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With the summer holidays approaching, we were excited to work with JCT600 to produce the ultimate guide to surviving those long car journeys when travelling with kids. To help ensure you enjoy a hassle-free journey, we shared our past experiences and offered our top tips on how to tackle the prospect of entertaining the little ones on your road trips this summer. Do go and look because three other fabulous bloggers have also given their tips, and they are obviously very experienced!

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  1. Courtney Kemal
    June 13, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    well they have travel bingo where there are airplanes, cars of differnt colors, ect. on it and when you spot one you slide the red over

    I spy

    Guess the # someone gets a # then 2 ppl guess and whoever is closest wins

    Mad libs

    Bubblegum blowing contest

    ALPHABET WORDS: Pick a letter and find words or objects starting with that letter. Move through the alphabet. Or play as a memory game – A is for apple; B is for __. The second player must remember what “A” was for, and so on through the alphabet.

    BUILDING WORDS: Build a word one letter at a time. Each successive player adds a letter and must have a real word in mind.

    BUZZ: Try to reach 100 without making a mistake. Every time you get to a number that’s divisible by seven (7, 14, 21) or has a seven in it (17), say “Buzz” instead of the number.

    THE CAR NEXT DOOR: Invent stories about people in the car next to yours. (fun)

    GEOGRAPHY: Can be played with animals also. Start with an animal or a place name –California, for example. The next person has to think of a place that begins with the last letter of “California”

    GROUP STORYTELLING: Someone starts a story and, after a couple of sentences, points to someone else to continue the story.

    I SPY: or “I spy with my little eye…” Use color or first letter as a hint. Whoever guesses correctly goes next.

    NAME THAT TUNE: Can be played with TV theme songs.

    ODDS, EVENS: Two players pick either “odds” or “evens”, say, “One, two, three…shoot,” and stick out one or two fingers.

    ROCK, PAPER, And SCISSORS: Two can play. Both players make rock paper or scissors shapes behind their backs, say “One, two, three,” and show their hands.

    TWENTY QUESTIONS: One person states they are a person, place or thing. (Or declares animal, vegetable or mineral.) Everybody else gets to interrogate the player with 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.”

    TWO TRUTHS AND ONE LIE: The player tells the group three statements about himself or herself. Two are true and one is a lie. Everyone tries to guess which one is the lie.

    License Plate Road Trip Games

    LICENSE PLATE ID: See how many different states you can identify on license plates.

    Print a U.S. map from the PC and highlight in the states as you see license plates from each one. Try to get all 50 states within a certain time or distance. You might even record the time and date and the state where you saw it. This can be a family project as you build your “collection” of license plates together.

    Alternative versions of the license plate travel game;

    LICENSE PLATE LINGO: Make up a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. Spot a license plate and call out the letters on it. Then everyone tries to come up with a different phrase using the letters in the order they appear on the license plate as the first letter of each word. For instance KEW could be “kittens eating watermelon” or “kiss every warthog.” When you can’t think of any more look for another license plate.

    STATE GAME: Like License Plate ID, above, but with a pre-printed list of states that player check off.

    PLAN-AHEAD ROAD TRIP GAMES

    TRAVEL BINGO: Create bingo cards with B-I-N-G-O across the top row. Draw pictures or place stickers of things you might see along the road in the columns under the letters.

    TRAVEL GAME TRIVIA: Bring cards from your favorite Trivia game.

    Counting Cows Travel game.

    An oldie but a goodie! Count the cows you see on your side of the car. If you pass a cemetery on your side of the car, you lose all your cows, but only if the opposing team calls “your cows are buried!”. This game gets interesting when distraction tactics are used to either cause your opponent to miss cows on their side of the road or to miss a cemetery on your side of the road. Add a bonus like a colored horse or a rare bird. The team with the most cows wins.

    Count Other Stuff

    Count blue vans, or count red cars, find 10 horses, count signs, billboards, police cars. Count water towers. How many people pass you on the highway? — count them too!

    Scavenger Hunt

    SCAVENGER HUNT IN THE CAR: Make up a list of things to find along the road. Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. For a younger child who can’t read, you might draw a little picture of each item next to the word so they will know what to look for. Work as individuals or together as teams. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery. Check of each item when they find it.

    # City
    Scavenger Hunt:

    * flashing red light
    * bus
    * signs in foreign languages
    * dog
    * food store
    * railroad tracks
    * billboard with a child on it
    * cop
    * license plate with “Q”
    * person with tall boots
    * person talking on a cell phone

    # Suburbs
    Scavenger Hunt:

    * school
    * flashing traffic light
    * food store
    * someone on a bike
    * statue
    * church
    * playground
    * flower gard

    • Simon Hill
      June 16, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Regular stops, plenty of snacks, blankets and pillows, good music, and tablets to watch movies with headphones…I think these are key to a stress free trip

  2. Nigel Soper
    June 13, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Children are far less annoying on long journeys when the adults are rested, stress free and happy so us parents must have fun.

    • Yasmine choudhry
      June 28, 2016 / 11:23 pm

      Children do not like travelling,so get new games for them to play with. Take ipads so they can watch programs to keep them entertained. Make them a lunchbox of their favourite snacks and drinks.

  3. June 14, 2016 / 2:03 am

    Fortunately our kids entertain each other, or the oldest obsesses about cars so he’s easily kept busy car-spotting.

  4. david cavender
    June 14, 2016 / 5:50 am

    singsing songs which the children know gets them involved

  5. Graham Ross
    June 14, 2016 / 6:04 am

    Get them involved with singing and talking

  6. Amanda
    June 14, 2016 / 6:08 am

    For long car journeys, I produced a new little toy (inexpensive) that takes their fascination with for a good while. I also include snacks, drinks, lots of toilet and stretch your legs stops and eye spy πŸ™‚

  7. Andrew Petrie
    June 14, 2016 / 6:31 am

    My daughter was always happy with our portable DVD player watching her favourite cartoons.

  8. Sarah
    June 14, 2016 / 6:39 am

    I try to get the kids to stay up late the night before so they sleep the whole journey. Otherwise my oldest sits in the back and they all watch a movie together.

  9. Gwyn Sharps
    June 14, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Picnic stops! Make exciting and appetising packed lunches, and try to make the stops in places where they can have a good run around.

  10. charlotte
    June 14, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    we usually make a list of things then the kids get to tick them off when they see them out of the window πŸ™‚ passes a bit of time

  11. Mia vine
    June 14, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    car share with Courtney Kemal πŸ˜‰

  12. Hannah Scudder
    June 14, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    My main tips would be to take lots of snacks and keep toys new and interesting. Lots of music as well to make it fun.

  13. June 14, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Lots of snacks and we find an interesting place to stop for lunch to break the journey – we have national trust membership so that helps. We also play the Eddie Stobart game – if you spot one you get a point, it gets very competitive

  14. Jessica Pickering
    June 14, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    When I was little I had a cloth tab that attached to the seat in front with pockets in. My parents would include small toys and activities and even a snack and drink to keep me entertained for the duration … it worked wonders on me! Breaking up the journey by stopping somewhere interesting en route also seems to work.

  15. Sarah Gibson
    June 14, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    We had a portable DVD player but it broke! πŸ™ Now we play games like I-Spy, First to spot a yellow car, singing songs etc I always make sure to pack drinks and snacks, clean clothes, wipes some colouring in books xx

  16. Angela Treadway
    June 14, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Activity packs and sweeties I find keeps mine happy! X

  17. Lindsey Stuart
    June 14, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    For our family journeys we always make sure we have plenty to eat and drink, the little ones bring there coloring in books and reading books It is a good idea to stop and get fresh air too πŸ™‚

  18. P Wendy Clayton
    June 14, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Spotting objects is good, if it is a journey you do regularly you know what is coming up, statues/sculptures/reservoirs/castles/windmills etc so you are not expecting them to look for something that will never appear.

