Travelling with Children
Our staff offer the following tips to ensure you enjoy your family holiday. Preparing for your trip:
First day/night in your motorhome:
- Build your child’s enthusiasm by involving them as much as possible in the planning of your trip from the very beginning - where to go, what to eat, what to pack etc.
- Consider the activities your children enjoy: hiking, swimming, bike riding etc, then select your location accordingly.
- If it’s your first campervan trip consider a camper with a toilet and stay at camp grounds with all the amenities. This will keep the first trip positive and build enthusiasm for future trips away in a camper.
- Let them pack their own little bag with what they would like to take i.e. toys, books etc.
- Do not forget their favourite cuddly, this helps to settle in the car seat as well as at night time.
- Remember plenty of quick easy meals, there is nothing more stressful than hungry kids and trying to prepare meals for them once you arrive at a campground, especially if you are running late.
- Pack their favourite health snacks. Cereal bars, crackers, dried fruit are the perfect snack food - and keep some junky ones for when you get desperate.
- Remember the sunscreen and a hat......forgetting that can ruin a trip, especially with the Australian/New Zealand sun, it burns quickly and burns are sore!!! Remember to slip, slop and slap! (Slip on a t-shirt, slop on sun cream, slap on a hat.)
- Remember to pack the first aid kit. You can stock your own or buy a complete kit.
On the road:
- Once you have collected your motorhome, pick a campground nearby. Kids will be excited to start exploring the ‘house on wheels’ and you have time to unpack and unwind.
- Most kids will want to sleep in the luton bed in the motorhome. This is the bed above the driver’s seat, a great treehouse or cave. We have a safety net you can fix across the entrance of the bed which stops older kids from rolling off the bed.
- Please be advised that most Portacots do not fit in our vehicles. Please check out the below links of suggestions how you could sleep your baby/toddler during your holiday: www.kinderkot.com.au or www.safetsleep.com.
- Make sure the kids are buckled in safely.
- Stock up on DVDs and CDs that your kids enjoy. For a change you can try books on CD.
- Enlist the kids’ help with some simple chores - this keeps them busy and entertained and helps out mum and dad too!
- Play road games to entertain the kids. This includes I Spy, spot the colour car etc.
- Singing can be great fun when travelling – pick some repetitive songs for preschoolers i.e. ‘the wheels of the motorhome go round and round...’ and create your own crazy lines.
- Don’t over schedule your trip and don’t rush yourselves. Generally speaking, young children should not be subjected to travel more than five hours a day. This is just as much for your sanity as it is for theirs.
- Stop often, preferably every 2 to 3 hours, children need to get outside often and run around a bit, stretch the legs and of course use the toilet!!
- Get to the campground before dark so the kids can run around and get familiar with their surroundings.
- If possible, schedule longer driving time in early mornings or if need be, late at night, when the children are sleeping - this can offer some peaceful driving time.
- Drinks and snacks can be helpful on long trips, but avoid sticky or crumbly snack foods. Steer away from fizzy and sugary drinks as this often leads to frequent toilet stops. Keep a rubbish bag handy for a quick tidy up and lots of wet wipes.
- Give each child a space inside the campervan to store belongings. This will make them feel more at home and will keep your camper less cluttered.
- Children are amazingly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of circumstances.
- Create a travel diary together with your children of your motorhome holiday. They can write, draw and cut and paste some brochure pictures as well as ticket stubs whilst travelling. Later you can add your photos.