Oh, and they just happen to all serve alcohol too. Total coincidence. Honest.
I consider myself to be an excellent packer; my friends still talk about how well equipped I was for our weekend in Dubai a few years ago: 10 pairs of shoes for 72 hours ensured I was suitably prepared for any situation that could have arisen (though incidentally, none apart from “by the pool” and “at the bar” did). And now I’ve got kids my whole family benefits from these packing skills. This was evident on a recent visit to my parents’, a (theroterical) 3 hour road trip which was such a resounding success I thought it only fair to share my tips on both packing for and surviving a car journey with kids.
One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard was Sara Cox saying she told her kids that when the ice cream van plays a tune it means it has run out of ice cream. This was years before I had kids of my own but I remember thinking how much fun it must be to sit with your other half over a bottle of wine, agreeing fibs you’d tell your kids for your own amusement.
And then you have kids, and realise that the real brilliance of their childish innocence is not that you can use it for amusement, but that lying to children is something you need to do SIMPLY TO SURVIVE.