Christmas is just around the corner, and all across England, families will be packing up presents and preparing for the long trek through the holiday traffic. But how do you get the presents into the boot without the kids seeing? And what happens if they cry in the backseat for the entire 6-hour journey? If this sounds like you, then don’t fret! We’ve come up with some great tips to keep the whole family entertained, drive safely, have fun, and make it to your destination with all your presents intact.
If you’re on the road for Christmas morning, or you’re not spending Christmas at your own home, then younger children may worry that Santa won’t know where to deliver the presents. Don’t worry! You can either bring along a small stocking filled with car-friendly gifts, or even send them a special video message from Santa via Portable North Pole.
To ensure a smooth trip, you’ll need to have everything planned and stick to your schedule. Know when you’ll be stopping for toilet breaks and when you can stretch your legs. Your family will thank you for it! A break every 2 hours is generally a good rule, and it’ll make the whole journey a lot less stressful.
Make sure to fully charge all your phones, tablets and laptops the night before. That way you can keep the kids entertained with games on their phones, or even watching some Christmas movies on their laptops. Don’t let them do this for too long though, or you may have to deal with car-sick children.
If you have small children, get the car seat ready the night before, so you don’t have to mess around with it when you’re rushing to leave the next day. There are some simple child car seat checks you can do to make sure it’s been fitted properly.
Classic car games such as ‘eye spy’ or the car numberplate game are a great way to get the whole family involved and keep the children entertained. You could even try putting a Christmas spin on the games, to try and get into the Christmas spirit before you reach your destination.
The last thing you want during a long road trip is to breakdown somewhere. Make sure your car is fully serviced and good to go. If you think your car may not be up for a 300-mile trip to Grandma Linda’s house, then you can always have a look at personal car leasingto find something better in time for Christmas. With used car leasing, you’ll have a whole range of winter-ready cars to choose from.
If all else fails, break out the goodie bags. You can make these the night before and fill them with snacks and colouring books. This will hopefully keep the little ones entertained until the next designated car break.
Take It Easy
Don’t try and travel too much in one day! You don’t want to tire yourself out before you can enjoy the Christmas celebrations. If you have to, plan to stop overnight somewhere. The more rested you feel, these easier the Christmas journey will feel.