Traveling with kids can be tough at the best of times. Throw in extra school holiday traffic, rising rates in accommodation and a long distance drive and you can be left pulling your hair out. Here, we've got a great range of travel tips and ideas for taking your kids away during school holidays. From organising day tours to a car checklist, we've got the tips you don't want to miss:
Car traveling checklist:
- Purchase a new toy and only give it to your child just as you are heading off. This will keep them amused and give them something to occupy them while you drive. Make sure that if it is battery operated you have already put batteries in or giving them a new toy that doesn't work could do more harm than good!
- Take lots of breaks to let your kids stretch their legs, use the bathroom and have something to eat.
- If you have a portable DVD player, pack a range of movies for them to watch in the back. This will help occupy them for hours of traveling time.
Keep these things on hand:
- Sanitiser- for when they are using public toilets and may not have soap to wash their hands with.
- A spare change of clothing- in case of any spills or if someone feels uncomfortable.
- Paper towels-these are great for wiping faces, mopping up spills and loads of other things.
- Pack lots of water and snacks- you may not be able to stop as soon as your child would like a drink or something to eat so make sure you have these on hand in case someone gets hungry or thirsty.
A family holiday during the school holidays is a great idea. But you don't want to be staying in couples only accommodation where there is nothing for the kids to do. Do your research to find out what facilities the place you are wanting to stay at has for kids.
It doesn't matter where you are holidaying, it's not a good idea to risk it and book activities as you go. The school holiday season means that a larger amount of people will be out and about taking their kids to all sorts of places. The last thing you want is to be waiting in a line for three hours or missing out completely on something.
For instance if you are going to the mountains you should book your Blue Mountains tour days if not weeks before hand so that you and your family don't miss out on doing the tour you want. Some are more child-friendly than others as well so keep this in mind too when making your booking.
Find out about road closures and festivals along the way
There can be lots of festivals and other activities that can hold up traffic or block off roads in country areas during the school holidays. Make sure you find out about any road closures ahead of time so you don't get stuck.
The school holidays are a great time to take the kids away for a break. I hope our list of tips has given you some useful ideas for making your next family trip during the school holidays a wonderful event for the whole family (including the parents).