We have just returned from a two week epic road trip around NSW. The official destination was Byron Bay for wedding however we decided just flying or driving there would be too easy. Why not take AGES to get there and take the New England Highway via Sandy Hollow and Glen Innes. Then stay in Port Macquarie on the way home make it an epic two week road trip with a three-year-old and a six-month old?!
I’m making it sound awful, right? But actually it wasn’t. Sure, we were up at 6am every day, fell exhausted into bed at 9:30pm every night and only read about 30 pages of that holiday novel, but it was heaps of fun, even the driving. The scenery was magnificent and our kids did really well on the long drives (mostly).
I recently wrote an article about road tripping with kids for Wotif and all the advice we followed to the letter. But I’ve got some more specific things that I learnt on this trip which I couldn’t really write for a generic article.
- Daylight savings ending was our friend. Yep, most people hate those 5 or 6am wake-ups when daylight savings end but they were a blessing in disguise for us. Why? We were up early, hit the road early which meant when we got to our destination it was generally by 2pm. If we were in the car any later, cue world’s worst witching hour.
- Get a baby that sleeps in the car. You probably can’t do much about this if you don’t have one but it helps. Although the three-year-old doesn’t nap any more, she did a few on the driving days and the baby slept most mornings for a few hours at least. Two children asleep at the same time = winning at life.
- Get a car seat with inbuilt speakers. Yes this exists and it’s amazing. We put some audio books and albums on an old iphone, plugged it into the car seat with speakers and our three-year-old was entertained for hours. Best thing was we didn’t have to listen to ‘Do the propeller’ 100 times over the trip.
- Download albums from spotify when you’re on Wifi. Specifically Frozen. Our three-year-old listened to Frozen 6 times in a row on one journey. Over and over and over. But because of the car seat with speakers, the only bit of ‘Let it Go’ we heard was her singing along, which was actually quite cute. I really can’t oversell those car seat speakers enough.