11 Road Trips Essentials in my Car

Traveling broadens the mind. And we love traveling. When we travel, I like to do road trips. Reason being we can see more during the drive. We could also discover hidden gems. Once when we were in Kedah, we found the Science Centre, at the back of the Paddy Museum. It was not listed even in the Trip Advisor Website. All through our travels, I have added Road Trip Essentials to my car. To make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable.

Now that I have time as we can’t travel. I have listed some Road trip Essentials. That is in my car during our road trips. 

Foldable Cups.

I have five collapsible cups, one for each member of my family. The cups is not only useful for beverages. I use it when my kids have ice creams in the car. So they don’t drip any ice cream in the car. As the cups are collapsible, thus it doesn’t take much space.

Sleeping bags.

I first bought two of these sleeping bags as extra blankets for when we stayed at hotels. Cause few small hotels supply extra blankets. And also some air-conditioned was quite hard to control. But we found it useful on cold rainy days on our road trips

Round Led Torch Lights.

Every car should have one for emergencies. I have 3, one for each kid. I bought the one that had a hook and could also be a power bank. You could hook up to a selfie stick as a table lamp. Useful when dining in a dimly lit area.

Curtains.

Malaysia is sunny throughout out the year. You need to have some sort of black out curtains in your car. I have three types for different areas of my car for different reasons. I have a half window curtain at the rear. Cause the curtains I got could only cover 3/4. To cover the rest I use metal binders and a large handkerchief. That I learned from Pinterest. Click on my YouTube video 11 Road Trip Essentials that is in My Car. if you would like to see how to do it. The third curtain was something I got from a Daisho store. A curtain with suction cups that I could remove whenever we didn’t need it. This was for the front passenger.

Car Tables.

I have a PVC car table with compartments for water, tissue and a mini dustbin in my second row. And two plastics one at the back row. These tables are useful for snacks and even some activities for the kids. Example playing with their Lego blocks and coloring.

 

Cushions.

I let each kid choose their own cushion. So they are comfortable. So we don’t a specific theme in my car. I have also two small cushions that can be fixed to the seat belts. A place to rest your head.

First Aid Kit

Another important thing every car should have is a First Aid Kit. What I got is a simple one that fits into my dashboard. You can get these at any pharmacy. Before your trip ensure that there are no expired medicines. Also my wife like to bring a set of their medication. The normal ones will be for their cough, flu and fever.

Power Storage.

I like to also stock up on lots of power banks as each kid have their own gadget. I like to make sure my mobile is constantly powered up in case there is an emergency. Lately I have purchased two solar panels to charge my devices. One came with a large power bank

Tissue.

We need lots of tissue. With 3 kids you need lots of tissues in the car.

Toys and Activities.

We have a rule in the car. When the car is moving, no mobile devices. So on long trips, each kid brings a toy and coloring book. To do in the car. With the girl, she likes to bring her soft toys. I joined 2 S hooks to a motorbike net. And we have a small hammock to put her soft toys. You can view how it looks like in my YouTube video

Mobile phone Mount.

Lastly and just as important. A good mobile phone mount. As we normally visit destination that we have been before I use a lot of Waze and Google Maps. You need to keep your eyes on the road as well as know where you will be heading. I avoid those mobile phone mounts that are above the dashboard or fixed to your windscreen. That normally will distract my driving. Its very dangerous. So I have one that can be mounted to my air-conditioned.

 

Well here’s my 11 Road trip Essentials that is in my car. Hope it’s been helpful. Do visit my other post to see my beautiful Malaysia. You want to find Fun Activities to do in Malaysia. Visit my post.

 

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Port Dickson Attractions, Negeri Sembilan

Port Dickson or also know as PD



Port Dickson is a well known and favourite beach destination for Malaysians and also Singaporeans due to its location. Port Dickson is located about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur or an hour’s drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It’s also our favourite beach destination when we were living in Kuala Lumpur. Port Dickson is a beautiful resort town facing the Straits of Malacca.

1. Beaches in Port Dickson

There are a lot of interesting places to visit in PD but our favourite place to hang out will always the beach.

Teluk Kemang
Teluk Kemang beach is the most popular beach in PD along the 18km stretch of the Port Dickson coastline. It has better facilities with lots of food eateries, changing and shower rooms, information centre and also accommodations. On weekends and holidays, the beach gets really crowded with visitors. Amenities have been built to accommodate the influx of visitors. There are ample car parks, paved walkways, gazebos, shower stalls, souvenir shops and hawker stalls. The only nuisance comes from the flurry of jet skis and motor boats speeding noisily along the sea.

Blue Lagoon-Tanjung Biru.
Just a few kilometres from Teluk Kemang is a place called Blue Lagoon. This was the place where our family used to go for picnics when we were kids. There are a cluster of small hotels, bungalows and apartments located close by. The beach will be slightly crowded on weekends as the stretch of beach is rather short. There are some small cafes if you don’t want to bring food. There are also the basic amenities like shower and toilets too. To go in there you have to pass an army base and a PLKN camp.

