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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.