Staycations in the UK are a fun way to explore an array of secret wonders on these shores and bring the family together.

But with some of the best staycation spots dotted around the UK, you might have to strap yourself in for a long car trip with the family.

However, before the “are we there yet?” questions start to ring around your ears, there are a few simple ways to turn long distance driving into an epic and headache free adventure.


In-car entertainment


Whether it’s kitting your car out with the best sounding audio system or in-car DVD players, investing in entertainment options for your little one can keep them smiling all the way to your chosen staycation destination.

Need a hand fitting your latest in-car gadget? Luckily, we offer an audio and car fitting installation service from only £30, so there’s no need for added stress before your staycation.


Make time for detours


Before you embark on any long distance driving trip, always do your research. While your staycation destination may have some wonderful things to do, your child could have to wait for hours before they get to experience all the fun. And in their world, a few hours feels like an eternity!

Merlin Entertainment seems to have a theme park or attraction in a lot of key geographical areas in the UK, while most bigger cities usually have a zoo.

Or if you’re bringing your bikes to your staycation destination, why not tire your little one out with a bike ride and a picnic. Take a look at our top traffic-free cycle routes for more inspiration, or shop for picnic equipment and kids bikes to make sure you’re kitted out.


Road trip bingo


Ditch rubbish I Spy games and try keeping your child stimulated with a game of road trip bingo. If you’re extra organised, you could create actual bingo cars containing certain things you’d expect to see on a long distance drive.

This can include sheep, cows, a red car or even planes.

Road trip bingo should bring out their competitive side and make sure they keep their eyes firmly peeled on their surroundings instead of the clock.


Encourage naptime


While you can’t force your kid to sleep, you can certainly encourage it by investing in a travel pillow or head support.

Built for comfort, you can pop on some calming mellow music on your audio player and hopefully, they’ll fancy a nap before their big staycation adventure begins.

Even if they don’t decide to sleep, at least you’ll have a peace of mind knowing they are travelling in comfort.


Don’t forget about your four-legged friend


Planning on bringing your dog on your next staycation? Then it’s important to plan ahead. After all, dogs are like kids to a lot of us!

The BringoFido app is the ideal app for planning dog-friendly holidays. You can find hundreds of hotels, fun trails for walkies, gorgeous beaches, plus much more to get your dog’s tail wagging.

It’s also worth thinking about the journey itself as well. Embarking on a long windy car journey down country lanes isn’t exactly comfortable for your furry friend. So investing in a Dog Car Harness can help keep them strapped in and safe while on their travels.

If you have a full car already, the Halfords Mesh Headrest Dog Guard will allow you to keep your four-legged friend in the boot of the car and let your kids relax in peace in the back.

Or for pampered pooches, our range of dog seat covers provide a luxury alternative to car travel, as well as keeping your vehicle’s interior in tip-top condition.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, check out our ‘Best Traffic Free UK Cycling Routes’ blog.