Car journeys. Whether they’re 10 minutes long or 10 hours long, the fact is when you’ve got kids they need planning. Especially if you’re travelling with a baby.

Like plane journeys, you’re only ever one forgotten snack away from trip triumph or trip disaster.

How to plan an unforgettable road trip

So if you’re planning a road trip or you’ve got a long car journey coming up here’s how to plan an unforgettable road trip.

How to plan an unforgettable road trip

1. Pack like a pro. Taking kids on holiday usually means a lot more luggage. Gone are the days when you can grab a bag and just go, but by planning ahead you don’t have to bring the earth just for the children. Choosing the right luggage set is essential to your packing planning. Using tools like packing cubes and bags can keep your items together and contained making packing and unpacking a breeze. Plus they’re easier to fit in the car too. Don’t go over the top with the toys and games either, you can get away with a few key pieces and then make your own fun.

2. Plan the entertainment. Keeping children entertained on a road trip can be a difficult feat so planning how to fight boredom in the car before you go is essential. Try conventional games such as eye spy and spotting certain things from the car or plan what you are going to do when you reach your destination. Story books and audio books are also a good way to keep kids occupied. Failing that, films and games on tablets and phones can be a good way to keep them quiet during long journeys and are a good back up when all else fails.

3. Schedule regular breaks. If your road trip is particularly long, no matter how good your entertainment plan the kids will get bored and restless. Small children will need breaks for feeding and nappy changing too, so setting regular break times will save you the stress whilst on the road. Planning your stops ahead or knowing where the services are will mean a happy trip for all.

4. Bring snacks. Snacks are an essential part of any journey to keep them occupied, stave off hunger and keep them quiet. Make sure they are foods that travel well and spill proof cups are also great as you can avoid mess and keep them hydrated.

5. Safety first. Making sure you have the correct car seat for your child is essential whether it is your own car or a hire vehicle before setting off on your road trip. Also take a first aid kit, plenty of water and basic car safety equipment such as a torch, jump cables and your road side assistance details.

Have you been on a family road trip? How did you plan your trip? I’d love to hear your hints and tips!

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