Travel With Kids

Holidaying with kids, regardless of the duration, gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to be fully engaged, present in the moment and just simply enjoy the time you have with your kids. We all know that deep down, they grow up way too quick, but holidays and travelling means we get to watch them learn, grow, thrive and play often.

We will not lie to you, travelling with kids will never be as relaxing as a solo venture to a Balinese health spa, but we argue equally not as fun or memorable either!

Below you find all our advice and tips to make Travelling with Kids the most enjoyable.  Most of which comes down to you, being prepared!  Travelling with Kids and Educating Kids on the Road is our passion, if you don’t find certain info here, connect with us on Social Media.


Complete your Camping Food List with these Camping Dinner Ideas

Now that we have finished our camping meal ideas for breakfast and lunch, we’re onto dinner. Dinner outdoors caravan and camping should be cozy. It’s a time relax and talk as the day ends.

This is why we’re including the easiest of camping dinner ideas to add to your camping food list.   

1. Tent-Style 5 Ingredient Beef Strog

29 Beef Stroganoff

A 5 ingredient beef stroganoff is one of the easy camping meals for large groups. Have a large pot and get it going. This one is so easy you dont even need a recipe. Add diced beef, mushroom, mushroom soup in a tin, sweet soy kecap manis (asian sweet soy) cooked on a bed of pasta. Use farfalle or fusilli pasta to get all that sweet meaty sauce throughout pasta.

2. Campfire Sweet Potatoes

Easy camping meals for family

Sweet potatoes are a camper’s best friend. Easy to store and last a long time unfridgerated. If you like simple tastes, we suggest doing your sweet potatoes Yaki-Imo style. Toss your sweet potatoes straight into charcoal and let them cook, skin and all. You can also grill them over a BBQ pit. Add your favourite ingredients and like magic – a healthy family-friendly dinner is done!

3. Camp Stuffed Potatoes

24 Stuffed Potatoes

We love stuffed potatoes. Even in their simplest form, they’re a delightful source of energy on the go. One of the camping food hacks we love is poking the potato all over with a fork. Rub some delish garlic butter around it and double wrap in tin foil. Let it cook under charcoal for 40 mins to an hour. Get more butter and add some cheese and bacon to top it off. Easy, next to no clean up, and scrumptious for the whole family.

4. Easy Prep Bolognaise

26 Spag Bol

Spag Bol is quicker and easier to prepare. You can have it premade and store it in the freezer/cooler for later. Just cook the pasta while you’re camping! Prep your sauce with some mince, two tins of tomatoes, tomato paste, load it with veges or beans and spices for a basic recipe. For extra snap, we recommend adding chorizo, bacon bits and mushrooms. Guarantee to make the kids lick the bowls.

5. Easy PreCamp Panang Curry

27 Panang Curry

A Thai and Japanese classic – that now you can turn into a super simple freezable camping meal on a budget. This is our kids all time favourite curry recipe. We premake at home with this recipe! You can have it premade at home or have the spices prepped so you can cook in your camp.

6. Quick Campfire Meat and 3 Veg

28. Meat and 3 veg

This is a must in any tent camping meals. Have your steak meats ready, then supplement it with some salad or stir fry and mash veggies. Easy, simple and everyone loves it.

7. One Pot Stews

30.One-pot stew

How long will you be travelling for? Long term trips or large adventures to remote destinations to the Cape, along the Gibb River Road or East Arnhem Land means big days and not much time for food preperation.

One Pot Stews are great to prepare before a big trip and stow into zip lock bags. It’s a favourite premade meal ideas for a camping trip. Use your favourite recipes loaded with fresh vegies, cook your recipe in bulk and freeze in A4 flat packs. These premade ‘no fuzz’ camping dinners fit perfectly in your Waeco or Engel.

8. Fried Rice

31 Fried Rice

Fried Rice is a campfire staple for dinner. It’s light, easy, healthy and can just come from leftovers or made from scratch. A favourite mix we have is the fully unrefrigerated variety which is perfect for hiking adventures. We cook the rice, brown the roasted garlic, add veges of any choosing and the soy and oyster sauce. Using dried chinese meats such as Lup Chong, means that no ingredients ever needs to touch a fridge. Perfect for the lightweight camper.

9. BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

32 Foil Chicken

BBQ chicken foil packs are easy campfire meals aluminum foil. There are different combinations you can make, but it’s smart to have them premade to marinate in more juices. Go for either a lemon-soy mix or an equally tasty chicken pineapple dish.

