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We just did a road trip with our 3 year old and actually have a very pleasant ride. Although we try to limit how much TV she watches we found using the IPAD for movies and games invaluable. We did try and play the traditional car games (I spy using colours instead of letters) though they only lasted so long. We also found planning stops at parks and cafes great to break up the trip and let her run wild for a bit. We are no longer afraid of long car trips – bring on the next holiday!


Posted by rachleal, 25th February 2013


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  • I don’t like the kids having screens in the car as they tilt their heads forward for too long (yes they do it at home too) and the vibration from the road makes it harder for them to keep clear vision. Having their heads tilted forward for too long has been found to impact on neck muscles. It may not be obvious for awhile but researchers have found that it can cause a lot of pain later. We always stop every two hours or so, usually in a town where there is toilets at a park(good spot for a picnic or snacks break, if not at a Roadhouse (service station with food and toilets). We re-fuel the car at the same time if we need to. If you both drive you can change drivers then too if you want to. If the weather’s ok and there’s no park we sometimes go for a short walk, even in a “back street” if there is a lot of traffic going past where we stop. If you are looking for a reasonable quality meal while travelling, if you see trucks parked at one, you can guarantee the food is fairly good quality and a reasonable price. We pulled up at one for tea one night. When we arrived at one there was 3 trucks there (one was just leaving). There was some people came in that we knew so we stayed there longer than we otherwise would have. When we left there was 6 trucks already parked there. We waited a few minutes for our piping hot meal but it was freshly cooked and part of the salad was prepared at the same time (where I was sitting I could see in the kitchen). There was free tea & coffee but it isn’t free at all of them. If you are in a kangaroo area you need to be very diligent. The reason I say this is because a friend of mine had an experience where one bounded along him for quite a few km. and he had no idea which way it was going to go. He was watching it in his passenger door side window. He slowed right down, and the kangaroo did too. It eventually decided to go off into the scrub on the left side of the road. A few weeks later he heard about one doing the same thing a few hundred km away from there.

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  • the next holiday

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  • yes technology is good for the kids in the car! my kids are happy to look out the window as well

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  • good nice story

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  • Also; they are a lot of fun to plan! :)

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  • Family road trips are so memorable.

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  • Road trips can be so much fun!

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