Long car journeys with young children can be tricky, but there are some things which you can do to help. My aim when travelling is to keep everyone warm, comfortable, fed and watered and then hopefully the journey will be fine. icarhireinsurance.com have asked me to share my tips for getting through long car journeys with children and they’re offering a TomTom Start 25 5-inch Sat Nav with lifetime maps of Europe for one Mums do travel reader. Here are my tips:
Before you set off
- Plan your route and include time for stops so that you all have a chance to stretch your legs, have something to eat and drink and find a loo. Involve the kids in the plan so that they know where you’re going and how long the journey will be.
- Think about starting your journey when the children are likely to sleep, even if it means travelling at night.
- Charge your mobile phones and other gadgets and take car chargers with you.
- Tire the kids out so that they’ll sleep in the car.
- Make sure that everyone’s wearing comfortable clothes – onesies or pyjamas might help the kids to sleep more easily.
- Make sure that everyone’s eaten, had something to drink and been to the toilet (or has a clean nappy).
Things to pack for the journey
- An insulated cool bag containing non-sticky snacks and bottles of water. If it’s hot take frozen drinks which will gradually thaw as you travel.
- Fleece blankets and small pillows to help kids feel comfortable and sleepy in the car.
- A change of clothes for each child just in case they need them.
- A bag of toys – but avoid small bits which could get lost and cause frustration.
- A potty if you’re potty training and for times when your child is bursting for a wee and you’re nowhere near a toilet.
- Plastic bags for rubbish, dirty clothes and in case anyone is travel sick.
- Play games such as I Spy or car bingo. icarhireinsurance have some free, printable car games to entertain children on long journeys – you can download them here.
- Load some kids’ films onto a tablet or a portable DVD player for the children to watch as you travel.
- Listen to children’s stories and music on CDs, an MP3 player or a tablet.
Do you have any tips for getting through long car journeys with children?
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