Is there anything worse than a long car journey with children? That of course is a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. Long car journeys can be tedious, boring, and long-winded at the best of times. But throw in two toddlers or a baby, and it's another level of terrible. From flying snacks to spilt juices and falling tablets to the constant questions. Some journeys will have you wondering whether you should have just stayed at home. But fear not. We have a solution. We have cultivated the best car must-haves from Amazon that will make your long car journeys more bearable.
What should you do before you take a car journey with children?
Planning is key. RAC advises that parents should plan their route ahead of time. It will help to avoid any extra stress. Toddlers and babies are notoriously bad for bathroom breaks, so it's always handy to note down where you can stop for bathroom breaks on your route. Even if your little ones do not need the toilet, it is a good idea for everyone to get out of the car to stretch their legs every few hours. Babies should be taken out of their car seats every 30 minutes to get fresh air and avoid overheating.
How can I make a car journey more fun?
We have all had the “are we there yet?” moments. A long car journey can be hard for everyone in the vehicle. But there are some ways to keep the journey fun. Children love conversations and simple games can help to pass the time.
Use this time to help your little one with their colour recognition, counting and conversational skills. In this article, we have included a few fun car games as well as car must-haves from Amazon that will help your child on those long trips.
Best tips for parent drivers
Bring another adult
Take some entertainment
Charge all smart technology the night before
Co-ordinate your car journeys with their naps
Don’t forget to bring lots of snacks and drinks
Bring their favourite toys
Pack toys that they may played with in a while
Bring a spare change of clothes and shoes
12 car must-haves from Amazon for families
SURDOCA Car Organiser
Best car organiser
One of the hardest things about taking children on car journeys is that there is always something that they desperately need. Cue lots of moaning, shouting and attention-seeking. This car organiser allows you to pack all of their must-have items in a reachable space. There is even space for their tablet, as well as an area for water bottles, toys and books.
URAQT Auto Hooks
These hooks hang on to the back of your car's headrest to create a convenient space to store your changing bag, shopping, snack etc. The hooks can rotate so you can assess your bags easily and dip in to get a snack to stop that tantrum before it even starts.
URAQT Car Boot Organiser
Best boot organiser
For parents, we know that organisation is key. Planning and preparing for all sorts of situations is the best way to avoid becoming stressed on a car journey. This boot organiser does just that. It is loaded with pockets that you can pack full of everything you will need for a long trip. This universal fit is super easy to install with straps and buckles making it suitable for almost any car.
lenbest Travel Tray
Best travel tray
This tray makes the perfect lap table for travelling. Your little one can rest their tablet, colouring book or snacks on this. The tray has an erasable finish, so your little one can draw directly onto it with whiteboard markers and then rub off their illustration at the end of the trip. It also has useful storage pockets.
100 Things for Little Children to do on a Journey
Best cards for a long journey
These cards are packed full of ideas to keep your child busy so that they do not distract you when driving. Wipe these cards clean and use them again and again. The cards have clear instructions and beautiful bright drawings to keep your little one engaged.
NING GANG (black) 2Pcs Sauce holder for car
Best car sauce holders
What's a road trip without a drive-through dinner? We love these clever sauce holders because there is nothing worse than not knowing where to put your tomato ketchup when you are having a car lap dinner. Great for big and small dippers alike!
DIAOCARE Ice Scraper mitten for Windscreen
Best de-icer tool
When you have spent all morning battling with your beloved family to get them ready and out the door, the last thing you want to see is a frozen windscreen. We have you covered - these scraper mittens keep your hands nice and toasty as you easily scrape all of the ice off your window.
Best mud prevention tool
Mud mate is a fantastic brush cleaning set that will get all the dirt off of those tiny shoes before they enter your car. This is a fantastic product for cleaning muddy wellies, football boots or trainers that have spent the whole day jumping in muddy puddles.
Tommee Tippee Travel Food Warmer
Best food and bottle warmer for the car
A hungry baby isn't a happy baby. This warmer will allow you to heat food and bottles on the go, preventing your little one from getting hungry. It is a portable BPA-free thermal flask that will keep water warm well into your journey.
PowerTiger Car Rubbish Bin
Best car bin
This 6.5 L capacity car bin is waterproof, leak-proof and portable. It is an easy way to keep your car nice and clean for the duration of your drive. The bin operates with a strap and can be hung in multiple locations in the car.
THINKWORK Car Emergency Kit
Best car emergency kit
This super cute pink emergency kit is packed with all of the basic necessities you would need in the event of a breakdown or accident. The tools are all sturdy and can be kept neatly in the pink carry bag. This allows it to be stored in your boot safety until you may need it. It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit when travelling for any length of the journey, especially with dependent children in the vehicle.
Paul Lamond Are We There Yet Travel Edition Card Game
Best family card game for journeys
This is a modern take on the age-old classic - I Spy. This game contains 100 fun and colourful cards. Players will use the cards to spot objects outside of the window to win points. We love this game as it is a great distraction for your child whilst helping to gain real skills like talking and colour recognition.
How do I drive safely with children in the car?
It is very easy to get distracted with children in the vehicle. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of crashes. It is very important that you do not drive unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in can increases your risk of crashing.
If you are not confident that you can drive safely with your children in the car, find another mode of transport. The UK government state it is a legal requirement for all children to use a car seat until they are 135cms or 12 years old. It is important that all passengers have on seatbelts for the full duration of the journey and all distractions like music are kept to a minimum.