Road tripping with kids over the holidays? We do quite a lot of road trips and here are our tips to help make it a fun trip.
🚙Give the kids maps.
Learning how to read a map is a great skill to have and kids will have fun looking out for place signs and keeping track of progress. Most importantly, you have turned the tables on the whole ‘Are we there yet?’ caper so this is the most import road trip tip ever.
This is a very easy game to play, you just keep a tally of all the motorbikes and bicycles you see along the way. We play it with whiteboard markers on the windows but you could just as easily play with pen and paper. Even really little kids can join in with this one. The best part is that this teaches you to always look for bikes, kids will grow up never being able to stop playing this game in their head. (I know beacause I can’t stop either 😄).
Old metal lunchboxes make great little travel packs for small toys and games. I’ve glued a Lego base board inside the lid of one and filled it with random Lego pieces and this is perfect backseat entertainment. They also work well with magnet toys, stationary, loom bands and all sorts of things you’d rather be a bit contained.
🚙Research good rest stops.
If it’s a long trip you will want to pick some good rest stops to stretch the legs. Many rural towns have a novelty ‘big thing’ or a good playground or a lighthouse etc. do a quick Google or Instagram search and make the breaks something to look forward to.
🚙Pack Sick Bags.
Even if your kids don’t get car sick, pack them anyway. A full day of windy roads can test the toughest stomach.
If you are taking technology make sure it is fully, and evenly charged. You don’t want one Walkman going flat before the other one. And favour devices that you can charge on the go with the USB or lighter ports in the car. Remember the headphones too!
🚙Flying Gummi Bears of Adventure
Gummi Bears stick to windows and look like they are flying through the air as you drive. It’s ridiculous but if your kids love it half as much as mine it’s worth doing. Just make sure you take them off before you wind the windows down!
🚙Ration the Goods
Try to keep things aside, or in the boot, so you can pull out something new at different points on trip. Books, snacks, really anything that they didn’t know was packed.
🚙Play the word game ‘I went shopping...’
This is our favourite word game for road trips. One person starts off with I went shopping and bought <something starting with A> The next person has to remember the A item and add a B item and you keep going through the whole alphabet. You can make it more of a challenge by choosing a specific shop such as Bunnings or Smiggle where all the items have to come from.
🚙Snacks. Snacks. Snacks.
Should we pretend the first nine tips matter at all or should we just admit the success of your road trip rests solely on your ability to provide adequate snacks? 🤔
Some of our favourite road trips are:
Benalla, for all the street art from Wall to Wall and the cool grotto playground on the lake.
Bendigo, where you’ll find the goldmine, Great Stupa, a lovely art gallery, nice Botanic Gardens and the Chinese History Museum.
Ballarat, for Sovereign Hill and the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Great Ocean Road, if it’s just a day trip we tend to go to Apollo Bay and back. If you have more time try and get to Port Fairy which is small but lovely.
Cactus Country in the north of the state. Such a cool place, acres of cactus!
Phillip Island, beautiful walking tracks and, of course, the penguins!
The Silo Art Trail up the regional Victoria. I’ve written lots more about that on the website if you are keen to do the trail.
Sea Lake, stunning salt lake especially if you can go when there’s a bit of water in it and catch sunset/sunrise.
Happy travels x