Kids are notorious for getting bored when they're stuck in the car, even if you're headed to an epic summer getaway. So here are a few ideas to keep the younger members of the family suitably entertained on long journeys. All you need is your smartphone.
Download entertainment in advance
Take some time before your journey to visit TalkTalk TV Store and download some great films and TV shows to watch on the road. You can download to iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices over Wi-Fi before you leave, which means you won't need to use up your mobile data allowance.
Even more choice with iPlayer
BBC iPlayer also lets you download programmes for up to 30 days. Taking a trip to the zoo? Choose a show about their favourite animals to fill them with facts they can tell you later. Driving past famous historical landmarks? Get them in the mood with a great history programme for kids.
Are we there yet?
The high-tech mapping and navigation tools on your smartphone could be the perfect way to teach some geography as you make your journey across the country. Get them to drop a pin at your destination and then track the journey, identifying famous places en route.
Bring the classic road trip game right up to date. The kids can take it in turns to snap a photo and upload it to your social media or family chat group (like WhatsApp) with the first letter of what they spied as a clue. Challenge your friends to guess what's being thought of in the photo. Hardest one to guess is the winner.
Be the quizmaster
Every sight you see on your journey is an opportunity to get the kids searching and learning from the internet. Just driven past a sign for Cambridge? They could take it in turns to search for an interesting fact about that city. Been overtaken by a Ferrari? Challenge them to find out which country it's from. Being lashed by torrential rain? Get them to discover why it falls from the sky.
The alphabet challenge
In the original version of the game, the kids would shout out the road signs, advertising hoardings and business names they saw in alphabetical order, from A to Z. In the rebooted version of this game, they can try to snap 26 photos in order, from A to Z, and maybe upload them to an online album.
A child acts out their charade as a selfie video, passing the phone to another passenger who has to guess what on earth they were trying to convey. Apart from this being a relatively silent game, another bonus is the collection of ridiculous videos you'll be able to enjoy at the end of your journey.
Don't forget the power pack
Maybe your car has all the charging sockets you need. If not, investing in an external battery could prove invaluable to keep mobile devices running for the duration of your journey.
Keep them connected
If your kids are using Wi-Fi enabled devices such as tablets, you might consider investing in a MiFi device to keep them all connected to the internet. These battery powered routers will deliver 3G or 4G LTE to nearby devices.