enjoy exploring musical genres galore.

3. Give kids something to look forward to!

To make the hours fly by, every hour on the hour, have a little surprise ready to give them. Think simple like a pack of gum or a sheet of stickers. It will make the trip exciting for the little ones as they eagerly await their next surprise.

4. Make it an adventure!

If you have extra time. Don’t be afraid to pull over for some extra fun. Let each rider choose a roadside stop. Maybe it’s a quick photo op at a national park or a visit to a local ice cream parlor they spot along the way. Don’t be in such a rush to get to your destination that you forget to enjoy the journey!

5. Grab a deck of Playprint for hours of screen-free entertainment!

Playprint is a deck of mix and match cards that provides creative play prompts and can easily be adapted to long car rides simply by sorting out activities that don’t require a lot of supplies or space.

Some of our favorite car ride activities inspired by Playprint include creating stories, songs, and games. Parents, pull it out for some family fun or have them play independently when you’re ready for a little break!

 


    • – Your friends at City Catt and Playprint 😽

A suitcase that doubles as a toy!

As a Travel Founder and mom, I had to personally take the time to vouch for this product. Trunkis are a hit in my home even when we’re not traveling, with the kids riding on it through the house in tedious days. And when we are traveling, it’s a show stopper. People literally stop to smile and comment on us as I go through the airport with three energetic boys taking turns on our Tiger Trunki.

 

Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On!

 

Why you need it: It’s a spacious cute suitcase that doubles as a toy!

Why we like it: It has just enough space to pack for the weekend, and if you’re traveling for more than two days, it’s perfect for taking a couple of toys to entertain them during your trip.

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

Latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Are we there yet? A Travel Kit to keep this question away!

Are we there yet? We love how this reusable Road Trip Travel Games Activities Kit keeps the kids busy while creating dozens of opportunities for the whole family to engage in old-fashioned road trip fun!

 

Let the kids track the progress of the trip!

 

Why you need it: It’s hard to keep the kids off electronics these days. This is a great way to have the kids actively participating in the progress of the trip and interacting with the whole family through playing all-time favorite games like hangman, connects, battleship, license plate hunt, and even a visual scavenger hunt for kids who can’t read yet.

 

Why we like it: The countdown cards keep kid’s anxiousness at bay, letting them know what to expect. The cards can be filled out in advance and hung with the string and wood clips included in the kit.  Then kids can follow along and have fun as landmarks and stops are reached.

 

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

This gym bag is our favorite travel bag!

This Travel Duffel bag with Wet Pocket & Shoes Compartment is advertised as a sports/travel bag, but if you ask us, you don’t really need that many pockets when going to the gym! 😸

There’s a pocket for everything in this bag!

 

Why you need it:  When going on a family road trip, less is more. This is a very lightweight bag with plenty of room. It’s very affordable, so for a large family and a long trip, you could consider purchasing one for each. This way you don’t to play legos with bulky luggage, and everybody is forced to pack only the necessary.

 

Why we like it: It’s built to last with its waterproof material and wear-resistant leather. We also absolutely love the insane amount of pockets in this bag, including a shoe compartment and inner pockets for toiletries!

 

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

The best water filter bottle for your next road trip

An amazing camping product with an impactful social mission? Count us in!  For every bottle LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles, you buy, a school-age child in need receives safe water for an entire year. With this bottle, you don’t need any other single-use plastic bottles in life. It removes all bacteria and parasites with a carbon-activated filter, turning it into safe water in instants.

This bottle gets rid of 99. 999999% of bacteria

Why you need it: For every fill of the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle, you avoid two plastic water bottles of water. And you provide a child in need with a whole year of clean water.

Why we like it: Because it eliminates the needs for other bottles, and it’s a practical way to keep yourself properly hydrated through any kind of trip. Simply fill it and drink it.

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon Reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Keep track of your Road Trips through the USA

In this Post-COVID world, many families are choosing road trips as a way to safely get away from home. It’s a safe-distancing friendly activity if you make careful choices of destination, stay, and activities. We love this Scratch Off US States- USA Map because it’s a great tradition to start with your family, helping you choose your next destination and keeping the memories of previous trips alive.