10. Scouts’ Favourite Lasagna

33 Lasagna

Making lasagna is difficult when your in a house. But camping, you can make it super easy with this super popular Scouts Favourite Lasagna. You know we are a Scouting family, so why not make this easy classic recipe for your troops.

11. Campfire Sausage and Veg

34 Sausage and Veg

Sausage and vegetables are easy. But lets make it even easier by cutting out most of the washing up and doing it kebab style! This is way to easy that not only can the kids do all the prep, they will also love to eat it!

12. One Pot Campfire Roast and Veg

35. One pot campfire roast & veg

Buying a large cut of beef from a local butcher while you travel is a sure fire way to keep the families bellies happy, and also save you a lot of money on quality meat. This beef above was $8 per kilo! A one pot roast is simple. Roast beef chuck, add your vegies to the same pot and cook over coals. Make a fresh damper and gravy from your meat juice and done – another easy family camping dinner favourite.

13. Coal Chicken Veg Skewers

35 Chicken Kebab

Chicken and Veggie Kebabs are another of our favourite campfire recipes. Spice the chicken and add onions, capsicum and maybe even some pineapples if you want something refreshing.

14. Grandma’s Favourite Campfire Tuna Mornay

37 Tuna Mornay

Tuna Mornay is delicious but needs a bit of work at home. This recipe can be modified so you don’t even need to refrigerate food items and still tastes great. Replace the grated cheese with packet dried parmesan and the fresh milk with milk powder. You can even cook it all in one single cast iron pan. Add it to your grandma’s favourite recipe list and enjoy the yumminess.

15. Easy Family Tacos

38 Family Tacos

If you can make Campfire tacos, hard tacos are the way to go. Prep some spiced mince, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese, then get a glob of avocado, sour cream and spicy taco sauce for a nice kick.

16. Char Grilled Burgers

43 Hot Ham and Pineapple Burger

Burgers are staple camping recipes in any camping holiday. Buy the premade patties or even better make your own. Add fresh salad, pineapple, beetroot and put your feet up and call dinner complete.

17. Vegan 5 Ingredient Pulled Pork

40. Pulled Vegan Jackfruit

For vegans who are looking for the best vegan camping foods, this tried and tested (and re-tested over and over again) vegan pulled pork sandwich recipe is delicious and easy to do. One of our premade meal ideas for a camping trip, the recipe features jackfruit as your meat substitute.

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18. Simple Jaffle Iron Pizzas

Jaffles are not only for breakfast. You can also get them for dinner as pizzas, similar to the calzone. It’s a way to enjoy pizza without too much hassle. Enjoy this camping food hack with pizza sauce, mozarella and pepperoni.

19. Campfire Sausage and Eggs

42 Sausage and Eggs

Who said sausages are only for breakfast? Campfire sausage and eggs are delicious and hearty, which make them classic camping food. With just a few ingredients to fill those tummies, this makes for one of the easiest camping foods.

Using these camping food ideas, are you now ready to write your next camping food list?

What food will you be preparing for your next camping trip?

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13 Easy Campfire Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Are you looking for camping recipes for your upcoming camping trip? Then look no further! These are the best and the easy campfire breakfast recipes that you can find online.

We have tested each and every one of these and are so extra easy peasy that you won’t have to fuss and the bonus is you minimise the cleanup! We have added not only the classic campfire recipes but camping food hacks you can try in a jiffy. Sounds good? Here they are!

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1. Easy Campfire Breakfast Burritos

1. breakfast-burrito

Campfire breakfast burritos are quick and easy classic camping food. Whip yourself up some scrambled eggs, salt to taste and roast any ingredients you love – choose capsicum or tomato for a vegetarian camping food option or ham and sprinkle with cheese for the classic morning breakfast burrito. You can toast the flour tortilla separately or wrap them up in foil and cook them on hot coals. Either way, both will give you minimal washing up.

2. Gourmet Camping Bacon and Egg Cups

Camping Food Ideas and Camping Snacks and Camping Meals

Gourmet Camping Bacon and Egg Cups look complicated at first glance, but I assure you there super simple. The trick is making sure the muffin trays for a family or singular camping pots are liberally brushed with butter. Wrap the bacon around the cups of the muffin tray and pour in your egg mixture. Throw in your favourite veggies, meats and some delicious pepper to taste.

