35 tips for great family car journeys

Happy kids in car by altanaka via ShutterstockSummer is a great time to jump in the car with the family and spend time together. At our recent #BPDriveInDineOut Twitter party we asked about your memorable car journeys and top tips for hassle-free journeys.

The party was sponsored by BP who have partnered with PizzaExpress to offer a fantastic deal for pizza lovers. From 2 June until 29 June, when you fill up 3 times at BP filling up with 35 litres of fuel or more each time, you get a PizzaExpress code for a free main meal worth around £11. You can collect up to 4 PizzaExpress meal codes and you have until 9 August to use them at your local PizzaExpress or one on your travels.

Go to driveindineout.bp.com/ to learn more and get started. Visit www.bp.co.uk/sitelocator to find the nearest BP garage for your next family day out or road trip!

Memorable journeys

Mountain roads in Gran Canaria, forest lanes in the New Forest and lovely Cornwall @Mummytravels

You can’t occupy children better than by visiting zoos or animal parks, Longleat is great. @halkerstone

Drive into the New Forest is great for us, my little girl likes to spot and ount the ponies – fun and educational @jujugaboo

One of my favourite recent car journeys with my daughter @Mummytravels

Love our campervan travels. This is a pic from the Tarn Gorge  @daisyduck123

The kids love going out in our soft top jeep! There are fits of giggles and waving to everyone! @BellaBuddy123

My first year as a mum involved many 4hr trips with a reflux baby. I learnt these tips fast! @BabyRoutes

I love that people wave back to my kids when we drive…a bit of kindness and a moment taken to make life better

Fun and games to have on the road

Create a trip map and track it with the kids, add ‘treasure’ by letting them have snacks/sweets at certain points! @thequeenosheba

Tie toys for younger children to their seats so you don’t have to retrieve them from the floor. @Glitterbug81

You can pick up these for a couple of pounds. Hang them on your car seat, store the toys! @CateMcAlin

I went online and downloaded free worksheets, word searches, puzzles and; kept them in a folder in the glove box! @Lkash20

Play games about who can spot a tractor, cow or plane first. @clairehask

Play a game with the kids to note down how many horses and so on they see in the field to keep them busy @KatiePrentice2

Get the smalls to spot random things, I didn’t expect one of them to go “Dad! There’s a dead bird!” @hooker1uk

We plan stops and a new activity or treat after each one on long journeys; a new colouring book, game, or snack @MoolBoots

The Tweenager loves [listening to radio shows] Just a Minute and The Unbelievable Truth on car journeys @NEFamilyFun

Anyone else try and take scenery snaps from the car as hubby drives? (it never works) @vykisparkes


Health and safety for car trips

Have a travel blind for the back window and sunglasses, as it can be bright even when not sunny @Mummytravels

Don’t forget to check oil, fuel, tyre pressure before leaving, entertaining kids when broken down is not fun! @Lkash20

If you have a car sick sufferer invest in some travel sickness bands – best invention ever! @lynn_heath

The essential kit

Take a pen and paper as there are so many things you can do with them @likeme247

Snacks, IPads, Drinks and Music http://t.co/rEaEvrphkp @mummy2monkeys1

Wet wipes are definite essentials for ANY road trip @NEFamilyFun

Road trip music

My kids love Katy Perry roar but I love Boys of Summer @kaypmumof3

The essential element to a good family road trip has to be the mix tape/playlist @Melaina25

“We’re halfway there”! https://t.co/1mnuiqAVP3 @missielizzieb duets with @juliehazell2

Snacks kids love on days out

I used to chop up fruit and vegetables into sticks for car journeys – bit of a novelty and healthy too @emmfurn

Fruit gums – tell the kids to see who can eat theirs without chewing so they don’t scoff the lot @SarahThomas49

Good plan! Keeps them quiet too @missielizzieb

Snack-wise, things which won’t disintegrate or be too messy such as bananas and frozen bottle of water so it stays cold @Mummytravels

Crackers, bread sticks, fruit pouches, biscuits and sweets and .we take a cool box with a picnic for a long journey @katykillen1

Dream trips

We would love to drive all the way to Paris with the kids. Disneyland would be amazing. long journeys can be fun @likeme247

We live in Northumberland but have driven to Peppa Pig world with 3 kids twice now and survived! @NEFamilyFun

We’re planning to hit the beach this weekend, jump in the car and go @Wkdjojo

The last words

We do enjoy a road trip! @JanTweetTweets

Receive one ‘Fill up for free pizza’ voucher when you fill up with a minimum of 35 litres of fuel in a single transaction. Please refer to the following steps to obtain your Meal code to receive your free meal. Note: The ‘Fill up for free pizza’ vouchers will not be accepted at PizzaExpress.

Collect three BP vouchers between 2nd and 29th June and then visit www.bp.co.uk/driveindineout before 9th August. Enter your details and the unique voucher code on each of the 3 vouchers and receive a PizzaExpress Meal code in an email. The email containing the Meal code should be taken into a participating PizzaExpress between 2nd June and 9th August, and shown to your waiter before ordering.

Subject to exclusions, from 29th May see www.bp.co.uk/driveindineout for full details.

Homepage image and top: Happy kids in car by altanaka via Shutterstock

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