Tanjung Gemuk
Tanjung Gemuk is a small beach hidden behind a residential village minutes away from Port Dickson town. So you will find some coffee shops and grocery stores there. As there is not much hotel here, it’s a rather quiet stretch of beach. The beach here is OK but rather stony not like the beach in Teluk Kemang. There are two large hotels here with the largest called the Glory Beach Hotel. A recent addition is a water chalet resort called the Legend Water Chalet. The beach is also known as Scouts Beach as it was a meeting place for scouts in the 80s.

Bagan Pinang Beach
Bagan Pinang lies between the 2nd to 4th mile of Port Dickson. Bagan Pinang is quite a long stretch of beach and is where most of the resorts and hotels are situated. From the beach you can walk to a few mangrove islands at low tide. Low tide is the best time to look for mussels and crabs.


Places of Interest in Port Dickson

Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse

Originally built by the Portuguese to guide their ships after they conquered Melaka in1511. It faces the Straits of Malacca; its searchlight still illuminates the shores of Tanjung Tuan till this day. Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse has been gazetted as a bird watching park because the Cape is a popular stopover point for migratory birds. From September to March, flocks of sparrows, honey buzzards, and swifts can be seen here, together with birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles. It’s a really awesome sight. PD Ostrich Farm This looks like a little small farm where they rear ostriches. You’ll also be able to taste ostrich satay, ostrich burger and purchase souvenirs as well as cosmetics derived from ostrich oil. You might also get a chance to ride an ostrich. Apart from all these there are many more attractions and destinations which is worth to visit and explore. Bookmark Travel at Malaysia as Malaysia is truly a dream destination to explore. My next post will be on my personal review of Accomodation in Port Dickson

PUSAT IKAN HIASAN PORT DICKSON. COLOURFUL FISHES

When a colleague who was from Port Dickson mentioned that there’s a little oceanarium with all colourful sea fishes. I search for it. But as with most places in Port Dickson, it was quite hidden. It took a while to locate it. The landmark to look for heading from Teluk Kemang is the Cendol Bakar shop just after a petrol station. Turn left after the Cendol Bakar and go straight in and turn right.

Click here for my review on Pusat Hiasan Ikan Port Dickson

MUZIUM TENTERA DARAT, PORT DICKSON. A BOY’S WONDERLAND

Port Dickson is known as ” the Army town” due to its large army and training base located here. Together with that they also have the largest Army Museum in Malaysia. Its listed on the Tripadvisor’s No 1 thing to do in Port Dickson. So its a must visit when you are in Port Dickson.

To see my review, please click here Muzium Tentera Darat Port Dickson

PHANTASY FARM, PORT DICKSON

Sometime in 2018, I wrote a post on a little Mix and Match Petting Zoo in Port Dickson. Called the Windmill PD Farm. A blend between a Petting Zoo, Antique House and Haunted House. Recently I heard that its under new management, the people that runs Farm in the City in Seri Kembangan. We have visited the Farm in the City before and it was awesome. The children loved it. As we couldn’t go far because of the Pandemic, we pick to spend some time here. A little outing for the children.

Click here for my review on Phantasy Farm, Port Dickson

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Desa Damai Chalet, Pengkalan Balak

As we were unable to travel far because of the lockdown in Selangor. Also, my children miss the beach at Pengkalan Balak. Combined with us having 2 days to spare. I arranged an outing there. As we never stay at the same place twice. The only time we broke that rule was at the Legoland Resort Johor. But that place was special. The last time we stayed at the Kampung Pinang Sebatang Chalet. From there I discovered four little chalets in a little compound. Called Desa Damai Chalet.

Entrance
Entrance

Surrouding
Nice well kept surrounding

Little Chalets
Little Chalets

Desa Damai Chalet comprise of 4 wooden style chalet. The design of each chalet is of the Traditional Melaka House. Every chalet has a queen bed, coffee making facilities, standing shower with heated water and TV with local channels. I could attach my mobile phone utilizing my Basues USB HUB docking station. So we could watch Netflix. These days TV channels is never an issue when we travel. As long as the TV have HDMI slots. For the young boys we rented a mattress at only RM30.

Our Chalet -Belian
Our Chalet -Belian

Bed

Coffee Making Station

For dinner we headed to our favourite spot D’Ribut where serve yummy Prawn Char Kway Teow topped with 4 big prawns. Both days lunch we had at the Mak Jah shop just on the beach after the entrance of Pengkalan Balak. We ate and ate. Food at Pengkalan Balak was really nice.

Breakfast on the beach

Colourful Beach Toys

Colourful Floats

My Verdict

A decent spot to have family get-togethers. In the event that you have four families, you have the entire spot to yourselves. They even rent out BBQ pits at just RM30. As the chalets is fenced up with just a little door, my children were allowed to wander around. My girl had fun playing with two little kittens there. Room was quite clean and also the surrounding. They even served breakfast for two with plain tea in morning for breakfast.

