Going on a weekend holiday in Australia can mean driving for several hours and not even leaving the state. Luckily, we’re blessed with the world’s most beautiful beaches, unique bushlands and a climate that generally promotes our outdoorsy lifestyle. Whether you’re going camping with friends or heading crosscountry with family, here are some items you won’t want to leave home without.
Stopping to fill up the tank can be an expensive exercise once you factor in drinks and snacks. It can also have the unintentional consequence of turning your well-behaved passengers into sugar-fuelled monsters. Less than ideal.
Why not grab some zip lock bags or small containers and fill them with healthy snacks from home instead? Fresh fruit, trail mix, nuts and fresh crunchy veggies have tastebuds covered from the sweet to the savoury. More importantly, they won’t cause any nasty sugar spikes.
Grab some containers from Kmart or Big W and fill them with nature’s goodies from our fresh food section.
Settling down with some light reading is a great way to get into the holiday mood. Put your phone on silent and disengage from reality with the latest Jane Harper thriller. Or maybe a magazine is more your speed? Catching up on who wore what and who’s dating who in Hollywood might be all you can handle.
Getting the littlies into books might be more difficult but never underestimate the bargaining power of a screen. They might find they actually enjoy reading when a teacher hasn’t told them to do it. Make sure you’ve got a few choices before you hit the road. Chapter books are a great low-tech way to keep them engaged.
Often pulled out as a last resort, board games are a great option if the weather turns sour, or if you just can’t be bothered heading out for the day. In fact, a good game of Monopoly will bring out the competitive streak in even the most reserved friend or family member.
Scrabble is another holiday favourite but a well-worn board will usually be missing a few tiles. A BYO board-game policy will ensure that none of the pieces are missing (at least before the board is upturned). It’s also a good move to keep a deck of playing cards in the car. If you’re travelling with friends, throw in a tenner each and get your pulse racing with some Texas Hold ‘em.
A big Aussie drive just isn’t complete without the right soundtrack. Just the words “road trip” conjure up images of driving along one of Australia’s great highways, windows down, breeze through your hair and feel-good tunes filling the car. Put together a playlist with a few classics thrown in and your travel companions will go from “eye-spy” to impromptu karaoke in no time. Portable bluetooth speakers mean you can keep the party going long after you arrive at your destination, while noise-cancelling headphones are perfect for when you just need some ‘’me time”.
We might already be midway through autumn but the sun has not given up shining yet. Temperatures are still sporadically reaching into the high 20s, and hey, who are we to complain? Whether you're planning on curling your toes in the sand or hiking through the bush, make sure the family is prepared.
A warm jacket or hoodie is everyone’s must-have in the outdoors, both for windy beach days and evenings spent around the camp fire. No matter your destination, be sure to keep it laid-back and super casual – you want to be comfy.