A great family tradition to start now!

Why you need it: Because it’s a great way to visualize all the places you still have to go and remember the ones you’ve been to!

Why we like it: It’s a great tradition and a cute piece of decor for your home!

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest reviews from Amazon

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Safest popular cities to travel after COVID

We compared the most popular cities in the US and their COVID case numbers taking into consideration in which stage they are and how consistent the city has been in keeping them low. Denver is the big winner with only 6,401 cases in total, with the peak happening in April and only 169 cases registered in June, as of June 17.

Safest cities to travel according to data collected on June 17.

 

To learn more about safely traveling after COVID, download our Free Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide where we share a whole lot of information about Post-COVID trave, including changes to airports, hotels and vacation homes after COVID, and much more.

Need more help planning a trip post-COVID?

No better way to plan a trip now than through collaboration and with current information in hands. Our Trip Planner lets you plan with the help of the people joining you on the trip plus the expertise of a local micro-influencer in your destination.

Wondering what to do and where to go? Local Influencers make it their business to explore their cities and can provide you with the most up-to-date information and personalized itineraries. Start planning for free now! 


— The City Catt Team 😽

Staycation idea #1: Play detective with Carmen Sandiego!

If you’re a Millenial Parent, we’re betting you obsessed over Carmen Sandiego. We’re going to go further and guess that you also begged your mom for the computer game and engaged on ACME assignments (the 90s equivalent of binge-watching) to find the mysterious white-collar thief. Wasn’t it exciting to imagine you were traveling to all of those places for real?

Well, for our happiness, Carmen Sandiego’s re-run has been released by Netflix at the beginning of this year! So, on your next staycation, you now have an excellent excuse to get the kids out of those dummy YouTube videos showing kids how to play with toys (instead of actually playing with them) and get the family together for some collective detective work!

And if they all become fans like you, here are some other ways to become an ACME agent/ Globe-trotter in the 2000s:

 

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego

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To celebrate the global explorer in all of us, Google launched  The Crown Jewels Caper, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games on Google Earth!  So cool, right? In their words, the game is “for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time”.

Board Game

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It’s actually on sale at Target! So run and maybe grab a bunch for all your 90s friends. It’ll certainly score high in the list of their best Christmas gifts! (anything is better than socks, ties, and scarf-hat-gloves combos).

Computer Game

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What if we told you, you could actually play Carmen Sandiego and travel the world in search of her without spending a penny for an overpriced vintage game? Yes, the game is available at Arcade Spot for free! For this one, we recommend a glass of wine and waiting ’til the kids are in bed, so the experience is truly glorious.

 

Well, every time something from the 90s comes back it’s just glorious, wine or not. These kids nowadays don’t know what they’re missing. Safe travels around the world from your couch, and we hope you find Carmen! 😉

 

– The City Catt Team 😽

Sihouette of young family and airplane

How to survive long airport connections with kids?

They should make a new Mission Impossible where Ethan Hunt has to spend long hours on an airport connection with a bunch of kids. While we’re not going to pretend we have a solution for all you distressed parents trying to figure out what to do with your kids for so long, we’re going to try to help with some tips. After all, this is our highest mission: making trip planning easier for everybody 😉

It’s all about the perspective.

Any kid’s excitement about flying gets old pretty quick. After watching cartoons for hours and uncomfortably napping for a while, they quickly realize there’s nowhere else to go. So, if you think about it, long connections are a blessing! Welcome them as an opportunity to reset your kids’ mood by letting them spend all that contained energy ⚡️

The world is around you.

Have you ever thought that airports contain the greatest diversity within a couple hundred of acres? Depending on the age group of the children this can be a great learning opportunity for little curious minds. Take the chance to show them live how people can be different yet the same. Google different countries on your phone, show them where they are located. Try to find out what they eat and what represents good manners in their country. From observing one single person, the conversation can go really far, and who knows, inspire another trip!

