Long car journeys with young children are never going to be overly fun are they, no-one wakes up and says ‘hmm come on family, lets go sit in the car for four hours today – it’ll be awesome’. It is the thing that most of us parents dread a little, you know it’s guna be a lovely day out or holiday but the traveling is just going to be a night mare.
I have had quite a few long drives with the kids recently including 4 hours to visit Bluestone in Wales, as you can imagine with 3 children vs 1 adult and 400 miles to cover I needed some tricks up my sleeve.
Maisy is easy peasy, she sits up front with me so it quite happy to sit and sing with me ridiculously loudly with snacks in-between. Bella and Lottie are a different story, they’re the two that will have a long nap but as soon as the wake up they are not happy bunnies at all. First up I need to try and make sure they have a comfortable sleep, using neck pillows is a great way to do this as it just gives them the extra bit of support they need. Bit like this Trunki Yondi Travel Pillow, this one is Lottie’s but she didn’t fancy posing for me.
For when they are awake they need to be entertained, sitting semi still and not screeching is prefreble. I’ve been recently testing out a Junkie from bubblebum. Junkie is designed to keep your backseat organised, it straps into the middle seat and has so many uses.
It folds down really compact making it easy to move about or store in your boot when you don’t need it. I love it’s “tech mount” which holds a tablet in the middle so both of the girls can watch the same thing with no arguments about who’s holding it etc.
It also has cup holders, two retractable trays great for drawing or snacks and space for storing lots of bits that the kids can just grab easily. No more puling over because somethings fallen off the seat – winning!
Toys in the car can sometimes be a tricky one. You don’t want anything too loud thats going to drive you mad on the journey, my girls always try and bring things like a doll or a teddy which is all well and good but it’s not really going to keep them engaged more than likely it will be discarded within minutes.
One thing we have been loving recently that will make a perfect car toy is Miniland Educational On the Go games, they’re a magnetic board for creating different scenes or faces in Maisy’s case below. Really fab little game they fold up and keep all the pieces in side and keep the kids going for a long time.
So they’re my top picks for keeping the kids entertained in the car, now I am going to share some top tips from some other mumma’s on how they keep their little ones happy!
Katie from Mami To Five says “Snacks, plenty of them! Plus small toys/colouring books etc that they have never seen before brought out just as they are getting bored”.
Karen from Mini Travellers says “iPad snacks audio books sweets” I agree 4 essentials there.
Karen from Stopping at Two says “bring headphones so they can watch a film and we can then listen to our music. Everyone happy!”
And our last tip comes from Steph at Diary of a midlife mummy “bring a towel and a sick bowl! Ella always gets car sick.” Awww poor Ella – best to be prepared though hey!
We are off to Cornwall next week so will be utilising all of these tips for that journey, do you have any tips to add.