Depending on your child's age, the length of the drive and how used to the car they are, a road trip can either be a non-event or a complete nightmare. Whether you are planning a Blue Mountains tour or a trip up the coast to see family, we've got some great road trip tips no parent should miss:
- Buy them a new toy- A great way to keep them occupied is to buy them a new toy and only give it to them as soon as you are all in the car and ready to go. This will definately keep them amused for some time. Make sure that if you need batteries for the toy you have them already in place or on hand.
- Leave early in the morning- Try to leave as early as possible, way before breakfast. Hopefully, you should be able to put them in the car so they can continue sleeping for a few hours before you have to start thinking about stopping for breakfast.
- Bring lots of snacks and drinks in the car- Your child is likely to want snacks and drinks between pit stops. Making sure you have these close at hand will mean you don't have to stop every time to get something out of the boot.
- Stop regularly-Stopping regularly not only helps the driver, but it will also help the kids with the long journey. Getting out, stretching the legs and using the bathroom really helps to break up the trip.
- Bring lots of pillows and blankets- The more comfortable your kids are, the more likely they are to rest and sleep.
- Bring a portable DVD player- Keeping the kids occupied for a few hours with a movie or two is a great way to get some good driving time in with little to no distractions.
- Play games- There are heaps of fun games you can enjoy playing with your kids while driving. I-Spy is an old classic and still a good one!
- Book accommodation on the way-If you plan to make stops along the way, make sure you book your accommodation in advance, especially if you are travelling during peak times. The last thing you want is for the kids to be upset and your unable to stop for the night.
- Have your car checked- Before you embark on any road trip, it's so important that you have your car serviced and checked over for any issues.
- Make sure your boot has a number of essential items- These include things like a torch, antibacterial wipes, bottles of water and of course a spare tire.
From short day tours to long road trips down the coast, travelling with small children can be a challenge. If you implement at least some of the above tips however, you are guaranteed to have a smoother, much more enjoyable family holiday, Scout's honour.