5 tips for surviving that family road trip
Whether you are heading home for the holidays, or taking the family down to the coast, the end-of-the-year road trip can frazzle your last nerve. Here’s how to make the most of the family time, with ideas for keeping the kids entertained, how to avoid car sickness, and what to pack for the ultimate padkos feast!
- Leave bright and early
Leave as early in the AM as possible so that the kids can sleep for part of the trip, and so that you drive in the coolest part of the day. Pack in their pillow and favourite soft toys so that they’ll be as comfortable as possible.
- Wave goodbye to car sickness
Car sickness is actually a type of motion sickness. It’s caused when your eyes see one thing, but your body experiences another. Sitting in the front seat with your eyes on the road helps, but if your car-sick kid sits in the back seat, don’t let them read or play games on a smartphone – tell them to look out of the window. Putting the aircon on a cool setting or cracking a window so that cool air circulates in the car also helps.
- Get your game on
Did you ever play ‘I spy, something beginning with the letter…” in the car as a child? Here are 10 classic games you can play in the car with the kids, including Hangman, Road Trip Bingo and 20 Questions. Tip: keep a notebook and pencil in the cubbyhole in case you need to keep score.
- The best part of a road trip: padkos
Padkos is best enjoyed when you stop at a scenic part of the route, but in our experience the cooler box is cracked open as soon as you leave the driveway! Here are some fresh ideas:
- Meatballs with a cheesy centre
- Chicken drumsticks wrapped in bacon
- Scotch eggs
- Mini vetkoek stuffed with boerewors
- Homemade crunchies with a pinch of Horlicks
- Sing-along Sunday drive
Put some ideas for a playlist into a hat. Make them silly or challenging like “One-hit wonders from the 80s” or “The ultimate Disney earworms”. Then everyone needs to make the playlist on their phone, and play it through the speakers in the car. Just remember to take along an AV cable.