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How to Entertain the Kids on Long Road Trips

Road trip activities for kids

Long road trips with children can be painful, and parents are undoubtedly going to get tired of hearing 'Are we there yet?' If you're preparing for a long drive, here is a list of activities that will keep kids busy in the car.

Car games

It's an old classic, but it's still effective. While now we have plenty of technological devices to keep kids entertained in the car, you'd be surprised at how an old-fashioned car game can still pass the time. Everyone remembers "I Spy", which in some remote locations can be a bit of a challenge.

If you're travelling in the outback and running out of scenery, give 20 Questions a go. All you have to do is think of a person, place or thing and the others play in the car will guess. It's always fun to try and spot different models of car and seeing how many you can get, or see if you can spot a vehicle from each state. If you've got the radio playing, trying to guess the song is also a fun and competitive way to make the trip go faster.

Apps & movies

Why not take advantage of modern technology? Now that we can take our phones and tablets along with us in the car, there are plenty of family-friendly apps to keep the kids entertained. With apps for reading, learning, and simple but addictive games, the time will fly by.

A good movie is still one of the best ways to amuse the kids. Download a selection of Disney's greatest hits and you will be ready to go. You can download movies directly to your tablet, meaning you can prepare in advance by making a list of your children's favourite film titles.


Packing a few healthy treats for the road is always a good idea. Particularly in Australia, when long drives can involve hundreds of kilometres in between destinations. Looking for some ideas of healthy snacks? Here are some of our favourites:

  • Granola bars
  • Fresh fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Muffins
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Popcorn

Colouring & activity books

Before their was apps and video screens built into cars, kids were perfectly entertained with completing a crossword in an activity book, or colouring their own masterpieces.

Whichever methods you choose, make sure you enjoy the road trip and stop along the way. After all, on a road trip it is more about the journey than the destination!