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Surviving a Road Trip With Kids

Looking for some tips on how to survive your next road trip with kids? Then look no further! We love road trips with our boys. Okay, they aren’t all usually plane sailing and we still bicker like any other family. However, we still prefer driving to flying. So here are our tips for surviving a road trip with kids.

Our Top Tips For Surviving A Road Trip With Kids

Tell The Kids

We think if you build the journey up, and tell them all about it, then they will get excited. If they are told how long the journey will be and if you plan on stopping overnight then it can help stop them constantly asking the dreaded question.

Stock The Car

Food…make sure you have food! Oh and don’t forget the wipes. They come in so handy.

Sticker Books and Colouring Books

Things To Do

Books, DVDs, tablet, audio books, games…the list can go on. Keeping them entertained in the car is key. However, it is also good at some point to not let them have anything and get them to look out the window. Count the cars or play a game on who can find the first Eddie Stobart lorry.

Make Stops

Make regular stops, especially if your journey is long. Pee breaks, food breaks and just stops for stretching your legs. It means the kids get out of the car and can run off any energy they may have. Change of environment will give them other things to focus on.

Lower Expectations

Don’t think everything will go to plan. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you plan something will just happen. From being stuck in traffic to one of you getting car sick. Somethings can’t be helped. You are in a confined space, your kids may bicker constantly and get on your nerves. More than likely your kids will ask for a pee 5 minutes after you have left. If you lower your expectations and not expect everything to go perfectly you won’t stress so much.

Car Checks

Make sure your car is in full working order. You don’t want to have a breakdown. Also make sure you have a breakdown policy for going abroad in case you do. Check the country regulations for the countries you are visiting in case you need certain things for your car like hi vis jackets, warning triangle etc.

And are biggest tip…have a spare back up kit in case you get stuck in traffic. After 8 hours stuck on the motorway with no food or drinks left for the kids we were at the end of our tether. Lesson learned and we now travel with spare box with extra food and drinks, clothes, wipes, nappies, waterproof jackets etc. As you never know when you will need them.

What are your tips for surviving a road trip with your kids?

How To Survive A Road Trip With Kids

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I have always had an interest in travel and now we have our two boys we want them to see more than just the UK. We hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children. You can also read about our holidays and the places we have visited while away.
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  1. What a useful guide! Qatar is such a small country our lo is not use to long road trips so this will be invaluable in the future

    Thanks for linking to #fearlessfamtrav

  2. Nice to see you enjoy a car trip! We tend to dread car trips as every single one of my kids gets car sick. Now we fill them up with Gravol before going anywhere and pack a change of clothes. We also put art smocks on the youngest ones just in case. These are affectionately refered to by my wife and I as “barf ponchos”. #fearlessfamtrav

    1. Oh no that’s not good. Love the name your wife calls the ponchos! šŸ˜€ I would imagine if our boys were car sick all the time that we would dread them too.

  3. The only long road trip we have done so far was when our daughter was 6 months old, so she slept most of the time – this year she will be 18 months old on the same trip, so I may well be needing some of these tips! #fearlessfamtrav

    1. Yes road trips with a baby are a little easier when they sleep so much. Take some of her fave toys/books etc and stop often. Hope your trip goes smoothly šŸ™‚

  4. What great tips!! Wipes- how can anyone forget wipes šŸ™‚ and the back up bag is a great idea for when they run out of nibbles and are bored with their bag of toys! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚ #fearlessfamtrav

    1. Yes wipes can come in very handy! We have learnt our lesson with the back up bag. 8 hours stuck on a motorway is not a fun experience!

  5. We did a lot of long distance car travel when we lived in Oz and will be back again next month. I think I actually prefer flying! Great tips though #fearlessfamtrav

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