Hi, I’m Amy from Eps and Amy blog (www.epsandamy.co.uk), which covered bargain sales, product reviews and lifestyle/family blogging.I have 2 children aged 5 and 8 (although the photos attached are from previous car journeys too) and we do lots of family holidays and travelling.
Last year we headed to the south of France, if you do the journey all in one go it would take about 12 hours, so we decided to split the journey and stay at various euro camp sites on the way down. We left home at 3am and got a 5am ferry across from Dover.
I always recommend this, the kids happily sleep until you get to the port and then have breakfast on the ferry to occupy the time. We reached Disney in time for opening and although the adults were tired we had an amazing day. We stayed a few days in Disney, check out my post on Disney hints and tips (https://epsandamy.co.uk/2016/11/30/Disney-tips-guest-blog/) then moved on to a euro camp park a 3 hour drive away, we stayed 10 days at this park, then faced a 6 hour drive down to the south of France, stayed there 6 nights then had the journey home, 5 hours one day over night in Burgundy then 6 hours the next day.
So lots of driving, but I have some good tips to make the journey a lot less painful: * if you can journey early or late so your kids sleep in the car
* pack lots of food, snack stuff like pretzels and fruit strings.
* avoid sweets or chocolate, they are very sticky when dropped and the kids will feel sick after a handful
* take colouring or puzzle books, and drip feed to the kids only when they are seriously cranky
* invest in kids headphones; they are volume limited so won’t deafen themselves and you won’t have to listen to the iPad
* fill the iPads with TV episodes, avoid films, kids get board of films so quickly
* I highly recommend these in car sets for kids: https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2944/100-things-for-little-children-to-do-on-a-journey suitable from aged 3-10 ish
* when the kids start getting fractious stop the car for a bit, especially if you can find somewhere with a play area! But if the kids are quiet or asleep keep driving, get as many miles done as possible when you can.
I hope some of these tips can help you, we have had some very easy journeys with the children.
Amy’s holiday in the South of France sound’s amazing and she has some lovely tips to help during a long car journey! I will certainly be using some of these tips next time we go on a long car journey adventure! Thank You Amy!