DESA DAMAI CHALET

Address :- Desa Damai Chalet
Jalan Persiaran Pantai, Taman Perindustrian Pengkalan Balak, 78300 Masjid Tanah, Melaka

Telephone :- 019-234 8966

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Phantasy Farm, Port Dickson

Sometime in 2018, I wrote a post on a little Mix and Match Petting Zoo in Port Dickson. Called the Windmill PD Farm. A blend between a Petting Zoo, Antique House and Haunted House. You can read the post here. PD Windmill Farm – A little Mix and Match Park. Recently I heard that its under new management, the people that runs Farm in the City in Seri Kembangan. We have visited the Farm in the City before and it was awesome. The children loved it. You can read my review here. Farm in the City . Malaysia’s Premier Petting Zoo. As we couldn’t go far because of the Pandemic, we pick to spend some time here. A little outing for the children.

Now it is Phantasy Farm Port Dickson. At the entrance, they have retained the blue sports car and the colourful windmill. So you wouldn’t missed this place while driving.  They have kept the original front layout from the PD Windmill Farm. But they are adding more items towards the back. You start at the entrance at the Guinea Pigs pen. Where you can feed and pat the animals. As it was drizzling, most of the Guinea Pigs huddled under the shade. But the staff there manage to get 3 for my kids to feed and play with.


Then you stroll through the Bird Cage. The friendly staff gave my children each a bird to hold. I was astonished that my squemish second child let a bird sit on his shoulders while he fed it.After that was the Rabbit’s Pen of which they had a fun time chasing and carrying bunnies. Then it was off to my daughter’s favourite animal. Cats. I had to stand outside as I was allergic to cat fur.

Turning to the right, you will come to their new additions which was not available before. There were showcases of little creatures, snakes and reptiles. Also a large enclosure with Racoons. At Farm in The City, my son got the chance to feed the Racoons. But here, the staff said they are still wild.


Then it was off to Longkang Fishing. Something we did when we  were kids. Catching little fishes in our drains. Here the kids tried their hand at catching small fishes. The drains here is much bigger than the ones at the Farm in the City. Therefore its quite hard to catch the fishes. My eldest managed to catch 2.

Alpaca Pen was next. With an alpaca, goats and other animals. As we arrive late alot of animals were already being fed. So there were not much to see.

Grandma’s Backyard which had a colourful treehouse with slides. A nice place for the parents to rest their legs. While the kids slide down the treehouse and play at the swings. The tree was rather large and shady.


The Antique House and the Haunted House was from the previous place. But we opt out as it was quite late.


My Verdict

I found that they are still adding more things as there were quite a number of construction going on. So will visit again in the near future once everything is ready. All in all its a nice to be when you are in Port Dickson. The staff are friendly. Take your time and enjoy playing with the animals. Your little ones will surely love. My three ‘Budak Bandar’ loved it. And wants to visit again.

Phantasy Farm Port Dickson

Address :-  Lot 3636, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Sungai Menyala, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Opening hours :- 10.00am till 6.00pm daily except Tuesday

Entrance Fee:- RM35.00 Adults
                           RM29.00 Child

 

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Kampung Pinang Sebatang Chalet – A Short staycation

Our first staycation after the Lockdown. I needed to escape as I had a busy fourteen days. Picked some place close by as I had two days off. What’s more, didn’t want to drive far. So the closest beach destination from Port Dickson was Pengkalan Balak. Pengkalan Balak is a popular picnic destination with the local Melaka residents. There are a great deal of little chalets and homestays across the street from the beach.

The view as you drive in.

The entrance alley way

The little lobby


The Bedroom

For dinner we took a walk to this cosy restaurant just on the beach called D’Ribut. Food was nice. My son had their Prawn Fried Rice which came with 4 large prawns and the wife had a Prawn Noodle also came with 4 large prawns. Both cost about RM12 each. The rest of us took the normal fried rice. We also had yummy coconut shakes. All in all the food was really nice.

My Verdict

The View

A nice cosy place to stay with the beach just across the beach. Request the seaview rooms, see is marvelous. Rooms are clean and equipment in good working condition. At the time when I stayed there the pool was shut. Be that as it may, it look like small pool. Not to worry cause you have an large ocean right across the street. Staff is friendly. A word of advice. For those older and special people. You may have a few difficulties as there are no lifts in the chalet. What’s more, there are alot of stairs. Food is accessible simply strolling separation.

Kampong Pinang Sebatang Chalet

Address :- Jalan Persiaran Pantai, Taman Perindustrian Pengkalan Balak, 78300 Masjid Tanah, Melaka

Contact No:– +60193586778

Website :- Kampong Pinang Sebatang Chalet

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