  19. June 14, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Learnt from hard experience: Always make sure you take more than enough snacks and drinks. We once got stranded in a queue on the M25 for five hours without any food or drink. Cue screaming from the back and vomiting up front. Adults and kids alike were completely frazzled by the time we finally got ushered off the motorway by the police.

  20. Donna Caldwell
    June 14, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    We always have colouring in books and pencils in the car ,a few snacks and my daughter loves the silent game for some reason

  21. Cara BEMROSE-WILLIAMS
    June 14, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Always bring snacks- when you’re travelling meal times can get all out of sync & hungry children makes the whole process of getting anywhere more stressful!

  22. Dawn Samples
    June 14, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Counting pubs or cars of a certain colour. Also, portable DVD players are handy.

  23. June 14, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    lots of simple travel games, lots of I-Spy and the 1st one to spot a yellow car, a tractor, a coach etc. some cartoons on a tablet or a portable DVD player can be very helpful too. With very young children, it the journey can be worked in around nap/sleep time that can help. take plenty of snacks and above all enjoy the trip!

  24. Paul Wilson
    June 14, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Lots of games and things to keep them interested.

  25. Jean tutthill
    June 14, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    You can’t beat I spy a portable dvd and colouring in books too

  26. Amanda Dunn
    June 14, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    My son still loves to play the alphabet game. So for instance, i went to Disneyland and saw – and then take turns to come up with things in order of the alphebet πŸ™‚

  27. June 14, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    The only issue I find with using IPADs in the car is travel sickness, my little lady suffers with it badly and watching or reading things can sometimes make it worse.

    • June 14, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      It does for me Rachel. I have awful motion sickness and can’t look down while I travel! James is fine, we don’t know about Noah yet because he’s totally not bothered about “entertainment” in the car.

  28. Helen Hodgson
    June 14, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I spy …..is brilliant for car journeys , and if your child is too young for letters , do colours instead of letters .
    For older kids try mental arithmetic – doing random times tables , adding & subtracting , as well as a distraction , it’s also brilliant for maths skills .

  29. Lisa Everaert
    June 14, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Lots of snacks and have a sing-a-long on the way. We also play alot of i-spy.

  30. stuart allen
    June 15, 2016 / 1:40 am

    i use my old i spy books, works very well!

  31. steven young
    June 15, 2016 / 4:46 am

    We’ve always planned long car journeys with our two daughters with military precision!
    We make sure there’s always a mini picnic for them to devour over the course of the journey.
    There’s always a supply of ‘prizes’ for the games we play along the way i.e i-spy, count the sheep, first person to see a castle etc, and we make sure there’s paper and crayons for drawing pictures which is another good way of making the journey bearable.
    Finally, throw the Frozen CD into the journey and everyone (except dad driving!) is happy!

  32. David Sweet
    June 15, 2016 / 4:56 am

    Feed them and then they fall asleep.

  33. Caroline Pritchard
    June 15, 2016 / 5:08 am

    Play I spy and keep games interesting

  34. Tracey Belcher
    June 15, 2016 / 5:29 am

    If going on a long journey I try to tire them out before the journey so that they sleep

  35. amy fidler
    June 15, 2016 / 6:33 am

    a great singalong cd,stop off for breaks,and in car games,like travel top trumps.

  36. Sophie Ade
    June 15, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Lots of snacks, oldskool eye spy and singing along to the radio.

  37. andy burns
    June 15, 2016 / 6:50 am

    We have a portable DVD player which are much cheaper to pick up now and it plugs into the car. We take a few dvds along with some snacks, drinks and colouring pens and paper

  38. Liane Amos
    June 15, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Playing cheese on wheels ( spotting yellow cars)

  39. Ruth Harwood
    June 15, 2016 / 7:18 am

    We play games making words from the licence plates of the cars around us xx

  40. janine atkin
    June 15, 2016 / 7:21 am

    make ure there are plenty of games they can play, some not involving you – for your own sanity!

  41. Dean Willoughby
    June 15, 2016 / 7:27 am

    With the children’s short attention span, we used to take lots of small different, cheap toys and games to play in the car. As well as Mr Tumble on DVD who was brilliant keeping our kids amused.

  42. Jane Davis
    June 15, 2016 / 7:34 am

    take plenty of music and play games that children can join in like eye spy and animal sounds

  43. James McLaughlin
    June 15, 2016 / 7:52 am

    We aim to time long journeys with our daughters nap times where possible so she will be asleep for most of the journey. A tablet for future journeys once she has outgrown her day naps seems a great idea.

  44. Louise Smith
    June 15, 2016 / 7:55 am

    DVD player and iPad – no more ‘are we nearly there yet’!

  45. Pendragon
    June 15, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Interact with them as much as possible, and give them games to play involving spotting makes of car or number plates or coach and lorry operators. If they ask “Are we there yet?” say “Yes!”

  46. Farhana Haque
    June 15, 2016 / 8:31 am

    We plan it around nap times if possible. If not we carry our ipad with their favourite shows downloaded. We also let them take few of their toys with them.

  47. Darren
    June 15, 2016 / 8:42 am

    We play games and make frequent stops to take in some fresh air and stretch our legs.

  48. Dale Askew
    June 15, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I set off early in the morning such as 4am or 5am, getting the children out of bed and allowing them to sleep for a while longer in the car.

  49. Lizzy T
    June 15, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Lots of games prepared, snacks available, and no fizzy drinks etc that might make them hyper. Also plan regular short breaks for a long journey.

  50. June 15, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Plan your route beforehand and make sure you have enough petrol. For the kids, movies and games on phones or tablets (with headphones!!) are useful as well as pre-prepared healthy snacks (fruit, grilled chicken wraps, cobs, scones, quiche, etc) and bottled water. That way when it’s time to stop for a bite to eat, it won’t cost a fortune to buy food at a Service Station and the food can be consumed outside like a picnic). Books and drawing pads and pencils are handy as well, in case they get bored with just watching movies or playing games on a tablet.

  51. Leah Morris
    June 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

    We often have 10 hour car journeys to visit family with a 5 year old and a baby, we left at night time on the first half so they both slept, the next morning we left early fully armed with DVd player and about 40 DVDs! We bought a strap around in car table which worked really well for a colouring books, magazines and small games like 4 in a row which our 5 year old happily played with by himself. For our youngest we purchased a lay flat carrycot/car seat, which was brilliant as he was comfortable and slept practically the whole time and we didn’t have to stop with the rules of having babies in car seats for more than 2 hours. We hung up lots of bright and colorful toys around the car so he spotted them and stared at them when he did open his eyes. Other than that we kept the kids going with saying when our next stop was and that we could get a new magazine for the next stop and a McDonalds, I don’t know if it was just my kids but it was the easyiest, calmest car journeys ever with them!

  52. Ian Mc
    June 15, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I find the best way is to give them a colouring book. End up finding crayons and pencils for weeks after mind but it keeps them quiet.

  53. June 15, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Car journeys are something we do regularly as relatives live so far away. Originally, the children were much younger but never underestimate the power of a pack of nappies in the back of the car, as well as wet wipes and a small bucket. (Like the ones you need for the beach to make sandcastles) – eugh… you know what for.
    Regular stops are essential, and keeping the car cool or warm enough is key to prevent disaster, Constant chatter helps, and music everyone likes listening too keeps everyone happy. I avoid reading / technology in the car these days too, i found the children looking down whilst in motion makes them feel green, even when they are the best of roadside travelers. Discussions about film plots from the start to end is good, and that can be a 30 min discussion on what would happen if… say Elsa cast fire instead of ice.. That blew their minds. Pack well in advance, and drink plenty of water!! The odd sweet is also a milestone treat!

