Car Travel with the family tips

We do a lot of car travelling as a family and keeping the family happy and entertained for sometimes days of just sitting in the car can be challenging.  Here's some ideas to keep the family busy and get the family to your destination sane.  

Family Road Travel Tips and Belkin Rockstar Giveaway

The Traditional Car Games.

Car games are always a favourite in our car.  The kids love to play with Mum and Dad, although sometimes we're not so keen we always to a couple of rounds to pass some time.  Eye spy is always first its one we can all play, you can see a list of our car games here.

Sing Along.

Have your own Car karaoke! Kids songs and rhymes is usually how it starts - Old MacDonald .....Of course if you have a favourite CD in the car or even use your phone or device to find a play list you like.  You tube or something like apple music or spotify has all the songs you could imagine.  Theres usually a Disney movies playlist we can find where everyone can belt out the songs.

Book CD.

For the times you just need a break! Get yourself a couple of books on CD. There is some great ones available. We have Lenny Henry reading Three little Pigs and Red Riding Hood.  The Jungle Book and we have a set of Roald Dahl stories, read by Roald Dahl which makes them even more exciting read by the author himself.  I've found them online at The Book Depository and our local library has some too.


Depends on the length of our trip to what I take. Sometimes stopping for a meal is a good way to take a break and stretch the legs. Other times we pack a lunch a box for each person and you ration it yourself till we get there. If we are headed a long way I often dont want to stop for each meal or I'm unsure what's on offer on the way I'll pack an esky or cooler bag.  I usually take more snacks than required because it keeps the kids happy.  I take everything from fruit and cut up salad veggies to bags of lollies. small individual serves are better than passing around a large bag of chip expecting it to be eaten fairly after being in the car for six hours. You can see our list of snack ideas here.

Books & Drawing.

I'm not a fan of reading in the car, some people can do it, I feel queasy briefly glancing at a map. When travelling with young kids books with good pictures are great they will flick through books and look at pictures they don't need the words.  As they get a little older puzzle books or joke books are good.   Colouring in books and drawing paper are handy, pack a pencil case and don't forget a sharpener.  Paper can be used for games too like noughts and crosses or hangman.


Yep, devices. We dont use them every trip or even the whole time but sometimes they can be a sanity saver for all. A DVD player, phone, tablet, laptop or kids device like a leappad can buy you hours of quiet time.  Try and plan ahead. We dont watch DVDs anymore so when we do the kids love seeing old favourite movies again, I take the movies out of the covers and just store them in a ziploc bag.  I find playlists and things a couple of days before so when we're in the car I can play one straight away. My kids are currently loving watching Mr Bean old episodes on youtube. Check games and apps before you go so you know what works and what they can do before travel, nothing worse then trying to load a game for the back seat, from the front seat whilst everyone is losing it.  HEADPHONES - get the kids some'll wish you had after three hours of The Wiggles on repeat.  

To keep the devices all working they'll need to be charged of course. Charging one device at a time usually means a phone with the map, so other devices go flat urgh. 

Well thanks to Belkin we have a solution so you can all keep charged and sane.

Tips for family car travel

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Keep the kids entertained for the next road trip by keeping their devices charged with Belkin’s Road Rockstar. With a 4 USB Port passenger car charger and a long cable, you can seamlessly charge 4 devices simultaneously whilst on the go. Charging is no longer limited to the front seat passengers with 2 front seat USB ports to charge smartphones at optimum speeds with shared 2.4A, while the extendable hub which clips to the backseat pocket allows passengers to charge 2 tablets simultaneously at 2.4A per port, perfect for watching movies on long road trips!

Ingenious and I wish we had one years ago!

I think of numerous times the tablet when flat or one of our phones (fomo) or they charger is in the front so it has to be charged in the front so they can't use it in the back - arrghhh  

Thanks to Belkin we have a Road Rockstar to giveaway!  
Belkin Road Rockstar: 4-Port Passenger Car Charger RRP $59.95

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question in the comments below:

Whats your tip for keeping everyone entertained on a long car trip?

