Disclosure: this is a paid post for RACV sponsored by Nuffnang
If you are a longtime reader of Hip Little One you have probably noticed that we love exploring our Aussie backyard and we regularly enjoy little family getaways in some beautiful parts of Australia. Not everyone gets excited about the prospect of a 9 hour drive with 4 young kids in the car but we love it, in fact our latest road trip was just 3 weeks ago!
The key is planning ahead, so here are our 5 top tips for making your next car trip with kids as stress free as possible:
- Pack each child a small backpack with some books, games and a few single serve snacks so they can help themselves, it saves you turning around in your seat every 5 minutes
- Let the kids bring their favourite soft toy, pillow and a blanket, especially when travelling at night, so they can get comfortable and snuggle up for the ride. In the unfortunate event that you get stranded this will also help keep kids warm and makes them feel at ease.
- If you don’t have tinted windows, invest in a good sun shield for your side windows. Especially on long stretches children can get really hot, bothered (cranky!) and even sun burnt, which is not enjoyable for anyone
- Keep a few kids CDs in your glove compartment and/or install a portable DVD player with kids movies. After a few hours you may run out of inspiration and this will keep the kids quiet for a bit longer (maybe even help them fall asleep)
- Make sure you have an ’emergency’ bag on hand with wipes, toilet paper, water, travel sickness tablets, sick bags and a big shirt from daddy (this will fit all kids and if a little accident leaves you wet, sticky and smelly anything that’s dry and comfortable is better than nothing!)
Of course no matter how much you prepare, not everything always goes to plan and you wouldn’t be the first family who finds themselves stranded at the side of the road. Fighting kids, a hot car, no toilet or fresh water in sight, smoke from under the bonnet, a car that refuses to drive another kilometre and no one to call. You’ll be pleased to know that you can prepare for those unexpected situations too: just call someone who cares, call RACV.
RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance is always on call to help stranded Aussies out and, unlike many other ‘helpful’ people you may encounter on the side of the road, they know exactly what they’re doing. Don’t get caught out these Easter holidays and make sure your RACV Membership is up-to-date, the ‘heaps more helpful’ RACV team will have you back on the road to your holiday destination in no time.
To find out more about RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance and to see how RACV could help you on your next road trip visit www.racv.com.au.