We are the ultimate lovers of road tripping and have enjoyed some epic road trips in Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Vietnam, Hawaii to name a few. Now that we have a two year old, road tripping is a completely different ball game. One where you need to think smart, prepare and pack everything you need to keep everyone sane and happy on the road. Here’s some essentials and tips to assist you on your next family road trip…
1. Pack light, Pack Smart.
Um, pack light with a toddler you say? That seems like mission impossible as toddlers come with packs of nappies, wipes, milk, bottles, toys and endless options for clothing changes, but choose your battles and your priorities. While a car is great for storing all your masses of stuff needed to occupy your kids, you will at some point need to lug it all to your campsite or hotel and you’ll wish you rethought the bike, the scooter and the massive toy car. Our packing priorities usually look like this:
2. ‘Keep Kids Happy’ Box
3. Roadside Assistance and International Driver’s license.
Whichever country you’re in, don’t forget to take an updated International Driver’s license with you and have a roadside assistance emergency number with you. ( as well as a local sim card). When stuck in the middle of nowhere in your own country or another one ( especially with kids), you want to know that help is only a call away. Most car rental companies will have a number available so make sure you keep this on hand and browse where their closest branches are along the route you will be taking. Before renting the car, make sure all the essential emergency equipment is in the car and that you know where they are located before setting off on your journey.
If you’re planning to road trip in Australia, visit mynrma.com.au for more information on their app and roadside assistance benefits.
4. Overnight Bags.
5. Road tripping Music and Games for the Adults.
MyNRMA is an Australian motoring organisation that provides a range of services to the members and community, including roadside assistance, International Drivers Licenses, car reviews, road safety guides, travel guides, car loans, and many more diverse motoring, travel and lifestyle benefits.
Thank you to MyNRMA for sponsoring this post. All views and opinions about road tripping remain our own.