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Essential Items For A Car Journey With The Family

The half term holidays are only a couple of weeks away and there will be many families who are planning to get away for a few days. If you're planning an upcoming family trip and looking for items that could make your trip easier I have teamed up with Aldi to tell you about some of their Special Buy products. These items are available both in store and online and because they're special buy items they will very popular and once they're gone they're gone....


A Euro Travel Kit
If you are planning a trip that involves driving in Europe you need to be prepared. In most countries, it's compulsory to have safety items in your car. The Auto Xs Euro Travel Kit (£18.99) has everything you may need including:

  • 1 x Hi-Vis Jacket
  • 10 piece universal bulb kit
  • GB sticker/IRE sticker
  • 2 x Beam deflectors
  • HSE travel first aid kit
  • 1 x Foil blanket
  • 2 x NF approved breathalysers - needed for driving in France
  • A LED wind up torch
  • European information driving card
  • EVA safety bag
  • 1 x Warning triangle

A Booster Seat
Another item you need to consider when going away especially if you're not taking you own car is a car seat or a booster cushion. By law children should use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135 cm tall, whichever comes first. Car booster seat regulations changed on 9th February 2017, and new booster seats will be labelled for use by children who are taller than 125cm or weigh more than 22kg. To save costs when holiday if you're in a hire car or travelling by plane then the *Mamia Bubblebum Child Booster Seat (£18.99) is the perfect alternative to hiring a booster seat when you’re driving a hire car abroad? The booster seat comes in a small, space-saving bag and just needs inflating before use.

Make sure to check the car seat laws if you're travelling outside of the UK as these can differ.

A Portable DVD Player
A compact and lightweight DVD player that's ideal for the whole family to watch movies or box sets play music or view photos anywhere. This is a must have travel item in our car on long journies to keep the boys entertained. The Maxtek 10" Portable DVD Player (£44.99) features:

  • Includes a remote control
  • 180° swivel screen
  • Folds completely flat for easy storage
  • USB Input & SD/MMC Card reader
  • MTK solution, Hitachi Deck Mechanism
  • 100 cd/m² Brightness
  • 2W built-in stereo speakers
  • Earphone jack for earphones & AV input
  • 400-500 contrast ratio
  • Top loading DVD mechanism
  • Plays DVD, DIVX, VCD, CD, CD-RW, MP3, JPEG
  • On screen display & volume control

A Dashboard Camera
Dashboard cameras are a great addition to any journey. Whether you use one to record your journey or if the worst should happen and you need to make a claim, then the *Maxtek 1080P Dashboard Camera priced at £ 39.99is  amazing-value. The Full HD 1080p Dashboard Camera is a must for any motorist. Features include:

  • Micro HDMI, AV IN/OUT, Micro USB connectivity
  • Accessories including - a USB charge cable, car charger, suction mount, 32GB SD card
  • Fitted with G-Sensor
  • 2.7" 16:9 TFT LCD display
  • 1/3" High Definition CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3.5 Mega Pixels (2304x1536) recording resolution
  • 170° wide angle lens
  • 2min / 3min / 5min seamless cycling recording (selectable)
  • Motion detection & wide dynamic range video recording (WDR)
  • Date & time stamp on video and snapshot photos
  • File format: Photo JPEG; Video MOV format (H.264 codec)
  • Built-in microphone & speaker
  • Built-in 300mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • 30fps framerate
  • Video mode, Photo mode, Playback mode

Bluetooth Car Speaker
Using your phone whilst driving is a serious offence so if you do need to make a call make sure you are doing it hands-free. If your car doesn't have Bluetooth built in then you can use the next best thing - a speaker. The Maxtek Bluetooth Car Speaker (£9.99 has a built-in rechargeable battery and has an easy clip-on design so it can be put anywhere in the car. It has an operating range of up to 10m so you don't even have to have your phone close for it to be able to work.

A Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Not necessarily an item that you need to take on your journey but *The Easy Home Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (£17.99) is perfect for keeping your car's interior clean and tidy. The cleaner features:

  • 2 nozzles to use on dry wet & dry suctioning
  • Uses Cyclonic Technology - keeps dust from the filter away, and reduce the loss of suction at increasing dust volume
  • Washable filter
  • Charge light indicator
  • Includes wall mount, also usable as charging station
  • 2 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Samsung battery cells
  • Fast charging (5-7 hours)
  • Intelligent charging system: Charging stops automatically when battery is full
  • Light weight battery for easy handling


*We were sent products marked with a * for inclusion in this post - all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*