Car travel ideas


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0 # Kirsty L 2018-03-29 07:25
Food and music is always our saviour. Things that take a long time to eat like apples and bags of popcorn
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0 # lassy 2018-04-03 06:39
oh we like the car chargers for holidays that would be great
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0 # Kylie Mcnamara 2018-04-03 07:43
Plenty of snacks & frequent stops
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0 # Juliette Gibb 2018-04-03 08:00
I keep all my little ones entertained by giving them activities to do, clip the peg on the correct number, mini-jigsaws, magnifying glass and different objects they can look at through it.
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0 # Gayle Vos 2018-04-03 08:03
By making sure everything is charged up ready to go.
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0 # Jaydene Jusseit 2018-04-03 08:07
Word search or activity books takes up time and keeps the mind fresh.
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0 # debbie price 2018-04-03 08:36
guessing games always work, and lollies
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0 # Lisa Crowley 2018-04-03 10:54
Laminated "bingo": finding a red car, a church, a dog, a hospital....etc . Winner gets a prize
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0 # Huong 2018-04-03 11:04
Paper and textas. Snacks! Lots of them.
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0 # Jennifer Nicholson 2018-04-03 11:11
Playing I-spy and the begins with song game will you busy for hours.
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0 # Philippa Thomson 2018-04-03 11:12
Planning your trip with plenty of stops in new and interesting places can break up the journey for everyone, not just the kids.
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0 # Bree Pawlasty 2018-04-03 11:35
Frequent stops with sightseeing or undertaking activities that is along the route, it breaks down the road trip and keeps it from being overly boring.
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0 # bette 2018-04-03 12:40
we like look at find games. We try to find things that start with each letter of the alphabet. (if you get stuck like on Q then look at number plates)
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0 # john J M 2018-04-03 12:41
We put stories on cd in the car too. we have some for us and some for the grand kids. keeps everyone quiet
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0 # Marija Zeko 2018-04-03 12:48
I put an ABBA CD on and everyone sings along.
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0 # Dianne Cappelli 2018-04-03 14:05
Drinks, snacks, and all electronic devices charged up. Oh..and toilet paper. :)
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0 # Angela M 2018-04-03 15:08
We bring quizzes with us. I make the questions and my husband and daughter guess the answer.
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0 # Teena Lewis 2018-04-03 15:15
Good planning - always make sure you have a variety of games, music, movies etc - we live in the NT so all our road trips are huge!
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0 # eilish 2018-04-03 16:18
We love taking road trip to the country where ee get to stay for a few nights but mum only has one charger so between wanting to charge the tablet and play our party car music it gets a little frustrating. But these are the best ways we keep entertained. A playlist is selectex on the usb tbe night before we leave and tablets are loaded up with car games for us all to play. Always fun trips till the batteries die.
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0 # Melissa Sharman 2018-04-03 17:09
Hours of 'I spy', looping nursery rhymes, moaning 'are we there yet?- Mum? What's the time?',
Glorious iPads, a godsend when travelling near or far,
Creates a perfect cone of silence, in the backseat of my car!
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0 # rene mckee 2018-04-03 17:18
Everyone playing I spy with my little eye
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0 # Mark Rees 2018-04-03 17:34
The kids have one nintendo dsi each
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0 # Paula Sutton 2018-04-03 17:40
Singing we're all going to Bonnie Doon,

