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1. Always remember their blankets and a stuffed animal friend. Their bedtime routine will be a little different and having their stuffed animals and blankets will remind them of home and keep them calm.
2. A device to watch movies. I have found when traveling for three hours, or more it helps to have a movie on. There is not as much whining or are we there yet. We always try to make it fun and buy new DVDs they have never seen before so that it is more exciting. On our last road trip, we bought two Peppa Pig movies, Tom and Jerry and DVD about allergies. My son Adam has allergies, and it was a DVD that had Daniel Tiger, Arthur, Peg and Cat, and he just thought it was so cool. Another favorite of mine is, “Life with Pets!”
3. Pack lots of snacks and drinks so you are not tempted to stop for fast food, and you will save money and time in the process. We also pack a cooler full of water and get ice randomly to keepthe water cold. A case of water at Target is around 2 bucks. You will pay that for one bottle of water at a gas station.
4. Talk to them about where you are going and make it a fun adventure, so they understand what’s going on. My kids are always excited when they know we are going on a road trip. If you were going to Australia, for instance, you would talk to them about how long the plane ride would be. How they would get to see the clouds right next to their windows. My kids love animals, so I would talk to them about the animals that are unique to Australia like the koala, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra and platypus.
5. Bring more clothes for the kiddos than planned. They may get their socks wet or have an accident. It is easier to have two extra outfits than stopping at the store to spend money on clothes you didn’t plan on buying. If traveling with a toddler who is potty training check Amazon for the car seat covers so you are not left with having to buy a new car seat as well. I recommend having babies in long pants so that if they do have a blowout in their diaper, it is less likely to get all over the car seat.
Australia is a beautiful city and on our family’s bucket list to visit someday! What vacation spot is on your bucket list?