Car rental with children

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Travelling abroad with children can be a tremendous experience, but might change easily into a nightmare. Here are some recommendations that will help you turn your family's trip into a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Choosing a comfortable car group isn't just a matter of how many passengers are travelling in it. How much luggage do you have? Do you intend to bring strollers? If so, you should consider a station wagon or a minivan, which provide enough back seat and trunk space. Remember that a crowded car can become an obstacle, especially in long trips.
  • Aggressive and nervous drivers are everywhere, not just in Israel. Even in short drives, it is mandatory that small children are seated in a fitted booster or child seat. Taking a baby with you? It is recommended that you bring your own seat with you.
  • According to car rental driving regulations, helpdesk employees are forbidden from arrange boosters/child seat for you, therefore, this responsibility is solely yours. Each time you enter the car, it's important to check that the boosters/child seat is properly secure and can accommodate the seat belt. Try to shake the seat, if it is still unstable, readjust it further. Before hitting the road, make sure that shoulders' straps and waist belts are fitted as well.
  • On long journeys it is advised to choose the easiest and fastest route. Look at a map or your GPS navigator system and check for course. Is it a plain road? Is it well lighted? Does it have dangerous curves? Is it a motorway or a narrow road? Remember that you don't know the roads and the you need to concentrate on the road - not the back seat.
    It is vital to make stops along the way to eat, drink and refresh.
  • Make sure you have a snacks and toys in the car, as well as a trash bag, tissues and baby-wipes. A first aid kit in the glove box in a must.
  • It is not advised to leave toys or luggage in the car. In case of an accident, these objects might endanger you and your children.
  • Going on a summer vacation? Remember that the car's interior might overheat. Cover the booster/child seat and other objects when you leave the car.


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Car Games

  • I Spy

    One player says, "I spy with my little eye something... (color/shape/starts with a certain letter)," and the others have to guess what they've spotted.

  • License Plate Game

    Try to spot license plates from as many different states or countries as possible. Keep a checklist and mark off each one you see.

  • 20 Questions

    One person thinks of something, and the others get 20 questions to figure out what it is. The person can only answer "yes" or "no."

  • Would You Rather?

    Players take turns asking "Would you rather" questions, e.g., "Would you rather fly like a bird or swim like a fish?"

  • Car Bingo

    Prepare bingo cards with items you might see on a trip (e.g., a red barn, a police car, a cow). Players mark off items when they see them.

  • Story Round-Robin

     One person starts a story with a sentence, and each player adds onto the story with their own sentence. It can lead to some wild and entertaining tales!

  • Alphabet Game

    Find something outside the car that starts with each letter of the alphabet, in order. For example, "A" could be "apple tree," "B" could be "barn," and so on.

  • Find the Car Color

    Choose a color, and everyone has to spot cars of that color. The first person to find 10 wins!

  • Silent Game

    See who can stay quiet the longest. This one's a bit of a break for the adults in the car, too!

  • Sing-Along

    Play some favorite tunes and have a family sing-along.

  • Guess the Song

    Play a song and see who can guess the title or the singer the fastest.

  • Tunnel Hold Your Breath

     Every time you go through a tunnel, try to hold your breath the entire way. Make sure to do this safely!

  • Cow Count

    Split the car into two teams, each taking one side of the road. Count how many cows you see on your side. If you pass a graveyard on your side, your team loses all its cows and starts over.

  • Category Game

    Choose a category (e.g., animals, fruits, countries) and take turns naming something from that category

  • Two Truths and a Lie

     Each person says three statements about themselves: two true and one false. The others have to guess which statement is the lie.

These games are not only entertaining but also help to stimulate the mind and encourage family bonding. Remember, the journey can be just as fun as the destination! Safe travels!

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