Imagine hitting the open road, a perfectly curated playlist streaming through the surround sound and the promise of a relaxing beach at the end of your journey.
Ah, bliss. I can almost taste the salty air.
Now picture a spirited toddler strapped in their car seat, with a six-month-old in the capsule next to them.
It’s not exactly... the calmest road trip, but it is an adventure. Yes, it’s hard travelling with kids. There’s no denying that. But as I say to people who question our decision to travel so much with little ones: you’re parenting regardless, you may as well do it whilst exploring a new location.
My daughter was born early 2021. And being in Western Australia that meant not only were we not allowed to travel overseas; we were also closed off to the rest of Australia. Determined to scratch the itch of travelling, I took her on her inaugural road trip by myself when she was three months old. Once I’d tackled that first adventure, I felt more confident taking more.
She’s now almost three and has been on a dozen road trips around WA. My son joined our family – and the road trips – six months ago. It meant we’ve had to adapt our travel to suit a baby’s needs (and considered upping our safety on the road with the GWM Haval H6). So, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about how to make your trip as cruisy as possible.
Here’s my list of road trip hacks I swear by every time we travel.