"No! We're Not There Yet!"- Surviving the Family Road Trip
The road trip has long been a quintessential Australian family holiday and a great way to see our large country! Even though air travel is now more affordable than ever, the family road trip is still just as popular as ever!
Traveling by car with the family can be a great way to spend quality time together, but it can also be stressful. Increase your chances of a fun, stress-free and safe road trip holiday by following these simple tips:
Beat boredom with child's play. "Are we there yet?" What is it about these words that go straight to a parent's spine? Keep kids entertained with some great car games and travel friendly activities that make getting where you're going half the fun. Portable and compact toys and games are ideal (and ones that don’t have small pieces that can easily be dropped on the car floor or fall under car seats).
Magnetic play scenes and design boards, books and activity set for drawing and colouring (don’t forget something for them to lean on), also sticker books, puzzle books, water colouring books, journals and small toys. Kooshy Kids Ultimate Travel Kits are designed for hours of entertainment, packed full of age appropriate activities to keep children happy and occupied. Then there is also your Ipads and Tablets for watching movies and playing games. But don’t forget about the car game classics such as the license plate game, "I Spy" and the alphabet game! These will keep energetic kids in good spirits and actively engaged, no matter how long the journey.
Keep them comfortable. Adding an extra bit of comfort to their car journey may mean the kids travel happily for that extra bit longer. Keep a small blanket in the car in case they get cold or want to cuddle up for nap. A kids neck pillow is also a good idea. Although it’s mostly used in planes, the Kooshy Kids inflatable travel Kooshion is also ideal for family road trips, little legs to rest on the cushion rather than dangle from the car seat and older kids can use it to have more flat space for playing.
Stop smart. When stopping at rest stops, make sure it's just your kids getting back in the car and not the bacteria and germs they pick up in the bathroom. Bring products that keep your family healthy, such as hand sanitizer and baby wipes, to kill germs that can be transferred from the rest rooms to the surfaces in your car. To prepare for those inevitable spills and "oops" moments, keep paper towels or wet wipes closeby in the car.
Eat right. Sure, you can stop at the fast food restaurants along with most other people on the road. As you probably are aware, fast food dining doesn't always offer the healthiest choices. Instead, keep your family's bellies full with snacks that you can eat right in the car, such as trail nut mix, popcorn, pretzels, bottles of water, and fruit. These easy, convenient snacks are yummy (for them) and healthy (for you).
Keep everyone happy. Pick a destination that has fun activities for all ages. While it's tempting to head for the place that the kids will love, make sure there's something for mum, dad and grandma to do as well.
Family holidays can be chaotic but immensely rewarding. If you keep these tips in mind, you can help ensure safe and happy travels-at least until you get there.