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Going camping would have to be one of the best ways to spend a family holiday. Whether you head to the beach or the bush, you are guaranteed to have a great time if you are well prepared.

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  • Theresa

    Hi melissa! great article. I think that list will come in handy.ReplyCancel

  • Great checklist! I have fond memories of camping as a child – food always seems to taste better outside for some reason. I’m a bit soft these days but still enjoy a picnic – does that count?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Alix….I’m a bit soft too – that’s why we now have a camper trailer. And yes food definitely does taste better outdoors so I think a picnic does count.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Alix…I’m sure a picnic does count but I can tell you we definitely don’t ‘rough’ it when we camp!ReplyCancel

  • We bought a trailer tent a few months ago and we are in the process of getting it all kit out ready for us to in the Spring (Weather dependent – we live in the UK!) – great list – Thankyou! xxReplyCancel

  • Gillian

    Hi there. I am finding your tips really helpful. I have been invited to go camping next summer with some friends. I have no camping gear as yet and need help with a list. Tent is of course top priority but could you advise me on other things. I do not want to go to the store and get “bullied” into buying unnecessary things. Thank you so much xReplyCancel

    • Hi Gillian….buying camping gear can be daunting and there is nothing worse than pushy sales staff. Apart from your tent, which I would suggest you spend the most money on if it is something you are going to be using a lot, I would recommend that you get a good fold up chair, you will need something to sleep on like an air mattress or camp stretcher and maybe a sleeping bag or you could just bring blankets from home. If you are going with friends check and see what gear they have but maybe bring a plate, bowl, cup and utensils for yourself. A billy is also handy to boil water in or cook in. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy camping. Melissa :)ReplyCancel

Tasmania is such a glorious place to holiday. We had a film crew follow us around on our recent family driving holiday along the Tasmanian East Coast. Check out the videos to see how beautiful this state is.

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  • Jasmin

    Looks like you had so much fun, it’s lovely to see your smiling face Kat on the video’s Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jasmin, yes it was beautiful down there the sun shone for our whole trip!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I enjoyed reading about your experience – I love Tassie and have visited 4 times (though the last time was 18 years ago). Our three youngest have never been to Tassie and I’d love to take them there. We have done three Fly-Drives and once we took our own car on the Sea-Cat which left near Sale in Victoria. It was a very very bumpy trip and I would never go on it again (I think it’s no longer in service). The Spirit of Tasmania looks a lot more civilised – and the fact that you can take your own car is a bonus. Mmmmm – might have to start planning a trip….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You must Julia it’s so beautiful down there and to take your own car and travel around at your leisure is what makes it such a great family holiday. Hope you can find time soon to visit! I didn’t include it in this list, but you should stop at the Raspberry Farm, we didn’t get a chance this trip, but so yummy there!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    We have wanted to visit Wine Glass bay, it’s so beautiful. Loved that a film crew followed you along, we got to holiday with you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL it was like that, Wine Glass Bay is beautiful and you have a few different options on how to view it, there is the walk we went on, which you can see it from a distance, a walk double the distance to get closer (one day I’d love to do that one) or I am sure I am right in saying that you can do a tour on a boat in there too.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I am interested in booking a trip to TAS but don’t know where to start. I assume there are packages around? Any recommendations?
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Vicki O'Neill

    Kat, thank you for sharing your family’s Tasmanian east coast holiday! I really enjoyed reading (& watching!) all of your adventures. It was especially nice hearing & seeing it all from your perspective, as a Mum/wife & someone we all trust to give us an honest opinion. I really enjoyed your video-blog! Fabulous work! Tasmania is so beautiful! So lovely of you to share your family’s getaway. Thank you. I might have to start planning my family’s next trip…. VxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Vicki, we all had fun with the film crew following us on our adventure. It’s just so beautiful down there, 2nd time we have been and it just amazes me, seriously fields of cattle and sheep on one side of the road, then beautiful beaches on the other, stunning!!ReplyCancel

Create a ‘guest basket’ for visitors who are staying with you over the holidays.   Include necessities and special items like: Nibbles Soap Sunscreen Tissues Magazine Shampoo and conditioner Hand cream Notepad and pen Extra roll of toilet paper, just in case they run out they know where to find some quickly. All our family […]