Let them go wild

“Now I know this might seem crazy. But having 3 very energetic boys myself, I actually enjoy connections, cause that’s when I find a good contained spot at the airport and let them go crazy, playing Power Rangers, Superheroes… whatever they need so we go back to the plane with all that energy behind us”, says our our Co-Founder and CEO, Lizia Santos. Kids will be kids, and the best thing you can do is provide them a safe way to spend all that energy, so once you board again, they’re ready for another round of sitting for hours.

Socialize and feed their cravings

Of course, there’s always the obvious option of seeking a Children’s Play Area. Not all airports have it, but as an alternative try to find a family with kids in similar age groups. All kids welcome making new friends!

And since the airlines’ cuisine isn’t known as the best, how about exciting the kids with the amazing opportunity of picking their own food at the airport? This will sound marvelous after hours of eating whatever it’s offered on the airplane.


We didn’t fool you. The long airport connections with kids remain as an impossible mission. But at least you know we care enough to try helping you 😻. Good luck on your next connections!

–The City Catt Team 😽

Co-Founding a Business and a Home – The life of a Mompreneur

It’s 2 am in the morning. My middle kid just woke up screaming and, because I can tell one cry from another, I run with him to the bathroom, and he throws up his dinner. An hour prior, my older kid threw up all over the bedroom’s hallway, and a little bit in the guest room, where we currently have guests staying. The baby is also sick, and woke up at the same time, screaming. It took me over an hour to put him back to bed, clean everything up, calm the older kid, bathe him and put him back to bed.

I went to bed at 3 am, with all the kids sleeping in my bedroom, since they’re sick and needy. No biggie. This could be the description of every other mom’s daily life.

 

The life of a mompreneur

Except that in two days I’m soft-launching the startup I’m co-founding. I had the idea for it coming back from the one-month appointment of my youngest kid. He just turned one a week ago, and this also marked a year of craziness, where I raised three energetic little boys and turned my idea into a business.

This year I barely slept, I potty trained, I taught a kid how to read in two languages, I played Mario Kart more times than I can count, I was the Yellow (Power) Ranger, I sang lullabies, I told Bible stories, and I traveled abroad by myself with three kids. This year I also wrote a business plan, raised capital, learned my way around UX and wireframes, designed websites, made marketing campaigns, and became an entrepreneur.

How I did it all

I’m co-founding a business and a home. It’s impossible to separate one from another. And it would also be absolutely impossible for me to do it if it wasn’t for the “co” in “co-founder.” You see, this little word means that I didn’t do it by myself. Co-founding my home without my awesome husband would be impossible. To start off, if it wasn’t for him, the kids and I wouldn’t have a roof over our heads, or food to eat while I embarked on this crazy “work all day, earn nothing” startup journey. But he’s also my partner, the super-hero dad, the hard worker, and the consultant for pretty much everything I didn’t know about when building my startup.

As for building City Catt, I had the honor and privilege of having my family buying the idea and joining me as Co-Founders. My ever restless aunt Lis with an entrepreneurial soul joined in. My all-in, committed, hard-working, trooper cousin Anna, who’s been by my side working day and night while listening to screaming kids and crying babies. My cousin Louie, who’s been an unbelievable ambassador for our brand, attending many entrepreneurial meet-ups and being a true voice for City Catt. Not to mention my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and cousin Denise, who all played a vital role in the beginning stages, brainstorming, giving valuable inputs, insights, ideas, and imagining together what we could build.

My co-founders ☺️

 

All that to say that maybe you can’t have it all when trying to do it yourself. But I dare say that if you find people to buy your crazy ideas, be them raising awesome kids or building a great business, yes, you can have it all.

I found supporters for these dreams of mine. Now, on the 18th, City Catt will be officially born to the world, and we aim to upgrade vacations all over the globe. When it comes to this dream, I already found hundreds of Catts willing to join me, and I’m counting on reaching thousands more. And because I have them, I believe I can fly, but I also know that every little thing is gonna be all right.

 


Lizia is the Idea maker and Co-Founder of City Catt. She’s also a wife, a mom of three little boys, and a journalist. She loves road trips, exploring cities, traveling, and spending fun and meaningful times with loved ones.