Tips For Car Journeys With Children + Giveaway!

travel pillow and game

Whilst a long car journey with a baby may fill with dread, I can tell you now that it is actually easier than when you child is older. With careful planning, it is doable. My parents live 3 1/2 hours away on a good day and we have also taken the children to France a number of times by car. The added advantage of travelling in the car, is that you can take things with you that can make the journey easier. So here are my top tips for car journeys with children.

  1. Make sure the car seat is fitted properly before you travel. If the child is older make sure their head rest is at the correct height. Mine always seem happier if they have taken one of their cuddly toys with them. Big man also find a head rest useful.
  2. If your children still have naps, utilize them. Travel for an hour, stop for lunch and then all being well they will nap for a good chunk of the following journey. If they normally go to sleep at around 7pm, then if you can travel in the evening then they should be asleep.
  3. Know where you can stop on the way, so they can have a toilet break. Even if they say they don’t need to go, make them try. If they are only recently potty trained then consider a pull up for the journey. Unfortunately, kids can’t hold on when the traffic is at a standstill and you are in the outside lane on the M25. We have also made a day out of a long journey, by stopping half way and having lunch at a National Trust.
  4. Try and keep them entertained with games, audio CD’s, DVD’s and tablets.
  5. Take snacks and drinks with you. Whilst I would urge caution on young children eating them in the car, as choking could occur, take plenty of snacks with you on a long journey as this will be cheaper than a service station.

If you planning on a long car journey with the children this summer, then I have a giveaway that may be helpful. I have a pink dinosaur travel pillow and “Are we there yet?” game to offer one of my readers. Just complete the Gleam entry below. Good Luck!

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  1. kim neville says: Reply

    We are going on a Chessington World of Adventures trip so this would be perfect for travelling

  2. iain maciver says: Reply

    would love to take a road trip on route 66

  3. michelle hughes says: Reply

    Make sure you have plenty of snacks and the children are comfortable.. We ensure they aren’t too hot/too cold and have lots of fun things to do to entertain the children we play I spy or we sing and drive daddy nuts 🙂 X

  4. Tracy K Nixon says: Reply

    I would like to take a road trip around Australia once the kids have flown the nest!

  5. Tony Metcalf says: Reply

    Would love to travel by road round Europe.

  6. Catherine says: Reply

    I’d like to take the kids to rural France I think, like yourself.

  7. laura stewart says: Reply

    would love road trip around america x

  8. Andrea Fletcher says: Reply

    We are going to Whitby so this would be perfect.

  9. Francesca Jones says: Reply

    I want to take a road trip to the South Coast of England with my family.

  10. Karl Borowy says: Reply

    route 66

  11. Rachel Craig says: Reply

    Recently visited St Andrews, it was a great Day Out.

  12. Lyndsey says: Reply

    love going on random little road trips,would love to go down route 66

  13. Terri-Louise Dudey says: Reply

    london

  14. Nicola Marshall says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip to Disneyland Paris.

  15. Hannah Scudder says: Reply

    Travel tip would be to take lots of snacks and new games/toys to keep children interested. If I was going to have a dream road trip it would be driving across America.

  16. I would love to travel down Route 66
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  17. Kay Panayi says: Reply

    Around the Grand Canyon

  18. Elizabeth Hinds says: Reply

    Music, car games, plenty of drinks and snacks, etc! I would love to visit America.

  19. Simon tutthill says: Reply

    I would love to rake a road trip across Australia

  20. fozia Akhtar says: Reply

    A road trip in the US

  21. Heather Hibbert says: Reply

    Birmingham, to see the Black Country Living Museum!

  22. Kelly D says: Reply

    Dream trip would be the Pacific Highway in Australia

  23. Darren Patrick says: Reply

    Would like to travel around America

  24. Natalie Crossan says: Reply

    Route 66 in the states x

  25. Karolina Rozwarska says: Reply

    Road trip in USA!

