Portable DVD players are the perfect way to keep the little ones, or your significant other, entertained on a long drive. When you’re heading five states away, you don’t want to stop in the middle of a ten-hour drive because you don’t have a pair of headphones. Instead, make sure that you’ve got everything you could possibly need!
Headphones Or Ear Buds
After so long, the sound of a DVD playing in the background can get annoying, especially during those long stretches when you would rather listen to the radio. Parents that have two children will want one child to wear headphones if the other one is asleep as well. Pick up a pair of headphones or earbuds that will fit each person that will be using the portable DVD player.
An Extra Charger
Portable DVD players work wonderfully when plugged in. However, if the charger is at an angle in the charger jack for extended periods of time, such as five hours, it can slowly bend the metal piece at the end of the charger. This is the same little piece that plugs into the device. The end result is that the charger will no longer work. Make sure that you have an extra just in case. Keeping a spare handy is especially important if you have small children that won’t be able to hold the DVD player in a particular position.
Consider An Extra Battery Pack
Most companies sell extra battery packs for their portable DVD players as a replacement part. These are inexpensive and convenient! Instead of being forced to leave the device plugged into the cigarette lighter, you can simply switch out the battery packs.
Extra Batteries For The Remote
Most portable DVD players can work via the buttons on the player. That is far from convenient, though. Instead, make sure to throw a few extra pairs of batteries in the console to easily switch out the batteries. Make sure to replace the batteries with new ones before hitting the road, too!
Consider A Mounting Bracket
Mounting brackets are designed for tablet-style portable DVD players. Some DVD players come with one included. If yours did not, consider picking one up. These are extremely affordable and come with velcro straps that easily adjust to fit over the top of a headrest.
Different Ways To View Movies (SD Card, DVD’s, etc.)
If the laser on the DVD player needs to be cleaned in the middle of the trip, you can save yourself the additional stress of having to clean it by using an SD card instead. Likewise, if the SD card slot begins to malfunction, you can use a DVD instead. Try to bring at least one thing for each option that you have to make the trip less stressful.
Most portable DVD player accessories are inexpensive! The convenience that they provide is well worth the small cost of them. Make sure that you have what you need before you hit the road to have a peaceful drive.