How to entertain a toddler on a long distance car journey

Next week we’re off on a bit of a family road trip. We’re travelling down South and then slowly making our way back up the country with some stops en route. The first leg of the journey is a 6 hour drive with a toddler so my blood pressure is already on the up and I’ve started having visions of 6 hours of shouting, screaming and tears (from me).

I’m not new to long distance travelling with the little man (remember our 9 hour drive to Bluestone last year?) but it’s doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a huge fan!

I try and plan ahead and follow the tips below.

Consider your time of travel

If you can, think about travelling at night or first thing in the morning. Whilst it might not be much fun for the driver, it’s more likely your child will sleep for some of the journey. You could even let them travel in their pyjamas for added comfort.

Talk about where you’re going

One of the places we’re visiting next week is Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park. The little man is Peppa Pig obsessed so we’ve talked about our trip a lot and used it as a bit of ‘good boy’ bribing mechanism. We’ve embellished the details to keep him interested and excited and we’ll talk about it while we’re travelling in the hope it’ll keep him entertained and excited. case

Be prepared

Take at least one change of clothes and a towel. Children aren’t very considerate with their timings when it comes to sickness or an explosive nappy.

When we travel in the UK I take as many things from home as I can, including a well stocked first aid kit, cleaning products and plenty of bin liners to safely store anything dirty in, until we get somewhere where there’s washing facilities or get back home. Poki-Tomb-Runner

Make sure your phone and tablet are full charged and loaded with games

Love it or hate it, technology is your friend when travelling with children. You can keep children entertained on long car journeys by using things like tablets, electronic games or a mobile phone. Make sure you have films and great games to play like Tomb Runner and Bubble Charms fully downloaded and ready to play – no one wants to see a buffering induced toddler tantrum mid journey!

A recent discovery of ours is Poki, a cross platform game publisher with more than 30 million users from all over the world. Their games can be played on on your mobile, tablet or desktop. They offer a huge range of age appropriate online games that are fun and free to play. Munchkin 3

Choose your snacks and drinks wisely

Fruit and crackers are always good for car journeys and a mess free child and car. Try and avoid things that will melt in your childs clammy grip. Don’t forget the rubbish bag to dispose of the half eaten sandwiches and mounds of used baby wipes.

Stop regularly

Even if the journey is short, stop often. Try and find somewhere a little more exciting than a service station. Even a grassy field is more exciting to a child than a concrete car park. Encouraging your child to run around and stretch his legs might also encourage him to nap in the car.

On our road trip next week, we’re going to try and make stops at English Heritage venues. We’re members and it will make a nice change to make stops at somewhere scenic rather than motorway services.

The lovely people at Poki are offering one of my lucky blog readers the chance to win a Amazon tablet, a fantastic prize, especially if you have got some long journeys to make over the Summer.

To have a chance in winning, please complete the Gleam form below and make sure you have a read of the terms and conditions.

 

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214 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    May 21, 2016 / 5:13 am

    pet soccer!

  2. aaron broad
    May 21, 2016 / 9:21 am

    The lego games look great

  3. Tracey Peach
    May 21, 2016 / 9:29 am

    I love the look of the game Anna Hospital Recovery 🙂

  4. Isabel O
    May 21, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Anna Hospital Recovery looks weirdly fun.

  5. iain maciver
    May 21, 2016 / 11:28 am

    lego games

  6. laura stewart
    May 21, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Jeep parking looks fun

  7. Kevin000
    May 21, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Bubble charm

  8. Rose H
    May 21, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    It has to be the incredibly simple and addictive crossy road. Drives me mad. And one of my little ones loves it.

  9. Rebecca Cusick
    May 21, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    The Bubble Charms game is easily my favourite x

  10. Annabel Greaves
    May 21, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    My kids love lego

  11. Suzanne
    May 21, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Lego is a great favourite with us.

  12. Lindsey Stuart
    May 21, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    I really like the look of the pet soccer! (maybe because I love cats haha)

  13. marilyn winstone
    May 21, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    slither.io

  14. clair downham
    May 21, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    pinata cookies

  15. Jackie Dawson
    May 21, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Pet Soccer looks adorable

  16. Tania Atfield
    May 21, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Scrappy Dog

  17. Jo Hutchinson
    May 21, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    The Anna Hospital Recovery looks good.

  18. laura banks
    May 21, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    bubble charms

  19. May 21, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I was addicted to snake when I had a Nokia phone and the super snake game looks super fun 🙂

  20. Tony Metcalf
    May 21, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Pet Soccer

  21. Iona Cornish
    May 21, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Angry Birds

  22. Farhana
    May 21, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    I think I like the sound of “Anna Hospital Recovery” game.

  23. Lisa Deller
    May 21, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Papas Bakeria sounds fun!

  24. May 21, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    1010 Deluxe looks like the perfect game to just switch off and play!