  26. Kirsty Hosty says: Reply

    I’d like to take a road trip round Ireland and Italy, both amazing places I would love to visit

  27. LucyBo17 says: Reply

    Around the Scottish Highlands

  28. keep them up for a while so they’ll fall asleep in the car!

  29. Lorraine Foster says: Reply

    Would love to take a road trip up Australia’s Gold Coast from Sydney to Brisbane x

  30. Jo Carroll says: Reply

    We always take our little boy to the park before we make long journeys. That way he’s pretty much tired out and actually enjoys having a sleep in the car 😉

  31. sarah rees says: Reply

    id love to take a road trip around Europe, show the kids historic sites and open my mind up

  32. amy bondoc says: Reply

    i would love to go down route 66, my friend did this two years ago and loved it

  33. Julie C says: Reply

    around sicily. Pack audio books/use ipod and bluetooth to car

  34. Claire Nutman says: Reply

    I really have always wanted to take a trip around the lake district, it looks so beautiful x

  35. Elaine Savage says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip to Scotland but at the moment it’s that little bit too far!

  36. i would love to go down manchester

  37. gemma brown says: Reply

    I would take this for when we go camping and keep the boys busy in the back

  38. ElizM says: Reply

    I’d love to drive the kids back down through France to Puy du Fou

  39. aaron broad says: Reply

    I would like to take a road trip across America

  40. Michaela Hannah says: Reply

    I’d love to do a road trip around Australia, but failing that, the South coast

  41. Emily Downes says: Reply

    We got married in Italy a few weeks ago.. Next time I would take More activities for the children to do but would love to go again next year to travel around more!

  42. sarah fielding says: Reply

    Would love to take a road trip to disney land paris!

  43. Route 66, across America

  44. esme mccrubb says: Reply

    keep it exciting by playing games

  45. caroline lyons says: Reply

    I’d like to take a road trip to Cornwall and Devon this summer. Perfect for the children, lot’s to see and do. The Big Sheep is a must for all parents with children!

  46. kelly Knowles says: Reply

    Audio Stories, go down so well with ours

  47. Corinne Peat says: Reply

    I would love to do Route 66. My son is just back from doing Route 66 and it sounds amazing.

  48. Philippa Turner says: Reply

    I would love to hire a camper van a travel round America.

  49. Would love to take Lily to all the different seasides 😀

  50. Solange says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip on route 66.

  51. I’d love to take a road trip around the Scottish lochs – must be beautiful!
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  52. leanne weir says: Reply

    i would love to explore ireland

  53. Angela Treadway says: Reply

    Lots of activities to do and sweeties to keep the kids busy! X

  54. janine atkin says: Reply

    id love to go to wales

  55. Sarah F says: Reply

    I’d love to take a trip through the Highlands of Scotland

  56. Isabelle Smith says: Reply

    id go north wales

  57. michelle o'neill says: Reply

    i would love to take a road trip up to scotland x

  58. Ruth Harwood says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip around the Scottish Highlands, the Lochs and the Cairngorns especially xx

  59. Ray Dodds says: Reply

    Route 66

  60. Susan Lloyd says: Reply

    I would love to take abroad trip across Canada x

  61. Paula Readings says: Reply

    We did a road trip around southern America.. visiting ‘the Carolina’s’ Memphis, Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg (our favourite) Nashville among other places & my advice would be give yourself enough time, some places will take longer than others, we booked our places to stay a day in advance online as we travelled, that worked for us and it gave us the oppertunity to stay longer if we wished.

  62. Laura Pritchard says: Reply

    I’d love to take a road trip across Scotland 🙂

  63. Lisa Wilkinson says: Reply

    I would love to drive the Pacific Road in California. I have a savings account set up to save the money for it. It’s going to take a long time though before we could afford to go.

  64. maureen findley says: Reply

    route 66 is my dream

  65. Jo Hutchinson says: Reply

    I would love a road trip Italy so I could explore and enjoy the scenery.

