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There’s nothing more wonderful than a family holiday. This is where life long memories are made. Sometimes though, family holidays are not the blissful escape we hoped they would be. A family trip can often become such a mammoth undertaking that we wind up feeling like we need a another holiday just to recover from the stress of the last one. It doesn’t need to be like that.
We recently returned from a fantastic road trip to Canberra. It was one of the most relaxed family adventures we’ve ever had and I have this FREE ebook from Telstra 4G Wi-Fi to thank for it. It is full of simple tips from real Mums who’ve been there before, dealing with the cries of “are we there yet”, sibling arguments in the back seat and everything in between. Reading their tips made all the difference to our holiday and you can download your very own copy for FREE here http://telstra4gwifi.com.au/
10 tips for a family road trip
In addition to the free ebook, today I’m sharing some of the things I did to make our latest holiday run so smoothly. So here they are, simple, practical steps to help make your next family trip fun and stress free.
ON THE ROAD
Prepare the car. Clean out all the rubbish and toys that inevitably pile up. You’re going to be spending several hours in close quarters – it makes a world of difference if the space is clean and organised (at least for the first 15 minutes of the trip anyway!)
Have a designated spot for a garbage bag to keep all the food wrapping, tissues etc from ending up all over the car.
Keep baby wipes in the car – even if you no longer have a baby. Honestly, I think I’ll still be carrying baby wipes in my bag long after R has grown and left home! I bring them everywhere and they are perfect for cleaning up the inevitable spills that come from eating in the car while travelling.
Bring along pillows (if you have the space) or small cushions for the kids (and you!). A comfortable trip is a relaxed trip.
Eat well! Road trips can so often be a sea of takeaway burgers, sugar and stale roadside coffee. Prepare ahead and pack some healthy options instead. It will do wonders for your children’s moods and your energy levels. Some simple options are fruit, cheese sticks, salad, crackers, cold chicken or ham, and yogurt. Of course, it wouldn’t be a road trip without a few sweet treats but to stop the sugar rushes and craziness when you’re in a confined space like the car, try sharing smaller treats like M and M’s that can be handed out sparingly over the trip.
Keep the kids entertained and avoid the “Are we there yet?” nagging by bringing along some car-friendly entertainment. Books, crayons and new colouring book or activity pad can do wonders to lift kids’ spirits on a long trip.
We also brought along our iPad on this trip. We don’t usually bring it with us because we only have WiFi on that device so we can’t really use it for much outside of the house. This time though, we had our Telstra 4G mobile broadband device and it was a lifesaver! We kept the crayons and colouring in happening for as long as we could but when they had lost their sparkle, R was able to watch some favourite programs on ABC iView. It kept him relaxed and entertained long enough for us to reach our destination with no whining or restlessness, which meant Mark and I arrived calm and relaxed as well. Win win!
AT YOUR DESTINATION
Be flexible. You might have planned a fantastic itinerary but if the kids have other ideas, go with it. Get them involved and let them choose activities to do as well. They’ll feel empowered and respected and will be much less likely to complain and say they’re bored.
Allow for some downtime. Alternating busy days and quiet days is a great option to keep energy levels and spirits high. Alternatively try keeping mornings busy and time after lunch for relaxing and taking it easy.
Stay connected. Our Telstra 4G mobile broadband device was my number one must-pack item for this trip. Preparation is key for me when it comes to a smooth trip and staying connected on the road meant that I was able to research attractions, book tickets, make dinner reservations, plan our days and check weather reports. I really do think this was a big reason why this holiday went so well. There was one night in particular where being connected really saved us from a meltdown. I forgot to pack story books for bedtime reading – I know! Me! Forgetting books! R really wanted to hear “Harold and The Purple Crayon”. What was I going to do? This was akin to leaving a favourite teddy at home. Thanks to the Telstra 4G mobile broadband device, I was able to find a video of the book being read on Youtube and all was right again with the world. Phew!
The Telstra 4G mobile broadband device that I have been using is the 4G Wi-Fi and I have been using it all Summer. Here are just some of its features:
- Connect up to 5 WI-FI enabled devices simultaneously including a compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop.
- Battery life up to 10 hours, 400 hours standby
- Interactive TFT LCD screen with display
- Powered by the Telstra Mobile Network
- Compatible with PC and Mac
- Includes 5GB of data to use in Australia (30 day expiry)
The 5GB of data was perfect for me and the battery life of 10 hours meant that I hardly ever need to charge it (unlike my mobile phone!) I’ve been able to use it for my iPhone, iPad and laptop. It has been perfect for catching up on work while we’re on the road as well. If you’d like to learn more, you read about it here.
Don’t forget to download your free ebook as well! Just follow this link http://telstra4gwifi.com.au/
What are your best tips for travelling with kids?
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