Handy tips all parents will love for travelling by car with the kids!

Are we nearly there yet? – Probably the most common phrase parents and grand parents alike will hear on a road trip, coming from the little ones sat in the back. Here are some top tips to help with making the journey as stress free as possible.

Needs Must:

  • Removeable sun shades for the windows
  • An additional mirror trained on the little ones in the back so you can safely keep an eye on them
  • Regularly stop for breaks to stretch yours and the kids legs, and to prevent toilet emergencies. Many service stations offer childrens playgrounds or play rooms. You can visit www.motorwayservices.info to find out which ones
  • If you’re travelling with a baby who needs a bottle feed, try the insulated bottle warmers that can be plugged into the car cigarette lighter socket. Saves trying to find somewhere with hot water or risking burning yourself using a flask of hot water
  • Take lightweight blankets to comfort younger kids and keep them warm whilst sleeping
  • On longer journeys, consider travelling through the night or early morning where the kids may sleep easier.

Fun bits:

  • iPad, DVD player and/or headphones if you have them. This is known to keep all ages occupied for hours, and even help them fall asleep
  • Different music for the car so you each get a time allocated for your choice. From Peppa Pig to The Beatles
  • Give older children home made maps of your journey so they locate and tick off different items and/or places along the way
  • Take enough drinks and snacks for the journey. Try and stick to healthy snacks if you can, but do include the odd ‘treat’ too
  • For babies and younger children, tie toys to their seats so you don’t have to attempt to locate them if they drop them, or endure the tears that are bound to follow losing them
  • Give children a small travel bag each, including their own personal favourite toys, games and snacks
  • Simple pen and paper for colouring in or any games you may play along the way

Essentials:

  • Baby wipes – to clean up any mess
  • Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bag to collect any rubbish

We hope this list helps you to plan for any journey’s you have coming up with little ones – or even teenagers. Let us know if you used any of these or if you have any tips of your own!

Source: The Telegraph

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