Whatever your holiday style, whether it be relaxing by a resort pool or outdoor adventuring, getting there should be as enjoyable as the destination. In fact, for many , the road trip is the adventure, so make sure it’s stress-free, well-planned and designed to work with your needs.
Being an organised traveller isn’t just about packing; it’s about planning, being realistic and having everything where you need it to be.
There’s something very exciting about travelling. Unfortunately, this often leads to packing way too much. The best way to beat this is to stop, sort and solve. The stop element is easy – just take a moment to clear your mind and take a fresh look at what’s in your bags.
Make a list of what you really need and check it twice. Using a packing list will make sure you not only cut down on items to bring, but also remember to bring underwear (you’ll never forget underwear twice, by the way).
With this new perspective, sort through your clothes and consider how much you can mix and match outfits to create new looks without needing to pack two separate ensembles. A good tip is to pack to a colour scheme – if you build all your outfits around a specific colour, everything from jackets to shoes should be pretty interchangeable.
Solving the problem of excess luggage can be as simple as cutting down on redundant items or using a travel Space Bag to reduce the volume of clothes. However, there are other approaches, such as sending some cases on ahead – a great option for trekkers who only want to travel with what they can use. Search ‘excess baggage’ on Google to find Australian companies specialising in this.
In the car
Australia is a great place for road trips, with some of the best journeys in the world right here in our own backyard – the Great Ocean Road, for example, with its magnificent views and cool breezes, or the stunning Savannah Way from Cairns to Broome.
One of the first basics of a good road trip is keeping everyone cool and hydrated.
The Fridge to Go range of lunch bags and coolers is amazing for keeping food and drink fridge-cold for up to eight hours.
Keeping rubbish contained is an essential; try a Puff N Stuff Litter Station, fully waterproof, so no need to worry about those half empty drinks! Features 2 mesh side pockets for bottles, holds a box of tissues or wipes, and has heavy-duty adjustable webbed straps that are quick and easy to buckle around the base of any car headrest.
Entertaining the kids is another key to maintaining a relaxed atmosphere, so divert them with Pad Pocket Tablet Organiser for hours of organised entertainment! This handy i-Pad holder has a lined, protective backing and allows full cord access for chargers and earphones. With three easy-view mesh pockets to store snacks and cords,
two fabric compartments to hold wipes, games, books and more; as well as four elastic loop holders, this iPad Holder will easily attach to the back of a driver or front passenger car seat with an adjustable headrest strap and bottom tie cords.
A fabulous way to keep your suitcase under control is with Packing Cubes , which can be arranged to match your needs at each destination. Try having one for each day for each child. The kids love it and you know they’ll stay organised!
Next, clearly label all your bags with Luggage tags. Basic tags like to Swivel ID Tags come in a set of 2. The Beautiful Globite Heritage Leather Luggage Tags can be personlised with monogramming and are a beautiful way to name your belongings.
Protect your passport, credit card and money by ensuring your travel documents are RFID safe. The Travel Security Money Belt will protect your personal information as it blocked unwanted scans and is hidden around your waist. The Heritage leather range of RFID safe travel accessories includes a Portfolio Travel Wallet, a Travel Clutch and a Passport Cover.
After that, close your eyes and let the holiday begin!
In the caravan
Multi-tasking is the best way to save space in a caravan. For example, Tub Trugs can stow towels while you’re travelling, and once you’re at the site and your towels are on hooks, they can be used to carry firewood, be filled with ice for refreshments or even filled with water and utilised as a place to do laundry.
One of the best little caravanning luxuries to take with you is an airer; it takes up barely any room and can be used for drying clothes, airing towels, keeping wet swimwear outdoors or even as a folding station. Look for one that is light and folds flat for easy storage. A Pop Up Hamper stores flat and takes up next to no room and is a great travel companion as it becomes a great receptacle for keeping dirty clothes away from your nice dry outfits!
With our own caravan you don’t have to pack light, but you do have to pack small. Depending on the Storage you have, utilise and maximise your space, you will be amazed at how much you can fit in with a little clever organisation.
Storing food in the caravan is about saving time and keeping your holiday stress-free.
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Make sure your passport is valid and you have all the appropriate visas before heading overseas.
Carry extra passport photos in case your passport is lost/stolen and you need to replace it while away.
Don’t travel with lots of flashy jewellery. Chances are nothing will happen, but why risk it?
Make copies of your passport, credit cards and other travel documents. Keep one copy safe and leave a copy with someone at home.
Register your travel and contact details online before travelling overseas, or at the local Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate once you arrive, so the Government can contact you in an emergency.
If you’re heading through an airport, pack your toiletries in a clear bag for easy security checks.
Relax. You might as well. Delays happen, luggage gets lost. Like it or not, it’s all part of the experience.