Welcome to my spot at VT ...
As being a single parent I often do get the question whether I am nervous about taking my children on a (car) trip? Their excuse to ask me this question is that they would understand for me being alone, and most single parents are pretty nervous about it and usually won't undertake any journey at all. Well, I can honestly say that I would never ever deny myself (or my kids for that fact) a holiday, journey or anything else. Last summer I have been to Hinterstoder with Iris and Sam by car, which is about a 1100 km drive.
I've learned this over the years:
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! I told Iris and Sam: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
I only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. I have learned this, because I have been travelling with both my kids from the beginning. For example Iris was only 6 weeks young when I had my first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Because of this both Iris and Sam are being used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) have always been an easy kids to get along with.