If you are tired of that familiar question: “Are we there, yet?” and the loud, impromptu and quite possibly out-of-tune family car sing-a-long, then fear no more.
Here are some handy hints and tips to help entertain your little ones while on the road:
We all know that technology has come a long way, with in-car DVD players, portable computer games and MP3 players for passengers
on even the shortest of journeys.
The mind wanders back to simpler days, where favourite pastimes during car journeys included a good old-fashioned game of 'I Spy'.
Let these classic car games inspire you to get creative. For example, you could put a new twist on 'I Spy' with a game of ‘I DON’T Spy’. This potentially hilarious game would involve guessing the random items in your family’s imagination, allowing everyone to engage their brain, not just their eyes.
Be sure to keep an abundance of different CDs in the car, or put together a road trip playlist before you set off. Playing a kid-friendly
audiobook is another great way to pass the time, and it might also stop arguments about what music you’re going to listen to.
Keep your young ones engaged by involving them with navigation and journey progression, showing them where you are on the map, or satellite navigation. Get them excited by showing them pictures and magazine articles of the place you are going to. Even better, get them involved before you go. Check out the AA route planner together and plan the trip, including fun places to stop along the way.
In transit, have them keep a diary of what towns you’ve been through and any special landmarks they spotted along the way.
A child-friendly vehicle would not be complete without a few necessities: wet wipes, first aid box, water and some treats for
along the way. The fewer stops you have to make, the quicker you’ll reach your destination. Make sure to stock up for a happy, relaxing trip.
Before you set off, it’s important that the more serious motor matters are taken care of. Do you have car insurance cover, road tax, breakdown cover and MOT in check and up-to-date before you hit the road? Be prepared and enjoy the trip.
This guest post was written by Annierose Knox on behalf of Money Matters, the Sainsbury's Bank blog. The views expressed in this guest post are of the author and not of Sainsbury's Bank. Though it may include tips and information, it does not in any way constitute advice and should not be used as a basis for any financial decisions. Sainsbury's Bank accepts no responsibility for the opinions and views of external contributors and the content of external websites included within this post. All information in this post was correct at date of publication.