I have accumulated a few good tips for travelling long distances with children over the years. The last few years we have some a few long car journeys with our the summer holidays. Driving to France twice from Ireland being the longest to date and then Holland last year. All included long drives through England with an overnight stop, then another full day out the other side.
We have travelled with 5 children max on each holiday. The 17-year-old could think of nothing worse than coming away with the parents lol.
So how do you keep 5 children with varying ages entertained for hours on end in a car? We have found that breaking the journey up with loads of stops for toilet breaks, stretching of legs and a quick play in the service station play areas has been a bonus. I pack lots of thing in the car to keep them entertained as well a few ideas are down below
- Not a necessity but an added advantage are car DVD players. I picked mine up second hand from eBay and got the double screen. These are great on the other side as well, for evenings in the caravan or any days that it may rain and the smalls get restless. I pack a great variety of DVDS in the back storage compartments in the seats and change them regularly. (Home Bargains do a vast variety of cheaper DVDs if you need to stock up) Sometimes they don’t bother to watch but they are there when they need them for a distraction.
- I pack a picnic bag full of snacks, fruit and drinks. Pop it on a side where there is a car seat and the footwell free. Easy for me as the passenger to reach back and get some items when needed. It’s always cheaper doing it this way as well and if you have space I would highly recommend doing it.
- Eye spy. A family favourite. I play this with the children as the husbot concentrates on driving. You can certainly pass the time playing it and my children never tire of trying to search for items.
- We take scribble boards as well. One twin has a Peppa one the other Disney Cars. They thoroughly enjoy doodling away on the way there.
- The family IPad can make an appearance is the smalls get a tad grizzly. It’s so slim and doesn’t take up any space.
We also take the travel potty as well for any rush incidents when we aren’t near a toilet. Lots of wipes in the car and changes of clothing just in case. Lucas does suffer from motion sickness so he wears motion bands and they have worked successfully on every trip.
Do you guys have any tips for travelling with smalls? Would love to hear them.