1. INCENTIVES We always carried lollies in our camera bags, jelly beans worked best for us. The children got to know who had the lollies pretty quickly and the incentive was great - just up that hill and we will have a lolly. It also gave us all a little more energy.
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1. SUNSCREEN - Australia has a harsh environment and you don't always realise it, especially depending on where you live. Sunscreen is a must every day on the children and we always found we packed ours after putting it on in the morning. I bought a few smaller tubes that I could carry in my handbag, in our toiletries bag and a few other easy to get to places. I bought one large pump pack that I could refill the smaller tubes with regularly (just make sure the tubes have screw cap lids).
Keeping your sunscreen in your car is not a good idea either. The heat makes the sunscreen go off and it will not work as effectively or at all. Try to keep your big pump pack in a cool place out of the sun and heat where possible.
2. HATS - When I was a kid, I remember hating having to wear a hat. Now children have to wear them at school and most parents are religious about wearing them outdoors, children are so used to wearing them that they don't think twice about it. On a trip like this one you and your children will be spending a lot of your time in the sun so make sure you purchase GOOD hats for everyone, and ones that the children will enjoy wearing and are comfortable.
We all wore Akubra's, not only an Aussie icon but the perfect headwear for the Australian environment. Yes, they even made one small enough for Jemma! The kids loved wearing their Akubra's and felt especially grown up knowing Mummy and Daddy had the some hats. There is a trick to purchasing the right sized Akubra so make sure if you are buying one, you get the right advice and size.
Your local Cancer Council shop will be able to help you out with hats and questions.