You’ll always forget something, and leave something somewhere. Get used to it.
Spend lots of money on your car. Let the mechanic know, so they can make sure it’s good to go the distance. Obviously, get some sort of roadside assistance membership. Just in case.
Get an in-car DVD for the kids. Encourage them to keep interested by doing lots of things like reading, drawing, playing games on their Ipad, maybe even communicating with the other humans in the car too. They can get carsick from looking down at books and Ipads for too long and in-car, or seat-back DVD players help keep their heads up. While they have the headphones on, the sweet sound of silence from the back seat is a bonus.
Luggage is always under control when you leave but it’s generally a mess within a day. The car starts out clean and well-organised…yet always returns weeks later looking like the inside of a Sherman tank.
Things take longer than planned. There’s roadworks, extra toilet stops, slow cars and trucks, flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, flooding, etc etc. Pad your intended travel times out a bit.
Book before you go with realistic travel times in mind…
…and budget realistically. Once you’re on the road you’ll need spare cash for unexpected bits and pieces like lunch and snacks, coffee, souvenirs, and stuff like the AAA size batteries you forgot to pack. Obviously when we stay the night in hotels and motels, going out for meals, or getting takeaway, are the easiest options. We just bring a small esky and try to keep it budget by doing yoghurt, cereal, and fruit, breakfasts for a few days.
To help the kids handle the long days of driving, try to plan and prepare for the first and last days to be the longest. Talk to them for a few days beforehand to make sure they understand how long the day is. Take plenty of snacks, and have backup supplies.
Have lots of chargers and a plan for how you’re going to keep six devices charged for long periods of use in the car. Multi port car chargers, small battery packs, small flexible solar panel chargers are worth considering. Please buy a good car charger and be warned that the really cheap ones don’t seem to recharge devices quickly. Once devices start running out of batteries, patience starts running out too.
Clean your house to the point someone would like to go on holiday in it. Just to prove how awesomely clean your house always is to the people coming to feed the cats.
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