Anyone who has young children and travelled on even a moderately long journey knows all too well that preparation and planning is key. Usually before you have even pulled out of the drive there is the well-known phrase ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ so it is important to make sure they are entertained and happy.
Driving to France is such a great way of visiting the country. Not only do children find the journey so much fun, there’s something really exciting about hopping on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and stopping off at multiple roadside picnic spots en route, but it often also works out cheaper than flying. As the price per car with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle remains the same for groups of up to 9 people – it’s perfect for travelling families! Plus, you also get the ease of being able to pack all the different things you will need and have them with you at all times.
Of course, travelling to France is a long journey so it is important to plan ahead with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. Whenever we fly or go on a long car journey I always pack my girls an activity bag for the trip. A lot of the time I don’t actually let them see it before we have set off or are in the air, as it then adds to the excitement factor. I try and change it up each time but there are a few compulsory staples that I will always pack…
Here are some things that will always be in their bags-
iPad or other tablet
It goes without saying that we will always pack what we call our ‘electronic babysitter’. We load it full of apps and movies and it is perfect for a long car journey. It is definitely our go to if everyone is getting a little tired or grumpy and needs some chill out time.
My children love those little pocket money toys that you can get in the supermarket or even in the pound shop, so I often will buy a few of these for them to play with and open. For some reason they enjoying opening them as much as playing with them. I pack things like little Lego characters, a bouncy ball, a yoyo or other similar things.
Colouring pad and crayons
A colouring pad and crayons is definitely a necessity for a long car journey as it will guarantee to help occupy them for a while. Plus they can draw lovely memories of their travels.
Their favourite cuddly toy
We always take their favourite cuddly toy with them so they can cuddle them if we get sleepy. Plus it is a comforting part of home to take with them if they get a little unsure. The only thing is we constantly panic that we might lose them!
I used to have iSpy books when I was little and I was out shopping a while ago and realised that they still have them which made me rather nostalgic. My eldest daughter (aged 5) loves spotting the different things on long car journey and ticking them off and getting points for her efforts.
We will always pack a book and some magazines for them to look at on the journey or if we stop off for a bit, especially ones that have the free plastic toys on the front!
We always pack a mixture of healthy (and unhealthy treats!) snacks if they get peckish on the journey.
We have two travel blankets that we always use on flights or long journeys if they want to get cosy and have a sleep. They are really soft and we only use them for travelling so they look forward to snuggling under them.
These are just some of the things we pack for long car journeys. Is there anything else that you pack for your child that you find helps entertain them or make the journey that little bit easier?
By travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you can make your journey easier, with their Sanef Tolling offer, including free application, which allows you to use the automatic lanes on the French motorway tolls – thereby jumping the queues.
For more information, check their website.
NB This post is in collaboration with Eurotunnel. All words and opinions are entirely our own.