3. Classic Campfire Egg-In-A-Hole

3. Egg in a hole

Egg-In-A-Hole or Frog-In-A-Pocket whatever you want to call this classic, it can be revved up in a jiffy! It’s a great, simple camping meal idea! All you need is a piece of toast, carve a nice hole on it and dump your tasty egg in the middle. Salt to taste and do your eggs over easy or sunny side up.

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4. One Tin Camping French Toast

4. French Toast

French Toast is delicious when hot, but since when is this an at home recipe only! For this tasty one pan camping food idea that feeds a whole family, all you need is pre-sliced fresh bread, a bread tin tray and your favourite french toast eggy mix. Wrap the fresh bread loaf in wax paper first, pour over your vanilla-eggy mix, then wrap in a thick set of foil. Once you do, throw it in your cast iron pan or bread tin and toast over a hot fire. Heat each side for around 10 minutes, then open top side and add some syrup, powdered sugar and some fruit preserves. Even the pickiest of kids will love this one pan winner. Yum! Here’s the full recipe.

5. Delish Camping Tin Foil Swagman Breakfast

Camping Meals Camping Snacks

Tin Foil Swagman is a do whatever you want and add anything you want type of breakfast. For this classic camping food idea, what you need is a sturdy tin foil wrap. Double it up when you can. This is where you get creative. Add in your choice of campfire breakfast for the day! Add hash browns, eggs, hams, bacon, meats, sausages and whatever delicious savouriness you want and roast over coals or a fire.

6. Camp Stove Stuffed Croissant

6. Stuffed Croissant

Here’s an easy campfire recipe that no one can fail and is sure to please all! All you need is pre-bought croissants, toasted or warmed any campfire way you want, slice in the middle and add your favourite breakfast stuffing like ham and cheese or roasted vegetables for the Vegetarian camping food idea. We like scrambled eggs ourselves.

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7. Balinese Pancakes

7.Bali Pancakes

Balinese Pancakes. We first ate these delicious pancakes in you guessed it, Bali while backpacking with kids. These are scrumptious, delicious and hearty. Want to try it? All you need is any type of thin pancake mixture of your choosing. We prefer wholemeal flour for better health. Cook on one side and add coconut and bananas on the soft, uncooked side. Flip that yummy pancake, until the bananas caramelise’ and the coconut crisps. The flavour already added into the batter means you don’t have to give kids sticky syrups if you dont want which also makes the perfect in the car and on the go snack.

8. Sweet CampFire Bread and Butter Pudding

8. bread butter pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding can be done in an oven, but if you want this hot dessert food, here’s one of our best camping food hacks. Slather some smooth butter on both sides of the toasts and arrange one on top of the other in a row on a bake dish or campfire cast iron cooking pot. Pour a well-wipped mixture of vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, milk, sugar and cream. Cover the entire thing in tin foil and cook for 30 mins.

9. Tasty Camping Jaffles

Jaffles can be scrumptious breakfast or afternoon snacks. They’re flexible like that. All you need is a jaffle iron and your favourite sandwich buttered outside. If you want camping food on a budget and don’t have that jaffle iron, all you need is our trusty tin foil and cook it on a pan. Our favourite is beans and cheese – too easy!

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10. CampFire Ham & Egg Rolls

10. Ham & Egg Rolls

This is a modified version of the Bacon and Egg Cups, which we admit is one of the best tent camping meals. Instead of a muffin pan, make some bread bowls from bread rolls. Add some ham and cheese and plop some eggs in. Wrap in foil and cook on a deep, closed pan. The clean up on this one is next to nothing.

11. No-Cook Camping Cereal

11. No Cook Cereal

Budget Camping? No time? Cereals. Fruits. Nuts. Milk. Let’s make family camping easier so we can all be out enjoying the great outdoors instead.

12. CampFire Porridge

12. campfire porridge

Campfire Kitchen has a nice recipe on this. You can premake the mixture and store in a ziplock. When you’re ready, boil some water and add it to your mixture. Let it sit and enjoy one of the great premade meal ideas for a camping trip!

13. CampFire Banana Sandwich

13.Banana Sandwiches

Prep a pair of crunchy toasts. Add some sliced bananas, some peanut butter or caramel sauce in between. You can either go no-cook or well-toasted, making it one of the easy camping meals for large groups.

We’d love to hear from you.

Comment below and tell us – what is your favourite camping breakfast?

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3 years of full-time travel, 7 different countries, 2 incredible childhoods – and we’re nowhere near done! We wanted to not waste a moment of our kids’ childhood, live a life with no regrets and were prepared to jump out of our comfort level to do it!

