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Coolest Travel Inventions of All Time

Ever wonder what we did before GPS? Well, we used maps. Someone sat in the passenger seat and acted as a navigator, reading the map and telling the driver where to turn. Whether you still prefer a map or couldn’t live without your GPS, one thing is certain; inventions continually come along and make our travel experiences easier or better. Take the movie screens added to the first vehicles and the collective sigh of relief from parents all over the country who could travel in peace for top travel inventions for familiesa few hours. Obviously there are many inventions that could make the list, but these are a few we thought families would appreciate.

Top Travel Inventions, In No Particular Order

  1. Built in car seat installation bars in vehicles; the ones that anchor seats securely to the car seat and are very quick and simple to connect to. Anyone who has gone to battle with seat belts and belt clamps/buckles to install a car seat knows what I’m talking about!
  2. The cup holder. I’m not sure how far back manufacturers figured this out, but every pop and coffee drinker in the decades since has appreciated this invention. Can you imagine a vehicle without one?
  3. Television screens, DVD players, and head phones to keep kids entertained on long car rides. ‘Nuf said.
  4. Internet hot spot solutions so travelers can easily access Internet while riding in the car.
  5. Smart phones and apps have helped people find travel destinations and conveniences without the headache. People traveling alone or in inclement weather are safer now with communication anytime, provided it is NOT WHILE DRIVING.
  6. Drive-Thru windows provide weary travelers with hot coffee anytime and quick food to shorten travel time. Even banks, pharmacies, and bill pays are getting into the action to make life more convenient.
  7. Digital traffic signs are nice to alert travelers of closed roads, detours, construction zones, heavy traffic, inclement weather, and more.
  8. GPS systems in cars and on mobile devices hopefully have lessened spousal arguments about which direction to go. Hurray for anything that relieves stress!
  9. The check card/debit card that can be used to pay at the pump, saving you a trip into the gas station. This is especially helpful to those with young kids buckled into car seats.
  10. Squirt-top water bottles, juice bottles and travel mugs. Again, anyone with kids (or a spouse who always seems to spill) knows that a squirt-top bottle is absolutely a life saver on a long car ride, keeping clothes and seats clean and dry!

Which inventions make your list of favorites?