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Review: 3 products for family vacations

By Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Oct 11th, 2018 @ 3:31pm


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Cooler weather and smaller crowds are often the reward for those who hit the road for family outings in the fall.

Here are three products that could be nice additions to your next vacation.

Go Happy Travel Tray

PRICE: $39

GRADE: A

Long road trips are particularly difficult for youngsters in car seats. In many ways, the experience is similar to what it’s like for adults to fly in the cramped confines of the coach section on a commercial flight.

One simple way to improve things for your kids is to bring along a tray that gives them a clean, solid surface from which to eat and play. The Go Happy Travel Tray definitely fits the bill, with a durable design that can withstand the inevitable abuse it’ll sustain on a road trip.

With its grippy rubberized bottom and additional secure strap, you can keep this tray firmly in place whether you’re at home, in the car or on an airplane. It’s perfect for Legos, crayons and other kid essentials, all of which can provide a great alternative to screen time.

Regalo Right Height Booster

PRICE: $17

GRADE: A-

The Right Height Booster is perfect for trips with kids, making mealtime and playtime more convenient at the cabin, hotel room or campsite. This lightweight booster seat has three height settings and can accommodate children up to 40 pounds, so it’s able to grow with kids from age 1 up to 5 years old.

The Right Height Booster comes with two anchoring straps, so it can be snugly attached to just about any adult-sized chair. The all-metal frame provides extra stability and safety. And there’s even built-in lumbar support so it’s more comfortable for your kids.

Once mealtime is over, cleaning the booster is quite effortless. All in all, this simple little booster is extremely travel-friendly and can help make life a little better for everyone.

Cannae Sarcina Rally Pack

PRICE: $129

GRADE: A

This rugged pack is designed to store your gear and personal items in a secure and organized way. It’s got an ergonomic and low-profile design so you can comfortably wear it for long day trips in the mountains or theme park. Plus, it only weighs about 3 pounds.

The pack includes a laptop pouch, a soft-lined side pouch, a padded sunglasses compartment, a back zipper compartment that’s concealed carry compatible, plus an abundance of other quick-access pockets throughout. The large main storage (34-liter) has an oversized opening so you don’t have to root around for ages just to find something, plus there’s also side access.

Made with 500D Cordura nylon, the Sarcina is hardy enough to handle outdoor use. Plus, the buckles and hardware are made with Duraflex, so they can take the pressure if you accidentally stack a fully-loaded ice chest on top of the backpack on your drive to Disneyland.

What is your favorite product for traveling with kids? Let us know in the comment.


Grant Olsen

About the Author: Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.” You can contact him at grantorrin@gmail.com.

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