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  • Good luck with the move. Can’t wait to see your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Kim, we are just about all unpacked, really happy here!!ReplyCancel

We are a family of 5 and over the years we have found it really hard to find accommodation that suits 2 adults and 3 children, typically most hotels/motels have a limit of 4 per room. When the kids were younger this was ok I would top and tail 2 kids in one bed so […]

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  • Ms_MotorbikeNut

    Our family stayed in the Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park back in 2007 & we all loved it, it was right on the beach & close to Coffs Harbour must go there again next year when we have some more time & $ saved

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXXReplyCancel

  • Trish

    We are booked in for a few nights of camping here in October after we return from 4wding to Cape York and I cannot wait for the kids to wear themselves out on all the great playground equipment. I think they will be over the moon with play equipment after being cooped up in the car for 4 weeks. We always try to stay at Big 4 whenever we camp – their facilities are wonderful and they always have excellent playgrounds and activities for children. We have three boys (8, 6 and 3) so we NEED something to keep them active and entertained.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Can I suggest cheap fold up scooters… They don’t take up much room as opposed to taking bikes like we did when I was a child, but they are easy for the kids to get around the park and up to the kids activities area, and extra play equipment when bored!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

    We have stayed in cabins a bit, just in caravan parks, nothing as fancy as a resort :) – but yes, have found them much more convenient than hotel rooms, even back when we had only one child (we also have three). Kids sleeping in a separate room, living room & kitchen separate to bedrooms, usually a small verandah with a table and chairs. What’s not to love?
    For our big road trip we have planned for next year (if the aussie dollar doesn’t drop too much further), we are planning on camping, but I can see a few cabins along the way will be luxury we’ll sometimes be prepared to pay for (if they have that sort of thing in the States, which I’m not sure of).ReplyCancel

  • Missyj

    I have not yet had kids but my husband and I do travel a fair bit and we love the Big4 parks and have stayed at many of them. We also have a Big4 membership which is fantastic – we’ve saved a fair bit of money using it. One of my favourites is Swan Hill resort along the Murray River in Victoria, lovely rooms, fantastically friendly staff and great grounds & facilities. We can’t wait to have kids and travel Australia visiting these ‘resorts’ that are far superior than ‘normal resorts’.ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    I love your blog and guides. However, I thought this guide was aimed at those staying at home with babies and toddlers. Not sure about other families but holidays like this are not on our horizon for a few years yet. With only one income and three kids under 6 this idea will have to go on the bucket list.ReplyCancel

    • Suzi Del Popolo

      Hi I just wanted to say we stayed at this park in 2008 with two Tweens and in a tent. For a very cheap holiday, we had a site with our own ensuite, and a caravan/tent spot. So it doesn’t have to be the cabins and luxury all the way- the park activities are all free! We spent more money outside the park on island trips etc. it was however one of the best trips we ever did, we packed the kids’ fold up scooters and hardly ever saw them!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    I too have 3 kids and find it hard for accommodation for 5 (any other suggestions or websites that help with this would be appreciated). Even though my kids are all under 6 years of age, I love posts like this. It gives me something to look forward to and the confidence that there are places out there for “larger” families to go to (more than 4) :)
    Glad you had a great holiday.ReplyCancel

  • […] school holidays we visited our beautiful friends that live in Arlie Beach.  We were invited over for dinner and I heard all about my friend Stacey’s famous […]ReplyCancel

On our last family holiday I remember the time leading up to it was stressful, there was so much to do: pack the bags, ensure we had enough snack food, get somebody to look after the cat and I also like to clean the house before going away so i can return to

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Queensland start school holidays at the end of this week, so many families will be preparing for holidays with many off on a road trip to spend the long weekend with family. We went on a 12 hour road trip with the kids about 18 months ago, it was long, but lots of fun and […]

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  • Megan

    you are a life saver Kat, we are going on a road trip this weekend an dI am so busy with work I just haven’t had time to think what to pack, this is brilliantReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    Perfect timing! We’re driving from brisbane to canberra with 3 kids for the school holidays!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Excellent! Hopefully this will help you all out.:)ReplyCancel

In just over 2 weeks I will be on my way to New York to BlogHer’12. I am REALLY looking forward to the conference and visiting NEW YORK CITY!!  I would like to say a very big thank you to Howards Storage World who are helping me get there. I was actually worried as my mind has been […]

