This is all about family time; what I treasure most in the world. Our family of seven – our five boys (8, 10,17, 19 & 22 years old), husband Jon, and I went on a 10-day motorhome holiday around Tasmania. Super special and just a bit crazy! We needed a second little car and a 3-second pull-up tent to fit us all in.
Here are some tips that I wish I knew BEFORE our trip. Hope they help you out!
14 Top tips for your Motorhome Family Holiday
- *** Take paranoid photos and video footage of every inch of the motorhome (inside & out) before you drive out of the depot. You’ll be so excited at the beginning of your trip so you will miss things, and this covers you for if there’s pre-existing damage (so it can’t be pinned on you). This saved us!
- Pack steak knives – 1 per person. The knives provided in the motorhome were painful to cook or to cut ingredients with. This is a must – makes or breaks mealtime.
- Believe street signs more than google maps. We accidentally discovered the treacherous backroad up Mt Wellington much to our horror.
- Take lots of $1 and $2 for campsite amenities.
- Work hard to not overbuy groceries due to fear of being stranded without food. There’s not much storage room and food gets wasted. Plan meals tightly.
- Pack only super soft bags that can be easily stowed away. There is not enough storage space for empty bulky bags.
- Plan your itinerary then stay flexible to choose on the day. Distances are different than you can plan for, and you need to go with everyone’s mood.
- Give everyone set up and pack up jobs, day one will be a chaotic circus, but you’ll soon get the hang of things, it will soon be a smooth operation.
- You’ll need to get a taxi to/from the airport to the motorhome depot – factor this into your scheduling.
- Card games were awesome – we discovered Card Monopoly and Black Jack…
- Embrace the opportunity for group time and lots of 1:1 time.
- Parking is a work of art, a two person job for sure. Communicate heaps!
- Driving will become comfortable for you. Just get behind the wheel and you’ll be a pro in no time!
- Things will go right, and things will go wrong. Roll with it, have a laugh, it’s part of the experience.
Have an amazing time. We will always remember our trip. The motorhome had so many perks. A home on wheels!