I consider myself an expert in road tripping with small kids — having survived numerous flights and 2 car trips to Broken Hill of 18 hours each way. Yes, that’s right, 18 hours! First time with a 10-month-old; the second time with a 2-year-old and 7-month-old. It wasn’t pretty.

So, here’s what I now know…

  • Lesson 1. Be prepared
  • Lesson 2. Be prepared
  • Lesson 3. Be prepared

Since Lessons 1, 2 & 3 are noticeably similar, perhaps I should elaborate…

My tips for travel bliss are as follows:

Purchase an in-car DVD player. This will become your best friend. We bought ours from Kmart for around $99 and I would estimate its value to us as somewhere around… priceless! It’s Thomas & His Friends in the back seat and Coldplay upfront for miles.

More importantly, stock up on a number of DVDs your children haven’t already seen a kazillion times. You don’t need a huge budget to achieve this. Before our last road trip, I stopped in at our local library and borrowed a stack of old Thomas & Friends DVDs as well as a bunch of other classics from the ABC range for FREE! And you get to keep them for like, a month!

Then, I bought a whole stack of in-car treats. Whatever non-sugary stuff your kids like, make sure you have it in bulk (TRUST ME ON THE NON-SUGARY PART)! My boys loooove grapes, so that was a no-brainer. Every time one of them started griping, I put a grape in his mouth and he cheered right up.

Another ‘grumble stopping’ idea… Buy lots of cheap toys that you can stash in your handbag. Once the grapes ran out, I dug into my arsenal of ‘Crazy Clarkes’ goodies and rationed them out accordingly.

Despite my best efforts, an hour away from our overnight stop, my 2-year-old was crying uncontrollably. Hubby gave him a pep talk: ‘Mate, we’ve still got a long way to go and I really need you to go the distance.’ Through his tears, my 2-year-old bellowed: ‘I don’t want to go to Distance. I want to go to Broken Hill!’

What can I say? I still don’t have a foolproof travel plan. All ideas welcome.


Originally published at Mum Daily. Photo by Harrison Haines.

Published On: March 30th, 20220 CommentsTags: , , ,

About the Author: Annette Spurr

Annette Spurr runs her own business at Blue Box Media and is also the Managing Editor at Mum Daily. As a wife and mother, Annette has discovered the power of gratitude journalling.

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