road tripping with small children (plus a sinchies giveaway!)

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In the lead up to our road trip I was quite nervous. I didn’t know how the drive would go and my idea of a holiday is not being stuck in a car full of screaming children for hours on end, which I feared was just what I was walking into. I didn’t really know how to prepare or what to take with us. But now that we are back, and survived the journey, I’m itching to plan another trip!

We didn’t drive very far, in the scheme of things. We went from Melbourne to Merimbula which is about a seven hour drive from home – on google maps. On the way up we stopped half way in Metung for a couple of nights and then continued on. On the way back we planned to do the same thing, but every time we thought we might stop there was a child sleeping or the back seat was quiet so we just kept going… eleven hours later we walked in our front door. Phew, it was a massive day but oh so worth it.

I thought I’d share some of the things I did to make the long journey easier, just in case any of you might find it useful.

When we go away I always pack sinchies reusable pouches for the kids, and fill them with different things for them to enjoy on the road (pictured above). This time I made oat and cacao smoothies / apple and kale / apple, kale and vanilla yoghurt and had them ready to go in the freezer the night before. They absolutely love them and it limits the mess in the car too. Last time I purchased I made sure to buy some extra child safe lids so I can be more confident about the Pixie in particular opening the lid by herself – a phrase I am becoming very familiar with. We use sinchies every week in the kinder lunch box or for easy snacks at the park and so on. They will also be used regularly for the baby too now that she is on the verge of eating. Since I began using sinchies, I realised they aren’t just for kids, they’re great storage containers for homemade soup, sauces, dressing and even things like sunscreen and toiletries when travelling! They have a great range of other products too which suits “no rubbish/nude food” lunches – like sandwich, snack and wrap bags. Win.

Another favourite of ours are little bento boxes* which the girls absolutely love. I know it sounds kind of silly but they seem to eat so much more when it looks interesting. And for a food nerd like me there is nothing better than cutting sandwiches into animal shapes!

We didn’t have any firm intentions to make it all the way to Merimbula without technology, but just to give us some buffers I put together two little writing kits made out of sandwich boxes, you can see them pictured above with crayons and pencils on one side and post its and stickers on the other. So simple, and provided a whole lot of fun both on the road and while we were at our destination. Believe it or not the car was iPad free the ENTIRE JOURNEY!

Lastly we always have story CDs on the go – although we have listened to them so many times I could chant them out myself without having to press play…

Going away isn’t really free and easy like it used to be pre-kids. Not much is impromptu, and on the eve of most trips we are up incredibly late, ticking things off lists and folding and packing and tidying and searching the house for those last minute things (teddies, undies, that missing shoe). At that point it’s easy to question why we go at all. But then you arrive at your destination and stretch your legs, maybe have a glass of wine, and everything is ok again.

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To make your next trip a little easier (be it to the local park or further afield) Sinchies are offering one lucky motherwho reader one of their starter kits which includes 2 x 80mL, 2 x 140mL, 2 x 200mL, 1 x 500mL, 1 x 1L, 1 x funnel, 3 x child safe lids, and a cleaning brush. An excellent addition to any wholefoods pantry. I should also mention sinchies products are free from BPA, Phthalate and PVC which is important to me when making choices for my kids. They are also dishwasher and freezer safe which is a must when you’re a busy parent making food from scratch.

You can enter a maximum of three times by:

1/ subscribing to motherwho via email (over on the side bar)

2/ liking motherwho on facebook

3/ sharing this giveaway on Facebook or instagram

Leave a comment here with your email address for each entry so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Please note this giveaway is for Australian residents only. The competition will be closed on Sunday 13th December at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday 14th. Good luck!

*** UPDATE *** COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED ***

And the winner is… Tina! Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Sinchies giveaway and a big welcome to those who’ve joined us in the last week. Tina, I will be in touch to link you in with Sam from Sinchies. Have a great week everyone!

