And those who provide DVDs for the kids whilst travelling...whatever happened to the kids looking out the window and seeing this great country that we live in.....and of course if all else fails.....there is still 'I Spy'....
To be honest I think the in car DVD's are fantastic, I wish we had had them as kids! They only get to use it if the journey is over 3 hours. Then when we arrive it goes away until we head home.
I can remeber being bored stupid on long journeys as a kid and my Mum and Dad telling me to look out of the window - kids don't seem to have appreciate scenery! I remember looking at a view one day with my two girls and said something a long the lines of "look at that amazing isn't it?" they spent a couple of minutes looking around and said "what are you looking at?" - I had to then try to explain the view and scenery and that I wasn't looking at something specific. They just couldn't see the big picture.
It means that we are prepared to do the longer journey where as previously we always thought no-way the kids will be a nightmare "Are we nearly there yet?", long journeys can be boring - even for adults. This country is amazing, the landscape spectacular - but some times it doesn't change for hour after hour. We drove through the Karri forests in WAs south west, we started off full of enthusiasm for the beutiful forest and the magnificent trees but after three hours of trees, and trees and more trees my wife started to lose the plot!
Sorry back onto topic...
My two girls have ipod shuffles as they love listening to music, their music collection includes the Rolf Harris Platinum Collection. At least that way only they can hear it! Except when the 8 year old sings a long. They also have Nintendo DS Games which they also take camping, for the journeys, as well as occasionaly they will sit down and play for 15 minutes, before they go and find something less boring instead.
My wife takes her hairdryer and straightners - this is why we go to CPs!
I just need a torch! And the waeco (usually on electric hookup) to keep the beers
(and food cold)!