We budget, we adventure, and love nothing more than the feeling a fresh adventure and dirt beneath our toes.

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24 Travel Gadgets for 2019 to make Travel with Kids easier

If you travel with kids, gadgets are a must.  Gadgets are there to make our life easier, but you must also consider the space and weight that each gadget takes up.  This is our tried and test list of gadgets that we have put together after travelling for 2 years on the road.  Some of them are just too fun to miss out on, others are downright necessary when travelling with kids.   These also make perfect gifts for travellers. 

 

1. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

We even took our own speaker backpacking in South America!  We have a few elements that guide us into picking an item to carry caravanning with the family. One, it needs to be hardy and rugged since we’ll be using it outdoors.  Two, it needs to provide hours of fun to the entire family.

The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is an enjoyable gadget to bring.  Travelling Australia with kids, we need something that can play music and lessons around the caravan. Flip 4’s sound is loud enough and balanced enough to use it all day.  The Flip 4 has a listed 12 hours operational time, but the average reports to be between 8 – 10 hours on max volume. This varies depending on the use.

Do we love it though? You bet.

 

2. Aikove Portable 24000 mAh Solar Power Bank Charger

 

Aikov Portable 24000 mAh Solar Power Bank Charger

Portable chargers are some of the must-haves in your family travel. When picking a portable charger, make sure it has enough juice for as many devices that you have. You would want to have around 3 full charges per device at the very least. In addition to the three charges, you would want a high wattage for fast charging.

The Aikove Portable Charger is everything that you need in your camping holidays.  Put it near the window and let it soak up as much sun as possible.  Connect it up to 3 devices simultaneous and get a nice 5v 2.4 amp charge throughout.

We also love how the Aikove Portable Charger is as rugged as it can be.  Its durable rubber body is easy to hold and can stay together for a few drops onto jagged soil.  We just love it to keep our family travel blog up and running through our mobile gadgets.

 

3. Dry Bag TPU Waterproof Armband Case Bag

Dry Bag TPU Waterproof Armband Case Bag

If you’re going to caravanning around Australia, waterproofing is your friend. The Drybag TPU Waterproof Armband base lets you be extra adventurous when you run around. Put it on your arm and go to extreme activities with your kids!

Want to go rafting? Bring your phone with you and take those gorgeous photos. The Drybag is easy, does its job and works exactly the same as it says on the tin.

You can’t get it any easier than that.

 

4. Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

The Kidizoom smartwatch Dx2 has many features that can make kids enjoy using their smartwatch! The Dx2 features two cameras that let your kids take anything from a simple selfie to a day to day vlog of their adventures.

Travelling Australia with kids has never been this easy! Customise the watch’s interface with various styles to choose from. Play with silly apps so your kids get more fun in the caravan.

 

5. Wireless Charger, BlitzWolf 10W Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless Charger, BlitzWolf 10W Wireless Charging Pad

If you’re one of those people who wants the latest gadgets with you in your family travel, you might have experienced over wireless charging.  Most of the newer gadgets take advantage of wireless charging, so here’s the thing.  Don’t bring 10 different chargers with you.

The BlitzWolf 10W Wireless Charging Pad is the all-in-one charger that you need for your newer tech. You can use it for your iPhones, Samsung S8 series and all other Qi-enabled devices.

Going at 195g, it’s light and portable. It protects your phone from overcharging and is non-slip, so you don’t get your phone moving in place.

The BlitzWolf Wireless Charging Pad is your all-in-one charging companion.

 

6. Huawei P20 Pro Twilight

Huawei P20 Pro Twilight

The Huawei P20 Pro Twilight is one of the best smartphones on the market right now for bloggers. Why? It’s the top-level camera.

The P20 packs a gorgeous Leica Triple Camera, scoring the highest-ever mark on image authority DxOMark with 109. Its system features a 40-Megapixel 1/1.73” RGB camera, a 20MP 1/2.78” monochrome camera and an 8MP, 1/4.4” RGB camera with optical stabilisation.

What all this means is you get professional quality images that show how beautiful the world is. The photos we take look stunning. It’s like we framed Australia on the palm of our hands!

Huawei P20 shows how you can enjoy Australia during your family travel. We recommend this phone for anyone who wants to shoot photos like a pro.

 

7. GoPro HERO7 Black, Waterproof Digital Action Camera

 

The Go Pro is ubiquitous for all families travelling Australia with kids. It’s the gadget that you need to document your every adventure!

