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Surviving Road Trips with Children

Just the thought of going on a road trip with children can be scary. But remember, it is just as scary for them as it is for you. The key to ensuring your road trip is a success is being prepared. No matter how long or short the trip is, you can never be too prepared.

Here are some simple and effective tips and tricks for children of all ages to enjoy their road trip and in turn, ensuring you have a good time too

  • Window Markers – these are perfect for children and teens. Let them be creative on their window and when you make a pit stop, you can wipe it away and they can start again. Or, they can swap seats and add to their sibling's art.

  • Classic I-Spy is always a favourite, but why not have a little scavenger hunt. Make a list of things for the kids to find. When they have found all of their items, have them make a list for you too.

  • Travel Treat/Snack box. Get one of those plastic containers from the $2 shop with the several compartments and fill it with healthy snacks/treats. Kids will enjoy being able to have a variety of things to choose from.

  • If you are planning a long journey with smaller children, consider travelling through the night. A sleeping child on a road trip makes for a peaceful trip, and also ensures a happy, well rested child when you arrive at your destination.

  • Selfie Story, stop at some of the lesser known places on your travels, and take photos along the way. You can look back at the photos and create a road map of the small towns you passed through. Older children may enjoy looking at the history of the places when they return home. Include some of the bridges you travel over along the way.


  • If children are asleep as you approach a destination and are going to have to be awake for some time once you get there, start to wake them in good time so they have a chance to surface slowly rather than having to be instantly alert after you arrive.

  • Car Pool Karaoke – self-explanatory, and great for all ages. From The Wiggles, to Adele, any music will do for this game. To make it even more fun, get the kids to make small videos of each other singing along to their favourite songs, then you can create a music montage at the end.

The best way to enjoy a road trip is to be prepared. NZ is a beautiful country and to take a road trip with your family should be an awesome adventure for everyone.