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Road trips can be a practical and cost-effective way to travel with your family while creating fun memories at the same time. There is nothing better than packing up the family and hitting the road to explore, but before you head off on your road trip, make sure you have these Family Road Trip Essentials covered.
SAFE CAR SEAT
A safe car seat is one of the most important essentials when heading off on a family road trip. For the last few months, Miss 2 has been testing out the Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT car seat for me to review.
What I love about the Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT car seat and why I highly recommend it:
- Easy installation. Installing the car seat was so easy and it only took me minutes using the ISOFIX system.
- Comfortable. One thing I’ve noticed about this car seat is how miss 2 sits in it. The seat is deep, and she sits snug back into the seat.
- Extended rearward facing option – One of the many fantastic features of the Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT is the option to rearward face up to 30 months.
- Easy to wash. All the covers of the seat are easily removed for washing.
- Safe and stylish at the same time. The Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT comes in a range of different colours to match your car interior.
The Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT is Maxi-Cosi’s safest car seat, so you know your baby is protected when you’re on the road.
Some of the key features include:
- ISOFIX compatible soft latch system, for safe and secure installation.
- GCELL next generation, crash-absorbing technology for enhanced side full body protection. This helps reduce the crash forces much like a bumper does for your car.
- Air Protect Side Impact Protection cushions significantly reduce the impact of side impact collisions through the controlled release of air.
- Extended rearward facing up to 30 months.
- Forward facing up to 4 years or until the shoulders right the highest height marker.
- “Cool Baby” wicking fabric that keeps little ones cool during summer.
Pack the fully charged iPad, portable DVD player and headphones. If your kids are anything like mine, they will get bored easily. Pack lots of extra new activities to keep them busy.
Activities that are interesting and easy to pack:
- Magnifying glass with some leaves or sticks
- I spy bag or bottle. Check out Pinterest on how to make your own.
- Easy child-friendly crosswords
- Colouring books with invisible ink
- Travel packs with new toys
Food and drinks
I recommend packing a cold bag for up front and a bigger esky in the boot. I keep the cold bag up front so the snacks and drinks are easy to access and pass back to the little ones.
Easy snacks to pack:
- Whole pieces of fruit or cut up for younger children
- Individually packed chips or crackers. I generally buy a large bag and divide them up into snack-sized Ziplock bags.
- Water in non-spill cups or pop top style drink bottles
- Sweet treats to prevent any meltdowns (whatever works, right?)
- Pre-made sandwiches cut into bite-sized pieces or squares for older children
- Yoghurt pouches or fruit pouches
I can’t tell you how many times we have used our potty in the boot when toilet training or heading on a road trip. It makes things a lot easier without the need of finding a public toilet. We pull over to a safe spot and use the potty in the boot, and rinse it out with a bottle of water once done. Don’t forget to pack some WetOnes or toilet paper.
The Essentials Kit
I always keep this kit stocked up in the car at all times.
- Spare set of kids clothes with underwear or nappy
- Baby wipes
- Medical kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Sick bag
- Plastic bags
Prize: 1x Maxi-Cosi Euro NXT car seat RRP $549.00
To be in the running, simply answer the following question below: What is your one road trip essential, and why?
One entry per person. Competition opens at 6:01 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (“AEDT”) on Thursday 24 March 2016 and will continue until 9.00 pm AEDT on Thursday 7th April 2016 (“Promotion Period”).
The winner will be contacted by email.