5 essentials for a memorable road trip this Easter

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The Easter long weekend is just on our doorstep and for many families that means road trips.

We’re looking at ways you can make the most of it without breaking the bank. As fun as the holidays can be, they can also be a stressful time if you don’t plan properly.

Before you buckle up and hit that highway, here are a few essentials to pack for a smoother journey with the little ones.

Stay charged up
Somewhere along the way, you’ll be sure to take a nap or at least telling the kids to take a nap, so make sure to pack pillows and blankets for naptime. A soft pillow to rest your head on can make the world of difference. Likewise, your electronics need to stay charged up. Make sure to have a power bank or travel charger if you plan to be using the GPS on your phone.

You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere not knowing where you are or how to call for help. If you want to be extra cautious, get a good old map in case your GPS malfunctions or phone dies in the middle of nowhere.

Safety first
Don’t take chances, before setting off make sure you have your first aid kit. You can buy one on OLX, or if you already have one, make sure it is replenished with all the basics such as gloves, scissors, gauze, burn dressings, anti-bacterial cream, bandages, plasters, and painkillers – they’ll come in handy. If anyone you’re travelling with needs any other special medication, don’t forget to pack that too. Do a car check, make sure your car is ready to hit the road and that you have a torch and fire extinguisher in the car that is easily accessible.

Pack light
Keep things simple and pack the basics. Pack dark colours because spills and stains won’t show as much as your lighter colours. Pack as light as you can, so make sure to pack some shorts, skirts, leggings or jeans and you can switch up your outfits with a variety of tees or vests. It’s vital to have comfortable shoes while you travel, so stick to comfortable sneakers or sandals. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable on the long trip to your destination.

Keep everyone entertained
Every road trip needs a good playlist to help keep the spirits high on those long stretches of road. Take some time out to compile a playlist of your favourite tunes. The kids will be your toughest crowd, so make sure you have enough entertainment to help pass time because eye spy with my little eye will get stale very quickly. If they’re a bookworm, make sure their favourite book is on the Kindle, if they’re more of the music junkie or gamer then make sure the PSP and iPod are fully charged up for the trip. For the whole car, pack some general travel games like bingo, cards or word cross puzzles that everyone can play together.

Padkos for the win
A road trip is not complete without the padkos right? Make sure to stock up the cooler box with some snacks to accommodate everyone – it works out cheaper than having to buy food. The best hack to keep the car clean is to pack non-crumb foods like fruits and vegetables, that you can peel cut and keep in lunch tins. But it’s a holiday after all so also pack some treats as an incentive for the kids behaving well. Make sure you have enough liquids to keep everyone hydrated because dehydration can lead to headaches, dizziness, and drowsiness. 
Paper towels, toilet paper or wet wipes will come in handy when you need to clean the usual spills in the car, or even along the road if you happen to stop at a petrol station that doesn’t supply toilet paper.

If you’re still planning a road trip and your wallet is not to keen on this idea, sell a few things you no longer need on OLX to make some extra cash for the Easter holiday you deserve. We have all the basic essentials that you’ll need.

We would love to hear your tips on making the most of your road trips with loved ones. Share with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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