Kids who travel and camp gain a broad perspective and unique appreciation of the natural world that can foster a lifelong love of the great outdoors. But if pre-trip jitters are thwarting your family adventures, check out Mars Campers top tips to help smooth out the ride. Not every moment needs to be amazing. Eye-spy and number plate games are short-term pleasers but piping audio books through the car audio system can quell sighs, elicit some laughs and encourage conversation. Helping kids build a shared playlist with a few of your favourites prior to kick-off is another way to form fond travel memories on the commute.
Catchy tunes with easy to remember lyrics will soon have the whole family singing along. Some cope better than others but if your family is new to travel aim to stop at a playground, national park or roadside attraction to stretch the legs every two to three hours to start with and go from there.
While Australia is a vast land with long stretches of road, some destinations pack in a lot of attractions per kilometre, with many being free. The Far North Queensland Coast, the Tassie East Coast and other island destinations such as Kangaroo Island are brilliant road trip destinations if you or your family are new to travel.
One way to encourage a sense of self is to let your kids pack a few of their own items in a small box that can be carried from the car and into camp. And make sure birthdays on the road are a big deal, especially on a long-haul trip away from friends.
Older kids and teens need time on their own, and privacy to reach out to friends at home. We all love feeling useful and involved, so why not do your kids a favour and talk about your plans ahead of time and ask older crew members for input?
You can also encourage kids to assist in setting up camp. Some kids struggle to remember or articulate their experiences, which can cause them some embarrassment. Encouraging them to record their trips with drawings, brochure clippings, postcards and photos is one way to help them cement their memories. If crafting or glue sticks are too much for you or your budding explorer to bear, providing access to a cheap digital camera or even an old offline game-free mobile phone can help achieve the same thing.
Relying solely on sweets is just asking for trouble. So mix it up and level them out with a bit of fruit or chopped up veg, dry wholemeal biscuits and protein-packed trail mix that will keep them fuller for longer. Chilled water bottles after ideal options for drinks, and packed lunches will save you a bit of money, too. As a general rule, kids love kids so if you have a penchant for remote campsites, spare a thought and check in for a night or two at a popular campsite or family-orientated caravan park every now and again to let them socialise.
Remote locales are awesome playgrounds for kids, being full of critters, sticks for inspired free-play, water to splash about, rocks to climb, flowers to pick, yabbies to catch and nooks to discover and explore. Animal sightings are thrilling for kids and can be enhanced with binoculars, torches for after dark and resources to provide context, such as a book or brochure on local birds.
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I bought a spirit a few months ago and am extremely happy with it. Easy to set up and very comfy. As for a bunch of very professional guys there in Melbourne I couldn't rate them highly enough. Grab some brochures of your next planned destination to spearhead conversation mid-commute. Play it by ear as long days on the road can take their toll. Follow the journey Subscribe to our email newsletter for useful tips and valuable resources sent out every second week.
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