Car journeys with kids

October 3, 2017

Long gone are the days where Liam and I could just jump in the car and go. Every trip now is a military operation. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it’s certainly different. Even for just short journeys within the city, we have to make sure Dexter has had a wee, the girls have clean nappies on, and then we have to count heads to make sure we have everyone. Are we going to need the buggy? Let’s get that in the boot.
If we’re going anywhere further, there is even more to consider… so here are my top tips for surviving car journeys with kids.


Firstly, and most importantly, make sure your car maintenance is done. Check all your fluids – (your water, oil, petrol etc.), tyre pressure and tread. Have sensible items in the car such as a first aid kit and a torch in case of accidents or breakdowns. I’m not the driver in our house so I’m sure you can find a more comprehensive list for this section but basically, check your car before you go.


We have wipes EVERYWHERE. They are fab for a multitude of messes, sticky fingers, spillages, mucky faces and of course nappy changes. Always keep a packet in the glove box. And maybe a spare in the boot too.


A good distraction from boredom is music. Have a mix of something for the adults and something for the kids. The radio is fine, but it’s nice to mix it up a bit with some songs from the kid’s favourite film or educational bits such as nursery rhymes and such.


If your journey coincides with nap time, a cushion for when they get tired and maybe a favourite blanket if they have one. Just something that might help them nap or sleep. Perhaps even their favourite teddy.

Goody bags

Get them each a little bag with something of interest in. It might be a book to read or a word search/puzzle book. Perhaps a tablet or iPad. Add a small notebook and pack of crayons, a couple of small snacks and a drink that can be resealed.

Bin or rubbish bag

Speaks for itself really.

Car Games

When I was younger, we used to play a game called ‘spot it’. The person who’s ‘it‘ chooses something for everyone to find. It might be a tractor in a field, a plane, a hay bale, a motorbike with a passenger etc.  Everyone else in the car has to try and ‘spot it’ first and then it’s their turn to choose what to find.

You can also play I spy or 20 questions and similar games


It’s always handy to keep a potty and or a sick bag in the car for long journeys. When kids are involved, there is just no telling when they might get caught short. Tissues are good to have too.


Water for the car, water to drink, water to rinse out the potty if you need to use it. Always have water!


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  • Reply Stacey October 3, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Some great ideas. Living three and a half hours away from our family we do a lot of long car journeys.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 6:48 am

      3 and a half hours? Blimey, I bet that’s fun lol

  • Reply Bear and Cardigan October 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Wipes! Absolutely we carry them everywhere and a potty and everything except the kitchen sink although if the boot was bigger……

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Why do kids need so much stuff?!

  • Reply Lucie Aiston October 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    WOW fab post with some great ideas! Before bubs came along we drove to France twice with the older 2. They are a little bit older though so the boredom wasn’t too bad. They had their iPads so was a relatively stress free drive.


    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Ah, iPads are great for journeys!

  • Reply Daydreams of a mum October 3, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Ah good old wipes , the key to any journey!!All them and snacks!!! #Blogtober17

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Wipes and snacks.Winner!

  • Reply Cherry Newby October 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Bin bags are the one thing we always forget – and it always drives me nuts when there’s rubbish everywhere!!!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Same! Especially if we hit a drive through Lol

  • Reply Maria - wrexhammama October 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Great idea for a post hun, my toddler hates travelling in the car so im sure some of these will come in handy! #blogtober2017

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Hoe they help 🙂

  • Reply Kim October 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    With not having a car I don’t think about things like this!

    Fantastic ideas x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Janet Yarwood October 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    My daughter is a terrible passenger as she only goes in a car once every few months. I’m going to try some of these tips next time.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Oh, I’d love to know how you get on!

  • Reply Sarah October 8, 2017 at 12:43 am

    These are great ideas – I think we usually have most of these too. I hate it when we set off somewhere and I realise I forgot to get Toby to have a wee – luckily we’ve not had any accidents yet though! #Blogtober

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Yeah I’m a bugger for not checking the wee thing haha

  • Reply Kate October 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Wipes, wipes and more wipes! I wonder how parents of the past managed before wipes were invented?!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Haha I even used them before I was a parent!

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