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Driving down to the south of France with 6, 4 and 2 yr old - mad or not?

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3sEnough Sun 25-Feb-07 13:12:26

Hi - I've always steered clear of long haul driving but my dh thinks it could be a good idea this year - he want to buy a dvd player and go for it. All and any advice, yes's, no's and 'you're mad's' welcomed.

nappyaddict Sun 25-Feb-07 13:20:23

my friend did it with a 3 and 5 year old. she said never again, but mainly because her kids couldn't cope with the heat and weren't used to it.

crunchie Sun 25-Feb-07 13:20:40

we've done it with 2 kids, from when they were 4 and 2. In-car DVD is vital, make sure you find headphones they all feel comfortable with. Perahaps with 3 kids you mayneed to look at getting 2 or at least one with 2 screens. We tend to find ours go into a stupour after about 1.5 hrs driving so we often push on and do 4 hr streches. However plan to stop every 2 or 3 hrs. Also make sure you do stop and make the journey part of the holiday.

franca70 Sun 25-Feb-07 13:40:54

Last summer we (actually dh was the one doing the driving) drove from devon to northern italy, admittedly just with two dc (then 4 and 2). We did it without a dvd and a stereo! Have to say that I read so many books and sang so many songs that by the time we got to Italy I had completely lost my voice. (therefore I forced dh to buy a stero for the journey back...). We drove for 3hrs stretches. Lots of snacks. We stopped a few times to see some castles. And luckily they also fell asleep... good luck!

aznerak Sun 25-Feb-07 13:52:18

We drive to the South of France often with 2 kiddies - currently 5 and 2. Definately get the DVD player. It is fine!

themoon66 Sun 25-Feb-07 13:55:55

I'd recommend it. We did it every year from DS being 3 to him becoming a teenager. His sister is 4 years older.

This was in the days before DVD players and such. I used to start stocking up on bits and bobs for a few weeks before hand, so I had a lovely bag of tricks to keep them amused. Colouring books, washable crayola felt tips (new sets of felt tips always a treat) puzzle books and tapes. Plus plenty of fruit and non-sugary/sticky drinks.

Stop every 2 to 3 hours. Stop were there are fields or somewhere to chase around and play tig or something.

Spread the drive over 2 days and stop overnight in Dijon. Once we made it all the way to Lyon in a day, but it was a hard slog.

We used to go to northern spain camping. God I miss those holidays!

smellymelly Sun 25-Feb-07 13:57:22

Yes do it!! But absolutely buy the dvd player - that is how we do it... it saves us from going mad.

fortyplus Sun 25-Feb-07 13:58:19

Only if your car has air conditioning and you don't mind stopping every 2-3 hours for a leg stretch.
DVD definitely a great idea. Also - can you drive at times when they will sleep?

NotanOtter Sun 25-Feb-07 14:00:29

we did it - left at midday arrived s o f at 6 am
only stopped for petrol and ferry but it was ok- kids moaned a bit but survived...

3sEnough Sun 25-Feb-07 20:25:49

Hey thanks guys - I expected a few more 'never agains' (perhaps I will be one after this year!) Really, really many thanks - makes it seem positively fine!!

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