Roadtripping with kids: travel essentials

01 June 2015

You might be hitting the open road, but long hours in a closed car can play a big part in making the journey pretty low on fun. Here’s a few ways we think’ll help keep the kids happy and comfortable on the way. Hint: They might even solve the “are we there yet?” question too.

Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips. Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips. Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips. Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips. Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips. Beat backseat boredom blues with a car kitted out for activities for long family roadtrips.

Playbox table

The best way to help kids fight car trip boredom is to give them plenty of things to do and their own space to do it. This could be as simple as box divider in the middle seat, filled with toys and a surface to play on.

Backseat activity stations

Bathroom organisers make fantastic activity stations. We’ve filled them up with drinks and snacks, books and toys, but you could add a tablet in there too. We thought’d be handy to have a separate pouch for rubbish as well.

Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. Going on a family roadtrip? This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind.
Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow. Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow. Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow. Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow. Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow. Make early starts and late drives a little comfier for kids with a cosy sleep space. This one’s made by attaching two suction caps to a pillow.

KEEP OFF THE SUNNY SIDE

This is a handy way to keep the sun from getting too strong. We’ve just attached two suction caps to a tea towel for an easy sunblind. You could do the same thing to make a cosy sleep space by swapping the tea towel for a pillow.

Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat. Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat. Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat. Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat. Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat. Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat.

Are we there yet?

Flip the “are we there yet?” question to the front seat, by putting a map of the journey onto the ceiling. Add some pens and kids can map out the route from the back seat.

Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours.

TIME FOR A BREAK

Of course no matter how many activities you have inside the car, nothing beats giving everyone a stretch and some fresh air every couple of hours. Come see how you can pack the trunk ready for picnics and playtime.