Most of the details, info and experiences are generally applicable to travelling with children to countries in which we offer campervans, motorhomes and 4wd vehicles, such as the USA, Canada and Africa as well as Australia and New Zealand. All our Totally Campers consultants have young families and amongst them have gathered a wealth of experience and information regarding travelling with young kids. The good thing is too that they are eager to share their experiences with you! So please feel free to contact us here at Totally Campers and ask what you need to know!
Plans on going on a camper or 4wd holiday with your family? Please contact us or let us know that you will travel with young children when you send in your enquiry form through this website. Our consultants will then pay special attention to this fact and make sure they inform you accordingly.
Child seats: Many campervans, 4wd’s and motorhomes can be fitted with child restraints. A child seat is compulsory for children up to 3 years of age. A Booster seat is compulsory for children between 4 and 6 years of age. Exceptions to these rules are always possible in case a child is light or heavy for his or her age, or tall/short. Using your own child restraint is not legal in most countries, unless you live in the country you travel in. !
Sleeping arrangements: Many parents let their kids sleep in the top bunk bed (the bed over the cabin). In larger motorhomes, a luggage barrier (elastic net) is usually fitted, and that can be used as a barrier to prevent children rolling out as well. Most of our clients also put their travel bags or suitcases on the bed as an extra barrier which works too. The top bunks are usually very deep and if the kids are sleeping with their heads facing the front of the vehicle, nothing much can happen and the added advantage is that the parents can still have some quality-time after kiddies-bedtime at the back of the camper in the seating area!
4 person-campervans: We also offer smaller type 4 berth hitop campervans, usually built on the Toyota hitop chassis. These are well suitable for travelling with the family on a budget, however, please keep in mind that these vehicles are not that spacious, especially not with the beds set up. There is not much space to shelter if it rains either. Some of these models are longer, wider and higher than the usual hitop camper. These are the “longwheelbase” hitop campers and offer a bit more space and therefore comfort. But, travel budget permitting, nothing beats the good old spacious 4 or 6 berth motorhome when travelling with children!
Hours on the road: After booking we can also help you with making a rough planning to ensure you do not wear out the kids, working out a maximum number of kms to travel every day. That is very important: long distances due to a wrong planning result in unhappy children, which again results in parents who cannot enjoy the trip to the fullest. Take your time! When putting together an itinerary, try to work with a maximum of between 150 and 200 kms per day on average.
Adventure: Children love adventurous activities. For most kids that can be achieved by simply bush camping and sitting around an open fire at night, roasting marsh mallows! Nature walks, short or longer, depending on the age of your children, can be fantastic too, especially when there is lots of wildlife to spot! Children must play, so allow ample time for this and make good use of the many playgrounds that you come past along the way. Visiting a Zoo is also a great thing to do. Especially as many of the animal species are different from the ones at home. Try and visit a farm with the kids. Many farmers are keen on explaining and showing the working of their pride and joy if you show genuine interest and kids usually love this!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE!
Our friendly Totally Campers staff is happy to help you out with all sorts of information, geared towards your own family, your travel plans and travel budget.
For more information, please contact us via the following form and we will reply to your query by email:
Contact – Travelling with Kids
You can also call us on (+61) 3 90174810 Should our office be closed at the time you call, please leave a detailed message, and repeat your number or email address we can contact you on!