Hitting the road with the family over the break is the preferred holiday option for many Aussie families and it’s easy to see why. Road trips provide some quality bonding time and avoid the torment that can be airline travel with kids.
But it’s important to make sure you tick off everything on the ‘to do’ list before you go- otherwise things could go seriously pear shaped. But where to start? Luckily, we’ve done that bit for you with our handy weekend checklist for family road trips. You can thank us later.
It’s all very well and good to say ‘back in my day, we had to stare out the window for entertainment’, but the truth is you probably moaned and groaned about it for 14 hours straight. Not something I’d put myself through voluntarily. Why punish yourselves when we have modern technology at our disposal? Make sure the iPads are charged well in advance (and get yourself an in-car charger) and upload new content to keep the kids interested. To ease your mind, a lot of apps available are educational as well. Tick.
But it doesn’t all have to be screen based. Just make sure you have enough on hand to keep the kids interested so to avoid the ‘I’m booooorrreeedddd’ groans from the backseat.
There are heaps of clever car trip ideas available online, like DVD cases which have been turned into drawing and colouring boxes with the help of a butcher's clip, some paper and some textas glued inside the lid.
For no-mess car options look for ‘magic colouring in’ packs in supermarkets and department stores. The textas are clear (car seats safe) but ‘magically’ transform when used with the right paper. I’ve also found huge success with the good old-fashioned etch-a-sketch-type boards which you can pick up for as little as $10.
And snacks, always pack extra snacks. If you’re feeling particularly mean you could try this one to get the kids to behave. At the start of the trip place a bag of lollies of chocolates on the dashboard. Each time the kids misbehave throw one out the window. They get to keep what's left. Parenting genius.