  54. liane mccreanor
    June 15, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Always be prepared – snacks, drinks, colouring books and Hudl.

  55. Michaela Hannah
    June 15, 2016 / 9:21 am

    For our road trips we always pay a visit to our local pound shop and get stocked up on small toys, books, activities and snacks. Anything new keeps our children entertained for a while

  56. Jodie Cook
    June 15, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Teaching children to read maps at an early age (as soon as they can read or before, depending on the map) is both educational and useful as a distraction technique. They learn to take in their surroundings and follow along on the journey, which mitigates the chorus of “Are we nearly there yet?!” because they can track their own progress. When they are feeling confident, on a journey you do fairly regularly, you can let them “give you directions” (obviously make sure you do know the way yourself!), which makes the journey more engaging rather than feeling endless. Obviously, this works best with only one child (or with just one child old enough to speak, otherwise it can get confusing and lead to arguments!), but with more you can still talk to them about the route as you go, explaining different techniques to remember the route without the map and to build up knowledge to use later (or ask them to draw you a map themselves when you get home and take that with them the next time you make the journey).

  57. June 15, 2016 / 9:41 am

    this is a challenge, but we had a game where we would make up words out of car registrations, lots of drinks snacks, sing a longs and books.

  58. Karolina Rozwarska
    June 15, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I always take bag full of food and snacks. We have baby CD to play in the car. If it really bad we dig out DVD player. We tend to spot and count lets say red cars on the road.

  59. Natasha Male
    June 15, 2016 / 10:00 am

    We have a stash full of the Usbourne travel cards, they come with wipe clean cards & a marker.. lots of fun & good value!

  60. lauren pilkington
    June 15, 2016 / 10:21 am

    We take pencil crayons and plenty of paper. Theres so much you can do from drawing to writing games using as a tally chart for games such as how many red cars or for naughts and crosses.

  61. June 15, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Any games that keeps everyone looking out of the windows are great as it stops you feeling car sick! I spy or spot the *whatever you can think of depending on where you are and what you might spot!!! Failing that, singing!

  62. Esma Blackwell
    June 15, 2016 / 10:29 am

    We play games and sing songs.Also plenty of loo breaks and snacks to keep them happy.

  63. Lucy H
    June 15, 2016 / 10:47 am

    We play games, sing songs, spot the Eddie Stobart truck, lots of snacks of course and stops at service stations to break up the journey

  64. Zoe C
    June 15, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I find if possible to leave early hours of the morning to avoid traffic, plus heat in summer and the kids can stay asleep while travelling, if not able to do that, then suitable snacks, depending on the age of the child travel games, wordpuzzle books, attaching a dvd player up for them to watch

  65. June 15, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I have a box in the boot with gmini games,cards, colouring bits, books and snacks this helps us loads as the kids always entertained, i also find letting them choose a cd keeps them quiet !

  66. Claire Scott
    June 15, 2016 / 11:37 am

    We always buy the kids their fav magazine to read with toy gifts on to play with, use a portable DVD player, and of course sweeties help too lol

  67. Elizabeth Hinds
    June 15, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Music, car games, books, and plenty of drinks and snacks! Regular stops help too, just to break the journey and stop them from going stir crazy! Luckily both of mine are sleepers and tend to have quite long naps in the car.

  68. Bex Whittaker
    June 15, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Headphones for me!

    Kidding….. we play lots of spotting games, and sing a long a lot (of the same song, over and over again!)

  69. Kelly Hemmings
    June 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Be prepared to keep the kids entertained and take plenty of food and drink

  70. Julie Feathers
    June 15, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    they take their ipads, but they also like playing find the car colour and guess the animal I am thinkimg

  71. Annette Oliver
    June 15, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    First tip. Save ideas until they get bored. Very often the excitement of a journey is enough for the first half hour. Play games to spot things, see how many red cars they see and have plenty of surprise snacks and drinks handy

  72. Andrea Stiff
    June 15, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    We play eye spy, rock paper scisors and sing, and have plenty of wee stops,

  73. Laura Harrison
    June 15, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Make sure you have activities in the car to entertain children on long journeys, colouring books, reading books, personal game consoles, play eye spy etc

  74. Dion Petrie
    June 15, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Give them a tablet to watch

  75. June 15, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Lots of snacks and a fully charged ipad.

  76. Sarah Brokenshire
    June 15, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Make sure you have the BabyTV app ready!x xx

  77. glenn hutton
    June 15, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Technology wise, dvd players for films/programs etc Books to read and the good old traditional games like i spy, number plate counting the numbers etc.. Time soon passes!

  78. Janice
    June 15, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    i would give them a film to wath

  79. caroline lyons
    June 15, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Different CDs to entertain them, stories, singalongs, lullabies. Plenty of fresh fruit and snacks. For the older kids, I always connect my portable hotspot so that they can use my internet connection.. always making sure my phone is charged of course πŸ™‚

  80. Jen Rogers
    June 15, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    We found I-SPY games the best. Also a song – If you are happy and you know it …….. everyone gives an answer connected with the view from the car! Sometimes Dad driving goes too far with his answer and we get squeals of laughter!

  81. C Kennedy
    June 15, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Bring toys, a tablet loaded with films or TV, blankets, snacks, everything! I literally load the car up with everything I could possibly need to make it more comfortable. It’s good to be armed with a list of games like I Spy as a back-uptoo

  82. Marianne Daniels
    June 15, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Small, Poundland toys given out at predetermined intervals–they can’t ask beforehand, but they should know they’re coming.
    A map they can follow so they can know how long to go.
    Lots of wipes, lots of snacks!
    No stress about mess, but avoid as much packaging and crumbs in the planning stages.

  83. kelly mobbs
    June 15, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    For long car journeys i always make sure i have a portable charger which is fully charged to keep the kids ipods/ipads going until we get where we need to be. The last thing you need is for the kids to get bored. No sweets also as it makes them hyper!

  84. Michelle Ptak
    June 15, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Story CDs are brilliant and playing games like eye spy .. have snacks and drinks to keep them topped up!!

  85. June 15, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Sing-a-longs and car spotting can take up a lot of time. Also research the journey before have and get them to look out for various landmarks along the way, even if it’s only for the signposts!

  86. Caroline Hunter
    June 15, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    We used to play spot the sign for the place we were going to. One year it was Brighton and we still shout out Brighton if we see a sign on a tv programme.

  87. lisa evans
    June 15, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    They are pretty good but we usually play I spy, countries/town/city beginning with A,B until we finish the alphabet. They both love drawing and colouring and eating!!!

  88. kathryn davies
    June 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Regular stops and lots of snacks

  89. Marc Chivers
    June 15, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Let them have their music on

  90. Leanne V McKenna
    June 15, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Pack a picnic and some games, playing i spy is always a winner!

  91. June 15, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Lots of singing, Lots of Games and Portable dvd player is life saver on a really long journey x

  92. Alana Walker
    June 15, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Most importantly, make sure they have had a wee before you set off! During the journey we play lots of games like I-Spy, or who can spot the most red cars, lorries etc. We stop often for drinks and to stretch our legs and sometimes use a portable DVD player when me and dad want a break.

  93. Rachael G
    June 15, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    We put on their favourite film soundtracks for them to sing along to.

    We play I-Spy and the alphabet game – you choose a theme, such as food, animals or countries and each person has to name something. So person 1 might say A for Adder, person 2 would then say B for Bear, person 3 might say C for Crocodile, then person 1 continues with D for Dog etc.

    We also play the sweet game where we all get a boiled sweet at the same time and whoever makes theirs last the longest wins! Helps with car sickness too.

  94. maria hackett
    June 15, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I have a 3 year old daughter and My top tip is plan ahead! i always buy a new book with stickers, that will keep her entertained for hours, we love playing song games, i spy road signs are our fav. like most people play i spy vehicle, i spy colours, we play i spy road signs. Milly loves counting bridges and tunnels too.
    it is not hard to travel with children when you plan ahead with loads of alternatives!

