Road Trip Top Tips and Tricks

This page is a summary of the main tips and tricks for getting yourself on the road and making life easy in the process.

Tip 1: Pack your caravan, car, or camper the night before and hook it onto your vehicle
Having your gear ready to go means one less thing to think of when trying to get out the door in the morning or that following night. In a perfect world, the entire vehicle is packed, including linens, entertainment and dry goods, so we just need to add our clothes and any fresh food. With our Jayco Swan we need to pre-cool the fridge the night before so it makes sense to get the rest of the gear packed at the same time.

Tip 2: Make the most of Google Maps
We always put the address of where we’re going in Google Maps as soon as we’re on the road. You can also use the download map function to have the maps on your phone even when you do not have reception. That way you will have a copy of the maps you need at your destination. If you have it loaded, you can access it even without service.

Tip 3: Don’t underestimate the power of blankets and books
Getting comfy in the back of the car is key to a quiet drive. When driving long distance, we like to turn the aircon up as the kids love to snuggle in with their pillows and blankets and read their books. We also use sun shades in the back of the car. That tends to help them fall asleep.  

Tip 4: Pack snacks that help with road sickness
Keeping everyone well fed and watered is essential. You can also choose the food to make sure we can reduce road sickness. A full tummy seems to prevent road sickness, so we stock up on lots of high carbohydrates snacks.

Tip 5: Stop into the small towns
Not only are you supporting small businesses, we often find the cutest shops or places to dine along the way. Also, it’s always fun to stop off at a local park and stretch your legs – sometimes we even pack a picnic to enjoy and make the most of the playground.

Tip 6: Always be prepared for traffic
There have been times, especially during school holidays, where a two-hour trip took close to four hours due to crawling traffic. Make sure your car is always fuelled up before you leave and you have snacks, magazines, books and activities for the kids handy.

Tip 7: Portable chargers can be a lifesaver
Having a portable charging bank can be a lifesaver while on a road trip. It is always nice to know you have a backup if your phone starts to run low on power during a long trip, and they are also handy if you are staying somewhere without power.

Tip 8: Use a walkie talkie or UHF
Walkie talkies are a great way to communicate with others in your group, especially if they are going to areas without service. These are also great for the kids and big “kids” to take when they go off on their ‘adventures’.

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