With the Easter Break fast approaching, there’s no doubt you’ll be gearing up for Holiday mode!! Being lucky enough to live on the south coast of New South Wales means there’s so many beautiful destinations close enough to drive to. If you have decided to pack up and head off on a self driving road trip for your next holiday, we have some hints and tips for you.
Choosing your mode of transport is going to be a major factor in making your trip a good one! If you’re going with a bunch of friends or just one other person, decide who has the best car and go from there. There are a few factors to take into consideration when choosing the best car. Ask yourself:
Who has the car with the most space? (For passengers and luggage)
Which car is the most fuel efficient?
Does the car have air conditioning?
How old is the car and is it likely to break down?
Are the tyres safe or are they running thin?
Tip: Get your car serviced at at JAX Tyres and Kmart before you leave for your self driving road trip. This will ensure your car is less likely to break down and you can rest assured knowing your water and oil levels are right. If anything needs to be fixed, you can have it taken care of before you leave.
You may already have an awesome destination in mind for this trip. If not, think about how far you’re willing to drive and what sort of holiday you want to have.
Do you want to be somewhere by the ocean?
What sort of activities do you want to do?
Are you keen to escape the crowds and head inland?
Do you want to camp or is an Airbnb more your style?
What is your holiday budget?
Whilst you’re deciding, remember to check out websites like Tripadvisor and read reviews for the destinations and hotels you want to visit. Make sure to also check out the latest updates for places where weather or seasonal factors are going to come into play. The National Parks websites also have updates on the conditions of areas. Don’t forget to visit Flight Centre if you need help booking accommodation or car hire.
Knowing what to bring is going to depend on the destination you have decided to head to and the type of holiday you are going to take.
If you’ve decided to go on a camping holiday, remembering all of your camping equipment is a must!
To give you a headstart on your list, here are the basics you can grab from Big W, Target or sometimes even Aldi:
Mattress, sleeping bags and pillows
Cooking equipment and utensils
An esky or fridge
Plenty of water
Chairs and a table
Lights and torches
Matches and firewood
Thankfully, packing for a beach holiday is a little easier than packing to go camping. Generally, you’re going to have a lot less to bring. Aside from your clothing and toiletries, the main other items you’re going to need to remember to bring can be found at Target and Big W:
Plenty of water
A book or magazine
Long sleeve cotton shirt or pants to cover up
Road trip packing list
You will need to make sure you bring some items just for the road trip alone! Grab some of these items from Aldi, Coles or The Reject Shop:
A spare tyre (and know how to change the tyre over)
Sunshade for the windscreen
Tissues and baby wipes for any spills!
First aid kit
Car air freshener
Music - to keep occupied!
A paper map
A reusable coffee cup
And of course, lots of snacks!
There are also a lot of great apps out there to assist you in your journey. Some of our favourites are FuelMapAustralia, GasFinder, Live Traffic, Spotify and CampingMate.
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