It’s rugged, waterproof and perfect for sharing any experiences that you have without worries. Take photos, live stream and get powerful 4k, 60fps video that looks as awesome as the moment itself.

We even tested it on our camping holidays.

 

8. Kindle Paperwhite 3G E-reader

Kindle Paperwhite 3G E-reader

Reading is one of the most important things to impart on kids whilst they are young. When you have some family places to go, having a Kindle with you to pass the time is an important pastime.

With Kindle, you can read as much as you want without a headache from gadget screens. Read classics like the Moby Dick, Adventures of Tom Sawyer and up to thousands more in the Amazon library.

The thing that got us like the Kindle so much is the battery time. Depending on the use, it takes a week to go to half charge.  For a family travelling Australia in a van, the Kindle is a great edutainment gadget for the entire family.

You can get the Kindle App on your Ipad, but it is just not the same.  We can hand the kids the Kindle and know they are ONLY reading books, in comparison to the Ipad where the temptation to want to play or watch something always takes over.

 

9. Huawei Watch 2, Carbon Black, Android Wear 2.0

Huawei Watch 2, Carbon Black, Android Wear 2.0

If you’re caravanning with kids, you need a versatile watch just for yourself.  Joe chose the Huawei Watch as it is ultra versatile.  He can add a SIM to take and receive calls travelling Australia and overseas, and its waterproof up to 10m.  He just never takes this watch off.  The added bonus with this watch is that it also translates languages which have been invaluable for backpacking! Knowing the family’s current health situation lets us take care of everyone soon.

This is why you need a smartwatch. A Huawei Watch 2 with Android Wear 2.0 is just about everything that you’d need to watch your family’s health when caravanning.

 

10. CozyPhones Sleep Headphones

Cozy Phones Sleep Headphones for Kids

We’ve featured the Cozy Phones in our previous articles, and we’re adding it here again due to how useful they are!  

Cozy Phones lets you and your kids listen to your favourite audio tracks with full ease and comfort.  The headphones are built-in on the soft silky headband, so you can rest or sleep in the caravan whilst you listen to your favourite podcasts.  They even can be used for lessons for the kids.

The fabric material’s soft, providing comfy pressure and you can use it as a sleep mask. We can’t recommend Cozy Phones enough! They’re too awesome to pass up.

 

11. Adata HD710 Rugged External Hard Drive, 4TB

Adata HD710 Rugged External Hard Drive, 4TB

When you’re keeping a family travel blog, the number one tech need you have is a hard drive. To be specific, you’d want a super rugged external hard drive to keep all the photos and important documents. The Adata HD710 Rugged External Hard Drive is a stalwart friend that is ready to use every time.

The HD710 is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, so you can carry it wherever you go.  The HD710 works with PC, Mac or Linux, so you can go places for kids and adventure hard without having to worry about your files.

If you want the USB-C option for faster transfer speed, we recommend the LaCie USB-C HDD. This hard drive can take as much abuse on the road, so you’d love using it.

12. Ourine 24000mAh Solar Charger Power Bank with 3 Foldable Solar Panels

Ourine 24000mAh Solar Charger Power Bank with 3 Foldable Solar PanelsThe Ourine Solar Charger Power Bank packs a whopping 24000 mAh that you can use for a variety of things. For one, you can use it as a run of the mill power bank for your devices. You can also use it as a night light when you’re out on a caravanning ground.

We’ve gone a lot of times without straight up power to save on money on our caravanning around Australia. A charger that uses up the sun in Australia is as free as it gets for energy. The Ourine Solar Charger is our power buffer and solar surge protector. It’s the most convenient way to straight up get the best out of your energy needs.

 

13. LEMEGO USB Charger 5 Port Quick Charge 3.0 50W/10A USB Charging Station

LEMEGO USB Charger 5 Port Quick Charge 3.0 50W 10A USB Charging Station

The LEMEGO USB 5 Port Charger is the solution to the over drain kids and kid-adults put on their gadgets batteries.  The device is using a quick charge technology that can fill up most phones to 80% in 35 minutes. That’s a good level of charge that can relieve you the headache of dealing with kids’ boredom.

The only gripe we have is that the LEMEGO 5 port is a bit bulky and lacks the right connector.  In a caravan, this should be no problem.  One alternative we recommend is using a Cigarette Lighter Splitter Car Charger, which monitors battery voltage whilst you charge.

