You’ve just pulled up at your favourite Reflections Holiday park and you’re exhausted. The reason? The kids have been up to no good for the last three hours.
Fighting, whining, tears and spills; there’s a reason why ‘are we there yet?’ is the ultimate holiday road trip cliché. You might have said it a few times yourself.
And whilst it did cross your mind to leave a child or two on the side of the road, you know things will turn around once you’ve unpacked and settled into the holiday swing.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Follow our tips for fun things to do in the car on a road trip; you’ll all leave the car smiling and ready for your next family holiday.
Road trip games: no screens required
There’s more to car games than ‘I spy’. And whilst it’s easy to let the screens do their thing, these fun and interactive games will set the tone for the rest of your trip.
20 Questions: Player One thinks of a person, place or thing. Everyone else then asks questions that can be answered with a yes or no. After each answer, the person who asked the question gets one guess. Keep going until the mystery is solved!
Backseat bingo: Search online for printable car trip bingo boards and print out copies of ones that take your fancy. Each player needs to make a mark for when they spot one of the objects (e.g a stop sign, a red car, a bridge). When a full line is achieved (horizontal, diagonal or vertical) and they say ‘bingo!’, they’re a winner.
I’m going on a picnic … Player One says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing …”. The next word needs to start with the letter ‘A’ (e.g. apples). Player Two then says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and ….”. The next word needs to start with the letter ‘B’ (e.g. bananas). Keep going from person to person and from A to Z until it’s impossible to remember what’s next.
Would you rather? This is a classic for a reason. Either search online (or print out question sheets beforehand) for ‘would you rather’ questions for the kids. For example: would you rather eat a giant bug or get stung by a bee? Would you rather play at the beach or at the snow? Get set to know your kids even better by the trip’s end.
Road trip activities: quiet time fun
So you’ve had enough games and just want to enjoy the scenery for a while? We get you. But the kids may not … unless you’ve got something to keep them entertained.
Road trip goodie bags: This one takes a bit of pre-planning, but it’ll be worth it. For each child, fill a bag with small toys and activities you know they’ll love. You could include stickers, puzzles, colouring books and play-dough. Bring them out when the whining starts; and use car tray tables to stop the goodies from falling off the backseat.
Lego boxes: This is such a cool idea. Simply glue a Lego plate on the inside of a pencil or lunch box lid, and another one on top of the lid itself. They can then create to their heart’s content, and when they are done, all the Lego pieces fit nicely in the box. Genius!
Audio books: Audio books have come a long way. It’s now easy and cheap to download titles the whole family will enjoy (and won’t leave the adults cringing). The books you choose will depend on the ages of your kids, but for our taste, we think Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and How to Train your Dragon are all-age winners.
Snacks: It wouldn’t be a road trip without snacks, right? But think beyond chips and muesli bars. Choose snacks that double as an activity, such as snack necklaces made of pretzels, lollies and cheerios. Or give them a lunch box filled with plain crackers, tomatoes and slices of ham and cheese. DIY kiddos!
And when all else fails …
There’s always a kid’s movie. Just don't forget the headphones.
As they say, the journey is just as important as the destination (and we’ve got that part covered). So try these tips on your next road trip to your favourite Reflections Holiday Park. You’ll kick off your holiday in a much calmer state of mind.