5 tips for hitting the road with kids

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Mar 232015
 

RACV

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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.

Nov 202014
 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Did you know there are only 4 weeks left of this school term? Before you know it it’s time for Summer holidays and we’ve found the perfect holiday read that is sure to keep the kids quiet (aside from a loud laugh here and there!), check out the newest title in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series:

The Long Haul

Author Jeff Kinney has gained a huge following through his best selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and fans around the globe have waiting for Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (RRP $14.99) to hit the shelves. Great news, you can stop counting down because it’s here!

For Greg Heffley it’s school holidays too and he is looking forward to doing absolutely nothing, except his mum has different ideas and decides to take the family on a road trip. Inspired by her favourite family magazine she has come well prepared with healthy snacks, a potty for Manny, interesting and educational car games, a Spanish language course and of course a ban on electronic devices, not exactly things Greg gets excited about.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Of course it wouldn’t be Diary of a Wimpy Kid worthy if the road trip wasn’t full of interesting and hilarious events. From stinky socks and fried butter on a stick to a bearded (and rather frightening) stranger and even a little piggy passenger, the Heffley family road trip is one that has to be read to be believed. Priced at $14.99 The Long Haul is a fabulous stocking filler for your young reader.

To find out more Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to browse the different titles in the series and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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