  66. kevin devlin says: Reply

    id love to do the route 66 roat trip it looks like a great journey 🙂

  67. Kate Knight says: Reply

    south coast of the USA

  68. jo liddement says: Reply

    I would love to go on a road trip right up from California to Seattle

  69. Claire Elizabeth Noke says: Reply

    I’d love to road trip accross america too…. Route 66 !! 🙂 xx

  70. Mel Turner says: Reply

    Id love to go to Florida

  71. Jules says: Reply

    Across America and my tip is always take food !!

  72. Rachel Butterworth says: Reply

    I’d love to take a road trip around the British Isles.

  73. Kim Styles says: Reply

    I would like to take a trip round the whole of the UK

  74. Paige Murrells says: Reply

    I’d love to take a road trip across the valleys of Southern France, taking in the spectacular views and chateauxs!

  75. Rebecca Nisbet says: Reply

    i would love to take a road trip down Route 66, always been a dream of mine!

  76. Beky Austerberry says: Reply

    for long road trips plan silly games like eye spy to pass the time

  77. tee simpson says: Reply

    Would love to take a road rrip across America!!

  78. claire woods says: Reply

    I’d like to take a road trip to Scotland.

  79. Tammy Tudor says: Reply

    I’d love to do a road trip in america! Route 66 is the dream 🙂

  80. Tracy Newton says: Reply

    I would love to take a year out to travel across Australia in a camper van.

  81. Stevie says: Reply

    I’d probably like to take a road trip around Scotland in the summer.

  82. Hannah Ingham says: Reply

    I’d love to take a road trip to London or Brighton!

  83. jessica catherine says: Reply

    would love to take a trip to the scottish highlands

  84. rebecca roberts says: Reply

    plenty of drinks play lots of games keep talking asses time

  85. Lorraine Polley says: Reply

    would love a road trip to loch ness

  86. leigh boyle says: Reply

    were going to paris next year and are planning to travel through the night so the kids will sleep most of the way there x

  87. Sandra Foreman says: Reply

    Dream trip would be across America would love to see all the main places

  88. Rebecca Smith says: Reply

    would love to do a road trip across America

  89. rebecca smith says: Reply

    plenty of distractions, colouring, games etc plus a portable dvd player for long car journeys is fantastic

  90. Laura Meg miller says: Reply

    Blackpool

  91. Lots of cheap toys, books etc wrapped up in tissue for them to unwrap during the trip – oh and a bag for the rubbish!

  92. To the Lakes and we always pack lots of games, sticker pads, toys and snacks!

  93. oh Scottish Highlands definitely

  94. Kristyn Harris says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip to the Lake District

  95. Danika Lloyd says: Reply

    take fun car games and plan toilet breaks

  96. Jemma Dwyer says: Reply

    has to be Route 66

  97. Clare Hubbard says: Reply

    Would love to have a road trip down Route 66 one day 🙂

  98. Heidi Craske says: Reply

    Would love to take a road trip across America!

  99. stephanie whitehurst says: Reply

    Lots of snacks and play lots of different games to keep kids entertained xx

  100. would love to do a road trip to scotland but i just don’t think the kids would cope with it at the moment. x
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  101. Carly Belsey says: Reply

    Lots of food for the kids to eat, and their Ipods so they can listen to their music. We are going on a 7 hour car journey with 4 children in a few weeks, wish me luck!

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      Oh my – Good Luck!

  102. JULIE WARD says: Reply

    Would love to go anywhere but I’m skint at the moment, so a walking trip to the park with a picnic, we love it though

  103. michelle speight says: Reply

    tell the kids to search for a three legged donkey keeps them occupied haha

  104. keri brooks says: Reply

    Taken my daughter to London in a few weeks to visit family 7hrs from here would come in handy .x

  105. Lizzy Cooper says: Reply

    No plans but would like to drive to Ireland next year 🙂

  106. samantha mason says: Reply

    Would love to drive across new Zealand

  107. Susan Trubey says: Reply

    ireland

  108. The New Forest

  109. Kaela says: Reply

    We went to Disneyland Paris, took lots of food, and packed the tablets with things to watch =)

  110. Route 66 would be a real treat!

  111. Stephen Little says: Reply

    Land’s End to JOhn O’ Groats

  112. gemma hendry says: Reply

    wud love to take road trip to scotland

  113. cheryl lovell says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip down route 66!!

