Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

The sun has indeed got his hat on, and the past Bank Holiday weekend officially marks the beginning of summer; perhaps you got caught in some of traffic yourself or refused to travel on such busy roads with the scorching sunshine beating down on your car? 

In any event, it’s a good idea to think about how to keep your sanity on long journeys, particularly if you’re traveling with children.  There are some great holidays to be had in the UK, and with a decent car, such as a Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer you can travel in comfort and style… but no matter how nice your car, there’s still the issue of the monotony of long motorway trips. 

Therefore, here’s a few top tips on how to keep your sanity on long journeys this summer; particularly if you’re travelling with kid on your way to a fantastic summer holiday or road trip adventure.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

01. Stop off along the way 

Fortunately, the days of people arguing over a huge paper map are over thanks to the invention of SatNav, however, it’s a good idea to plan out a route that will allow for some interesting stop-offs along the way. 

Of course, driving straight down the motorway for five hours will be the most fuel and time efficient way to get to where you’re going, but making a few stop offs en-route is a great way to keep your sanity as you get the chance to stretch your legs, have a bite to eat, and see more of the country.  Indeed, think of all the things you are missing along the way, and consider how much more manageable a journey that’s broken down into bite-size chunks feels.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

02. Keep your children entertained 

If you are travelling with children, the passenger’s main task will be to ensure your kids are entertained, but the trick to this is ensuring they have plenty of engaging activities that don’t necessarily require adult participation. 

Thankfully, the days of incessant rounds of eye spy are over thanks to the ability to watch episodes of their favourite cartoons and films on mobile devices with Netflix. There’s also the more traditional option of getting a colouring book and some crayons, though you’ll want to be mindful that this could induce travel sickness.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

03. Keep the adults entertained too 

It’s equally important the adults have something to keep them entertained too.  Thankfully, this can often be as simple as a great soundtrack for the journey, an audio book, that both the passenger and driver can listen to.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

04. Eat often 

If anybody in your party suffers from travel sickness, there are plenty of remedies that can help them but one of the best tips is to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air, eat little and often throughout the journey, and try to sit in the front sit rather than the back seat, and definitely, do not attempt to read a book or write a text message.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

05. Have a great soundtrack 

These long road trips are when having a Spotify account or similar, pays dividends.  Indeed, a good soundtrack can turn an otherwise boring car journey into a fun and engaging experience.

Keeping Your Sanity on Long Journeys

Do you have any other tips for keeping your sanity during long journeys?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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13 Comments

  1. 09/05/2018 / 1:59 pm

    Some great advice here. I remember how we used to have to survive journeys with just a sony walkman to listen to!

  2. 09/05/2018 / 2:27 pm

    Stop offs are a must and plenty of entertainment I always take a bag stashed full of things to keep the little busy.

  3. 09/05/2018 / 7:16 pm

    Some great tips! Our new favourite is to listen to an audio book we listened to Harry Potter last time the kids actually put their phones down! Lol

  4. 10/05/2018 / 6:53 am

    I always plan my stops and if I am not music keeps me entertained throughout as I get bored easily.
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  5. 10/05/2018 / 12:51 pm

    There are some great tips here, I don’t have kids so this isn’t something I have to worry about just yet but I agree that a decent playlist is essential for long drives and road trips x

  6. 11/05/2018 / 1:13 pm

    Great tips here. We have many road trips with the kids and I always make sure we have entertainment and snacks for the trips.

  7. 11/05/2018 / 3:48 pm

    I’d love to go on a road trip – I just need to learn to drive first!

  8. 11/05/2018 / 4:59 pm

    Good music, car snacks and regular breaks to stretch your legs are definitely vital. And keep hydrated as well, cos it’s easy to forget to drink when you’re on the road.

  9. 12/05/2018 / 7:13 pm

    Having snacks on a long journey are so important to keep people busy and their sugar levels up haha .. Otherwise people seem to get grouchy and angry at being cooped up!

  10. 14/05/2018 / 12:46 pm

    This is a great post! We are off on a real long journey at the start of the Summer Holidays and the tips in this will, I’m sure keep us all sane x

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