  95. Jo Carroll
    June 15, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I find it’s the perfect time to phone Nanny and Grandad for a nice long chat πŸ˜‰

  96. tracy james
    June 15, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    i spy games and snacks

  97. Lorraine Tinsley
    June 15, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I always pack a lot of snacks, little pots of fruit like blueberries, raspberries, as well as dry fruit like raisins, blocks of cheese, crisps and I always plan to stop at least once for a leg stretch

  98. Gavin Kendall
    June 15, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    world cup of chocolate (as popularised by richard osman) , or of crisps (ditto), or of bears (rupert vs paddington), or of tv programmes: kids love to vote and argue over which is the better bear, or chocolate bar, and the journey whizzes by.

  99. Gnei Usama
    June 16, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Lots of snack, juices, favourite toys sometime a dvd too and story books (believe me my kids like to read unexpected times), colours, papers and pencils, loads of games and then naps between them.

  100. Adrian Bold
    June 16, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Give yourself time to get to where you want to go, leaving lots of time for breaks / food. Make sure you have things to entertain the kids.

  101. Naz M
    June 16, 2016 / 1:20 am

    Games on the tablets are always handy to keep your kids busy but if you want them to have a break from technology, I recommend taking colouring in books, and travel games for extra long journeys and it’s always great to keep the kids busy with family games, you can spend hours playing I spy.

  102. Chris Davies
    June 16, 2016 / 5:25 am

    Ensure you have lots of things to keep the kids occupied.

    Regular stop offs at interesting locations.

    Make sure they are very tired before you leave so they can nap in the car! πŸ™‚

  103. June 16, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Be prepared, snacks, drinks, wipes, change of clothes and entertainment, fingers crossed nothing will be needed because they will fall asleep!

  104. Mark Scott
    June 16, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Me and my kids always play i spy.

  105. Claire Power
    June 16, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Preparation!!

    Each child gets there own bag which they have helped pack with snacks and games! I make a playlist with both children’s favourite songs and we take regular stops!

    At each stop we play a game or run around to get our legs working again and to try and tire them out!

    We also always pack clean cloths and wipes just incase! Xx

  106. cheryl price
    June 16, 2016 / 11:44 am

    we like to before the journey everyone pick a car colour and count the for the whole of the trip… the one with the most points at the end of the trip wins πŸ™‚

  107. jennifer bolognesi
    June 16, 2016 / 11:47 am

    First one to spot 10 whatever blue cars wins a treat.
    Lots of blankets and cushions
    Believe it or not I was recommended aromatherapy, calming smellies

  108. Rrshai
    June 16, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Ear muffs – distract yourself from their cries and leave it to someone else in the car, preferably the eldest to keep them occupied

  109. Michaela Campbell
    June 16, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Can you find…
    Before you set off make a list of things for your kids to keep a look out for, make some easy and some hard. eg: sheep 1pt, red car 1pt, cows 2pts, deer 10pts, fire engine 5pts

    used to keep me and my brother occupied for hours on long car journeys

  110. Jim Kerr
    June 16, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    A good sing song for a good few miles, then a audio book which gets them involved and concentrating.

  111. June 16, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    lots stopd to break the journey up then its the rainy day bag with all the stickers and pencils lots great things to play with then its spot the red car blue car then a good old sing song then lots snacks then we should be there so happydays

  112. June 16, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Snacks, drinks, a tablet to play games on and some headphones.

  113. Rob Griffiths
    June 16, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    A portable DVD player usually works. Usually….

  114. MANDY DOHERTY
    June 16, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    A small bag with crayons, paper, stickers etc, always keeps my grandsons happy

  115. W Roberts
    June 16, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Animal Game – An animal is named and the next person has to name an animal beginning with the last letter of the previous animal. Alternatively, you could just go through the alphabet.

  116. Maria P
    June 16, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Put together a box for each child with interesting things – a new book, colouring book (with a board to use as a flat surface), pictures with mosaic stickers, healthy snack and drink

  117. Nicki Simpson
    June 16, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Audio books, Frozen soundtrack, eye spy, singalong, spot the horse, what colour of car is Next and lots of snacks.

  118. June 16, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Play favourite stories – my daughter loved Ivor the Engine and Postman Pat. I think I can still recite them years later.

  119. Nat thomason
    June 17, 2016 / 12:50 am

    A book a drink some snacks and wipes and a good old sing song .

  120. Solange
    June 17, 2016 / 3:52 am

    Travel by night or early in the morning so children might sleep – the roads are emptier, too.

    Allow time for frequent stops so children can stretch their legs and let off steam. You could pack a Frisbee, bats and soft balls to play with during a break in the journey.

    Use fast roads or motorways where possible – they are less likely to induce travel sickness. You can also plan a few stops at service stations, which invariably have play areas and baby-changing facilities.

    Take some or all of the following: song and story tapes; paper and crayons; clip-on trays; small toys such as finger puppets; mobiles for younger babies.

  121. James Harland
    June 17, 2016 / 9:22 am

    You can’t go wrong with pulling out a new inexpensive toy as a surprise when they start to get bored. Works a treat!!!

  122. claire griffiths
    June 17, 2016 / 10:12 am

    make sure you go prepared on long journeys plenty of things to do snacks and drinks

  123. Vicky
    June 17, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I always make sure my son’s Ipod is charged πŸ™‚ Eye spy is a game that can last hours too

  124. Catherine
    June 17, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    My parents had sing alongs – but to music we all liked (rock) – and gave me air guitars of various strengths- so I was only aloud to make guitar sounds if I reached a high level.

    We also used to play game where you have to answer every question with another question – if you didn’t end on a question you were out

    On trains or planes we played card games – like Chinese poker (we bet with the peanuts)

  125. June 17, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Create an activities bag. Fill a little rucksack with plenty to do like colouring books and games. Also put a light snack in there like a piece of fruit or a couple of biscuits and a SMALL bottle of water (not too big or they will need the toilet) . Keeps children quiet for ages.

  126. June 17, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Plenty of singing! (The more you dislike the song, the better it will go down in all probability… lol)

  127. Frank Page
    June 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    lots of games πŸ™‚

  128. Alison Johnson
    June 17, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    To be honest when my son was little he used to just go to sleep if you put some music on. As he got older we used to play how may red cars can you spot in 10 minutes. Now he’s a teenager he & Hubby just name all the nice cars they see – me I’m still spotting the red cars!

  129. June 18, 2016 / 7:29 am

    Pack snacks and baby wipes! Fully charged ps vita normally saves the day in our car πŸ™‚ if it’s a really long trip make it comfy in the car shoes off and a blanket if needed.

  130. Stephanie Tsang
    June 18, 2016 / 11:52 am

    I make sure we pack plenty of snacks, toys, portable dvd player and a tablet to keep the kids entertained on long car journeys.

  131. Kirsty Hosty
    June 18, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    The yellow and pink car game, earn 1 point if you notice a yellow car first and then pink cars worth 10 points.

  132. Kris McNair
    June 18, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Bring an iphone/ipod and an AUX cable to connect it to the car. Give everyone in the car an hour/allocated time where they are able to choose the songs for the journey. That way everyone gets a chance to be the “Car DJ” and is kept happy!

  133. Kenny Wood
    June 18, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Spread out handing out the goodies, don’t give out all the sweets and snacks at the beginning of the journey, hold out as long as you can.
    In car games are a must. The good old favourite “I spy” will pass some time. Look for objects or animals, such as who can see the next cow in a field. Who will see the next red car.
    Sing songs, tell jokes, then maybe some quiet time. If you have a DVD player or tablet that can be positioned in the rear of the car make time for a favourite film or cartoon.