  25. gemma nisbet
    May 21, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    The Lego game looks good. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Jay
    May 21, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Bubble Charms 🙂

  27. Paul Wilson
    May 22, 2016 / 2:44 am

    Pet soccer looks like a laugh.

  28. Karen Lloyd
    May 22, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Creepcraft because my son loves minecraft.

  29. Kali filsell
    May 22, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Anna’s Pedicure

  30. Caroline Clarke
    May 22, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Papa’s Bakeria looks interesting.

  31. Paul T
    May 22, 2016 / 9:39 am

    King Of Thieves looks good.

  32. May 22, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Scrappy dog looks fun

  33. Rhia P
    May 22, 2016 / 10:07 am

    What a fab idea… I like the look of bubble charms thank you 🙂

  34. Soph H
    May 22, 2016 / 11:24 am

    King of thieves looks good

  35. Julie Feathers
    May 22, 2016 / 11:52 am

    1010 Deluxe looks good

  36. Emma
    May 22, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Pet Soccer! 🙂

  37. Justine Hughes
    May 22, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Colour switch

  38. Jim Milligan
    May 22, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Pet Soccer

  39. Richard Taylor
    May 22, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Looks Good

  40. Sarah Mackay
    May 22, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Angry Birds

  41. emma walters
    May 22, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    i think we would like creep craft best

  42. Alica
    May 22, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    The surgeon simulator game! 😀

  43. Rachael G
    May 22, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Agario

  44. Rob Griffiths
    May 22, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Pet Soccer looks fun

  45. grainne marnell-fox
    May 22, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    The bubble charms game looks great x

  46. S Bufton
    May 22, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Supersnake

  47. stephen ashdown
    May 22, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Bubble Charms

  48. Helen Stratton
    May 22, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I like the look of Bubble Charms.

  49. Nicola Marshall
    May 22, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    I would have to say Bubble charms

  50. Marianne Daniels
    May 22, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I would have to say Bubble charms too!

  51. lyn Burgess
    May 22, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Bubble charms looks fun

  52. Sarah N
    May 22, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    The lego game looks great fun

  53. Tammy Westrup
    May 22, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Pet soccer looks good

  54. Gnei Usama
    May 22, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Bubble charm is eye catching

  55. Stuart Allen
    May 23, 2016 / 1:43 am

    money movers looks great!

  56. Hassni
    May 23, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Bubble Charms

  57. Jane Willis
    May 23, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Bubble Charms

  58. jennifer thorpe
    May 23, 2016 / 8:39 am

    bubble charms

  59. Jo Carroll
    May 23, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Rally Racer looks fun…thanks so much for pointing me towards Poki – I’m always trying to find good games for the little’uns to play 🙂

  60. Alison Joyce
    May 23, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Color Switch

  61. jacqui graham
    May 23, 2016 / 10:25 am

    bubblecharms

  62. amy bondoc
    May 23, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    got to be angry birds for me!

  63. helen tovell
    May 23, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Bubble charms looks my type of thing

  64. Danielle Spencer
    May 23, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Bubble Charms looks similar to games I’ve played in the past and absolutely love.

  65. judy kennedy
    May 23, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Bubble Charms

  66. Jayne Townson
    May 23, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I like the look of the bubble charms game, thanks for the giveaway.

  67. Denise C
    May 23, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I like the sound of Airport Cafe

  68. Angela Wilcox
    May 23, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Lego Star Wars

  69. Solange
    May 24, 2016 / 4:44 am

    Bubble charms

  70. Suzanne Gaulton
    May 24, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Pet soccer!

  71. Alana Walker
    May 24, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Matt vs Math for my son as he loves his maths.x

  72. May 24, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    I agree 100% about the technology tip, some people are a bit sniffy about it, but used sparingly, a tablet or phone can be a massive help in keeping kids entertained.

  73. Laura Harrison
    May 25, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Lego games looks good xx

  74. Simone lee
    May 25, 2016 / 10:11 am

    COLOUR SWITCH LOOKS GREAT GAME

  75. Corinne Peat
    May 26, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I like the look of rally racer

  76. Debbie Burfoot
    May 26, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Lego games look fun

  77. Laura Linsey
    May 26, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Crossy Road

  78. katrina walsh
    May 26, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Pet soccer looks like loads of fun

  79. Simon Tinsley
    May 27, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Angry Birds Space

  80. May 28, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    My daughter plays Slither.io and says it’s a really good game

  81. Stevie
    May 29, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Zombie Town: Sniper Game under the Minecraft category.

  82. Rachel Butterworth
    May 29, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Roger Dead: Zombie Biker.

  83. Laura Findlay
    May 29, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    The Lego game looks AWESOME. My kids love Lego!