 

14. Arkon Windshield or Dash Car Mount Holder

Arkon Windshield or Dash Car Mount Holder

The Arkon Dash Car Mount Holder is a useful travel accessory that holds devices in place.  You can use this for navigation through GPS, connect your phone to your Bluetooth audio or make it your control panel.

The spring-loaded holder allows for single hand operation, from insertion to removal. That means you don’t need to pull over to get it snug in place!

We can’t tell you enough how this saved us from the monotony of endless roads on the Outback. We get to play our favourite music or make dash videos for the family travel blog. There’s too much fun from a simple Dash Car Mount!

 

15. Lovphone Sport and Gym Armband Case for iPhones

Lovphone Sport and Gym Armband Case for iPhones

Sport and gym armband cases tend to be on the typical side of tech gadgets, but for a family travelling Australia in a van, this is invaluable.

Armband cases mean you can take your kids to the park, beach or an event and still be completely handsfree without filling your pockets.  It also is a great helper to prevent your kids from forgetting their own mobile gadgets in stops and campgrounds.  As long as the device is on their arm and some guidance for your little Aussies, you’ll be good to go.

What we like about the Lovphone armband is the waterproofing and protection it provides. Its PVC and neoprene material prevent damage from liquids, sweat, scratching and even dust.

The armband even has a reflective strip, so people can see you in lowlight environments.

 

16. JBL Lifestyle Tune 110BT Wireless in-Ear HeadphonesJBL Lifestyle Tune 110BT Wireless in-Ear Headphones

If the adults in your travelling family aren’t committed to the CozyPhones, than these Wireless headphones will be for you.  

The JBL Lifestyle Tune 100BT Wireless is a nifty set of wireless earbuds designed to cut down on the gamut of cords in the van. The buds provide amazing audio quality for the price. It’s not the best value dollar-for-dollar, but it’s right up there.

The buttons in the Tune 100BT are also nice and big, so you don’t need to fiddle around too much. It even has a good bass to keep the audio crisp and booming.

 

17. Canon PIXMA MG2560 Multi-Function Home Printer

Canon PIXMA MG2560 Multi-Function Home Printer

Homeschooling or carrying out a business on the road – then a lightweight printer is a must. 

The Canon PIXMA MG2560 is one of the smaller, more portable inkjet printers that won’t break the bank. It can print both high-quality photos and fast document printing, depending on what you need.

On the road, this is an invaluable travel tech that nobody should miss. At its current price range, the Canon PIXMA MG2560 is a bargain printer when you need to print that quick document.

 

18. Safemore 2 Level VPS Origin Power Board Tower

Safemore 2 Level VPS Origin Power Board Tower

Going on camping holidays, the bane of our existence is the lack of power points to plug our stuff. 

That’s the reason that we recommend getting a Safemore 2 Level Power Tower. It’s a power cube where you can connect everything! It has 6 outlets total and 4 USB 2.1A chargers, enough for a family of 4!

The colourful design looks sleek on any surface. Our favourite part is that it has an overload protection built-in. That means your gadgets are safe if ever you get a full surge!

 

19. DJI Mavic 2 Series Pro Camera Drone

DJI Mavic 2 Series Pro Camera Drone

Joe’s favourite product – a must have for Dads and even Mums!  Drones are awesome for family travel. 

This Mavic Pro 2 makes it so easy to include in your caravanning Australia set up.  It’s small enough to carry all around and fun for the kids to fly.

Equipped with a Swedish Hasselblad camera, you won’t only get to fly it when caravanning. It lets you document sweeping fields, the gorgeous Outback and much more.

This is perfect for a family travel blog! Assemble it easy and disassemble it easier. Make it a task for the kids and they’ll be more than happy to help you.

 

20. CREUSA Bluetooth Selfie Stick Tripod

As a family travel blog, we need all the good angles we can get for that perfect photo. 

The CREUSA selfie stick is a multi-function monopod and tripod that connects to your phone or Go Pro via Bluetooth. Its aluminium construction is thick and solid but light to carry all day.  This results in a more stable photo or video you can upload on social media.

What we love about this selfie stick are its variable modes. You can set it up as a stand-alone tripod with the removable remote so you can join those group shots! Mount a Go Pro and bring it to an adventure as a body or shoulder cam.

The CREUSA Selfie Stick Tripod is a good gadget to use on your camping holidays. Go caravanning with kids and start taking those photos!

