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Tips for a hassle-free family road trip


The summer is finally here and families all over the UK will be packing their bags and taking to the road. If you're planning a family holiday but the thought of trying to get everything organised in time leaves you feeling more than a little stressed, PassSmart's Izzy has got a few tips to help you keep everything under control.

There will be a lot to think about and plan for when you hit the road with your little one in tow, but by sticking to a few simple tips, you'll be on your way to a hassle-free family road trip in no time.

Research

Deciding where to go can be almost as stressful as actually getting there. Make sure you make the right decision by doing lots of research beforehand. Go online and ask friends for recommendations. Read lots of reviews and find out what there is to do for little ones in the area before booking.

Researching before you book is also one of the best ways to get a good deal. If possible, look for dates outside of the school holidays and don't automatically assume a package deal will be the cheapest.

Pack your supplies

A long car journey can be tough enough without having to deal with a hungry toddler and, let's face it, a hungry partner! The best way to avoid in-car grumbling is to make sure you've got enough food and supplies to get you through the trip. Pack some lunch to take with you in a cooler bag and, if it's a nice day, you can stop off and enjoy a picnic in the sun.

Pack foods which will give the kids a natural energy boost like fruit and trail mix. We all know sweets are the best way to beat boredom on a long car journey, but kids, sweets and sitting still isn't a good mix. Instead, opt for snacks your little one will love but won't leave you tearing your hair out.

You should also make sure you take plenty of water to keep you all hydrated. Just make sure you factor in time for toilet breaks too!

Take plenty of breaks

Taking the chance to get out of the car and stretch your legs is really important for all of you. Being cramped in the car all day is no fun for anyone, so make sure you plan for plenty of rest stops. Plan them before you leave to make sure you stop off somewhere where your little one can have a wander without you having to worry about being near a main road.

Giving your tot the chance to stretch their legs will mean they won't get so restless in the back seat and, hopefully, they won't still be wide awake at 10pm!

In-car entertainment

You don't have to splash out on an in-car DVD player to keep your little one entertained in the car. Old fashioned games like i-Spy are great for older kids, whilst activity books are fantastic and educational options for the smaller ones.

Make sure you've got some of their favourite books and toys to keep them occupied on the journey and you'll be able to concentrate on the road and on getting there.

PassSmart is a company which specialise in getting new drivers on the road. The team wish you a very safe and happy holiday!

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52 comments

  1. I agree with the poster above, fantastic post and although some may say its common sense unfortunately its stuff we all forget sometimes! My parents always have a few bottles of water in their boot in case they get stuck in really bad traffic, then again they have blankets, a first aid kit the lot aha.

    Jada x

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  2. Great ideas. I find favourite cds are a good way to occupy younger children, though they do tend to grate on the adults after a while.

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  3. Good Advive, always dread long car journeys.

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  4. Really useful tips - I agree with your advice about taking food. We've had some lovely impromptu picnics while on road journeys, just by discovering a nice spot along the way. Also, food & drink can be so expensive (esp at service statuons) that it's much better to make the effort to prepare it beforehand :)

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  5. Great advice. We love 'I spy', then when we get bored with that it's 'guess the colour of the next car we see' and yesterday we were playing 'guess what's this shape' made up by my 4 yr old granddaughter. ie - guess what's sheep-shaped? Her answer? A cow! LOL! :D

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  6. great advice that I will def take onboard x

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  7. You can never ahve too much in car entertainment...the only problem comes when when trying to decide what DVD to watch! :-)

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  8. It's always good to get some extra advice on journeys

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  9. great tips, nothing worse than a boring trip in the car

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  10. Nice tips. We have a drive to the north of Scotland planned for next month and I am starting to get just a tiny bit nervous about it.

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  11. i find tapes ( cd's ) are really helpful.either soothing music ,stories or times tables!

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  12. I need some travel sick tips - a recent affliction, but has happened on every long car journey recently!

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  13. some excellent advice here

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  14. Good advice. Our classic trip error was packing the water bottles in the wrong rucksack leaving us an hour a way from civilisation, boiling hot day and no water. Disaster!

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  15. I bet you still will get the dreaded "are we there yet" @bella97p

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  16. great advice yet again, always have these kind of issues on long trips

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  17. Great tips, thank goodness our lily travels well :)

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  18. fab tips car journeys can be really long if children bored

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  19. This is so true, we always take lots of food and play little games when we're travelling :)

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  20. Great tips, definitely need to remember these!x

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  21. Some great trips. Sometimes organisation is key :)

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  22. Some great tips,organisation is the key

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  23. Useful advice; happy travels! :)

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  24. Tips on this are always appreciated as we have plenty of trips out with the kids and quite long journeys :) x

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  25. Great tips, will try these out on our next trip. x

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  26. would keep the advice in mind. quite helpful

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  27. Some new ideas to try, need all the help i can get ;)

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  28. Very helpful, thanks

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  29. We don't drive, last year we had to drag everything onto a train with a 6 year old and a 6 month old - such a nightmare! We decided not to holiday this summer and have been having days out instead

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  30. Very, very helpful - thanks very much!

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  31. Very helpful - ill be using a few of these tips in a couple of weeks! :)

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  32. Great ideas, car games are always a fav

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  33. Me and my sister used to have the worst arguments in the car!

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  34. Every person requires to experience a pleasant and trouble free travel. So hire the best car rental services. Road trips might be a little hectic at times, mainly as it has not well projected.

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