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We’re just longing to get out there and travel – and holidays abroad are just not going to happen any time soon. Luckily, we live in a country where there’s loads to explore … all you need is a car and a few well-thought-out essentials.

Although we can’t travel at the moment there’s nothing wrong with planning your next family holiday. And while international locations may be off the cards for a while, we live in a beautiful country, which means you’ll probably be packing up for a road trip! We’ve got you covered with these essential travel items so you can hit the road for your next adventure with all your gear safely secured.

Need more space

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You’ll need a safe and reliable roof rack and cargo carrier. The extra space in the rooftop cargo carriers means you can take everything you need on your travels. Top buy: Make sure you look for an aerodynamic roof rack system with easy installation accessories and a maximum loading area. You’ll want easy-to-install load carrier feet and load bars which mount securely to your vehicle. A promise of a quiet ride, with less drag for improved fuel economy, is essential.

Taking the bikes

With a bike rack for cars from Thule, you’ll be able to cycle on distant roads or bike far from home through wild terrain. Thule’s car bike racks come in different types and can be mounted on your roof, hitch, tow bar, or on your trunk. If you already own a roof rack, a roof bike rack could be the simplest solution. However, a trunk or hitch-mounted rack is often easier to load and unload and suits heavier bikes. Top buy: Mounted to the tow bar, so you don’t have to buy a base rack, tow bar bike racks are easy to install and use, and can carry up to four bikes.

Searching for the perfect wave

Surfboard racks for cars or pickups are designed to let you load up, head off and get out on the water as quickly and easily as possible. Transport is also secure thanks to sturdy and protective features that make sure your surfboard, SUP or sailboard – including mast and sail – arrives in perfect shape. All you have to do is unload your board and start making the most of your passion.

A cycle holiday with the kids

A rear child bike seat or front-mounted baby bike seat is a great choice for letting your child see the world from your bike. Make sure you choose one with features like quick and secure mounting and dismounting, which will give you and your precious passenger a safe, easy, and enjoyable ride, and with adjustable foot straps and foot rests to to keep up with your child’s growth. Top tip: Make sure you buy a seat that meets stringent international child safety standards, and has childproof safety buckles and a padded harness.

Walking with the babe

You’ll be wanting a safe, comfy child carrier backpack, with quick adjustment to fit both parents and a viewing mirror. Top tip: The Thule Sapling Elite also has a removable backpack, so can take along all the necessary paraphernalia.

Pack up your troubles

But not in any old kit bag. Make sure you’ve got a good quality, hard working backpack, be it for hiking, your camera or go-pro, your iPad or laptop (for those who can’t leave work at home). Top tip: A cross body bag, and good, spacious toiletry bag, are always good add ons.

All these products, and so many more, are from Thule Partner Stores nationwide and thulestore.co.za

Win! We’re giving one reader a trio of travel essentials … a Thule Enroute Backpack, a powershuttle (for gadgets and tech gear) and a crossover toiletry bag. To stand in line to win this R4000 hamper, visit GetItNationalMagazines on Facebook, find the Thule Travel post, and follow the rules.

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