The Great Family Road Trip

Monday, January 4, 2010

Australia has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.  We have the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rainforest.  So much to see and do.

And what better way to explore this country than in a good old fashioned road trip!  You know you want to try it.


See this on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria.


It seems most parents face the family road trip with some trepidation.

You can almost hear it now.

"He touched me."


"I did not."


"You did too."


"You're lying."


"He touched me again."


"You did it first."


"Ow, quit it!"


"You quit it."


"MUM!"


Forget everything you've seen.  Your trip doesn't have to be based on National Lampoons Family Vacation.



Here are some tips for your survival.

1.  Do the prep work a few day before.  Try to minimise the clothes that you take.  Most kids are happy to live in the same clothes for days.


"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money." - Susan Heller



Fill up the car with fuel.  Pack bags to put in the boot but also organise travel packs to keep in the car with you.



For you -

Wet wipes, an absolute god send.  Kids get pretty grimy, even if they're buckled in.
Lip Balm
Drinking water
Hand cream
Eye cream
Hand sanitizer
Mints
Fashion magazines or a fat book
Travel pillow
A thermos of coffee.
Sunglasses
Your favourite music.  A car trip is a great way to get the kiddies acquainted with your favourite tunes.  Sing.  Loudly.

YOUR CAMERA.  Document the heck out of your trip.  You never know what you'll see on the road.



For the kids -

Try to avoid a DVD player.  Chat to your kids, sing, play games and prepare activity bags.  Fill them with books, stickers, stuffed toys.
Change of underwear.  Trust me it happens.
A pillow and their favourite blanket.  The car is a great place for a nap.
Water
Snacks and bribes.



For everyone -

Snacks.  Stock up on supplies to stifle even the heartiest appetite.  Include fruit, sandwiches and treats.  You'll save lots of cash and avoid the dreaded service station sandwich.
Water
More wet wipes.  Trust me, they come in handy for everything.

2. Leave at the crack of Dawn.  We're talking 5am.  The roads are clear and the kids will still be sleepy. A few hours napping in the car and you're off to the perfect start.

3.  Most important tip -


Relax.

Be prepared to change your plans.  Have a rough itinerary but remember things happen.  If you have any problems, let someone else organise your accommodation.

Enjoy it.

Road trips with the family are often a great adventure and will provide you with memories for a lifetime.



What are your tips?

3 comments:

Cop Mama January 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

What great ideas! I guess the best tip I can share is if you can't leave at the crack of dawn, then leave right when your kids are ready for their nap (I have little ones that still nap.)

By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a follower now too :-)

The Girl With A Suitcase January 8, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Definitely a great tip! We have little ones are selves and the only way to stay sane is to try and do most of the trip while they are sleeping! Dont be turned off by travelling just be smarter about how you do it!

P.S Your welcome - love your blog!

Jenilee January 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

What a great blog post for traveling with a family!! we travel often with our girls and I echo your tips! :)

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