Car trips with kids: a 10-point plan daily_blabber April 20, 2011 Long car journey coming up? Feeling the terrors already? Here’s your ten-point plan for a safe, happy drive – even with kids on board… By Lynne Roberts kcar1Mapping it out… Your trusty sat nav might get you there, but showing your child the route on a map can help to make the journey more enjoyable for everyone. kcar2Light and easy Over-heated children are bound to get cranky, so dress the kids in light layers which can be whipped off or bundled back on as the temperature requires. kcar3The breakfast club… …is where it’s at before a lengthy journey. From our partner kcar4…And you’re off! Long journeys can be daunting with a baby, and it makes sense to embark on a few shorter trips before braving a mammoth drive. kcar5Stop and play…When you stop, try to allow enough time for your toddler or older child have a run around before herding them back into the car. kcar6Snack attack Eek - are you sure about those dripping ice creams? kcar7‘I feel siiiiick….’ Whose heart doesn’t sink when their child utters those three little words? From our partner kcar8‘Are we nearly there yet?’ Few children are designed to sit quietly in a small, enclosed space for hours on end - so it’s hardly surprising that journeys kcar9Night night… If your kids are an almighty handful in the car, consider doing long drives at night. Sounds daunting? kcar10You’ve arrived! The journey’s over… so what made it go smoothly for you? 1 / 10 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1Literally just the funniest Twitter reactions to Romy "kissing" the Honey Badger. 2The Twins recap The Bachelor: The most cringeworthy first kiss we've ever seen. 3"My eldest son asked me for a hug as I said goodnight. I'm ashamed by my response." 4'The king of boobs' and 'the breast master': Sydney surgeons and their "sexist" Instagrams. 5“My parent-in-laws’ behaviour makes me cringe. I don't know how to tell them to stop it." FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?