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  • MummyToFive

    Ooh I’m so jealous! I wish you could swish me up inside one of those bags and take me with you Kat!! Your going to have the bestest time over there and take lots and lots and lots of pics!!! ReplyCancel

  • enjoy your trip. I love having checklists for travelling. Travelling alone isn’t so bad as long as you are organised.  That tree is pretty but sorry I doubt you’ll see it like that now since its summer over there.  Blooms like that usually occur during Spring.ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    Hi Katrina, you will LOVE New York – I am so jealous!! Make sure that you visit Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake, they are delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    NYC is awesome!! – we’ve been twice in the last couple of years, with kids.  We last went in March/April, when our kids were 8 and 10.  Central Park is amazing, just gorgeous.  Hope you get to do lots of exploring as well as meeting lots of great people at the conference.  CatReplyCancel

    • Im really looking forward to central park and seeing all the lights at night JReplyCancel

  • Oohh.. How exciting, Kat! I’m sure you will have tons of fun at BlogHer and yes, will learn tons too.. Can’t wait to hear all about it! And yes, this printable looks really neat as well. Thanks, Kat!ReplyCancel

    • I’m going to have a blast, really looking forward to it, thanks Prerna JReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    a few more tips:
    – join the frequent flyer of the airline you’re traveling with (especially worth it for long haul flights)
    – join the loyalty program for the hotel you’re staying at – it can give you things like free wifi etc ( especially in the USA )
    – fill in departure cards before you leave (so that you don’t have to do it at the airport) – grab spares for next time
    – when the flight attendant up hands out the arrival cards, ask for a spare so that you can pre-fill that out next time (and continue the process each flight)
    – make sure you have pens in your hand luggage if you don’t pre-fill your departure/ arrival cards
    – pack plug adapters for the countries you’re visiting
    – pack a powerboard so you only need one adapter and can still charge your phone, iPad, laptop etc all at once
    – pack most of your toiletries in your luggage and not your hand luggage. For those in your hand luggage, pre-pack all liquids into a zip lock bag in case you need to get them out at the baggage inspection points
    – download movies, TV shows etc onto iPad/ laptop to watch on flights
    – take iPad charger on flight to recharge (most airlines will have USB sockets)
    – print out a table that converts your local time to the time at home and keep this in your wallet etc – I realise there are apps for this, but this is better as you can see all times at once!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Linda Andersom from Mums on the Go You are travelling on a crowded plane with two small children. Your toddler manages to spill juice all over the front of his clothes only seconds before your baby pukes on hers. You are rummaging through your carry-on bag with one hand, […]

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  • Kate

    Lollipops for my kids are at the top of my packing list. Regardless of their age (my kids are 11, 9 & 6), lollipops are a lifesaver for kids with helping them equalise their ears on take-off and landing. The sucking of the lollipop easily takes care of ‘popping’ their ears. And if they’re not old enough, give your toddler/baby a bottle or drink with a straw to achieve the same result.ReplyCancel

    • Daniella

      We have been caught short a couple of times and the descent is about to happen – we have a “sucking thumbs’ competition between my 7 year old and myself. The aim is to get it as wrinkled as possible. Works to stop popping. Can get funny looks on the plane but I am usually past caring.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This blog was just in perfect timing for my trip from Bris to Melb on my own with Mr 3yr old and Mr 8 mth old – Thank you for the many ideas as I was starting to stress about the thought.  Flying with one child was easy but never having flown with 2 I just didn’t know what to expect.ReplyCancel

    •  have a great trip to Melbourne with your little ones. My personal experience has always been that the more organised I am before the flight the more calm and happy the exerience is for all of us … especially if I am flying alone with them. I am sure Mr 3 will be a wonderful helper :) and if it all goes pear shaped … breathe deeply and remember the day will end! LOL   Happy travels – LindaReplyCancel

  • Great timing for me also as we’re travelling UK to NZ next month with 4.5 and 2.5 yr olds.  Toys that I found priceless on the last flight were coloured pipe cleaners, plasticine, triangle shaped coloured pencils (so they didn’t fall off) and a couple of favourite stories.  Tip A – insist that favourite stuffed toys go into the hold.  These were my biggest bug bear to try and keep hold off during transit!

