The thought of travelling on a long journey with small children can at times seem like a daunting endeavour, especially if they become bored and the infamous words are uttered: “are we there yet?!”

However, with a little preparation and a solid gameplan put in place, a potentially boring car journey can be fun.

Failing that, it can be bearable!

To help come up with some ideas on how to keep children entertained on long journeys, we have compiled a list of some ideas which may be of use.

Snacks for Kids

Snacks are a good way to keep their stomachs from grumbling and mouths occupied.

Healthy snacks, such as fruit and the like are a good option. Although never feel bad for indulging in a bit of comfort food either.

A word to the wise though – try and ensure the snacks are not likely to cause too much of a mess! It is a universal truth that a small child will work their hardest to turn the rear of your car into a calamity of chaos.

Oh, and pack something to use as a bin.

Drinks for Kids

Providing your little ones with their own bottle of juice/water is a good idea. Not only will it keep them from getting thirsty, but it can act as another distraction.

Like snacks, a spilt drink is going to create more mess, so err on the side of caution.

Toys for Kids

When letting them choose which toys to bring best make sure that they bring something which can be enjoyed in confined spaces.

As you don’t want something blocking the rearview mirror, or being thrown in the general direction of the driver whilst travelling up/down the motorway.


A good old fashioned sing-song – it can often keep children entertained for a while… and, quite possibly, can keep the adults of the car entertained as well.

Warning: you do run the risk of madness if the same one song is requested over and over and over and over…

Old Favourites: Travelling Games

There are literally dozens upon dozens of games you can play in the car. All of which using nothing but imagination and your senses.

Here are just a few of old classics if your memory needs a jog:

The Number Plate Names

The idea of this is another simple one. Just make funny phrases with the number plates of cars that are passing.

Twenty Questions

Someone thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else gets to ask the player 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.”

Whoever guesses correctly gets a turn to think up something.

The old classic – ‘I SPY’

A classic game that I imagine nearly every person is familiar with.

“I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…”

Or for those with toddlers who haven’t the ability to spell yet, an alternative is to use colours.

“I spy with my little eye, something the colour…”

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