  84. Tanya Camilleri
    May 30, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Bubble charms – I love games like that

  85. eirini kourvouli
    May 31, 2016 / 9:39 am

    The lego games look great

  86. Liam Bishop
    May 31, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Jeep Parking, I love parking games.

  87. Fiona Rennie
    June 1, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Papas Bakeria looks like one of those games I’d get addicted to 🙂

  88. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 2, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Slither looks good

  89. Mirjana
    June 2, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    Color Switch 🙂

  90. Nigel Soper
    June 3, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Angry Birds Space looks good

  91. ema j lowe
    June 4, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    me and my girls love playing slither-io

  92. Kate Davies
    June 4, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Don’t crash looks fun.

  93. Rebecca Nisbet
    June 4, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    i like the look of ‘Papa Bakaria’.

  94. kelly morgan
    June 5, 2016 / 9:39 am

    crossy road

  95. Keri Jones
    June 5, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I like the look of Bleach v Naruto 2.5 simply because I love Naruto!! 🙂 xx

  96. jo liddement
    June 5, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    The Scooby Doo Games look fun for the children

  97. Lyla
    June 6, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Flow free

  98. Teresa Lee
    June 7, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Jump The Shark

  99. kim neville
    June 8, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Crossy road

  100. Lynne OConnor
    June 8, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Roger Dead: Zombie Biker game

  101. Laura Kevlin
    June 10, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Lego Star Wars looks pretty cool 🙂

  102. Lisa Everaert
    June 12, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Papas Bakeria looks like fun x

  103. MANDY DOHERTY
    June 12, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    The Lego game would be my grandsons favourite

  104. Ella L
    June 13, 2016 / 6:27 am

    Jeep parking

  105. Chrissie Curtis
    June 13, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Pet Soccer!

  106. Francesca Jones
    June 13, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Plants VS. Zombies!

  107. Sarah Lewis
    June 14, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Jeep parking

  108. Sheri Darby
    June 14, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Lego games

  109. keri brooks
    June 14, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Super chief burger

  110. Chloe Bailey
    June 14, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    I love the look of Crossy roads! X

  111. Chloe Bailey
    June 14, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    I love the look of Crossy roads! X

  112. June 16, 2016 / 10:16 am

    The Finding Dory jigsaw puzzle

  113. gemma hendry
    June 16, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    i like look of bubble charms

  114. Kathryn Davies
    June 16, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Finding Dory Jigsaw Puzzle

  115. Tracy
    June 17, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Oh wow! Such a great selection! I like the look of Toon Cup 2016

  116. Heidi Craske
    June 17, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Happy Wheels!

  117. Ann Skamarauskas
    June 17, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Plants v Zombies

  118. Ashley Phillips
    June 17, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    My youngest would love the Baby Hazel games and my eldest could sit and play tap the frog for hours. Thank you, thank you, thank you for finding this for me

  119. Kim Styles
    June 18, 2016 / 9:21 am

    I think Kogama: Lego Star Wars game looks great and my kids would love it!

  120. christine WESTLAKE
    June 18, 2016 / 10:15 am

    lego

  121. Amanda Davis
    June 18, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Tomb runner

  122. rebecca smith
    June 18, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Scrappy Dog

  123. AnnMarie Crawford
    June 18, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Bubble charms looks wicked hours of fun and so addictive

  124. Paula Phillips
    June 18, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    The Lego gamelooks good.

  125. Elizabeth Hinds
    June 18, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    My daughter would definitely love Pet Soccer 🙂

  126. madeline connolly
    June 18, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Bubble charm

  127. Natalie Gillham
    June 18, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Plants Verses Zombies x

  128. Stephanie Hall
    June 19, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Thunderbirds

  129. carol boffey
    June 19, 2016 / 9:21 am

    The lego game looks good

  130. michelle pierce
    June 19, 2016 / 10:18 am

    love the look of tomb runner

  131. Lesley Stevens
    June 19, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Don’t crash appeals to me

  132. Emma H
    June 19, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Plants Vs Zombies looks good

  133. Michelle Carlin
    June 19, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Get On Top

  134. Jayne Kelsall
    June 19, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Color switch looks good .x

  135. Alix boswell
    June 19, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    The Lego game!

  136. maggie ali
    June 19, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    pet soccer looks fun

  137. Susan Smith
    June 19, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    The Lego Game

  138. Sam McKean
    June 19, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Pet Soccer sounds amazing and great fun 🙂

  139. ayesah warsi
    June 19, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    the lego games

  140. Deborah Bird
    June 19, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    I like the look of polar opposites.

  141. Sarah Mills
    June 19, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    plants vs zombies

  142. Kevin Honey
    June 19, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Jeep parking appeals to me

  143. Michelle Sykes
    June 19, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Lego Games

  144. Sylvia Paul
    June 19, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Angry Birds Space

  145. Angie Poulding
    June 19, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Pet soccer.

  146. Andrew Hindley
    June 19, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    The Lego Game

  147. olivia Kirby
    June 19, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Euro soccer!

