Why are long car journeys so exhausting

Long drive with children: 6 tips

With our six tips you can easily master a long drive with your children:

  1. Prepare for a road trip with children
  2. Provide entertainment
    • Books
    • Games
    • Tablet & Co.
  3. Schedule regular breaks
  4. Pack the right provisions
  5. Use the children's sleep rhythm
  6. Prepare for travel sickness

1. Prepare for a road trip with children

Here's the best way to prepare for the ride:

  • Research child-friendly truck stops and rest areas.
  • Make the car more comfortable with pillows and blankets.
  • Buy a safe child seat that is comfortable even on long journeys.
  • Attach sun protection to the windows.
  • Secure luggage well so that no objects can fly through the car and endanger your children when you brake hard.
  • Get additional safety vests for children and dogs. They are not compulsory, but recommended.
  • Stow wet wipes, paper towels, garbage bags and changing clothes within easy reach.

Tip: Include your children in the planning. This will allow them to prepare for the trip and better understand what is in store for them.

2. Provide entertainment

So that your children don't get bored on the long drive, we have collected the best entertainment options for you:


  • Exciting stories to read (caution: can make you feel sick) or to read aloud
  • Coloring books (with a children's table that can be placed over the lap, especially for the car; caution: can cause nausea)
  • Audiobooks (a particularly good solution for children who are prone to travel sickness)


  • "I know something that you don't know": One player has to imagine an object and the others guess it by asking yes or no questions.
  • "Who am I?": Here people are not guessed, but not objects.
  • Thinking up stories about what you see, for example to the neighboring vehicle or the flock of sheep.
  • "I am packing my suitcase"
  • Small soft toys with Velcro can be "glued" to the ceiling or back seats.
  • Card games like Uno or Quartet

Tablet & Co.

  • Tablet holder for the headrest for watching movies
  • Children's games for the smartphone or tablet
  • Have a small photo session with tasks in the car (either with a small camera or mobile phone)

3. Schedule regular breaks

At least plan every two hours take a break for your children. It is best to stop at child-friendly rest stops with a playground or in the countryside a bit away from the motorway.

Give your children the opportunity to really let off steam. For example, you can use a Skipping rope or Rubber twist take. Also Babies should be regular on a playmat so properly stretch can.

Tip: Also plan longer breaks, for example at a swimming lake or a sight that your children will enjoy.

Important: After the breaks, make sure that your children not in a heavily air-conditioned car climb. This allows them to catch a cold quickly.

4. Pack the right provisions

Pack for long road trips with children light foods one that are not greasy. The advantage: They are not heavy in the stomach and your children will not feel sick. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, too. This makes your children more active and they find it difficult to calm down.

The following are particularly suitable as provisions:

  • Loaves of bread with cheese and lettuce
  • wraps
  • Vegetable sticks
  • fruit
  • nuts

Also pack enough to drink a. Even in traffic jams and the resulting longer journeys, drinks must not run out.

Attention: Let your children don't eat in the car, but during the breaks. This means that they do not feel sick so quickly and they do not choke in the event of sharp braking.

5. Use the children's sleep rhythm

Use your children's sleep rhythm on the road trip and drive long distances when they are normally tired. In this way, the children sleep while driving and the journey is less strenuous for them. At night the streets are usually free and you don't risk a traffic jam. If possible, do not drive longer than five hours a day.

Important: Get a good sleep yourself before the trip in order to be fit for the night drive.

6. Prepare for travel sickness

Nausea while driving is not uncommon. Travel sickness arises from the fact that you do not move yourself, but your sense of balance reports movement through the moving car.

This can help your children:

  • Look out the window so that your eyes and your sense of balance have a point of reference.
  • Do not give a tablet, book or smartphone to work, because then the eye reports the brain to a standstill and the sense of balance gets mixed up.
  • Let fresh air into the car regularly.
  • Give enough to drink.
  • Have a light meal before driving so that your stomach is not empty.

Have a spit bag handy in case of an emergency.

Relaxed on vacation

If you are relaxed as parents, it will also be easier for the children to calm down. In our guide "Vacation by car: 11 tips" you will find out how to get to your destination quickly and relaxed and which rules you have to observe in other countries.

So nothing stands in the way of a nice road trip with your children!

The Allianz Direct team wishes you a relaxed journey with your children!