Thursday, 21 May 2015

My advice for Long Car Journeys with Young Children

I’m a mum of three, and I love to get out and about with the little ones.

As much as I love taking them on my travels, it can be difficult at times! It doesn’t matter if you’re just nipping to the shops or going on a long drive. Getting the kids in and out the car can be a task. I’ve been thinking about ways I can make travelling easier, and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

Plan Ahead

I think if you’re travelling and it’s going to be a long car journey, you need to plan ahead. You want to make sure you have everything you could need! The last thing you want after getting your children in the car is to turn around to get something you’ve forgotten. Write down a to-do list and make sure you check everything off. If you can, I’d take time off work the day before. This way you can relax and make sure you’re prepared!

Getting To The Car

Getting a child into a car in the first place is usually the tough task. I find that if you make it a game or challenge, kids are suddenly much more enthusiastic about getting in that car! You could even tell a story about getting into the car, to keep it exciting and interesting.

Getting older kids in can be much easier if you just need to strap them in. Younger children can be more difficult, as they don’t often want to get into a car seat. I’ve been considering looking into the Britax Roundabout G4. I think if your car seat is comfortable and good quality, they’ll be more likely to get in and fall asleep!


Sometimes you might need something as simple as the right song on the radio to keep your children entertained. But, if it’s a long journey it can be much more difficult! We all hope they’ll just sleep through the trip, but that doesn’t tend to be the case.

I’ve talked a little about travelling abroad with kids, where I mentioned leaving space for toys.

I recommend packing games and jotting down ideas of things you can do on the journey. It could range from the classic “I spy with my little eye” game to colouring books and more!

A good idea is to create a travel fun bag that you can chuck into the car the next time you go on a trip. Fill it with books, toys, games and anything that’s simple to pack. This way you know you’ve always got something to bring with you.

If your little ones like to be creative, you could bring a drawing pad and pencils. Get them to draw things that they spot on the way, they might even learn something new.

Food And Drinks

Of course, you don’t want to forget to feed your babies! When you’re packing food and drinks, try to think about things that aren’t messy or easily spilled. Make sure you bring plenty of cleaning supplies, as you can guarantee you’ll have at least one accident. I try and get my children to eat before they leave, as it can help to send them to sleep for a while!

Do you have any travelling tips? I’d love to hear any more ideas to make long journeys easier.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! A little bit of planning goes a long way!