Top tips to help parents when it comes to travelling with kids
These top tips for travelling on the road with your children will help to create a more relaxed journey. Whether it is a short trip, or a full trip around Australia. The more you plan, the less stressed you will be!
- Be Prepared
Make sure that your car is full of treats for the kids. It will also end up saving you a fortune as you won’t be buying expensive snacks from service stops. If you’re planning on a long journey, the night before charge any iPad’s etc. You never know what you are going to drive past on your trip so ensure you have swimmers, sunscreen and hats.
- First Aid
Have a first aid kit easily accessible within the car and if your children get car sick make sure you have enough medication – but try to give it to them before you leave. A plastic bucket will never go astray and have plenty of wet wipes on hand. If your kids tend to get ear infections etc. get a preventative script from the doctor before you leave.
- Be Flexible
You don’t want to put pressure on your trip by having a set time to get to your destination. You can think about things like when you’re going to leave, where you will stop along the way in relation to the age of your children. For example if you have a baby you can take into account their sleep routine, or how long your toddler can sit still in a car for.
- Stop Frequently
People tend to try not to stop too much along the way as it makes the trip longer, but in the end it will make for a much happier road trip if you children aren’t complaining about being in the car for too long at a time. It is obvious that where you stop will need to have toilets but try to find places that have playgrounds, or grass areas where your kids can burn off some of their energy. In NSW the RMS has a map of roadside rest areas that have details of their facilities: sear for “rest area map” at rms.gov.au. You can also find similar maps and details from the RACV for Victoria (racv.com.au) and at qld.gov.au for Queensland.
- Don’t always stick to highways
It can be tempting to stay on the highway as it will get you to your destination quicker but you never know what you will find when you get off the beaten track. Take an exit through a town that you have never heard of, it’s nice to discover new places with your kids.
- In-Car Entertainment
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on in-car DVD players for the back of the seats, think about bringing along their iPads and either pre-buying movies or TV series that they love, or buy a WIFI card for them to watch Netflix. Audio CDs are another way to keep your kids occupied, or if they don’t get car sick you can pre-pack a bag of activity and colouring-in books.