  114. Anthea Holloway says: Reply

    Keep the children happy on a road trip – play car bingo (look for certain things on the road and roadside such as yellow cars, post boxes etc) which always keeps the children excited and occupied.

  115. Dale Dow says: Reply

    I will do Route 66 one day, my Dad wanted to do it to so I will be taking his ashes

  116. joanna butler-savage says: Reply

    we would love to drive round America

  117. Emma Watson says: Reply

    A tour around the UK coastal routes. My tip for harmony in the car – get a sturdy pad of A4 sized plain paper and coloured pens….one set for each child…get your child to very lightly place a pen onto their pad of paper…now the fun begins! As the car moves, the pen will be moving sporadically across their paper, creating their very own “road map” of their journey. They can compare “maps” with each other, swap halfway through a journey, label particularly big bumps on their maps as something silly like, “Daddy’s sneeze”. Hours of fun guaranteed! I played this as a child and my 3 kids now play it themselves. Try it 😉

  118. Susan B says: Reply

    I’d like to borrow Willie Nelson and his guitar and drive the entire length of Route 66.

  119. Allan Fullarton says: Reply

    We are going to Whitby – this is lovely!

  120. Jane H Shaw says: Reply

    Plenty of snacks, games and music to keep all entertained.

  121. Charlotte Cook says: Reply

    Back to my homeland, sunny sunny Cornwall

  122. Lisa Houston says: Reply

    I would love to go on a road trip to Lerwick in the Shetland isles. Always really wanted to go, but scared i might not come back lol

  123. Top tips:
    1. Have wet wipes/baby wipes easily accessible!
    2. have a drink with a closed lid and a place to store it – you can buy fab boxes which fit snugly in the back that allow you to store items and drinks etc without them spilling
    3. have some games and activities prepared – we play a bingo game we have devised. It’s very simple we have coloured cars, animals, buildings etc on a piece of cardboard whoever spots it first gets to mark it off their board the person who crosses every item off first wins, we also have some magnetic games.
    4. a comfy blanket and pillow – we like to have the windows slightly open when travelling by car – it can get cold so a warm blanket and pillow to snuggle down into for a quick nap helps
    5. factor in regular breaks and toilet stops – check the route before you travel to see where the services etc are and that way you will know exactly where and when you can stop

  124. Sheri Darby says: Reply

    Lots of songs and alphabet type games

  125. Jo McPherson says: Reply

    We’d love to drive from Vegas to San Francisco

  126. Sarah Parker says: Reply

    audio books are brilliant 🙂

  127. Lyndsey Beckford says: Reply

    I’d love to do Route 66 🙂

  128. Sarah Robinson says: Reply

    Would love to take the kids on a road trip around the USA. Lots of I spy, counting and singing.

  129. Jamie Millard says: Reply

    our next road trip is to flamingo land.

    the boys will be wearing different coloured tshirts. they will have a contest to count the cars they see of ‘their’ colour.

  130. caroline kelly says: Reply

    Taking a trip to great yarmouth next weekend

  131. Adrian Bold says: Reply

    Plenty of snacks, games and music to keep all entertained.

  132. Jill Fairbank says: Reply

    Down to Cornwall we love it but it’s a long long way

  133. elizabeth ferguson says: Reply

    stuart highwy in oz xx

  134. Jean Vaughan says: Reply

    Am doing Route 66 in September and one stretch will be on the back of a Harley! Can’t wait

  135. Jenny Prest says: Reply

    Id love to go to Devon, its so beautiful…but a long way!!

  136. Hayley Todd says: Reply

    We are taking a road trip down to London in August, via a few days in The Cotswolds so this would be so helpful in keeping my girls entertained!

  137. Dawn Hull says: Reply

    Would love to do a road trip in the USA. That would be fantastic!

