Travel Tips for Car Journeys with Children

It can sometimes be daunting and very stressful when travelling with small children.  I know this from first hand experience.  We used to live in Stuttgart and had to travel over 900km 2-3 times a year up to the North of Germany where we have a holiday house.  Thankfully we now live a lot closer and only have a 2 hour car journey in which to keep our son entertained.  It was the experience from these long journeys that made me choose some of the products that I sell on easytoddler.  Here are my top 10 travel tips for car journeys.

1. Keep first aid kit, wet wipes, sick bags, change of clothes, toilet roll and liquid antibacterial soap together in an easily accessible place in the car so they are readily available in case of car sickness, spillages, accidents.  We found the Potette 2 in 1 Travel Potty a must for unplanned toilet stops and it also adapts into a hygenic toilet seat when using public toilets.

2. Have a rubbish bag handy in the car as well as some large sealable sandwich bags which can be used for storing snacks, small toys and crayons.

3. When driving at night try simulating sleeptime by changing the children into their pyjamas, pillow, slippers and blanket.  The 5 in 1 BundleBean can be used as a sleeping bag for your child without having to unstrap them from their seat. You can then either read them a bedtime story or put on an audio tape to settle them down for the night.

4. Keep a torch handy for older children to read or play in the backseat of the car!

5. Children can still get sunburnt in the backseat of the car so remember to apply suncream as well using a sunblind to keep the sun out of their eyes.

6. Pack a cooler bag or lunch box full of healthy snacks as services can be expensive with a limited choice of healthy food.

7. Plan your stops so the kids can have a run around every couple of hours and bring a ball so everyone can have a kick about or game of catch.  If possible try and leave a few hours free for relaxing at the end of the day!

8. Ensure your child has easy access to water during long journeys particularly in hot countries.

9. Have a bag of small toys and treats individually wrapped up and let the children have a lucky dip as either prizes, good behavior treats or simply as a form of distraction, some ideas could be… window stickers, window crayons, scribbling pads.

10. The snack n play tray can be attached to the carseat and gives the kids an area to put their toys on, eat  from, and be used to do activities on.

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