One of the most essential items on our guide to success is an Apple Ipad Mini. Our boys rarely get tablet time, so when we are making our 13-hour road trip to Illinois from Colorado, the Ipad is a necessity to keep them mostly occupied and allow for the time to go by quicker. I prefer the Ipad mini because it is very parent and child friendly. You can enable guided access for younger children, so they are able to access only the applications you allow, or you can give them a little more freedom. It’s easy for them to learn how to use, can be used with or without internet access, and the battery life is great.