    Thanks for your ideas – zip lock bags are awesome!ReplyCancel

    •  I love your tips about triangle shaped pencils/crayons! I will be adding that to my packing lists in future :)  Have a great trip to NZ next month and hope zip lock bags make your carry-on luggage easier to work with during the flight. Linda ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Edwards

    We had a few plane trips when our third child was just a baby. We also had an 18 month old and a 3&1/2 year old, so 2 very young children to occupy. Probably the best advice we were given was to break the trip into 15 minute blocks. For every 15 minutes you need one snack and one activity, which will take about 5 minutes each, leaving you with 3 or 4 mins of boredom to deal with before they’re ready for another toy or snack, so a 2 hour flight you want 8 snacks and 8 activities/toys, though you could probably double up on a few. Stickers and colouring books are absolutely awesome!ReplyCancel

  • JB Perth

    Having just flowing with Miss 3 and Master 5 – spare clothes are a must for yourself as well as kids.  If they vomit, it is usually over you too!  Also take old thin towel (found old cloth nappies great) and face washers (with plastic bag).  These can be used as bibs when they eat to catch things falling off the tray, wipe hands & faces, clean up vomit, endless!  Make sure you are happy to throw them away.ReplyCancel

    •  great suggestions! I always laugh when my husband wears a pale coloured t-shirt when flying with us and then complains at how dirty he is on arrival!!  Nothing I wear of my kids are wearing is “precious” as who knows what will happen to it during our travel day 😉  LindaReplyCancel

      • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

        This sounds really bad (because I generally abhor matching outfits) but I dress my girls in matching outfit for flights (they only have one matching outfit, it’s become their ‘flying uniform’) when I am taking them solo. It helps me see them if they run off, and people know they belong together, and I figure if one gets lost at the airport I can point to the other sister and say “She’s dressed just like this”.ReplyCancel

  • KJ

    I never dress my kids in clothes I would be sorry to throw out, and change my own shirt to an old one on the plane. And yes, on long haul you need two changes! Having had an 18-month-old do a spectacular fountain vomit over herself and me, I was very pleased to put the whole lot in a bin bag. I also pack a lightweight bassinet or stroller blanket for each child (ours are 2, 4 and 6yrs old) for something clean to lay their head on in transit lounges, as they seem to collapse to the floor at the gates! Also… whilst not related to carry-on, stagger your meals if you are flying with your partner by requesting one meal at the beginning of the food service, so one parent can be (mostly) done before the other tray arrives 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful tips, taking them all on board, about to head off to the States (from Aus) and taking my 7 and almost 3 year old. I need all the help I can get!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Li

    some of the toy manufactures put out small toy catalogues, I’ve picked up a Thomas and Friend train one and the Matchbox cars, all free of course. Found them in the toy sections. Small and compact to keep in my handbag, great for my 3 year to read on our flight to HK. ReplyCancel

  • BelCC

    What great ideas!! We don’t travel a lot but I’m actually planning on implementing some of them to just condense the about of stuff we cart around when out and about with our kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Very helpful :) We’re travelling in June! While we’ve travelled with our son as a 3 month old and as a 17 month old, we’re going to attempt it with him as a 2.5 year old and I never feel like we’ve mastered it because his needs/personality etc change each time!ReplyCancel

    • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

      Hi Kez, I personally thing 2.5 is the age when the kids start to be great travellers. They are over the excitement of wanting to walk everywhere, and activities such as colouring or movies can hold their attention for longer than 30 seconds! Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Little Miss Moi

