Keeping Your Little Ones Occupied On Long Car Journeys
Once again it is the time of year when we tend to do a lot of travelling, which can be a total nightmare if you have young children. As babies, they sleep in the car, which is ideal, and as older kids, they learn to keep themselves occupied, but when they are toddlers and younger children, keeping your family happy in the car while on a long journey can seem like a total nightmare.
However, there is good news; it does not have to be a nightmare to travel with your tots in tow. It’s just a case of knowing how to keep them occupied while on the road, that’s all. To help you to do that and make long journeys that little bit easier, below are some tips and ideas to take note of and implement.
Pack a tablet
If your child has a tablet, make sure to pack it. Charge it up and download a selection of activities for them onto it, from movies and TV programs to apps, pick a selection of different things to download. Bear in mind that you won’t be able to see what your child is doing on their tablet while driving, so only download safe apps and games – AKA ones that don’t allow them to browse the internet freely or talk to strangers online. Take the time to research which app is a safe app for children, so that you can ensure that your kids can’t access anything inappropriate.
You can’t watch them while you drive, so it’s crucial to ensure that their tablet is completely child-friendly.
Pack plenty of snacks
To stop constant moans of ‘I’m hungry’, it is a good idea to pack a selection of snacks for your little one to munch on while you travel. That way, you don’t have to stop whenever your little one gets hungry, as you will have plenty of snacks for them. Plus, this will also save you money as service station prices are extortionate.
Put together ‘goodie bags’
For each of your kids, put together a travel goodie bag packed full of bits and bobs to keep them occupied. This could include new mini toys, crayons and paper for drawing on, comic books or magazines, travel games, and audiobooks for in the car. The idea of goodie bags is to give them various ways to stay entertained so that they are less likely to get bored and moan.
Schedule stops along the way
The best way to make the journey more bearable for everyone is to schedule stops along the way. So say you are going on an eight-hour car ride, agree to stop every two and a half hours or so, to allow everyone to go to the restrooms and stretch their legs. Having breaks already scheduled in should help to make the journey less stressful, as everyone will know when the next break is going to be.
There you have it, a few helpful tips that you can use to make long car journeys slightly more bearable.