  138. Karin Wistow says: Reply

    Would love to travel around Europe on road

  139. Diana says: Reply

    Would love to have a road trip in around America 🙂

  140. Gemma Cook says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip to France with our kids.
    We are going to Disneyland this summer and this would be perfect for our little girl.

  141. Steven Beasley says: Reply

    Would love to drive around New Zealand

  142. Tamsin Dean says: Reply

    woud love to take a road trip around Greece and Italy, plus the surrounding areas, would be so wonderful;

  143. Jane Green says: Reply

    We have just come back from the Outer hebrides, amazing! 4 ferries and drove from Barra to Stornoway

  144. Samantha walker says: Reply

    Road trips in america always look amazing

  145. Karen Howden says: Reply

    I would love to tour the west coast of Scotland

  146. elaine stokes says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip around italy

  147. The Falkirk Wheel

  148. michelle pierce says: Reply

    would love to take a road trip in ireland through the countryside

  149. claire sen says: Reply

    I’d like to take a road trip to Brittany! A night on the ferry, waking up to beautiful beaches and fresh pastries. Fantastic!

  150. Holly Walker says: Reply

    we are road tripping to france this summer with an 11month old eek! but i think it will be fine we are stopping loads on route

  151. Rich Tyler says: Reply

    Sing Songs 🙂

  152. jen s morgan says: Reply

    Would love to do a road trip across America x

  153. Mark Scott says: Reply

    My kids love taking a road trip around the beautiful North coast of Ireland. Thank you

  154. Natalie Gillham says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip in America x

  155. leanne perrett says: Reply

    i visit my mu at least once a month buts its a 6 hour round trip so lots of time spent in the car and travel games and snacks for the boys are a must

  156. Lisa Mauchline says: Reply

    I would love a road trip to Cornwall but its too far with a 16 month old at the moment

  157. Tricia Cowell says: Reply

    I would love to travel around Scotland, I have never been, i am ashamed to say

  158. Philip Underwood says: Reply

    I would go on a road trip around Germany and see the beautiful landmarks!

  159. tammi nutting says: Reply

    we love skegness . its a lovely drive

  160. Amy Robinson says: Reply

    We are going camping soon so this will be perfect for the little one 🙂 good luck everyone!

  161. Karen Dixon says: Reply

    I would love to travel route 66

  162. carol boffey says: Reply

    Id love to take a road trip across america

  163. Emma says: Reply

    America

  164. Maureen M says: Reply

    A road trip around Southern Europe in late Spring would be wonderful.

  165. Lauren Porter says: Reply

    route 66 🙂

  166. Beryl drake says: Reply

    I would like to travel around our beautiful coast line

  167. Victoria Prince says: Reply

    I would love to take a road trip across America 🙂 Cliched I know, but something I’ve always wanted to do!

  168. Sarah Addey says: Reply

    Devon its a beautiful place

  169. claire anslow says: Reply

    Love to travel to different states in America can tick off new york as we go in september

  170. Nikki e says: Reply

    Would love to take a trip to see a Highland coo with my dad 🙂

  171. Keeley Shaw says: Reply

    We are soon travelling in Cornwall, a long old drive but so worth it. We play games like spotting different coloured cars and other things, and also talk about places we are driving through or past. Keep baby wipes, drinks, and a few snacks in the car.

  172. Sadiyya maryam says: Reply

    I always take lots of wipes, it pays to keep them handy. Many thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  173. Would love to take a road trip on route 66 in the US!

  174. claire little says: Reply

    I’d like to do route 66

  175. Leanne Bell says: Reply

    Check for roadworks/diversions before you leave x

  176. Eve Ogden says: Reply

    Route 66 would be amazing

  177. Gemma Holland says: Reply

    Plenty of snacks & drinks for the trip & an empty bottle for.emergency boy toilet issues

  178. Joanna Kasznicki says: Reply

    Take the kids tablets, portable dvd player and some books. It will keep them distracted.

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