The festive season is well and truly upon us! My tree went up last weekend, the Christmas adverts have started and the shops are filled with festive tat. It might only be November, but by now most of us have started thinking ahead to our Christmas plans. Shopping lists will be written, presents stuffed in cupboards ready to be wrapped, turkeys ordered ready for the big feast. You may also be making plans to travel this festive season, but are you prepared for the big Christmas road trip?
Many people travel long distances at Christmas. With family members often dotted all around the country, Christmas is a great time for everyone to get together. My family live in England, and I live in Northern Ireland, so getting together means a lot of travel on someones behalf. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be seeing family this festive season, but I definitely can sympathise with those who have a long journey ahead of them this December.
Travelling with children can be a nightmare at the best of times. Even a quick trip to the shops can turn in to a bit of a disaster, so the prospect of a few hours of driving with kids in tow can be pretty daunting. If you are planning on a big road trip with the kids this Christmas, there are some things you can do to help make the journey a little less stressful.
Be Christmas Road Trip Ready
Start by making sure your car is ready for the journey. Make sure the tyres are in good condition, and get the battery checked. You certainly don’t need the stress of a car that won’t start on Christmas eve when you are about to embark on your journey. You can easily get these checked at www.kwik-fit.com and it just gives you some peace of mind before you set off.
Prepare in advance. Don’t leave everything until last minute. If you are traveling with kids, it’s a good idea to plan and pack smart. I asked some other bloggers how they prepared for long journeys with the kids: Edspire has a huge list of everything they do on their annual trip from Kent to Cornwall and it has some great tips. Thimble & Twig have a great list of ways to entertain the kids without resorting to screens. The Queen of Collage looks at ways to entertain the kids on a budget. Our Fairytale Adventure suggests making activity packs to take on the long journey. If you are looking for some good car games for the journey, Kizmetcava has some great ones. And finally, Boo Boo and Tigger Too talks about the absolute classic, Yellow Car no Returns which was a firm favourite of mine as a youngster.
Leave with plenty of time. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in traffic and worrying that you won’t reach your destination in time.
Prepare for the worst! It’s a good idea to pack an emergency pack in the boot, just incase you do break down. Have a torch, blankets, plenty of food and water and any other essentials, just incase the worst does happen!
Do you have any more tips to add? Let me know in the comments!