Are you familiar with some of these classic “I’m bored” variations coming from the back seats on a long car journey?
“Are we nearly there yet?” when you are 5 minutes up the road.
“I’m hungry” knowing you have a stash of goodies on board.
“I’m thirsty” to draw out that delicious juice they saw peeping out of your handbag only to be followed rather too swiftly with ” I need a wee”.
“My legs hurt” cue to make you stop the car at the next opportunity for a run a round.
“Floppy is on the floor” – accompanies by hysterics as you stretch round to pick up a favourite soft toy only to find this repeated every 5 minutes thereafter.
To be fair this may all sound a nightmare but worse still is in store for those with children prone to car sickness or babies too young to give you the car virtual run around and who simply revert to crying in that distressed style that pulls at your heart.
Yet let’s face it, if you want to go on holiday, visit distant family or friends or even enjoy a day trip that isn’t right on your doorstep then long car journeys are a part of that process. Thankfully most of you manage it, although I do see my fair share of ‘thank goodness we’re here’ faces stepping into our reception on a Saturday afternoon.
Tips for the trip
If journeys in the car with young children fill you with dread there is help at hand. These are my top tips for managing based on my own experience and those used by our holiday makers making the journey to Coombe Mill. See which work for you and hopefully the holiday will justify the journey!
Travel when it is quiet on the roads and during children’s nap times
It is a real result if the kids fall asleep for a good chunk of the journey. Try travelling in the evening after tea and bath time with the children in their pyjamas, or first thing in the morning before they are really awake and they might just drop off with the drone of the engine. The chances are with clearer roads the journey time will be less too. Often our guests will arrive early and enjoy a day on the beach before checking in or leave late on the last evening to travel at night.
Keep kids entertained
If you are travelling by day have things ready in the car to keep little minds busy. In car DVD’s or hand held players or tablets are great if you have them, otherwise colouring or drawing or puzzle books can be fun or try some in car games like Bingo . Even a simple game of i-spy can keep the children going for hours; though mine always caught me out with something beginning with “s” and the answer would be “Ceiling” so remember to think outside the box!
Schedule in a stop
Take a break for a picnic lunch, or something the children can look forward to on the journey, it makes a great bribe and something to look forward to. Many travelling to us stop at Peppa Pig world to tire the children out on the way down or home.
Keep a stack of snacks and drinks in case you end up in a traffic jam or need to make a detour. Keep the traffic reports on the radio and use a sat nav to take advantage of an alternative route if you discover there is a problem ahead, it could save you hours.
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