Survival Guide: Road Trips With Kids
The family road trip. Endless pit stops, boredom, tears, “are we there yet?” just 10 minutes into the journey. Sometimes never ending games of eye-spy just aren’t going to cut it. But road trips can be fun, here’s our survival guide to travelling with kids.
Get a paper map
Get the kids involved and track where you’re going with felt pens. Mark where you’re stopping, which will help break the trip down for those with little patience (a.k.a kids) and it might start teaching them some geography.
Bring a backpack of in-car entertainment but hide away a toy or two to bring out the big guns when things get desperate.
Don’t underestimate old-fashioned games like car cricket (remember a pen and notebook), word games, 20 questions and eye-spy. You can google “road trip games” for plenty of new ideas.
Let off some steam
Try to stop somewhere the kids can get a good run-around – bring a ball in case there’s a good patch of grass. They’ll be more likely to behave on the next leg, and might even get some sleep.
Have a bag on-hand with all the essentials: a cuddly soft toy (that doubles as a pillow), BYO snacks, change of clothes, jumper, towel and wet wipes.
Got the right car?
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