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Long car journeys with children can be a real adventure! It was an experiment for us as a family to drive down to Austria and Croatia for our vacation instead of taking a plane as we usually would have done. Ahead of us was a real long car journey. But despite the heat and the traffic jams I would do it any time again because there are a few tricks to bypass the time.

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Rubber bands to hold tablets

a cheap tablet holder

First of all, I need to compliment my husband! Daddy had installed great holders for the kids tablets that can be easily attached and that save a lot of money! Our children are allowed to watch movies or listen to audio plays on long drives. Just take thick rubber bands and place them around the head rests. In goes the tablet – done! This installation doesn’t even budge on bumpy roads!

 

Attention: if you want to download movies for your kids you should do that at home as these services as well as youTube ect. are generally blocked abroad.

well prepared with puke bags

On our way to Austria our little daughter felt sick unfortunately. But we were also prepared for that. We had placed little plastic bags in the interior dents of the back doors which absorbed most of it. Not a very tasteful topic, sorry!

It took us 9 hours for the 480 kilometers between Porec and Chiemsee, we were basically permanently in a traffic jam. Our average speed was 45 kilometres an hour with an outside temperature of 30 degrees Celcius. Actually we had divided our route into 5 to 6 hours drive sections. I am a personal fan of stop overs. Much better then to drive at night when the kids don’t sleep well and the grown-ups not at all. Okey maybe you reach your destination earlier but you are also totally exhausted.

long car journeys and playing games

Four hours for a few kilometers as the controls at the boarders became much stricter.

As a family we played games while we were driving such as “I see something you don’t see” (surely a classic) or “I pack my suitcase” and we also tried to guess what the clouds looked similar to.

We loved to be flexibel at our destination and also to be able to jump into a lake in between and to drink a coffee peacefully on the road.

Through this the time in the car did not turn into an endurance test but to a truly adventurous long car journey.

sleep over

For the distance Porec – Chiemsee (480 km) we needed 9 hours as we were practically all the time in a traffic jam.

traffic jam

Our average speed was 45 km/h with an outside temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. We had actually chosen sections of 5-6 hours to drive so that we wouldn’t spend more hours in the car.

I can totally recommend sleep overs! Much better than driving through the night when the children never sleep well and  the grown-ups not at all.

You might reach your destinations earlier but you are also really exhausted.

long car journeys and playing games

As a family we played a lot during our journey. “now you see me” (probably a classic) or “I pack my suitcase” as well as guessing clouds.

Two that kiss each other…

We loved to be mobile at our destination and also to be able to hop into a beautiful lake during our trip and to have some coffee peacefully.

Swimming break in Chiemsee

Like this our journey didn’t turn into an endurance test but into a real adventure.

We wish all families wonderful Eastern holidays!

 

 

 

Perfect break kit

 

 

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