I think we all have a favourite memory of a road trip when we were kids. And I often think that many of our memories of that road trip are pretty selective.
My all time greatest holiday was the time me, my big brother and my parents decided to undertake the GREATEST ROAD TRIP OF ALL- a Sydney to Darwin lets-show-the-kids-the-real-Australia holiday.
All I remember from the time was those teeny-tiny motel soaps, gigantic anthills, a huge Super Dooper pineapple thingy, lots and lots and lots and lots of kangaroos and sleeping sideways in the backseat with my brother. (Were seatbelts optional in those days??)
Ask my mother though and her recollection is completely different. She will tell you of endless crying, nagging, whinging, of kicking-pinching-’he took-it-away’-backseat fights and of that timeless question over and over and over again – Are we there yet? (And the fact we flew back to Sydney in the end, as she couldn’t take the 4000 km drive again.)
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So it’s with great trepidation that I agree to replicate the GREATEST ROAD TRIP OF ALL with my own family. And since all things in the world have gotten smaller since the early 80’s (except maybe that huge Super Dooper pineapple thingy) so too has the scope of the road trip. (What do you think I am, crazy?)
So we are attempting not Sydney to Darwin, but maybe Sydney to Byron. Maybe
And in an attempt not to replicate my Mother’s memories, I am coming up with a plan. A five step guide to backseat entertainment, and front seat peace and quiet. Here’s the failsafe way to survive a road trip with kids:
Yes, those red flavoured chewy lollies that’s what I am talking about. This is the all-important first thing I will pack. I know, I know, sugar, food colouring, bad for the teeth. I should be espousing the virtues of pre-packed bags of grapes and rice crackers. But have you even tried Redskins when your kids are fighting? Nothing, and I mean nothing keeps them quiet for so long.
And if you combine them with one of those backseat video screens (you know the awesome ones you see mounted in the rear of the front headrests) then hey presto : happiness for all. I tell you when those sweet little mouths are busy chewing no one is crying!