Travelling with kids can be a combination of fun/stressful/tiring/rewarding all wrapped in one.
If you’re looking for a few ideas to keep the kids entertained on those long drives, maybe even reduce the amount of “Are we there yets,” take a look at a few travel hacks the Getaway Team have put together to get everyone through your family road trip.
1. Chalkboard/magnet board.
How cool is this?! Head down to your local paint store and ask about their chalk paint. A lot of these paints will also be magnetised. Use an old oven tray (or any kind of old dish) slap on your new paint and voila! A chalk/magnet board for the kids to scribble on to their hearts content!
2. Audio Books.
I’m all about a bit of screen time on long trips but if the eyes are getting a bit square and it’s time to move on try turning on an audio book. It’s amazing how quickly, not just your kids, but you will get engulfed in a good book and the trip will go a lot faster!
3. Toy storage.
How many times have the kids dropped their favourite toy on the ground and their car seat restricts them from moving an inch left, right or forward? Try a shower caddy. Stick that sucker to the window and you’ve got storage for all the bits and pieces the kids ‘must take’ in the car.
4. Road trip scavenger hunt.
Jump on good old Google and type in ‘Road trip scavenger hunt’. You won’t be disappointed. There are gazillions of different templates to choose from. We’ve made up a NZ road trip scavenger hunt for you, click here to download.
5. LEGO on the road.
LEGO is always a winner in our house, keeps the kids busy for hours and also is a great development tool.
I love these home made LEGO on the road kits. After all, we all have a spare lunch box or two lying around in the cupboard that’s seen better days!
6. Stop to just take it all in.
Don’t worry about getting from A – B in one go. There’s nothing worse than travelling with over tired kids that are totally over the 5 hour drive. Research the small townships you travel through, there’s bound to be some fun activities to help stretch the legs along the way. If all else fails there’s bound to be a playground or 2!
7. Give the kids a job.
We’re going to need a navigator. Laminate a map that can be drawn on as you go. It’ll teach them a thing or 2 about map reading and give them something to do! You could also learn some fun facts about each township you drive through as they locate it on the map.
8. Car Kit.
We’ve all been there when we’ve been caught short when travelling with kids and not had some handy supplies on hand. Some top things we recommend in your car kit:
- Band Aids
- Tissues/ Baby wipes
- Rubbish Bags
- Hand Sanitiser
- Ginger biscuits for motion sickness
9. Pack easy to eat snacks.
It’s inevitable, there’s going to be food all over the show by the end of the trip, but we still try and make it easier for ourselves by packing easy to eat snacks. Here are a few of my favourite (easy) snack ideas I’ve found on the world wide web.
These nifty wee containers will keep food fresh and makes packing snacks super easy. Pop in some fruit, dried or fresh, crackers, cheese and even something sweet to keep the kids’ tummies full.
Other than a snack box that dreams are made of, try a couple of these healthy options below:
- Celery sticks and peanut butter in a jar. You could do it with carrot sticks and hummus as well. Change it up as much as you want and put it in a jar!
- Bliss balls. Easy to make and tasty as heck. I’ve added my recipe that the kids love but there are all kinds of ingredients you can make these from!
1 cup Dates (soaked until soft)
1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup coconut (Shredded or Fine)
1/4 cup coconut (optional garnish)
1/4 cup Cocoa
1 tbsp Orange Juice (Can use the water from the soaked dates)
Whiz up the dates in your food processer then add the rest and whiz that up to! Roll them in to balls when the consistency is right. Told you it was easy.
10. Stay at Getaway Te Anau.
With facilities galore for the kids, your Te Anau accommodation couldn’t be any more convenient. There’s a games room for the colder days as well as a jumping pillow and playground to use up that spent up energy. Getaway is the number one holiday park in Te Anau for kids. Whether your heading to Te Anau and looking for a camp site, or a spacious apartment we’ve got what you need!