    I always take a spare plastic bag for garbage, as the flight attendants never collect it regularly enough. I clean up as I go. I take a carry on bag that can fit under the seat rather than in the locker, so I can access things when the seat belt sign is on, and get us all packed up as we are taxiing along the runway. As most of my travel is international, I always keep passports and pens in an outside pocket for easy access when I have a moment to fill in the forms. Sometimes it takes three or four attempts! If I do the ‘new toy for the plane’ tactic, I always buy the same thing, because a different one will guarantee fights. And I take what I can carry myself – if I let my kids take a carry on bag for themselves, guess who ends up carrying it?ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    Thanks for the extra tips! We fly next week to Quebec Canada with a 5, 4, & 10 month old (& my grandma with dementia). Im starting to think we are crazy! This tips certainly help though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Great tips! I second the change of clothes for parents as when a small child tips over their drink, it WILL land on you. A backpack with leash for toddlers can save your sanity in a crowded airport, especially when your stroller is in Oversize Luggage and you are trying to simultaneously grab luggage off the carousel while keeping hold of your little one.ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    Great tips:) Other things I’ve found are: Take two bags: one for the things you definitely need (food, activities, and wipes mainly) goes under the seat. The other bag has the might-needs, and goes in the overhead locker (the nappy bag, spare clothes, and baby paracetamol (which I’ve used surprisingly often!)). Agree with spare adult clothes. I try to pack spare kids clothes that are interchangeable between them all. The other thing for toddlers is a sleeved bib- goes on at the start and doesn’t come off until the end! Finger puppets and stickers are great activities.ReplyCancel

  • Alecia

    We found that always having a bottle/sippy cup drink on hand for babies/toddlers, or lollypops for older kids is great, give them to them as we are taking off and landing to stop their ears from hurting.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Totally agree with ziplock bags – all my stuff goes into individual ziplock bags! I also carry small spare ones for leftover snacks in the airport that they usually ask for 5mins after getting on the plane! Ir handy for stashing that half eaten Lollypop that they will ask for again!

    I always packed a separate nappy, disposable change mat, small wipes & anti bact lotion inside a nappy disposable bag. I knew each individual bag had everything I needed to grab and go.
    Re: meals if travelling with two adults – get one of the adults a “special meal” so that they can eat at same time as kids meal and then the other adult can eat once everyone else is finished and settled.
    And I never travel without paracetamol and nurofen onboard the plane. You would be surprised how often you need it.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Having travelled to the Uk from Perth with 2 year old twins I would say I agree with all of the above! We also had 2 nappy pouches that fold out into a mat. They hold wipes and 2 nappies and made it super easy to grab and head to the bathroom. We also downloaded wiggles episodes on our ipad – thank goodness as my girls were too short to see the screen so the ipad was a life saver. We also used the cups, magazines and anything else on the plane as a toy – to supplement the activities we took on board.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Naomi from Seven Cherubs As a mother I like to be organised and prepared in advance as much as I can be for unexpected and expected events that happen with our family. One expected event that often happens in our home is that my husband travels away for work. […]

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This is a guest post by Caz Makepeace, from the blog yTravel Blog. image credit There’s the pull that comes with being a mother. From one direction to the next, the demands never stop. The dishes continue to pile up in the sink as you race around in a frantic 15 minute pick-up-everything-from-the floor-and-shove-it-somewhere dash. You’ve […]

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  • Wait!? The is such a thing as taking a break??ReplyCancel

  • * there … I hate it when I do that :/ReplyCancel

  • Ha ha. My break is coming up in 15 hours – a weekend in Sydney by myself – no kids, no hubby, no breaking up fights, horrendous dinner times, repeating myself all the time, etc. cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • I love her phrase “don’t break this date with yourself”. The idea of making a date with yourself is wonderful. There are too few such dates in my diary. I’m making two today; a haircut and a morning to visit friends. Thanks Caz and Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Waiting for the night off so I can sleep all the way through without the break up of sleeps for my lil boy’s feeds & without the guilty feelings the next day…… Dream dream :)ReplyCancel

  • Going camping weekend after next to sit on the beach with a glass of wine and a book!ReplyCancel

  • […] all mothers, not just those with newborns, The Mother’s Guide to Taking a Break is a guest post by Caz Makepeace on The Organised Housewife. This bit, “Place the word […]ReplyCancel

  • […] contributing their posts the ‘Organising You’ series:  Organising and celebrating you, A mothers guide to taking a break, Making your freezer work for you and Organising my […]ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    Needed to read this today thank you! Time to make the date for our return to Thailand – we’ve been just talking about it for way too long :)ReplyCancel

With the  long weekend just around the corner I thought I would share with you my petsitter printable.  When we went on holiday’s last year my neighbour was lovley enough to look after our cat.  I didn’t imagine anything to go wrong, but just in case she had all the details at hand. Download FREE […]

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