 

21. SteriPen Classic 3 UV Water Purifier

SteriPen Classic 3 UV Water Purifier

Drinking from the tap is not a problem when you know you have a clean water source around. However, on an Australia roadtrip that may not always be possible.

The Steripen Classic UV Water Purifier is a fast and effective method to remove 99.9% of bacteria from your drinking water. Purify a litre of water in just 1.5 minutes! Press a button, leave it and you’re all set for clean drinking water.

What we love about the Steripen is the portability and trust in the product. It’s one of those trusted products around the world that can help provide safe drinking water to your family. As parents to two wonderful little Aussies, we’re more than glad we have something like this for our travels.

 

22. Lookatool LiPo Li-Po Battery Fireproof Safety Guard

Lookatool LiPo Li-Po Battery Fireproof Safety Guard

With family places to go around the world, we tend to carry gadgets around a lot. Gadgets mean we have Li-Po batteries.

The Lookatool LiPo Battery Guard is the last battery carry bag you would ever need.  Perfect, and in some airport mandatory for air travel. 

This battery bag can carry all your Lithium polymer batteries and is designed to safely contain any leaks or explosions that may happen.

The bag is both fireproof and follows USA/AUS/NZ flight standards for battery carry-on, so you can rest assured that you are safe when you’re on family travel.  We took these with us all about New Zealand and South America and never were held up at the airport!

 

23. 5.5″ Flex USB Fan Cooling Portable

5.5 inch Flex USB Fan Cooling Portable

Travelling Australia in a van can get hot!  Australia has sweltering heat, and you will need even a small reprieve from it.

The 5.5” Flex USB Fan won’t do a lot, but it’s your best bet when you have a spare USB port. It’s fast, quiet and works with any USB connection. The blades are made of silicone, so no risk of injuries for the family.

It’s great when you travel with kids and a nice add-on for how cheap it is.

 

24. Apple iPad 9.7″ (6th Gen. 2018) Tablet 128GB WiFi – Space Grey

Apple iPad 9.7 (6th Gen. 2018) Tablet 128GB WiFi - Space Grey

 

Apple’s iPad is one of the best travel techs that you can give to anyone. It’s useful to both us as parents and to the kids as well!

When travelling Australia with kids, you can use it to help navigate your way around the winding roads of the Outback. Whilst doing so, you can have them play games or learn their lessons through educational apps.

The iPad makes multitasking easy, and we love moving back and forth between gaming and using it as a utility tool.  Whether you’re aiming for business or play, the iPad is a great way to help your little Aussie to enjoy moments with the family.

 

What have we missed?  What would you add?

This is our list of best gadgets to take to make travelling easier with your family.  But what would you take?  What should we add to this list?

Want to make travelling with kids easier? Bring some gadgets with you! Here are some recommendations for the best travel tech for 2019 to use in your trips.

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How to Travel Oz and stay Happy and Healthy

Free camping, travelling around Australia and unlimited holidays with kids really does sound like the dream life.  What could possibly go wrong?  But to travel Oz and to stay both happy and healthy requires some helpful advice.

Autumn from Nourished Wanderings shares with us her TOP 6 TIPS to keep your belly trim, your finances in order and happiness of the family front and centre.

 

Courtesy Nourished Wanderings and Iam Fearless Soul

 

Hi, I am Autumn from the Nourished Wandering blog. 

We’ve been travelling since January 2017 and have learnt some great lessons about life and staying healthy on the road during this time.

The travelling lifestyle has so many benefits; stress levels are low, you are more active and you are spending time exploring and having fun with the people you love the most….what a winning combination!

However, there are a few things that can upset that beautiful balance…too many convenience foods, too many happy hours and stress over sticking to your budget to name a few.

I have written 6 easy steps that will keep you Happy and Healthy while travelling around Australia.  

 

1.  Just because it fits doesn’t mean you need it.

Six months into our trip we upgraded from a camper trailer to a caravan.  This move has been incredible. 

However, I very quickly fell into the trap of filling the extra space with ‘stuff’.  My new fridge and freezer were easily double the size of what I had previously, and I just kept filling it.

All of a sudden our grocery bill had blown out to $290/week, close to half our total budget and while we were eating like royalty it was definitely not sustainable.

Lesson One:  Don’t fill your extra space with ‘stuff’.

BABINDA, QLD – Free camping views at its finest

2.  Keep it Simple

We needed to make some changes, which was hard for this self-confessed ‘foodie’.  But ‘simple’ works so much better on the road; fewer ingredients, less time preparing & less stress.

