Tips for long car journeys with kids

Tips for long car journeys with kids

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Tips for long car journeys with kids

Preparing for a long car journey with your kids? Keeping them happy can be daunting, so in-car entertainment is crucial. Whether singing, playing games or snacking, you'll need fun activities planned, and we're here to help.

Here are our top tips for travelling with kids while enjoying every moment.

Plan breaks in advance

1. Plan breaks in advance

Never underestimate the importance of planning before setting off. Include various rest breaks along the way, whether at a service station, a nearby town or an attraction your kids want to visit.

This could be their chance to use the toilet, enjoy lunch in the park or stretch their legs in a play area. Bring a ball or frisbee to make the break even more enjoyable. With regular stops, they’ll have something to look forward to.

Pack plenty of snacks

2. Pack plenty of snacks

Snacks are the key to a relaxing and pleasant long car journey, helping to alleviate boredom and keep kids entertained. You could bring crackers, crisps, popcorn and fresh fruit – anything they can keep snacking. Ensure to pack snacks that aren't too messy and that your kids can eat independently.

Plan around nap times

3. Plan around nap times

If you have young children, planning your journey around their routine is essential. Whether they nap after breakfast or mid-afternoon, adapting your trip with these habits in mind will help them feel comfortable and relaxed. It can also help you plan rest breaks.

Create a comfortable space

4. Create a comfortable space

Declutter the car beforehand to ensure your kids have enough room to play, stretch and relax. Let them enjoy their favourite games or books, as long as they’re travel-friendly and don’t take up too much space. They should wear comfortable clothes, and footwells should be free of luggage, so they can play around along the way.

Bring car-friendly games

5. Bring car-friendly games

There are plenty of car games to keep kids entertained, from puzzle books to road trip bingo. Looking for inspiration? Here are some popular entertainment options:

  • I spy
  • Car numberplate game
  • 20 questions
  • The alphabet game
  • Car ride scavenger hunt

Audiobooks are another great way to keep them engaged and happy.

Don't stop the music

6. Don't stop the music

Nothing beats good music during a long car journey. Whether it's kid-friendly songs or contemporary tunes on the radio, it's always a great time to have a sing-along.

Whatever form of entertainment you choose, travelling with your kids will be worth every mile. Unsure about European road rules? Learn more about driving in Europe in our comprehensive guide.

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