  134. Becky Duffy
    June 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    We play games like i-spy or yes and no game! My daughter also likes the radio as she loves to sing along to everything!

  135. Clair Dukes
    June 18, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    We found using water/sports bottles much easier than cartons or cans. We play games such as spot the green tractor where there a small prize for the winner.

  136. hannonle
    June 18, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    If they’re still quite young then it’s good to time your journey for nap time or evening time so they sleep. Other than that, some music, or some classic car games such as eye spy that everyone can join in with. Or just chatting in general.

  137. bex allum
    June 19, 2016 / 11:18 am

    We chat, play games, I pack a bag for each of them with toys, snacks, colouring, a magazine or something new. Headphones and music.

  138. Val Swift
    June 20, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    We play games, take books to read and colour, take regular stops and lots of snacks.

  139. fabienne beavers
    June 20, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    good tips

  140. keith
    June 20, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    don’t stop driving if the kids are asleep. keep going until they wake up

  141. Nicola Dow
    June 20, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Having just past my driving test I havnt ventured to far with my little boy but loved reading all your tips and suggestions for when im confident enough to go on long trips x

  142. Maddie Jasinska
    June 20, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Favourite music, book, data package on a mobile πŸ˜›

  143. Tammy Westrup
    June 20, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Take games and snacks – and a portable dvd player as a last resort!

  144. whiteshadows1
    June 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    We often have games of iSpy, spot the Eddie Stobart lorry, shout out yellow car when one passes and count the caravans

  145. Annie Bathurst
    June 20, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Long car journey need to properly planned in our household. I always try to time it just right, after lunch so they will fall asleep first thing. Then for when they wake up or simply do not fall asleep, I have loads of snacks and loads of games. Firm favourite is finding the letters of the alphabet on trucks or other cars, books, even colouring books. As a last resort I do put on a movie. It will keep them entertained.

  146. Katie Skeoch
    June 20, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Activity books are great for my boys, especially a few Where’s Wally books! Red car/blue car is also a good half hour of non arguments!

  147. Sally Kershaw
    June 20, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Take a small bag of new toys – go to the Poundshop – lots of great ideas there! Take a variety, a new toy car, a colouring book, a puzzle book, a picture book, something that they can get engrossed in for a while. Don’t forget to take water and snacks, we once got stuck on the M6 for 9 hours following a fatal accident, luckily we had packed sensibly for once and had lots of water and food!

  148. Donna Foxall
    June 20, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    We like to sing a lot, then when my little boy gets bored of that we look out for different colour cars <3

  149. Tracy Gladman
    June 21, 2016 / 7:38 am

    I purchased some Usborne cards which are wipe clean. I have two packs, they are for travelling. One pack is specifically for car journeys and have lots of activities for kids and families to join in, the other are lots of activities like wordsearch, drawing, etc. My daughter loves them.

  150. June 21, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Prepare a checklist with either words or pictures depending on your childs age that they can tick off when they see such as a church, a seagull, a red lorry etc

  151. kimberley ryan
    June 21, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Games and activities such as ispy, colouring books, and magnetic boards are great for keeping little ones amused. my twin boys are a little young for regular ispy so we modified it and we play colour Ispy.
    we also make sure we have some road trip snacks like cheese strings, juice cartons fruit and boxes of raisins.
    If it is an extremely long journey (we do uk to France to visit relatives), then we try to travel at night.

  152. Kelly Knowles
    June 21, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    i always have audio cds in the car, having 4 children i can easily play these without too much distraction and the children love stories so these are great.

  153. Shalene Hodder
    June 21, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    We play games and sing songs. I ask questions about topics they are studying at school to help them learn as well.

  154. Vicky Online
    June 21, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    A film on a tablet and sweeties. My kids get very few sweeties, so it has a special treat factor for them.

  155. Vicky Loveday
    June 22, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Your child’s favourite cuddly toy, but only give it for quiet rest times. A lap tray with pencils and paper. Drink carton’s and raisons.

  156. Kristyn Harris
    June 22, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Take lots of breaks along the way. Think of lots of songs to sing. Play eye spy. Take colouring book and note pads, pencils, etc. Always keep wet wipes and a carrier bag (as a bin) handy.

  157. Christine
    June 22, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I spy books – watching out for things – make your own – keeps them looking out for things.

  158. Kate Leather
    June 23, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Plenty of snacks and games ready to play like eye spy, drinks also x

  159. Greig spencer
    June 23, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    take regular breaks and keep them hydrated xxx

  160. Simon Tinsley
    June 23, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    We leave them with relatives. It’s the best way.

  161. June 23, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Plenty of snacks and portable DVD players (but don’t forget the comfy headphones!)

  162. Michelle Carlin
    June 23, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Be organised. Make sure you have everything you need to hand, eg drinks, wipes etc. Keep the kids occupied with spotting type games. Try to break the journey up and have breaks where they can walk around.

  163. June 24, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Make sure you have plenty of stops if the journey is particularly long, if you can afford it, put their favourite DVD on with the monitor far enough up that they aren’t looking down on it (found that out to my cost when I had to clear sick out from a dvd player once lol) little snacks in car are ok but don’t give them lots of drinks or you’ll need more stops lol

  164. Sarah franklin
    June 24, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Take lots of music

  165. Lisa Wilkinson
    June 24, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I have a bag of little toys for her to keep busy and a lot of snacks and drinks

  166. michael boothby
    June 25, 2016 / 12:18 am

    these days it about tech and internet on a journey in car

  167. Ema J Lowe
    June 25, 2016 / 9:47 am

    take plenty of non messy snacks, like the boxes of raisins. enough drink for your trip and sing songs to keep them amused. if they are older you could play a game of who can spot cows/sheep first or a certain colour car.

  168. Emily Hutchinson
    June 25, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Magnetic board games, keeps them occupied and they’re less likely to loose the pieces!

  169. cheryl lovell
    June 25, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I encourage my son to choose son snacks and games to play. If he feels like I have given him some independence, he tends to settle more!

  170. sharon martin
    June 25, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    make it fun with plenty of car games but also make time for a good rest stop so they can stretch their legs and burn off a little steam

  171. BARBARA MADDEN
    June 25, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    We count Eddie Stobart Lorries till we get to each ones age or birth date so we make it more interesting the boys love it we even do when they are not with us has it passes the time

  172. Lizzy Cooper
    June 25, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    If you can, travel at bed times or naptimes. I find this less stressful as he sleeps the whole time πŸ˜€ oh, and lots of snacks are good!

  173. Anna Brown
    June 25, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Play games with the children along the journey, take a tablet so they can entertain themselves and have a good mix of music.

  174. Hazel Rea
    June 25, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Favourite song or story tape, lots of games including making up silly stories with each person adding a sentence, telling jokes, riddles. Regular stops for a short break and make sure everyone drinks enough, preferably water!

  175. David Styles
    June 25, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Start the journey in a Motorhome and you’ll be able to do exactly what you want whenever you want to do it!

  176. Martina Alban
    June 26, 2016 / 8:16 am

    on our journeys we do I spy with my little eye or car registration words , we sing and laugh and just talk to each other as the time and journey is so much quicker having fun then being bored

  177. Rebecca Mercer
    June 26, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Plan rest stops, take drinks and snacks and things to do

  178. June 26, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    When my kids were little long car journeys always involved playing I spy making it more interesting by using the moving landscape , we always made sure they had their favourite toys with them and Music , Bags of cut up fruit pieces ..Nowadays Its My Grandchildren we take on long journeys and they are totally reliant on their tablets to watch their favourite programmes so much so that the last journey my granddaughter told me off when we reached our destination because her programme hadn’t finished ..

