This September week-long school holiday, we headed down under to spend some 24/7 quality time with the kids in Perth.
Some tips to share:
Learning from past experience and with a shorter flight duration to Perth, we decided against a night flight and spared ourselves from waking up for a super-early morning flight. The kids were energetic during most of the flight and couldn’t wait to check out their in-flight entertainment options. Pity it was an older plane model (read: no touch screen) and seems like there were lesser movies and games to select from too. Thankfully, it was just a 5-hour flight so with whatever options we had, they lasted us well enough.
Please keep in mind the (MUCH) shorter opening hours of stores in Perth, especially on weekends. We arrived in Perth on a Saturday, collected our rented car and headed straight to the supermarket nearest to the airport as they close at 5pm!
We prefer to stay at hotels with a kitchenette. Since shops close early here, we usually prepare our own dinner. And hotels mean housekeeping services are more accessible, if needed.
Remember to bring along a mini-pharmacy of your own cos you can never be too prepared. The cub caught some gastro bug and had pretty bad tummy pain. He even slept through the whale-watching cruise ‘cos he was so tired out by the discomfort. It got so bad one night, he was running to the loo several times in an hour! Because the pharmacies there close at 6pm, the Husb could only get electrolyte drinks from Woolworths (they close at 8pm on weekdays).
We headed straight to a pharmacy in the vicinity first thing in the morning and got him some probiotics at the pharmacist’s advice. She didn’t recommend charcoal pills as it’s better for kids to expel the toxins.
- Paracetemol – in case of fever and pain, which we gave when he first complained of pain in the tummy
- Ventolin inhaler + air chamber – in case of asthma
- Medicated cream for eczema
- Moisturiser – to minimize risk of eczema flaring up
- Sunblock – this is crucial especially in Oz!
- Essential Oils – RC, Purification, Thieves, ImmunPower, Peace & Calming, Deep Relief (for me!)
- 如意油 for tummy aches (more comfort from the smell actually!), Zambuk for bruises, Mopiko for mozzie bites
The kids get to choose one soft toy they can each bring along for the holiday.
Puts them at ease to sleep on new beds!
WIFI router is a must! Especially if you intend to self-drive. We get ours from Changi Recommends because it’s more convenient to do pick-up and drop-off of the router when we depart or return from our trips. It allows a few devices to hook up on the network – the Husb’s mobile, my mobile, another mobile (for Google Map!) and laptop. Easier when the Husb goes out on his own to get stuff for us – we can still communicate as he brings the router with him and I’ll use the hotel’s WIFI.
It’s going to take some time but will definitely be sharing details on our trip in upcoming posts. In the meantime, check out #TayrifficPerthHols2016 on my Instagram for more.