Long road trips are every parent’s nightmare – but, believe it or not, they can be enjoyable for the whole family! Don’t worry if you’ve exhausted games like I-Spy and spot the yellow car, there are plenty of other ways you can keep your kids happy during a long car journey.
Follow these top tips to help your journey, wherever you’re going, feel more like minutes than hours.
Sun shades at the ready
First things first, you’ll need to bring sun shades to stop your children from getting too hot and being agitated by the sun. After all, a hot journey is certainly not a comfortable one! This simple trick guarantees a much more peaceful back seat.
If you have young children, it’s extra important to equip your car with sun shades. Even if you have air conditioning, the cool air might not reach the car seats in the back!
Make a playlist
Make a playlist and be sure to include songs the whole family love. Let the kids pick a handful of their own favourites, that way there will be no fighting over which song is next! The anticipation of waiting for their songs will help to keep the kids quiet and the hours will fly by a lot quicker. Sing-a-long is optional!
Bring along some toys
Toys are the ultimate distraction – and kids love them! Pick up some of their favourite toys that are easy to carry and you’re on to a winner. If you have young children, opt for their favourite dolls, teddies or figures. For older children, you might want to bring along some puzzles (like a magic cube), colouring books or even a good book to read.
Looking to treat your kids to some new toys for your long journey? You don’t have to invest in expensive gadgets that will set you back hundreds, take a look at these cheap toys for kids for a little inspiration!
Don’t forget the snacks
It’s important to keep your kids healthy, but the occasional treat won’t do them any harm. Pack some of their favourite sweet treats or chocolate to keep them happy – at least for a little while! If you prefer, you could pack some healthy snacks such as fruit or seeds. If you’re going to be in the car for a long time, you might even want to pack a more substantial packed lunch to keep the whole family happy.
Take a break
It’s time to stretch those legs! Kids and adults alike can get restless on a long journey, so if you are travelling a long way it’s a good idea to take breaks often (every few hours or so). This will help your children to release any energy they have built up in the car (and you can have a much needed stretch!)
Watch a film or TV show
You don’t have to have a top-of-the-range car equipped with built-in screens to benefit from this one! Bringing along a tablet or a phone to watch a film on is the ultimate way to keep the kids entertained for hours. Unlike in-car games and snacks, films will last a lot longer. Peppa Pig at the ready.
How do you keep your kids happy on long car journeys? Let us know in the comments below!