Win a Toshiba Netbook (Perfect for family travel)

Toshiba Mini Netbook

I drew from the eligible entries for this contest and Trevor is the winner. He likes to bring drinks and a portable DVD player when he hits the road. Thanks to everyone who entered and to Intel for sponsoring this giveaway.

It’s almost August and I’m hitting the road – but not before I give away a mini Toshiba Mini Netbook to one lucky reader! Isn’t it cute? It’s got a generous keyboard, 1GB of memory and a 250 GB hard drive, but it only weighs 2.9 pounds – perfect to slip into your own or your child’s backpack.

This giveaway is generously sponsored by Intel as part of its Travel Photo Challenge, where you can enter to win a $25,000 custom vacation for four. Just share a favorite travel photo and fill out the entry form before August 14. You’ll also automatically be entered to win a Netbook (so I guess you could say I’m offering you two chances to win one). Intel is offering other perks too; for example, the first 25 people who convince a friend to download AppUp win a $25 gift card. At the AppUp blog, you’ll find tips on finding and using apps as well as which ones work best for family travel.

The first step in entering the Travel Photo Challenge is to download Intel AppUp, which allows users find apps to use right on your Netbook or other PC. Each app is tested and approved by a real human to make sure it meets Intel’s guidelines and is virus free. AppUp is easy to use, with clear categories and the prices for each app indicated right up front. Categories include things like Games, Education, Entertainment, Health, and Staff Picks. What I really like though is that you have 24 hours to try out an app before deciding if you want to purchase it.

On Thursday we leave for a month of travel, and the boys and I will be exploring AppUp together before we go and while we’re on the road to find some fun things to keep them occupied during the several long car rides we have in store. It will also be nice for me to have a computer that’s small enough to use comfortably in the car (hello blog updates!) and who knows – maybe I’ll find some apps I like to use as well. I’ll be sure to share our discoveries. For example, one that I’ve already downloaded and think will be a hit with both boys is the US State Finder – we love to play geography games while we’re traveling.

Here’s how to enter to win a Toshiba Mini Netbook from The Mother of All Trips:

Leave a comment with your favorite road trip tip below – anything to do that makes getting from here to there easier. I’m hoping to get some great suggestions that I can share at the end of this giveaway.

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Many thanks to Intel, who sponsored this giveaway and also sent me a Mini Netbook of my own to try out while we’re on the road this summer and beyond. I’ll be reporting back on how we use it in planes and automobiles. (I’ve got no plans to take a train, but maybe I can work that in….)

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  1. Luke says

    take turns driving. I dont know why some people have no problem forcing one person to drive for 8 hours straight. You can both drive, so take turns.

  2. Darcy Bishop says

    zip lock bags–I’ve used ziplock bags to get me out of lots of jams! When my kids were little they got car sick on the way to my parents every time–on a one lane road with no place to pull over–ziplock to the rescue! When we went to the fair and granpa bought each of the kids a giant cotton candy at 10:00pm just as they were cranky and sleepy and were nodding off–but wouldn’t get rid of the cotton candy zip lock to the rescue.

  3. heather c says

    My best tips: Each person (not just children!) has their own pack of stuff to do; all things you need during drive-time are handy (drinks, snacks, cameras, toilet paper, activity packs, etc); if there are several ipods, phones, DVD players, etc, invest in a socket extender or power inverter so no electrical item goes dead (I refer to that as melt-down mode).

  4. Sand says

    Pack plenty of water, snacks, hand sanitizer, wipes, soap and toilet paper. Bring along a lot of music and audio books for times you get tired of songs.

  5. elangomatt says

    My only tip would be to make sure that the kids are kept entertained during the trip so they don’t get too bored. When I was little, my brother, sister, and I could spend hours playing the alphabet game. These days it is probably easier if the kids have a gameboy type device or even some good books.

  6. Susan E. says

    Bring plenty of bottled water and snacks as well as boredom-reliever such as a laptop/iPad, books and/or games.

  7. Betty says

    I know it is old school, but think about some scavenger hunt type games to not only pass the time, but to get the kids to look up from their dvd’s and portable gamesystems. Around home, we don’t really look at billboards – but on roadtrips they can be helpful. We went thru somewhere in the midwest and it was hot. The billboard advertised Spook cave and it served as a great rest stop which rewarded the kids for seeing that billboard. They had boats that went thru and for a small cost we had a cool and educational stop in the afternoon.

  8. Jamie says

    Be sure to have everything on your vehicle checked before you leave…There is nothing worse than getting half way there and realize your tire was bad or hoses needed replacing!

  9. says

    Hide several small/car friendly toys a couple weeks before your trip so when you offer them in the car they’re new & exciting again. And when all else fails a portable dvd player 😉

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