In no particular order of priority.
Do -Do get off the motorways and take the quieter routes. They are toll free and give you the chance to pull over and stop in interesting place, off the beaten track.Independence is paramount.
Don’t – Don’t forget to take that spare key for the car, you know, the one you’re never going to need. So easy to lose when moving and constantly repacking from place to place. But so hard to replace when AWOL.
Do – Do take a fold up map. Useful for directions, even better as temporary sunshade on the beach.
Do – Do liberally sprinkle your tour with water parks and amusement parks for the children. Something for them to cling on to and continually ask about whilst sightseeing and travelling.
Don’t – Don’t leave earplugs or earphones in the boot, at the bottom under everything when on the move, especially when the children want to watch a particularly interesting kids film!
Do – Do down load all the maps and towns onto your mobile phone of the towns and countries on your itinerary, before leaving home. This way they can be used without connecting to the costly roaming services when abroad.
Don’t – Don’t eat heavy breakfasts when you’re going to sit in the car for hours, or later you may be sitting for hours! And make that a maximum 7-8 hour drive.
Don’t – Don’t rely on the GPS as if it is infallible. Crossing fields means the GPS may well be a little awry. Balance the GPS data with the best computer in the world, the brain between your ears!
Do – Do remember that many Southern European countries like a little snooze in the afternoon. So plan accordingly with fuel, shops and restaurants. There is nothing more desolate than a child’s face when you explain that the pizza restaurant, they are already sitting at the outside table, is closed until later that day. Pizza DENIED!
Don’t – Don’t allow anyone, repeat anyone to remove socks in the car.
Do- Do pack a sense of humour and a smile.
Don’t – Don’t drink scalding hot coffee over your crotch as you drive.
Do- Do remind the navigator to have the map correctly orientated.
Do – Do go to the dentist before travelling for that niggly pain. Trying to sort out a dentist, and any other minor medical needs, is a nightmare, expensive and stressful.
Don’t – Don’t forget to remind the ladies to buy, pack, all of the hair clips, hair bands, hair pins and their favourite shampoos and conditioners.
Do- Do pack extra toilet roll, you have been warned!
Do – Do pack a torch, change and renew the batteries and take spare batteries as well.
Don’t – Don’t plan to travel to a country experiencing fuel strikes, rioting for assorted reasons and, oops, too late!
Do – Do learn the rudiments of polite etiquette and hello, thank you and goodbye in the language of your intended host countries.
Do – Do pack a smile as it is an international and friendly language:-)