  179. Bernadette Blundell
    June 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    they pack a little back pack each with things to do colouring travel games etc and lots of singing along to the radio haha

  180. Julia Linsley
    June 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Talking about the environment where we are going and whats passing games and songs !

  181. Gillian Turner
    June 26, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    We make our own bingo cards and you simply cross of when you spot something from your card, like a cow, a pylon or a million other things that are easy to spot πŸ™‚ Entertainment before you set off on your journey while the kids make their bingo cards and fun in the car πŸ™‚

  182. gemma raines
    June 26, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    pick a colour car and 1st one to find 10 of them wins πŸ™‚

  183. Sheila Reeves
    June 26, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I-Spy, finding cars beginning with each letter of the alphabet, audio books

  184. Paula Phillips
    June 26, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    We play lots of games to keep the children occupied. I make sure I have plenty of snacks and drinks for them. I let my oldest son play games on my phone if he gets fed up on a long journey.

  185. June 26, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Plan lots of fun car games to keep your kids entertained – I recommend car colours. Give each child a board with different coloured cars – they have to spot the coloured cards and mark them off on their board – the first to complete wins! I spy is another firm favourite

  186. Mary Baldwin
    June 27, 2016 / 6:10 am

    Be prepared – stress from the parents is catching. Have some snacks and drinks available and a variety of activities planned to keep their minds occupied.

  187. Jo McPherson
    June 27, 2016 / 7:23 am

    We always have story and song cd’s, play i-spy and make sure we have plenty of snacks

  188. Sarah Lewis
    June 27, 2016 / 7:28 am

    A good game of eye spy or who can spot it first is always a good time passer.

  189. emma walters
    June 27, 2016 / 9:03 am

    the portable dvd player is great but only if the battery lasts until the end of the film!! then all the food comes out πŸ™‚

  190. caroline cordery
    June 27, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Go at a time when they are most likely to be asleep through most of the journey.

  191. Gemma Massey
    June 27, 2016 / 10:51 am

    A good game of eye spy always does the trick or a good sing along like how many bottles standing on the wall. Also the first one to spot a landmark like eg Blackpool tower wins a Β£1

  192. Joseph jones
    June 27, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I allays found that if you leave music on low also to invest in a back of seat television it help children to relax and concentrate on a single point which eliminates travel sickness and boredom

  193. Janet Dring
    June 27, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Try to make words that go together from other cars number plates

  194. Victoria Cunniff
    June 27, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    My daughter is 3 and we’ve done a few long car journeys for holidays so after learning from experience I take lots of things that she can entertain herself with – I put them all in a bag and she keeps that with her so she can pick and choose. It usually consists of a few story books (she pretends to read them), some CD’s then she can choose what we listen to – normally princess related, films/ apps get downloaded onto her tablet along with her headphones, some snacks and a drink, her doll and a small jotter and a pencil. I don’t put in anything that can fall on the floor like loads of playing cards etc as that’s just a recipe for disaster. We sometimes play I-Spy but we go by colours as she’s not yet spelling words, we also see who can be the first to spot a cow, sheep, red car, blue bus etc etc. I’m sure as she grows older my list will change but for now this works perfectly.

  195. June 27, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Lots of snacks. a potty in case you have to do emergency stops in lay by (my daughter was never good at crouching in a bush, so potty easier even long past potty training) lots of snacks, plan a break somewhere nice they can stretch their legs. When travelling very far (we did france last year) we set off late at night so they would sleep for some of the journey too. It ws exhausting for me as driver though!

  196. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    June 27, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Some fun karaoke!

  197. claire sen
    June 27, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Sacrifice your favourite radio station/music collection and put on some songs the children recognise. My daughter loves singing along to nursery rhymes in the car.
    If they don’t get travel sick, a tablet loaded with movies or games is always a winner and always pack drinks and snacks.
    If it’s a really really long jouney, I’d consider going later in the day when they’re more likely to sleep through it. Don’t drive when you’re tired though!

  198. Pamela Gossage
    June 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Have a bag with lots of different toys, puzzles and edibles. One can be chosen every 1/2 hour

  199. Godfrey Callus
    June 27, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    We play the animal alphabet game, start off with everyone naming an animal begining with A and carry on through the letters until someone cant guess an animal of a specific letter, they then get knocked out of the game until there is an eventual winner.

  200. Vicky Williams
    June 27, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Portable dvd players to keep the kids entertained and plenty of dvds.

  201. Hayley Elvin
    June 27, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    We give the kids toys to play with, take snacks and have regular stops on long journeys

  202. claire little
    June 27, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    snacks and singing songs always goes down well with my three.

  203. Kate Knight
    June 27, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Play games ;like eye spy or get the in car DVD player out

  204. June 27, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Portable dvd player or we sometimes play i spy..would love to win an ipad to make car journeys less stressful…every two minutes are we there yet…….

  205. Tracey Anderson
    June 27, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    The Gameboy is invaluable for my munchkin along with colouring book and crayons and the odd game of I Spy keeps a very happy child on a very long journey πŸ™‚ X

  206. Laura Nice
    June 27, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    New puzzle toys, colouring book and a dvd player πŸ™‚

  207. Tal L
    June 27, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    CD with kids’ favourite songs and a sing along all the way

  208. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    June 27, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    let the kids pack their own mini bag of colouring,games, books for long car journeys πŸ˜€

  209. Kerry Bennett
    June 27, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    We play games such as I spy, count the caravans, count the red cars etc, the tes or no game or the who am I game

  210. Meena Hindmarch
    June 27, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Plenty of tv shows, snacks, music send some audio books

  211. June 27, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Singing along to tunes and counting how many red cars we spot.

  212. Claire Bbdiva Butler
    June 27, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Pack drinks and snacks. Portable DVD player or ipad/ tablet and fleece blankies for comfort

  213. Ann Robinson
    June 28, 2016 / 6:02 am

    If it’s along journey then it would be a mixture of the old and the new, from the old it would be games like i spy and singing songs, the new would be a table loaded with cartoons, programmes or films which are liked. It has to be a mixture as the old types of things need to be kept going and encourages family bonding.

  214. Lorna Lyons
    June 28, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Plan your route & plan scheduled stops which will enable the kids to get out, stretch their legs & play.
    Pack a surprise back of snacks (treats they don’t normally get).
    Give the kids a pad of blank paper & crayons & get them to draw the sights you see on your travels.
    Play eye spy
    An old favourite of mine – spot the yellow car & see if you can get a thumbs up from a Lorry driver

  215. June 28, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Lots of games like I-spy, first to spot 10 red cars, lots of cds and singing, story cds too, and a few snacks.

  216. Alexandra McGahey
    June 28, 2016 / 10:07 am

    A good night’s sleep the night before for the whole family is always a good idea to ensure everyone is less stressed and well rested. Lots of entertainment during the journey is key. I always make sure our car is well stocked with (savoury) snacks, card games like Top Trumps, colouring pencils and books, magazines, books and comfy travel pillows. We play guessing games like I Spy too and take regular breaks at the service station to visit the toilet and stretch our legs. I usually let my children bring their Nintendo DS consoles along too.

  217. Lisa Pond
    June 28, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Cleaning things in case there’s a sick incident!! And if course food and games πŸ™‚

  218. Faye Reed
    June 28, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Luckily my kids don’t mind traveling and don’t need much distracting, they’re only 2 and 3 so fall asleep for most of the journey, but when they do start getting restless I always have snacks handy and sing some nursery rhymes.

  219. June 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Make sure you have a bag to collect rubbish, take plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, but spread them out over the journey so that they don’t get bored of the options available quickly.

  220. Keshia Esgate
    June 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Downloading lots of short Angry Birds videos and a Mr Men game onto the tablet kept my nephew quiet for a 4 hour journey!

