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Whether you are travelling with family or friends, if you follow these tips on the road – you are bound to have a great Australian road trip. These are the things that stop me from having a whining ‘tanty’ in long car trips.
So immature – & she doesn’t even have children, I hear.
Pretty much. If I am not prepared though, I go a little crazy – which soon becomes vexatious and tiresome for the poor souls around me.
1. Choose 3-6 CDs you all enjoy. Music is essential to making time pass enjoyably. If you can’t find 6 CDs at least agree that you will each have a turn at your CD or if on an MP3, perhaps a few songs at a time. From experience, I advise negotiating to avoid Neil Young at all costs.
2. Don’t travel with more than 4 people in a 5 seater car For children, this is an ideal that avoids the resounding calls of ‘Mum, tell her to move over and get her legs off me!’. However realistically, many families will face this rite of passage. Once you have adult children however, I highly recommend taking two cars. Reis’ family and I travelled 6 hours in two cars to a wedding (there were seven of us). Until one of his dear brothers decided to leave early or the other brother slept in (whichever it was) which meant a giant brother-in-law, myself and my mother-in-law snuggled together in the back seat for 6 hours. I love them all, but never again.
3. Avoid stops at McDonalds/Petrol stations for food
A long car trip can do without the aroma of McDonalds, whether that is the greasy chip smell or the consequential bodily digestion smells (if you know what I mean). Choose a cute café. Leave the highway if you have to – yes men, you will survive and it may score you some brownie points in the process. Stretch your legs along the main street or sit outside in the sun with some fresh food and a good cuppa.
5. Use the time to discuss bigger matters of life or to catch up
This one applies particularly for parents with adult children. However even if you have kids, talk to them for a while but once they’ve plugged into their televisions, utilise the time you have together with your spouse. I’m a shocker for this next one, but you do need to put your phone away to properly talk!
6. Keep the car clean and smelling nice
Use a Tupperware cereal container and line it with a cereal bag (I found this idea & image here). You now have a bin that can be knocked around the floor of the car and keep the smells and mess contained!
Just incase the car does get smelly, make yourself a lavender sachet to hang in the car, the instructions for this beauty can be found here.
7. Have RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance
The last thing you want is to be stuck in the arid Australian roadside with a broken down car and no one to help you or care for your situation. Avoid this unnecessary, highly stressful and avoidable roadside emergency on your next road trip. So be sure to pop this on the to do list prior to your journey! You can do that here.
Wondering where we were travelling to in the photos above? We were off to the farm to visit the family and our dog Jed.
What do you do to make your long holiday drive a great Australian Road Trip?