Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Awesome Ways To Make Long Car Journeys More Comfortable For The Kids

With the summer holiday season almost upon us, I thought I would use today to focus on one of my pet hates; the long car journey. It’s a means to an end, of course, and there is an element of excitement as you get nearer your holiday destination. But, let’s face it, when it’s super hot, and the kids are getting agitated in the back, there is an element of hellishness to car journeys. So, if you fear your upcoming long trip, read on. I’ve pulled together some of the best advice from around the web so that you can give your kids a more comfortable travelling experience.

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Drive at night
Your best bet when taking kids on long car journeys is to drive through the night. This has two big benefits. First of all, they should sleep - so no distractions or disturbances, and you can drive the whole way without trouble. The second is that they won’t disturb their sleeping patterns. As every parent knows, it is so easy to disrupt a child's sleep pattern, but incredibly difficult to realign. When you drive through the day, you will find yourself praying for your kids to go to sleep. But, you will end up paying for it over several nights once you reach your destination.

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Sun shades
Sun shades are great for keeping the sun’s glare out of your car. But, they also reflect light, which is going to keep the interior cooler. We all know how irritated the heat can make kids - and there are health concerns to consider, too. A good sun shade will reduce those issues by a significant amount.

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Suspension and tyre improvements
Kids hate being knocked about in the back of a rickety old car. And, they will soon start taking out their frustrations on you! There are solutions, however. If you can afford it, try having your car’s suspension and wheel balancing improved. It can be expensive, so get a quote first - but it will lead to a super smooth drive for every passenger. If that’s out of your budget, try swapping your old tyres for some new, high-profile tyres. You don’t have to spend a fortune, here. Even affordable upgrades such as Nexen Tyres can help make your journey a lot more smooth.

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Games, games, and more games
You will be lucky if all your children sleep through the entire journey. So, make sure they have plenty of entertainment to keep them happy. Tablets are a bit of a gift for car trips. I don’t like the kids using them too much around the house, but the car is a different ball game! Just set up a few games so that they can entertain themselves - you might be surprised at how peaceful your journey is. You can’t beat traditional games, either. Kids love you getting involved, so make sure your I Spy is up to scratch. Bring plenty of books and imaginary play toys, too.

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Plan your pit stops
If you are driving by day, make sure you give your kids the chance to get out and stretch their legs every few hours. It can break up the monotony of the journey, and even twenty minutes of them running off steam is beneficial. Some service stations are better than others, for this. The more forward thinking stop-offs have soft play areas, which can be a blessing. The trick is to plan beforehand where you are going to stop so that you can give everyone a break - including yourself.

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Clothing
Don’t forget to dress your children in super comfy clothes. In general, the cooler they are the better, as it can get hot and stuffy in the car very easily. Pack some blankets, too, just in case it does get a little chilly. The more comfortable your kids are, the longer they will keep calm - it’s as simple as that.

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Healthy snacks
Finally, make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks on board, to keep hunger at bay. Your best bet is to pack sugar free snacks, to keep those sugar rushes at bay. Cheese, nuts, fresh fruit and sliced veggies in a cool box is the best way to go. Try to avoid overfeeding the children, though, as it can make them feel bloated and uncomfortable. Stick to the ‘rule of ‘little and often’ and you should survive!



As you can see, long journeys don’t have to be a nightmare. These tips should help you keep the kids comfortable and help smooth out any issues that many parents face.




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