Forget your exotic holiday destinations – we’re having a staycation this year. When I tell people we’re taking a long car trip with the kids I am faced with one of three reactions. “Why don’t you fly?” from child-free people who don’t have to factor in the price of the extra tickets; “that will be fun” from empty-nesters who have had the benefit of time to rose-tint their memories; or a heartfelt “good luck!” from parents with kids who have been there, done that, and got the travel sick stained T-shirt.
Since my motto for any family holiday is “Plan for the worst. Hope for the best” I have put together a suitcase of resources to help prepare for a family road trip.
Try these Five Car Ride Games
… and check out these six top tips for trouble free car travel.
Some ideas for encouraging good behaviour in a small space
Super hints from Kids Activities Blog for travelling with really young children.
Awesome printable road trip activities at Lalymom.
The Measured Mom takes care of entertainment for kids aged 2-8.
Playdough Potato has put together a cool road trip activity pack.
Check out these non-screen distractions from Learn with Play at Home.
Games galore from Inner Child Fun.
Mess for Less lists her summer road trip essentials.
Embrace everyday technology with this great idea from Kid World Citizen…
…or avoid screens completely with the help of Playtivities.
Small and Friendly has a clever way of dealing with the infernal “are we there yet?”
My Life and Kids shares her extensive experience of road trips with kids here.
See what happens when The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide hits the road
Scavenge ideas from the road trip printables at 3 Boys and a Dog.
Sunshine and Hurricanes lists some fab child-friendly road trip apps.
Creative Connections always has great ideas, and travelling in cars with kids is no exception.
Get some inspiration for your road trip playlist at The Pleasantest Thing.
Readers will love I Can Teach My Child’s suggestions for books about road trips.
If they’d prefer a movie, head over to Edventures for suggestions to keep them quiet
A blogger after my own heart, Parenting Chaos, gives tips for preparing for a successful trip
There are hints for how to cope in a small space at The Chaos and the Clutter.
Get organised like Your Modern Family.
I will certainly be putting together road trip busy bags like The Typical Mom’s
What are your best tips for surviving family road trips?