Tips for caravanning with kids

Jayco ‘vanbassadors’ Wes and Jade Berg share their tips for caravanning with the kids.

Ironman veteran Wes Berg made a life changing decision to embrace “less work and more play” after recovering from a broken neck in 2016.

He and his wife Jade decided to buy a Jayco Expanda Outback caravan for the family with a goal to spend as much time as possible with their three children – Mila May (8), Billie (6) and Tally (3).

After more than 20 road trips in the caravan, Wes and Jade have learnt a few tricks for keeping the kids entertained on the road.

“Our kids love our monthly trips and we’ve loved seeing them bond and get back to basics with good quality time outdoors,” Wes said.

“The experiences and freedom that a caravanning holiday opens up to us, especially as a fairly
adventurous family, can’t be beaten.

“One day we can be down at the beach hitting the surf and the next day we might head inland and go for a hike.

“We love that freedom,” Wes said.

Wes and Jade are now ‘vanbassadors’ for Jayco and have pulled together their top three must-haves to get the most out of a caravanning holiday when travelling with the kids.

Tips from Wes and Jade Berg

  1. Stow the bikes
    One of the things we love about caravanning is the kids have the freedom of riding their bikes in an enclosed area by themselves. It makes them feel free and give a sense of independence.
  2. Coloured chalk
    The kids love it. They can get creative on the concrete around the parks and it’s a huge novelty.
  3. Colouring books and cars
    We take a set of matchbox style cars for our toddler. Always helpful to keep him busy and still but also for the caravan park friends the kids always make. 

Here are some other tips to keep the kids entertained on the road.

Involve them in the planning

To avoid hearing the question “are we there yet” repetitively, try to involve the kids in the planning of the trip. This is a great opportunity to teach them navigations skills.

Stick to a routine

Kids of all ages operate best when they are following a routine. Meltdowns usually happen when kids are overtired or hungry so try to keep to their everyday routine as much as possible on the road. You can do this by sticking to their normal meal and bedtimes.

Provide entertainment

Kids get bored easily when driving long distances take plenty of games, puzzles, books and activities to keep them entertained. Puzzle books, colouring books, music, iPads and DVDs are recommended.

Take plenty of snacks

With boredom comes hunger. Pack plenty of healthy snacks for them to munch on. Meals are a great way to break up a long drive so plan mealtimes ahead so that they know when their next stop is coming up.

 

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