Car journeys can be stressful at the best of times. However, having kids in tow can make it more difficult. If you are heading on a long journey, keeping your children occupied is not easy. With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained on a long drive.
An iPad can be your best friend when it comes to keeping the kids entertained. If you are travelling a longdistance, there are many hours that you will need to fill to reduce the risk of your children getting bored. Therefore, be sure to pack electronic gadgets that your kids can use. Before you head out, ensure you fill your iPad with fun-filled games, films, shows, and music so your children have plenty of options to pick from.
Kids love to be creative so why not pack an art kit for the journey? That way, they have something to physically do which can make a huge difference in how well the car trip goes. Make sure to pack colour pens, crayons, markers and paper all in one bag and let your kids’ imaginative side come out. Letting your children be expressive can be hugely beneficial for their self-esteem and confidence too.
Lengthy car trips can feel ten times as long if you are hungry. To ensure your kids are happy and satisfied, make sure to pack a variety of snacks. Before you go on your travels, you should be aware of what types of food you should bring along. It’s best to opt for healthier options such as cereals, fruit snacks and crackers, rather than going for the easy option and packing fizzy drinks and sugary treats. Also, ensure you pack plenty of water to keep you all hydrated throughout the journey.
Just because you’re the driver doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun. Playing music in the car can provide entertainment for the whole family. However, as each person will have different music tastes, you should stick to songs that you all love, otherwise, there will be a ton of arguments that can make the car journey seem like a nightmare! To keep everyone happy, why not make a playlist of songs? That way, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Engage with Your Kids
Long car journeys can be a perfect opportunity to bond with your kids. If they get bored of browsing on the iPad or they are done with playing games, it can be a great time to have conversations with your children. Make sure to keep them engaged throughout to avoid any tantrums. You can also play fun games such as Eye Spy to help make the journey go by faster.
For your car journey to go off without a hitch, make sure that you have a plan in place before you venture out. Packing useful items such as an iPad or some of their favourite toys can make all the difference and keep your kids entertained for hours. Also, if you are travelling a longdistance, make sure to break up the journey by visiting service stations along the way as a chance to stretch your legs or to use the bathroom.