It is always challenging to travel any country with kids, especially if they are less than 10 years old. The challenge is always there whether one has to take care of kids at home or while travelling around the country.
Here are some things to keep in mind while travelling in Australia with kids:
1. Ease The Transition before the Trip
It is important to start talking to the kids about the trip beforehand and put up a map and the proposed route for them to be excited about it. Build anticipation so that they look forward to the trip. Discuss fears before going out and start planning.
2. Keep The Routine As it Was
While the trip to Australia with kids is a break from routines for all involved, it is important to have a routine in place prior to the trip with some reminders on what is in store for the trip. Also, some incentives can be planned based on how the kids are performing their daily chores.
3. Let Kids Play with Toys and take them for the trip too
Kids are attached to their favourite toys from home. For example, boys love to play with lego toys and toy cars while girls usually love their dolls around. Keep them going with reading books, colouring books, dress up clothes and the like.
4. Have multiple entertainment options
One of the best ideas one can have for trips is to have an in-car music player. Kids usually love their songs and if you get it for the trip beforehand, you can always keep them cheerful for long journeys. Travelling nearly 400 hours in the car in Australian cities is tough especially if kids do not have many entertainment options. A TV inside the car is also a great idea especially since you can spend time watching it for some time. Also, stop near parks and gardens where you can have food and children get some time to play. Plan the trip accordingly. Also, encourage the kids to spend some time clicking pictures or keeping track of the places they are going buy by jotting them down on the map or in a book.
5. Encourage kids to make friends wherever they go and learn
Kids make friends easily. Encourage them to mingle with other kids during the trip although you need to keep them protected and safe too. Also, it is important for kids to know and learn about different people living in different parts of Australia and show respect to them.
6. Safety first
There are risks associated with travelling especially from roads where wildlife is near. Train the kids beforehand to never rush to unknown places without guidance. If they find snakes or something harmful, train them to back off and move away immediately. Kids can easily walk out from behind and one never knows if speeding cars come in the same path. Keep them away from such dangers. Also, keep a first aid box handy for minor cuts and bruises, along with important medication as required.