I aim to do a cook every second day for dinner.  A kilogram of mince full of veg covers us for burritos one night, and spag bol the next.  A whole boiled chook will give us chicken noodle soup, and then enough meat for lunch wraps, chicken & bacon pasta and another meal of chicken fried rice.

Lesson Two:  “‘Simple’ works so much better on the road; fewer ingredients, less time preparing & less stress”.

 

 READ MORE: 10 Tips to TRAVEL AUSTRALIA on a $25 accomodation budget

 

3.  Make a plan

Whatever your food budget is, stick to it.  Have a plan how to use all your fresh ingredients each week and don’t let them go to waste.

If you aren’t going to use it, chop it up and freeze it for another time. I love a good ‘pot luck’ curry for the last of the carrots, potatoes and veg! 

Plan your lunches as well, it will save you so many $$.  We tend to go in waves.  Wraps, rice paper rolls, rice cakes with sardines, veg & meat platter, salads…then repeat 🙂

Lesson Three:   “Whatever your food budget is, stick to it”. 

 

4.  Choose ‘honest’ food every time

Honest food doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.  It doesn’t have ingredients ..it is THE ingredients.

If you have a good selection of herbs, spice mixes and basics like tomato paste, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, curry paste you can make pretty much anything. The ready made packets from the supermarket just don’t compare in taste or anywhere near the nutrition.

Snacks can be a tough one.  We tend to go for fruit, nuts, rice crackers, yoghurt and popcorn etc.  

Travelling around you get first dibs on all the beautiful local produce.  We are currently loving the huge punnets of raspberries in Tassie that we could never afford on the mainland.

Lesson Four:  “Choose ‘honest’ food”.

5.  Move every single day

I have been having so much fun actually playing with the kids this trip.  This is something I never felt like I had enough time to do at home.

The boys’ current favourite is cricket which can be played just about anywhere (so I’ve found out). We also aim to include a bush walk or a bike ride in our sightseeing plans as often as we can.  Parkrun every Saturday too. 

But exercise is as simple as taking a walk around your campsite and having a sticky beak at others setups (we can’t be the only ones who love that?).

Lesson Five:  “Just move”.

 

READ MORE:  How much should I leave with to Travel Australia

 

6.  Happy Hour

It’s hard not to join in nightly Happy Hour sometimes.  In fact, I think we went 2 months without missing a happy hour at the start of our trip.

I never drink every day at home and I certainly wasn’t feeling my best after a while, especially with happy hour snacks thrown into the mix.  Did I mention that alcohol is also bloody expensive, especially when you get to some of the more remote destinations? 

To compromise, at least a couple of times a week, my happy hour drink of choice is mineral water…saves money and my liver 🙂

Lesson Six:  “Cut down on HAPPY HOURS and save your money and your liver!”.

The Biggest Travel Oz Lesson:  Autumn from Nourished Wanderings

My biggest lesson so far is that we should have hit the road as soon as we first started thinking about it. 

We wasted 5 years trying to decide if we could make it work, and the truth is that you CAN make it work.  Whatever your budget, whatever your time frame, you just have to get out there and do it!

 

GUEST POST by Autumn of Nourished Wanderings 

Autumn travels with her two children and husband.  She has a very positive and inspirational blog that we love to follow that focuses on family, embracing life and of course nutrition.  Thanks Autumn for contributing.  Safe travels… Noela

 

Learn the six tips to make free camping, travelling around Australia and holidays with kids, the healthiest and happiest they can be.

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Travel Hack – Kids safety and increased independence

Mr ‘almost 9’ has demonstrated his maturity many, many times to us over the past few months, but we obviously still worry about outside sources when giving him his much needed and deserved independence.

However, we have found using these 

Hand Held UHF’s can take some of that extra worry away. 

Using these, we can let Rob head off for a bike ride, walk or meet up with a friend, and the moment he feels unsafe or we worry, we can be in direct contact with him.  Now these little UHFs are different to the standard open channel units installed in cars, 4×4’s and trucks.  These operate solely on a closed channel so unless someone owns the same unit and are on the same channel, the conversation is most likely to be private.

The added bonus is the kids love these little units and have become a great toy to keep the kids entertained (double purpose!).   They seem to be a favourite when playing with other kids they meet, and they also get to learn correct radio protocol at the same time! Although it did take Miss 5 a long time to figure out who ‘Roger’ was!