The long car journey to Austria with the childrenBy: Rogier at 26-12-2022 - reactions
A trip to Austria is always a long one for the children. The most important thing is to arrange the trip according to your preference and knowledge of your children. Is it best to make a stopover? How do I entertain the kids during the ride? And what do I really need during the car ride? Read this blog for several ideas and tips for getting through the car journey:
Plan suitable places for rest stops in advance, as the average ride is longer than ten hours. Some choose to spend the night with the children halfway through to split up the long journey. Others choose to drive to the destination in one go. The most important thing is choosing the option that suits you best and that you prefer.
Remember to bring enough toys and things to do in the car - this is very important. Bring toys thar you know your children like to play with - toys with which they can entertain themselves for hours. Of course, you know your kids' favourite toys but they may range from dolls, cars, and cuddly toys to colouring or sticker books and pencils. An excellent tip is to present them with a car gift while driving every now and then. This is a brilliant way of keeping everyone happy and motivated to behave well, and just unpacking it is another good distraction.
It is also a good idea to allow the children to watch a movie on the iPad or DVD player so that 1.5 hours quickly pass. Finally, don't forget to pack plenty of snacks and treats, as travelling with hungry children is a challenge! Audiobooks that you can play in the car via Spotify and/or the various podcast apps are also invaluable. Hours of listening pleasure!
If your child suffers from car sickness, it is sensible to ensure that the child does not eat a heavy meal before driving but equally doesn't travel on an empty stomach. Make sure that your child is well-rested and does not eat too many sweets during the journey. Provide fresh air in the car and plenty of distractions. Traditional games such as 'I spy' or spotting license plates from different countries, because the children are distracted and looking outside, help to reduce car sickness. Also, consider giving anti-nausea medication before you get into the car, many children who suffer from motion sickness benefit from this.
And remember, no matter how long the journey takes and what adventures you will have together, once you arrive in Austria, it will all have been worth it.
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