I don't think as a small child I was a particularly good passenger on long car journeys. Until I got a walkman when I was a teenager, I remember endless hot days in the car driving down the length of France: no air-con, sticky seats, kicking my brother, tight seatbelts, eating sweets and everybody moaning. On one very memorable journey, I spent the entire two days down to the Dordogne reading jokes from the Crack A Joke Book to my family (knock knock, who's there? Frank, Frank who? Frankenstein - he, he he!!!!). How my parents didn't abandon me at a service station I do not know.
By contrast today my own two children were so good. Their new iPods were the main reason for their angelic behaviour - worth every last penny. C played endless games on his and O listened to audiobooks.
We also played some great car games, which we found in a very useful little book called I'm Bored by Suzy Barratt and Polly Beard.
So, my list of things which make long car journeys more bearable is this:
- Buy your children iPods
- Buy yourself an iPod
- Only stop at Moto service stations - they have M&S food halls!
- Buy nice fruit juices to drink (see point 3)
- Persuade boyfriend to drive so that you can read books in the passenger seat
- Play some old fashioned parlour games - especially good for traffic jams
- Unpack the next morning