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30 Comments

  1. Anna Stewart December 6, 2015

    I looooooove Sinchies. They’re the BEST when we’ve been out and about! I love your sneaky Kale addition – I’ll have to try that he he

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  2. Anna Stewart December 6, 2015

    I looooooove Sinchies. They’re the BEST for when we’re out and about! I love your sneaky Kale addition – I’ll have to try that he he

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  3. Rachel December 6, 2015

    I love Sinchies too, they make treating the kiddies to homemade goodness a sinch will be definitely trying some of your other ideas on our upcoming road trip to Canberra clever motherwho!!

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  4. Meg December 6, 2015

    Yes please!

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  5. Lizzy December 6, 2015

    These look awesome! X

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  6. Lizzy December 6, 2015

    These look awesome! X

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  7. Jacqui Duxson December 6, 2015

    Lucy! Perfect post! I am trying to convince Pete we can drive further than Lorne for a holiday in January…maybe now I can get him to believe even 7 hours is possible!

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  8. Sophie lorback December 7, 2015

    Lucy! This is a fab post! We are planning all kinds of rd trips and I totally relate to your last minute questioning “why are we doing this again…and “where is…” Whilst packing scenarios! Looking forward/ slightly nervous about our next rd trip and hike at the prom! Hopefully see you in Poowong with your sinchies snacks!

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  9. Sophie lorback December 7, 2015

    Can’t wait to borrow recipe ideas off you Lucy for my sinchies pouches in the next few months!

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  10. Alice December 8, 2015

    Such a great idea! Will definitely be using these ideas when Gracie is older xx

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  11. Rebecca December 9, 2015

    Great idea, sound super handy!

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  12. Rebecca December 9, 2015

    Subscribed and liked! 🙂

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  13. Sharee Ussher December 9, 2015

    Thanks for a great blog, so glad I came across you.
    Thank you also for a great giveaway with Sinchies, I had them with my 2 older boys but now I have a 3rd & really need to get some as he’s on solids (just turned 1yr).
    I’ve entered all 3 steps. My email is: sharee.ussher@gmail.com & my facebook name is: Sharee Ussher.
    Thanks again & looking forward to reading your blogs.

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  14. kylea daymond December 9, 2015

    Love the sinchies pouches the different sizes suit everything!!

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  15. Teresa Clark December 9, 2015

    Sinchies are the best, would love some more

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  16. Katrina December 9, 2015

    Love sinchies, such a fantastic product

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  17. Cassie December 9, 2015

    Thanks to sinchies for heading me to your blog & Facebook. Great read and Comp entered!

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  18. Adrienne Noble December 9, 2015

    Fabulous to keep occupied
    On long trips they must ride
    Sandwich container and drawing pack
    I think i will need a stack

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  19. Jessica Ashbrooke December 10, 2015

    Awesome I’d live to try winches so many wonderful uses

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  20. Mel December 10, 2015

    We are planning to go on a road trip in april so these tips were so handy.

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  21. Mel Dutney December 10, 2015

    I would love to win the sinchies foe road trip n i have a baby that will be coming up to testing solid soon so they would be handy for that too.

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  22. Rhonda December 10, 2015

    I love Sinchies … and I love the crayon/sticker box idea too 🙂

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  23. Alex December 10, 2015

    I have some reusable pouches that boys love greek yoghurt in but they are starting to look a bit “well loved” and I’d heard a few people talk about sinchies so will have to try them out.
    Love love love the Tupperware activity packs, making those up for next road trip for sure. We haven’t attempted anything over 4 hours (that’s also required 2 playground stops!).
    Thanks for great ideas

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  24. rebecca yangzon December 10, 2015

    These are fantastic so so many uses and reuseable its a household must love love sinchies .I will be sure to try the crayon /lunchbox next holidays what a brilliant idea.

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  25. Carissa December 10, 2015

    Great blog.
    Great tips.
    This is going to come in so handy with two little one

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  26. Georgina December 10, 2015

    Liked and shared 🙂

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  27. Samara McRae December 10, 2015

    Yes please. Would love this!

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  28. TINA Subo December 12, 2015

    Thanks! I liked you on FB.

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  29. TINA Subo December 12, 2015

    I shared on FB.

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  30. TINA Subo December 12, 2015

    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter.

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