It won’t be long before the next school holidays roll around. If your family tradition is taking a countryside or coastal road trip, cheers to that. Thankfully, we live in a wonderfully diverse country filled with national parks, kilometres-long beaches, and amusements galore. All it takes is a little forethought and prep to make your getaway both fun-packed and stress-free. Here’s how it’s done.
Scenic or Not?
Use your GPS before setting off to decide which route to take – are you trying to reach your accommodation as soon as possible, or do you want to make some rest stops at key landmarks for a bit of fresh air and play along the way?
Research any key events happening en route to your destination and time your trip to coincide. Standouts, and which are all kid-friendly, include the Australian Reptile Park, Somersby, Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, or Cohunu Koala Park Perth to name just a few.
Short of taking your vehicle in for a routine service, be sure to check your oil and tyre pressure before setting off (not to mention, how’s the spare tyre looking?). Pack a first aid kit for any unexpected mishaps while you’re away.
Are You Insured?
Taking out Comprehensive Motor Insurance will mean that both yours and other people’s cars and property will be insured in the event of accidental damage, including the costs of towing if you are covered. While an incident-free road trip is what you’re after, insurance can go a long way towards easing your mind.
Activities For Kids
If you’re going to be on the open road for long stretches, be prepared. Those in the back seat will get restless without a toolkit of activities to draw on. Bring along games for the whole family, books, tablets loaded with fun apps and movies (make sure it’s charged, and don’t forget headphones for your sanity), healthy snacks, and devise a road-trip playlist with everyone’s input.
Written by Allianz
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Published September 2020