Nothing says “freedom” and “holiday” more than a few friends (or your family, or your significant other,) a dusty car and the open road. Road tripping has been a part of many adventurer’s bucket list since the creation of major roads in many favourite Australian destinations. However, road trips go together with unhealthy food choices, sunburned noses, cramped legs, and some sacrifices on personal hygiene.
So why do some of us choose road tripping rather than flying? It’s the beauty of nature and on-road bonding! It also makes the journey as memorable as the destination. Whether you’re driving through the Great Ocean Road, the Outback Queensland, the Launceston to Hobart in Tasmania, or the other 11 road trips, these tips will make sure you get a fun, safe, and healthy expedition.
Hire a good transportation. Since you will be on the road for a huge chunk of your travel and you’ll need lengthy stops that require sleep, then you can’t simply rely on a sedan. A campervan is the better choice here since you’ll be able to rest soundly, take a shower, do your business, and even cook like a boss. The trick to finding the best price on campervan hire is to book earlier. Don’t worry, you can do it online for a hassle-free booking experience.
Bring smart snacks. Yes, smart snacks. Fill a compact cooler with ice or cool packs and load it with a lot of nutritious, easy-to-eat snacks like yoghurt cups, fresh fruit, strong cheese, cut-up veggies and hummus, trail mix, meat jerky, dried seaweed snacks, etc. You may bring a bit of your favourite chips, of course, but try to focus on staying healthy.
Protect your skin and eyes. No one wants a trucker burn. Windows and windshields might keep the bugs out of the car, but they can’t fully protect the skin from the sun. Slather on a broad spectrum SPF 30 at least at regular intervals to keep your skin safe.
Prefer water. Best is to bring reusable water bottles and fill them up at every rest stop. Avoid creamy beverages soda, sweet coffee drinks, which pack unnecessary fat and sugar. Caffeinated drinks actually contribute to dehydration.
Do stretching now and then. Stop for a couple of minutes several times a day to get out of the car, move a bit, and do a few stretches. Your lower back, shoulders, hip flexors, and neck are the most to tense up after a few hours at the wheel, so focus on those areas.
Rest regularly. Driving while exhausted isn’t simply unpleasant; it’s very dangerous. Get off the road and rest a bit if you feel sleepy. You may also alternate drivers to keep fresh eyes on the road at all times.
Stay engaged at the wheel. Being the driver doesn’t mean sitting there like a bump on a log. It’s not really a cardio-fest, but doing a bit of glute squeezes and sucking in the abs will keep your muscles working.
Be flexible. If you’re not meeting a specific deadline, it’s a good idea to factor in an extra day or two of travel time. If you’re hiring a campervan, then you have the benefit of exploring and staying at additional locations. It could be a hidden waterfall a few miles off-road or a sanctuary deep in the outback. Take plenty of detours!
That’s it. Enjoy your Australian cross-road expedition!