Travelling in the car with children can be quite stressful at times so I've come up with a list of my 5 must have items to make car journey's a little more enjoyable.
Number one on the list is a good quality, comfortable car seat, if your children are comfortable and you know they're safely strapped in it makes them and you feel a whole lot better on your journey. We have the Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Car Seat for Summer and we love it, it's great value for money as it can be used rear facing from birth and then forward facing up to the age of 4 years old. It has 4 different recline positions which is great for when Summer falls asleep and has very deep, padded side wings for maximum protection and comfort. The seat cover is washable which is great if your kids like to snack in the car as they can get quite dirty and the harness has a built in alarm in the buckle which goes off if your little one is attempting to release it.
The next item is the Little Tikes Seat Pal which fastens to the arm rest of booster seats with velcro straps and provides handy storage for snacks, drinks and toys. It's also washable and water resistant and for just £5 it's a total bargain.
If you're wanting to keep your kids entertained during long car journeys then nothing beats a portable dvd player, they strap to the head rest of the front seats and the kids can watch their favourite dvds and listen through their headphones leaving you to enjoy a stress free drive.
Another thing that always keeps my kids quiet are snacks, at the moment Riley loves his mini Oreos and a Fruit Shoot and Summer loves Organix Carrot Sticks and cooled boiled water. I always make sure I bring snacks out with us as they are guaranteed to keep them happy for at least a little while.
And lastly if you're going to have snacks in the car then you'll definitely need baby wipes to clean up afterwards, my current favourites are the Water Wipes as they're completely natural and are nice and thick so they clean things up really well, I always keep a pack handy in the car ready to wipe dirty hands and faces.