From when Roo was little we have always been a family who has jumped in the car on a trip to one place or another. I think a mixture of getting both Roo and Tigger used to travelling and some top tips I’ve learnt along the way has made travelling with young children easier.
You wouldn’t want to sit uncomfortably for an hour or two so don’t think that your little ones would either. Double check that their car seats are in good condition, the seat pad is clean and dry and fit for purpose (i.e. it’s the right car seat for their age/weight group). The addition of a favourite blanket or toy will make them more comfortable too.
A long car journey can be boring at the best of times so why not make it more fun with some games, toys and activities. I spy, counting cars, caravans or Eddie Stobart trucks and even car bingo can all help to pass the time (plus it’s got to be better than listening to a nursery rhyme CD on repeat).
Whilst you might not be travelling too far having some snacks available will come in handy (especially if you are caught in any traffic jams). My younger brother would be asking for something to eat even before we hit the motorway which was only a 5-minute drive from our house. I’d advise no chocolate as it can be extremely messy, try dried fruit, snack packs and maybe some cocktail sausage rolls etc.
Home from home
When staying over in a hotel or even with friends and family it can be difficult to get children to settle in an unfamiliar environment. My top tip here would be to bring something from home along with you like a favourite pillow or my first snuggle sac (this also solves the issue of any extra bedding being needed). You can let them try out the snuggle sac at home before you go away so that they are familiar and comfortable with it when you are away.