  221. Stuart
    June 28, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    awesome prize!

    • lee woodward
      June 28, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Unlike the very first comment, its not a good idea to let young children have bubble gum. We take big lollys for them to lick, and tell them whomever finishes first chooses where we eat on the first night. We also play change the song. where we pick a song and the child who comes up with the best ‘alternative lyrics’ gets a prize..

  222. Rich Tyler
    June 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Peppa Pig on tablet for kid distractions!

  223. June 28, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    I think my tip would have to be to take a goodie bag that contains various activities you can do in small spaces, a colouring book, mini puzzles etc , a book for reading, a snack or two, a new cup filled with their favourite water or juice and I also add in some toys (usually characters) that can be played with on the journey. My son is always occupied on longer journeys this way and after he gets bored of one thing he’ll choose another. After he has played with everything he simply starts again!

  224. Cathy O
    June 28, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I find audio cd’s are great and entertain me too!

  225. Jenny Badger
    June 28, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    We always bring a ‘magic bag’ full of treats and surprises on a long car journey- a few sweets they wouldn’t normally have, a new magazine and always bring the I spy book- perfect for spotting on the journey!

  226. Hayley Mulgrove
    June 28, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Take a portable DVD player loads of games on my phone and some book, Oh and eye spy

  227. Keith Crooks
    June 28, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    At night play a type of I-Spy but only clocking tv sets ( back in the day it was 5 points for colour and 1 point only for b/w but obviously this no longer works)!

  228. June 28, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    My tip is be prepared. Have lots of activities planned – these can be anything from eye spy, to journey bingo where you have to spot certain things, to more individual things like colouring books. Tablets or Portable DVD players are great but can make kids a bit motion sick so be aware of that. Take snacks and refreshments too but remember what goes in must come out so try to limit the amount of drink or you may find having to stop for lots of wee breaks

  229. michelle thompson
    June 28, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    long car journeys plenty of food, and sing along songs ….and paracetamol lol

  230. timmmers
    June 28, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Have a pee, make anyone else coming with you have a pee too, then you won’t be stopping as often or as soon πŸ™‚

  231. Kayleigh Robinson
    June 28, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    We make a list of things and the kids have to tick them off when they spot them.
    For example “cow, white lorry, workmen, broken down car etc.
    The kids love it x

  232. Laura Pritchard
    June 28, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Schedule in some geocaching stops along the way – it’s a lot more exciting for kids when the car journey is part of a hunt for “treasure”. Or audio books the whole family can enjoy – we love the Harry Potter series & Roald Dahl’s stories/rhymes!

  233. rockandrollpussycat212
    June 28, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    We try and make words from reg plates

  234. Kat Allinson
    June 28, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    My children are 4, 2 & 9 months, so we play a basic game where each of us has to look out for a certain colour vehicle and shout the colour when we see one. We also put a DVD on, give them their favourite magazine, have loads of snacks and drinks and we all take it in turns to sing songs that we like

  235. Kev C
    June 28, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Sing songs and play games πŸ™‚

  236. Naomi Hutchins
    June 28, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Travelling in different cars is always a plus x

  237. June 28, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    We play I-Spy. I make sure there are plenty of snacks and a drink for them and they take there Nintendo’s with them to keep them entertained

  238. Suzanne Sendell
    June 28, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Lots of activities,singing,I spy games and take regular breaks to stretch there legs

  239. sarah mills
    June 28, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    ipad all the way x

  240. June 28, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    We have a lucky dip bag – I buy a selection of small toys, sweets etc and wrap them up in bright paper every 10-15 mins they get to pick an item from the bag – works like a dream

  241. robyn297
    June 28, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    We like talking about what we are going to do when we get there. We also enjoy discussing our favourite parts of the trip on our way home.

  242. Rachel Butler
    June 28, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Thankfully my son is quite good in the car! But I always make sure to have plenty of drinks and snacks and wipes! We have our own version of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ which we love!! We play other games like I spy, counting different colour cars, road signs etc!

  243. Emma Rawlinson
    June 28, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Set them a search challenge to keep them occupied – create a list of items such as red car, ambulance, Kellogg’s lorry, cow, aeroplane, yellow van, motorbike, sheep. They can put a sticker on each one as they see it along the journey. Keeps them busy looking out of the windows πŸ˜‰

    Regular service station stops are also good for them to use up some energy so they may even fall asleep for the rest of the journey!

  244. Linda Hine
    June 28, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Plenty of snacks, drinks and sweets! Also a mystery bag of toys and activities to bring out at regular intervals

  245. June 28, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    We always make a list of different things to look out for and spot a bit like travel bingo.

  246. saf khan
    June 28, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    choosing a car make each and seeing who’s chosen car is most seen is usually fun.

  247. SHazz
    June 28, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Loading up educational apps on the tablet, and cartoons keeps them entertained

  248. Jamie Millard
    June 28, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    have a range of activities – don’t rely on 1.

    we give the boys different tshirt colours. that is their colour, they have to spot cars of that colour. first to 100 – wins

    landmark/shop spotting too – first to see a mcdonalds etc. better than simple i-spy.

    have some toys/games/activity packs – snack time too. it’s all distractions.

  249. Rebecca Roberts
    June 29, 2016 / 5:46 am

    We play games sing songs have fun and laugh alot seems to pass the time and befor we no it we are ther failing that my phone comes in handy!

  250. Emma h
    June 29, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Have a bag of little snacks & drinks in the car with you.
    Also games like I-spy, spotting certain colour cars are good, and a portable dvd player is useful too

  251. Allan Wilson
    June 29, 2016 / 6:07 am

    We get the kids to wave at lorry drivers as we overtake them. They are overjoyed when they wave back and this keeps them going for most of the motorway leg.

  252. Iris W
    June 29, 2016 / 7:25 am

    We have always travelled a lot, so our kids are used to it and never really make much fuss. They are happy to read or play on their iPads. We have lots of singalongs & games of I spy or guess who am I. We also take plenty of little breaks.

  253. Tammy Bastian
    June 29, 2016 / 7:27 am

    For older children its is a great idea to compile a list with tickboxes of things that they might see along the way to tick off and the person with the most gets a reward at the end of the journey, Also plenty of snacks and drinks, colouring in books and tablet/ipad for touchscreen games!!

  254. Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    June 29, 2016 / 7:32 am

    My four all get car-sick,
    because we don’t have a car of our own,
    if we go on a long outing,
    we have to find a car for loan!
    So my four kids are not used to the distance,
    so we have to keep them so busy!
    We play all the old favourite car games,
    so that they forget they feel sick n dizzy!
    The number plate game is a favourite,
    making a sentence out of the letters they show,
    or an I-Spy book of travelling,
    gets them constantly looking out the window!
    We even do car-Karaoke!
    And sing into my hair-brush (its true!)
    We do seem to get quite a few funny looks,
    from other drivers that see us too!
    We make sure we pack some nice nibbles,
    and stop the car to give us all a break!
    its nice to have a wee, and stretch your legs,
    And maybe have some sarnies or cake!
    But despite all the car-sickness and stresses,
    travelling can be made so much fun.
    Just make sure you bring your sense of humour,
    and before you know it, your journey is done! x

  255. Simone Kilshaw
    June 29, 2016 / 8:27 am

    my little girl always nods off in the car. I love watching her sleep, plus I can catch up on reading m book

  256. nicola ithell
    June 29, 2016 / 8:28 am

    We always plan our car journeys ahead so we know where the pitstops are— wee breaks/food breaks. The children have an activity pack each to keep them quiet and busy. We play the alphabet game. fruit/names etc beginning with all letters of the alphabet. we play spot the red car, traffic light, caravan etc. This is also our family time in the car where the fun begins and no arguing or tears. πŸ™‚

  257. rosie
    June 29, 2016 / 8:44 am

    we try to take regular stops to stretch our legs, have snacks on hand, sing songs, and play games like ‘I spy’

  258. Gemma Holland
    June 29, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I give my two pencils & paper and they draw things they see on the way or their favourite thing at the moment is to count how many cars of different colours they spot

    Sorry messed up my twitter name in the raffle copter- it’s @twirlyswirl79

  259. Stacey Leigh
    June 29, 2016 / 8:46 am

    we count how many of each colour car we see and play I-spy πŸ™‚ x

  260. Laura Findlay
    June 29, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Take plenty of refreshments and also games such as eye spy is a favourite in our car. We also have a portable dvd player which keeps my kids entertained for a while. I know they would love an iPad.

