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How to keep entertained on a long car journey

September 25, 2016

Last weekend we enjoyed a few days at Butlins Minehead with the children. The car journey that should have taken five hours (six with a stop for lunch), in fact, took us almost ten hours. A mixture of roadworks, accidents, and slow drivers made the journey feel as though it was never going to end.

With the usual regular stops for food and comfort breaks completed, there were times when we just had to sit it out in the car. The children were happy with their DVD players connected up watching a selection of films that they had brought with them. Piglet happily sat in the middle either dozing off or being entertained by her siblings who were on hand to pull faces, blow raspberries and hand her toys that she had thrown to one side.

Mr. Boo and I weren’t so lucky, although in many ways Mr. Boo was lucky as he had to concentrate on the road so were at least occupied. I, however, was left sitting in the passenger seat handing out drinks and snacks as requested. So here’s my ideas on how to keep entertained on a long car journey

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Pop your iPod on random

Mr. Boo and I have a wide selection of music on the iPod that we use in the car. I have a tendency to listen to the same albums and playlists whenever I’m out and about. So time to throw caution to the wind and switch it to random. It’s quite funny how you can switch from rock ballads, to dance, from chart toppers to cheesy pop. 

Although I have to laugh as Roo decided that she didn’t want to watch a film so was happily joining in with singing along to the songs (heaven knows what the cars next to us thought). As the different songs came on she’d ask questions about who sang it and how old the song was (cheeky girl) etc. However, the Vengaboys – We’re Going to Ibiza! came on and she was asking why they were singing about a pizza. In between my giggles I tried to explain that they were singing about Ibiza, the place rather than pizza and that it was just their accents that made it sound like a pizza.

So if you are looking to take a trip down memory lane and a possible giggle at misheard lyrics then switch your iPod to random.

Complete you online ordering

I have to say that Amazon Prime was my best friend whilst I was sitting in the car on Friday. With a variety of things, I should have ordered over the previous weeks all being ordered. From my new Dyson vacuum, in-car phone holder for the new car and seat belt protectors to name but three things. I did at one point wonder whether Amazon was going to ring me to see if I’d been hacked as I managed to order so much.

I even managed to start setting up the children’s birthday and Christmas wish lists ready for when friends and family ask me what they would like. Now that is organised!

Clear out your email inbox

Necessarily one for the kids but one I’m sure we could all do with doing. On Friday morning I looked at my inbox and had 1083 emails sitting in there. A variety of social media notifications, newsletters to different websites as well as my blog emails and orders that I had placed online.

I started at the bottom with the oldest emails and gradually worked my way through them. Deleting social media notifications. Logging into Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to mute some of the notifications I receive as I don’t need a minute by minute update. I unsubscribed to many of the newsletters that I can’t even remember requesting in the first place so this should cut down on the amount I now get.

Everything that needed a reply managed to get one. I’ve labelled everything that needs an action so that when I now look at my inbox it is all pretty and colourful. Of course, this now means that I need to get on and action some of the 167 emails that are in my inbox.

Feed your social media addiction

If in doubt a touch of social media will do you good. Here is a couple of ways to feed your social media addiction…

  • Pop on to Facebook and leave messages for friends who you haven’t spoken with for a while. Visit some brand pages to see what their latest products are, I’m loving the new Silver Cross One Plus One® travel system which I saw on their Facebook page.
  • Tweet your favourite celebrities and see whether you can get them to reply or retweet.
  • Enter some social media competitions by RT’ing a status or commenting on a Facebook update.
  • Comment and respond to questions asked within Facebook groups
  • Venture over to Pinterest and easily lose an hour or two planning the perfect children’s birthday party, your Christmas decor or the craft you’d love to make but never will.

what do you do to keep entertained on a long car journey?

  • Mari September 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    This post will be so helpful to parents, we’ve all had those Are we nearly there yet? questions time and time again.

  • Helen September 29, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I love that these are ideas to keep yourselves entertained, not your kids – your children sound brilliant!
    I’ve started taking my laptop in the car with me. I type up blog posts and articles in Word to transfer over to websites once I’m online again. And even photo editing can be done in the car. It makes so much good use of car down time. And yes, I’ve done lots of online shopping in the car too 🙂

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