Over the past few years we have taken the kids on various holidays in both the UK and Europe, driving down to France, even down as far as Northern Spain. Spending long distances and many many hours in the car. It’s boring, tiring and a total drag as a parent, but what is it like for the kids? 10 x worse.
BP Ultimate has recently looked at what keeps us Brits moving and what makes a car journey run smoothly, as they prepare to hit the road this holiday. From the Ultimate Spotify Playlist – did you know that Pharrel Williams ‘Happy’ is the nation’s number one car tune? To, the Brits favourite in-car game being ‘I Spy’.
With this in mind, BP Ultimate have asked me to share a few of our top tips on how we keep entertained during a long road trip:
Long distant road tripping with kids…
Get them to pack their rucksack
Encourage your kids to pack their own bag for the car. I’m not talking about their clothes, but a small rucksack full of things they might want to have with them. For example: Rufus always loves to have one of his soft toy animals with him (usually his Tiger). Charlie always takes his cap. Plus they pack their headphones, tablet, Uno, pad and pens, reading book, a bottle of water and a few snacks.
Having them take the responsibility of packing their own bag, allows them to choose what they want to do in the car, and if they have forgotten it once we are on the motorway – then there are less tears as they know they should have packed it.
My tribe is forever hungry. I always ensure I have enough snacks in the car to keep us going. Packets of crisps, apples and bananas and of course bottles of water. The boys always want a packet of sweets, which we do allow, but they are in agreement, it makes us all hyper and then super thirsty. According to the BP Ultimate research – the Nation’s top in-car snack is mints at 35% with boiled sweets close behind at 32%. Proving that we Brits prefer a traditional snack whilst driving.
The boys have their own Spotify playlist, which they insist we play as soon as we set off anywhere. It’s a rock medley mix of Royal Blood, David Bowie, Nirvana and Metallica. Sigh! After about two hours of it, I’ve usually had enough and opt for some Sylvan Esso, by which point they have put their headphones on and are watching You Tube. In need of some music inspiration? Then why not download the BP ‘keep Britain moving’ playlist.
Sad to say it, but these are your friend! We recently drove back from Paris, via the Eurotunnel. A journey which took 8 hours, door to door. The kids played Minecraft, listened to their music or watched You Tube. 8 hours of looking out the window would have been too much to ask, but at least they could zone out on their tablets for a while.
8 hours in a car! No, not non-stop, we did get out and stretch our legs. Sometimes it is important to pull over to get some fresh air and have a wild wee :) We are National Trust members and regularly make a slight detour to break up a journey. A walk around the grounds and to use the cafe is a perfect way to stretch the legs.
In car games
When boredom really strikes we play a few games. Our favourites are: High fiving each other when spotting a vehicle of our choice. Rufus loves a Mini, Charlie loves a Tesla, I love a Fiat 500 and Dan loves a Land Rover discovery. Keeping score of who has seen the most, always leads to arguments, but hey – what car journey is plain sailing! Did you know that us Brits favour good old I spy as our favourite in-car game? Something beginning with C!
I hope there are some good tips here to help you on your next car journey. What are your family in-car traditions? Do you have a playlist to share?
If you are in need of more inspiration BP Ultimate have come up with some great ideas to keep Britain moving. Head over to their website to discover what the Nations favourite in-car game is or the ultimate driving tune is.
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.