Then play car cricket, making runs counting oncoming cars until a red car & your out.
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0 # Ben travia 2018-04-03 18:08
Spot the 'insert foreign animal that will never appear on road trip here'. Literally endless silent searching.
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0 # Dylan Welsh 2018-04-03 18:35
audiobooks and kids playlists. fantastic
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0 # Maree Gray 2018-04-03 19:07
A variety of activities such as books to read, colouring in pages, puzzles, music to sing along to and remember to take frequent breaks to stretch your legs
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0 # sam 2018-04-03 20:00
play counting games,like counting cars
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0 # Jennifer Robertson 2018-04-03 20:24
Games are great. We love "What's your name?" If you were a fairy/dog/tract or...what would your name be? "But you can't call a fairy Bruiser".
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+1 # Debbie M 2018-04-03 20:45
Be organised and cater to the different ages! A good car trip 'scavenger hunt' is a great way to entertain everyone. Pack the electronics but don't forget the basics, books, pens, and paper never go astray! And certainly don't forget car chargers for everything!
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0 # Olivia Lo 2018-04-03 21:23
Music, movie, food and constant breaks are the key
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0 # Heidi ODay 2018-04-03 22:08
Magnetic board games and old fashioned games like eye spy etc with prizes!
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0 # David Braybrooke 2018-04-04 07:33
Playing eye spy and simon says. Such simple games but that absolutely love them and can play for hours. No equipment required, bonus!
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0 # Karen Bracken 2018-04-04 08:12
Great idea peace in the car
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0 # Warren 2018-04-04 09:41
Living in a remote area of Queensland we make many trips to larger cities. The Belkin Road Rockstar charger is the ideal solution to keeping the various devices we carry with us, fully charged. Without the Road Rockstar, boredom would take the enjoyment of the trip.
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0 # Sofia 2018-04-04 11:44
SNACKS!! All of the snacks. We love snacks.
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0 # Malcolm Stanley 2018-04-04 12:54
To keep the music on an get all food and drinks ready for everyone and take regular breaks
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0 # Matthew Pepler 2018-04-04 12:55
Eye spy and storytelling when we're in a communal mood and iPod touch for when we're feeling solitary plus plenty of water and yummy snacks...oh! and sightseeing stops to break the monotony.
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0 # Eric Bagnall 2018-04-04 13:27
After everyone starts calming down I usually ask them some stories about themselves. Most people have had similar experiences and as such conversation begins to flow. Then we just go to McDonald's.
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0 # Elizabeth O 2018-04-04 13:36
Play car cricket - depends on traffic who wins!
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0 # yoke-fun khoo 2018-04-04 13:40
Everyone is entertained, by coming up with future holiday, camping or cruising ideas.
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0 # Deanne Jackson 2018-04-04 13:56
On a road trip device's for the four eldest kids are a must. Books for the two older girls, colouring stuff for the youngest two and plenty of food for all. Most importantly coffee for mum and dad and chargers for the electronic devices.
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0 # robyn 2018-04-04 13:56
A travelling must always needed always handy you never know when you might need it
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0 # Antonio 2018-04-04 14:02
Books and Music. Let everyone have there own books and let the driver listen to audio books or music. especially Country and little kids songs etc wash your face with orange juice. I don't care if I'm 18 and just discover this song. It' truly one of my favourites and it's okay for all age groups.
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0 # Kathy Ferguson Clark 2018-04-04 14:23
We get the kids to play games, count from 0-9 on number plates of cars then the ABC keeps the kids entertained for hours
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0 # Barbara Fehmel 2018-04-04 14:27
Charge everything the night before.
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0 # Matt 2018-04-04 14:45
Tip - make everyone research the route, including 'fun facts' about the towns you'll go through. Not only does it provide a bit of interest and intrigue, it helps local business as you stop off at places you normally wouldn't have seen from the highway making plenty of memories for the journey even before your destination!
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0 # Robyn 2018-04-04 14:48
Music. Music. And more music. Between the 4 of us we all usually fight over the charger so a Belkin Road Rockstar is a definite must to maintain harmony on our road trips.
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0 # Mark Garvey 2018-04-04 15:05
Make sue that you have adequate charging capabilites available for all everyone's gadgets!
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0 # Laurie 2018-04-04 15:35
To idle their time in peace and have no fighting everyone has their music and tablet to listen to their favourite tunes or play games. This distracts everyone making the trip fun, reduces hunger, causes less stops and helps stop anyone from getting travel sickness.
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0 # Marina Skapin 2018-04-04 15:41
Eat, drink lots of water, play guessing games, tell stories and sing lots of songs. we like to share our memories too. love Belkin products too and i would love to win this product. thank you for letting me try out.
warm regards
Marina and family xx
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0 # Tanjil Percivall 2018-04-04 15:49
Playing spoto name something and every time you see it you say spoto.
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0 # Marina Pedler 2018-04-04 15:59
Everyone has their own entertainment device!
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0 # Patricia Falcon 2018-04-04 16:05
plug in the XBOX and PS4's for the kids - heaven !
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0 # Farrah Wigg 2018-04-04 16:20
Our favourite game is "Spotto" - you yell this out when you see a yellow car or truck and get points! The older kids simply put their ear phone in and listen to music - they're happy. For an extra long trip the kids like to watch a DVD on the portable DVD player - this is where the Belkin Road Rockstar car charger would come in handy!
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0 # Michelle Smit 2018-04-04 16:26
Individually packed snacks, wipes, an assortment of music, headphones, tablets & phones (with chargers), puzzles, books, a visual treasure hunt list & lots of patience.
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0 # Rebekah Bodkin 2018-04-04 16:28
Food, music and spotto (spot the yellow cars) - car rides are always fun and depending on how long it is, we make sure we have plenty of things to keep us occupied :)
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0 # Sue 2018-04-04 16:34
In between the "hop,skip and jump" intervals we play guess how many white cars, caravans, trucks etc. Winner gets to pick next song.
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0 # Peter d 2018-04-04 16:48
a good portable dvd for the kids to watch and coffee breaks for safety
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0 # Alex 2018-04-04 16:54
A great playlist with I-spy and also the number plate game.
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0 # Andrew Burge 2018-04-04 18:13
TWO MACHINES. One that releases natural endorphins to all occupants, the other, to release drip fed caffeine to the adults. Nothing like being high on the way or taking the highway.
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0 # Jenny Bross 2018-04-04 18:34
My tip is to make sure everyone is well fed,toileted has a
cool drink has a pillow and is ready for a nap. Every 1 and
half hours change drivers and if all goes well arrive at your
destination after an easy drive.
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0 # Juanita Munro 2018-04-04 19:53
Oh I love to multi task and keep everything going on point! This is a beauty of an idea for busy households and trips!
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0 # Nick perin 2018-04-04 20:06
make sure there's a wifi hotspot
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0 # Danielle Vogelsang 2018-04-04 21:08
My tip is to have 5 things per person. One favourite book, one favourite toy, one new item (toy/book/game etc), one game and their own music device.
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0 # debra sinclair 2018-04-05 09:31
Changing a word in a movie or song title to the word pants. Coming up with new and amusing titles. And, Figuring out what the true title is.
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0 # Jessica Ashbrooke 2018-04-05 11:31
i Have youngsters so singalongs, eye spy and plenty of unhealthy snacks help
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0 # Lisi 2018-04-05 14:49
Everyone has to bring their own "car bag" with snacks, books, card games and, of course, devices AND THE POWER CORDS!!! Bonus points for bringing a surprise item to entertain the rest of the family too :-)
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