Road trips can be a fun and exciting way to bond with your family, but they can also be long and tiresome if you’re not prepared.

Before you set off, take some time to plan ahead. Here are just a few ideas to help keep the whole car[go] happy during the drive.

For more tips and tricks on UK family getaways, take a look at our multigenerational getaway guide.

Audiobooks & Podcasts

Listening to an audiobook can be a great way to pass the time on a long road trip. There are many options available from classic literature to modern bestsellers such as Harry Potter.

If audiobooks aren’t your thing, podcasts cover a variety of topics, from science and history to comedy and storytelling. All can be accessed by downloading apps such as Spotify, Acast or BBC Sounds.

Car Fun & Games

Whether it be the old family favourite of ‘I Spy’ or a slightly more advanced technological gadget, games and entertainment are a great way to pass the time.

If the kids are avid readers, why not surprise them with a new book to get stuck into? If they are film fanatics; you load up films on your portable tablet to transform the vehicle into a makeshift cinema.

Prepare for Illness

Car sickness affects around one in five children, but in the packing chaos, appropriate medication and supplies can sometimes be forgotten.

If you’ve left things behind – don’t panic! Make sure that the car is well ventilated, and that those affected are looking out of the window instead of focusing on books or toys, at least until they feel better.

Take a Break

We understand the excitement for arriving at your destination, especially if it is to a rural retreat like Marrington Estate.

If you’re planning your route; decide on a few activities to do along the way, such as visiting a National Trust property, a historic site or local attraction. This will give the whole family something to look forward to and make the trip more exciting.

Road Trip Snacks

Snacks for the car are an essential part of any road trip, at whatever age!

From homemade snacks or sweets galore; making sure everyone is well-fuelled and hydrated is one of the fundamental elements of ensuring a happy road trip.