  148. Adele Knight
    June 19, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    angry birds space 🙂

  149. Angie McDonald
    June 19, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I really like the look of Easy Joe World! It’s got such a retro look and bright fun colours!

  150. Helen A
    June 19, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Color Switch looks brill!

  151. Danielle Graves
    June 19, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    plants vs zombies

  152. Marrian
    June 19, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Tomb Runner.

  153. Charmian Filewood
    June 19, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Bubble charms looks addictive 🙂

  154. June 19, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Crossy Road fab site will share with my nieces and nephews.

  155. Lisa Lewis
    June 19, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    plants v zombies

  156. Claire Butler
    June 19, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    plants vs zombies

  157. Heather Haigh
    June 20, 2016 / 1:10 am

    Talking tomcat 2

  158. Emma h
    June 20, 2016 / 6:06 am

    Bubble charms looks fun

  159. Geoff Hibbert
    June 20, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Jeep Parking looks fun.

  160. Lisa King
    June 20, 2016 / 8:00 am

    I like the look of Angry Bird Space

  161. LouiseB
    June 20, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Bubble Charms

  162. Anthony Harrington
    June 20, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Pet Soccer looks great

  163. claire davey
    June 20, 2016 / 8:42 am

    angry pigs

  164. Terrie-Ann Wright
    June 20, 2016 / 9:06 am

    The surgeon simulator game, love games like that.

  165. Emma Perry
    June 20, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Bubble Charms looks like something I would enjoy!

  166. Chris Fletcher
    June 20, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Plants vs Zombies is fun – I’ve already played it though!

  167. Laura Whittle
    June 20, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Finding Dory Jigsaw Puzzle – my kids love jigsaws at the moment

  168. Dawn Underwood
    June 20, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Pet Soccer!

  169. Niki Clifton
    June 20, 2016 / 9:26 am

    pet soccer

  170. Tammy Bastian
    June 20, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Happy wheels looks like a fun game!!

  171. sandy ralph
    June 20, 2016 / 10:35 am

    i love the look of Talking TomCat2 my grandson has number 1 and he loves it

  172. sharon martin
    June 20, 2016 / 11:00 am

    cut the rope

  173. Michaela Fuller
    June 20, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Really like the look of Crossy Roads – reminds me of a game I used to play as a teen!

  174. christine watkins
    June 20, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Happy Wheels is my son’s favourite

  175. Emma Anderson
    June 20, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Finding dory jigsaw game would be great for my toddler!

  176. Cyra Bellamy
    June 20, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Tip Tap 2

  177. tracey baker
    June 20, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Plants v Zombies x

  178. Kelly cooper
    June 20, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Definitely the Lego game

  179. Meena hindmarch
    June 20, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Bubble charm looks fun

  180. Lacey Langridge
    June 20, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    slither.io

  181. Anna Brown
    June 20, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    I like the look of bubble charms it looks like games I have played and enjoyed before

  182. Diana
    June 20, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Jeep Parking 🙂

  183. Simone Kilshaw
    June 20, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Talking Tom Cat 2 for me please. It looks really good.

  184. Jacqueline Roberts
    June 20, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Crossy road looks fun

  185. Scott Fallon
    June 20, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Angry Birds Space

  186. Natalie Crossan
    June 20, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Talking tom 🙂 xx

  187. Julie Howarth
    June 20, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Super Chef Burger looks yummy 😀

  188. Andrea A
    June 20, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Bubble charm

  189. michelle hughes
    June 20, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Bubble Charms 🙂 looks awesome!

  190. Kat Glynn
    June 20, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    I love a bit of Plants vs Zombies 🙂

  191. Melanie Burton
    June 20, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I like the look of Traffic Block Game! I have played similar games before and love this sort of game!

  192. Laura Corrigan
    June 20, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Tomb Runner

  193. Beryl drake
    June 20, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Bubble Charms

  194. Jaelin Farrow
    June 20, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I like the look of Spider-Man: The Battle Within 🙂

  195. Tina Glover
    June 20, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    crossy roads. my daughter loves it!… Fab giveaway thanks so much for the chance to win x

  196. Lynsie Lynn
    June 20, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    Tomb Runner 🙂 Thanks for the chance 🙂

  197. Cassandra Mayers
    June 20, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Zootopia Judy Foot Surgery haha

  198. Nicole S.
    June 20, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Pet Soccer. 🙂

  199. jessica cook
    June 20, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Pet soccer looks fun

  200. alice lightning
    June 20, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    bad piggies look good

  201. Suzanne Brown
    June 20, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Finding Dory jigsaw puzzle

  202. Wendy Tolhurst
    June 20, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Farm Puzzle Story 2

  203. George Wright
    June 20, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Bubble Charms looks fun!

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