If you’re planning a last minute family holiday, stay cation or weekend away, if you’re traveling by car, you may have started stressing about how the journey will go when it comes to keeping your little ones entertained.
After all, they’re unlikely to be overjoyed by the idea of spending hours in a car and will just want to get to the destination as quickly as possible. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can make the journey go a lot more smoothly. Here are some of our top tips for doing just that.
Make it part of your holiday
It can be really tempting to switch on the tablet devices and keep them quiet by putting a film on for them. This will generally work, but why not work to make the drive a little more fun for the whole family, and the place where the memories start? Go back to basics and have a good old fashioned family sing along, play car-friendly games and chat about the holiday ahead rather than simply relying on electronics.
Go armed with things to keep them entertained
Of course, that’s not to say that they shouldn’t be used at all, after all…we’re only human. And if you’re heading somewhere far, they’ll be a bit of a lifesaver. As well as electronic devices, why not go back to basics again and be armed with a few child/family-friendly games you can all play? There are some great car journey games here that are worth looking at.
Take plenty of snacks and drinks
Ensuring you’ve got enough food and drink for the journey will save you from the dreaded ‘I’m Hungary!’ moans, so stock up and maybe invest in things like a small cooler if you’re traveling during a hot time of year.
Take stops where possible
Especially if you’re heading somewhere far like the other side of the country (you can click here for Isle of Wight short breaks, for example) you’ll need to take rest stops anyway, but this will be great for keeping little ones free from boredom as it will break up the journey a little. It will also give them the chance to go the toilet too.
Pack the car efficiently
This sounds a little odd or maybe a little obvious, but the way you pack the car will have an impact on how your children get on with the journey. After all, if they’re crammed in with barely enough room to move, they’re likely to get flustered and frustrated. Don’t pack in a rush and avoid from cramming too many things around them where possible.
Be prepared in terms of messes and accidents
Be armed with stuff to help you clean up in case of any spillages or little accidents along the way, as these can really make a car journey unpleasant for everyone involved. Baby wipes are an absolute must, as are things like child-friendly bacterial sprays and tissues, too.
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