  261. Michelle Sykes
    June 29, 2016 / 9:30 am

    We play eye-spy and count red and yellow cars – it occupies them for part of the journey

  262. June 29, 2016 / 9:49 am

    The old classic ‘Eye Spy’ is always a winner.

  263. hannahlig
    June 29, 2016 / 10:03 am

    If its a really long journey its a good idea to have a little bag of things for them to do, wrap each thing up and allow them to pick one at a time. These could be a colour book, a special pencil, a little game?

  264. Laura Whittle
    June 29, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Pack snacks and water for the trip,don’t let your kids read or colour if they get car sick like mine and take a plastic bag if you want to save your car interior!

  265. Maria Jane Knight
    June 29, 2016 / 11:33 am

    As the scouts say “be prepared” have a readily stocked bag of snacks and drinks. Sing songs, play spotting games ( cars, animals, trees, colours etc )

  266. caroline james
    June 29, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Pack snacks and drinks, a good book and when boredom strikes have a good old singsong!

  267. June 29, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I take a lucky dip bag….a bag full of cheap little toys that he can randomly pick from every so often! It keeps him entertained, as I find that if you give them everything at once then they get bored with everything all at once!

  268. Deborah Mackenzie
    June 29, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Snacks, drinks and a bundle of wipes. But to keep them entertained, songs, games, and spot ? out the window.

  269. Samantha walker
    June 29, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Plenty of snacks and music

  270. caroline kelly
    June 29, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    tablet and snacks works well for me πŸ™‚

  271. June 29, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I use to prefer to travel evenings so the children would sleep some of the way. I also found magnetic games of ludo and such like

  272. Kathryn Amis
    June 29, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    We have concerts, sing songs, play I -spy, and often we listen to books on tapes for children.

  273. Kim Roberts
    June 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    We try to time our journeys with nap time so that our son will sleep most of the way. Otherwise, we have a huge Disney playlist that we can all sing along to!

  274. Jill Fairbank
    June 29, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Time I right so they fall asleep a but and then do some singing

  275. Mary Campbell
    June 29, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    My tip is to set off nice and early (eg. 3am!) with the kids still in pjs. Throw a duvet in the back and they’ll be asleep for hours, plus there’s the added bonus of totally empty roads. This cuts loads off travel time and you get a quieter car too – bliss!

  276. Vicky Robinson
    June 29, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Mine pack a small bag each with little things they want to play with. The older ones usually pack their Nintendo 3DS toowhich is a life saver for long journeys! We chat about things, play i-Spy and if all else fails we put on some music from my MP3 player and have a sing a long. If they get restless or the journey is particularly long, we break it up by stopping at a McDonalds or somewhere for a cheap snack and bathroom break before driving on! A bag of sweets goes down quite well too, not the healthiest option, but there is no harm in having them once in a while for a treat!

  277. Samantha
    June 29, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Getting the younger children to spot things on the journey is good, music for older ones works well for us.

  278. Rachel B
    June 29, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    have plenty of snacks and also a sing a long cd or three

  279. Maggie Osborn
    June 29, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Games, snacks, and as many stops as possible.

  280. Ruth Wollerton
    June 29, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    We play spot the model of car and you get extra points if they are a super car or a really fast car.

  281. June 29, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    My top tip is to travel late at night or very early morning, we have been doing this for a few years now and although Mummy and Daddy are tired the children love a late night/early morning adventure that they drift of to sleep.

  282. joanne atkinson
    June 29, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    I used to wrap several small surprises up, things like coloring pens and book, car bingo, puzzles, anything that could keep their attention for a while and hand them out every hour or so, it made the journey go quicker for them and was a great distraction tactic.

  283. Stevey H
    June 29, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Activities and food!

  284. lucy
    June 29, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    We get the children to make up their own backpacks now before we go away with things they mght like to take with them and keep them occupied, its become a holiday tradition now and the kids really get excited about it and enjoy looking through them on the journey

  285. aliduke79hotmailcom
    June 29, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    We put movies on the kids tablets so that they are distracted while we drive. We try to put on movies they haven’t seen before. Also lots of snacks, but I think that is more for me lol x

  286. Phil Boyle
    June 29, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Snacks , cd’s and fav’ toys.

  287. June 29, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I never take books or tablets cos they can make you sick. So we just play games eye spy or yellow orange car bring some audio story discs as well

  288. LEE HARDY
    June 29, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    My game is to see how many people you can see talking on a mobile phone.

  289. Lisa Mcalley
    June 29, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Oh chewy sweets water paper and pencils and music always works with my four.

  290. sarah rowland
    June 29, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    i travel from scotland to devon with 3 little ones aged 3, 20 months and 8 months. the trip can take upto 14 hours depending on stops, we hve found travelling at night is better for our children sleep wise and the service stations are always quiet and its more calming for them, my oldest boy has incar dvd player which helps but our 20 month old tends to chat away and is happy as long as he has a few of his toys and blanket, our 8 month old is really no bother he sleeps most of the trip away, plenty of coffee stops for both me and my partner and we are sorted

  291. Jon P
    June 29, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    dvd player

  292. June 29, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    as a mum of a car sick child (just one the others are fine ) . my tip is tie handle bags and wipes and water !

  293. Diana
    June 29, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Sticker book always keeps my daughter busy in the car πŸ™‚

  294. Lynne OConnor
    June 29, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Portable DVD player, (with car charger when the battery runs out) or phones and tablets preloaded with games and TV shows and films, loads of snacks and water, I-Spy and treasure hunts for specific items to spot

  295. liz ferguson
    June 29, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Lots of travel games and colouring books.

  296. Lucy Robinson
    June 29, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I play games like i spy, spot a colour car. I pack paper, pencils, books. Lots of snacks too. Also good music.

  297. Brenda Wilkes
    June 29, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Invest in a SatNav, it stops tempers getting frayed!

  298. Amanda Richardson
    June 29, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    a few new travel games, audio books/songs and frequent breaks

  299. Kat Glynn
    June 29, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    We play lots of word association games, and have an in car dvd player πŸ™‚

  300. Hayley Deakin
    June 29, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    A good game for car journeys is each picking a car colour then counting how many you see and pass.

  301. Alison Clifford
    June 29, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Each child has their own snacks so they are not badgering the adults, car colour snooker, and blankets for naps

  302. June 29, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    regular breaks and get a travel dvd player the kids love watching their movies and cbeebies in the car!

    • Sharon Ruth Rafferty
      June 29, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Sing alongs, snack boxes, regular breaks, car games like I spy etc
      Portable dvd players, notepads/wordsearch books,

  303. chirag P
    June 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    ipad and car charger does the trick

  304. Philip Stone
    June 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Drive through the night – they are lulled to sleep and you avoid the traffic and get there quicker

  305. June 29, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I find that keeping snacks and cold drinks in the car is a MUST!! Maybe a mini DVD player??? and some coloured pencils and a book although dangerous if you have light seats ! ha

  306. Nicola Lang
    June 29, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Drive overnight so that the kids sleep! Otherwise iPads, dvd players and I Spy all help to pass the time!

  307. Natalie Crossan
    June 30, 2016 / 1:02 am

    Bring an ipad and an external battery charger just in case πŸ˜›

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