Whether you’re taking your car or a campervan, hitting the road with the family is a great way to form strong bonds and enjoy each other’s company in an interesting environment. However, being stuck with each other inside a vehicle for long hours can be quite trying, especially without the right prior preparation. To help you avoid feeling the pressure while on holiday, here are a few pieces of advice that you can use to tour the country with your kids and still have a great time while doing so.
Plan in Moderation
While you might be in the mood for filling your journey with hundreds of sightseeing stops, remember that children have far less patience. Often, they don’t want to be trudging from place to place, being bundled in and out of the car or campervan. While you can certainly visit a number of attractions each day, make sure there is ample time to park your motorhome and relax as well. This Australian road trip will be about bonding with your family too, so make sure that you have time to just chill out together that doesn’t involve visiting local roadside attractions. Go for a swim, take a picnic, just park your vehicle at a scenic viewpoint; there are plenty of ways in which you can see the sights and relax with your loved ones.
Pack the Right Gear
Before you leave on your trip, make sure that you have everything you need. If you’re taking a campervan, your job is made much easier as you’ll have plenty of storage space inside your vehicle. A few weeks before you depart, sit down and write a list of what you might need for the journey. Remember that your family’s enjoyment depends on the items you pack with you for the upcoming driving adventure. That way, when you finalize your campervan rental in Australia, you can then set off confident that you haven’t forgotten anything at home. To help you, here are some of the most important items that you’ll need to bring along on your upcoming road trip:
• Extra munchies to eat in the car
• Water or juice to keep hydrated
• Spare clothes for cold weather, food spills, etc.
• Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses
• Insect repellent
• First aid kit
• Travel games, notepad and pen
• Smartphone, tablet and MP3 player
If you’re travelling with very young children, you’ll also need to fit a baby seat or capsule into the appropriate spot. While renting a campervan, make sure to ask the attendant which models can safely accommodate an extra baby seat and whether these are even provided by the motorhome rental firm. If not, there are always other companies which offer a variety of baby travel equipment which allows you to keep the little one safe and comfortable while spending hours out on the road.
Stay in Charge
While this may seem obvious, it can be all too easy to acquiesce to your child’s demands while you’ve been stuck with them screaming for hours in a small vehicle. If they start to get uncomfortable and stressed, pull over and give them a break by all means. If they fail to listen to reason however, it is best to just keep on going especially if you only have a short distance to your destination. Also remember that you can’t stop off at every attraction that your kids want to see. It is important to form a balance, visiting sites that everyone will enjoy without destroying your planned itinerary. Give yourself some flexibility but remain strict to your schedule so you don’t fall behind.
Author Bio: Travelcar, a campervan hire Melbourne company Travel Car Centre also offers combo camper, 4 wheel drives, and other vehicles for hire.