10 Family Travel Apps You Need This Summer Vacation

Road trips can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. When you’re trying to remember if you packed everything for everyone and the kids are getting restless in the backseat, you can’t wait to get that OBX vacation started. With these 10 apps we’ve researched for you, the traveling process from packing to pit-stops will be seamless!


1 – USA Rest Stops

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This app will help you find the closest rest stops along your route on the closest highway or interstate. The app shows traditional rest areas as well as welcome centers. The app also allows you to mark rest stops as favorites, gives you notifications when you’re in range of a rest stop, and lets you leave reviews and see other reviews of the rest area.


2 – Learn The States With Flat Stanley

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To keep the kids entertained, let them help Flat Stanley! In Learn The States With Flat Stanley, kids will learn state birds, landmarks, state flags, and more all while being entertained on the long trip. The app is targeted for ages 9-11.


3 – Reading Rainbow Skybrary Family

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The Reading Rainbow Skybrary Family app keeps kids ages 6-8 entertained with access to over 600 children’s books and over 250 educational video trips! This app also gives the option to “Read by Myself” or “Read to Me” for each book offered. The app is free for the first month and after that subscriptions start at $4.99.


4 – Spotify


What’s a road trip without some quality music? Spotify is free to use and features music from every artist you can think of. If you search “kids” in the search bar, you’ll find kid-friendly songs that everyone will love. While you’re at it, search for Resort Realty, give us a follow, and listen to our monthly Music Monday playlists to put you in that summer vacation mode!


5 – FindPlate Car Game

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The license plate game just got digital! This app features all 50 states and keeps track of the plates you see. When you find a plate, tap the coinciding state plate and learn where the state is on the map, its capital, and the largest city! The app is great for ages 4 and up.


6 – Mad Libs


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Remember playing Mad Libs in the car and it was so hard to write when the car was moving? Now there’s an app for that! The free Mad Libs app has 21 free stories that allow you to save the stories to re-read and laugh at them for hours. The app is kid-friendly and you can play solo or with friends and family. The app is suitable for ages 9 to 11, but let’s be real, you’ll probably play Mad Libs as much as the kids will!


7 – GasBuddy

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GasBuddy is the app you need if you’re trying to find the cheapest gas anywhere. You can choose to view gas stations by distance or price, report gas prices to help others find cheap gas, and you can enter to win $100 in free gas every day!


8 – First Aid by American Red Cross

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Accidents happen, hopefully not during your travel or on vacation, but they happen. Just to be prepared, the American Red Cross has provided an app that helps you in situations from anaphylactic shock to CPR chest compressions. The First Aid App also gives you tips on how to prepare for emergencies, can call 911, and locate the nearest hospital.


9 – Waze

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Waze is like the wonder app of traffic. Seriously. It helps you avoid accidents, road closures, police traps, and gives you real-time traffic updates. It also gives you turn by turn voice guided navigation. You can also send your ETA and real-time drive to update people you’re meeting!


10 – iStory Time

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The iStory Time app offers a 7-day trial subscription to a wide selection of books and children’s’ TV shows! Featured characters include Spongebob, Dora The Explorer, Shrek, and more. After the 7 days, in-app purchases start at $2.99. The app is made for ages 6 to 8.