Robert Louis Stephenson clearly had limited experience of family holidays!
Whether you’re going abroad this summer or holidaying closer to home, travelling with children is not always a joyful experience. There’s not much you can do to resolve air traffic control strikes in Europe or clear the traffic jams on the A30 but there are some small essentials that you can take to fill the time and make the journey pass without pain.
A pack of cards or two is a great idea, possibly combined with a book of card games if you want to expand your repertoire. Specific card games such as monopoly deal and UNO are also excellent for older children.
Audiobooks can help distract children on long journeys, this 3-cd set of Roald Dahl stories is sure to be a winner.. The Windsinger (currently only available as an audiobook download) is a fabulous seven hour science fiction story for children 8-14.
A collection of well chosen music for your mp3 player or car stereo is always a good plan. Dad’s fondness for Wagner or Charlie Parker may have to give way to One Direction in the interests of family harmony, but it’s a small price to pay.
Younger children (and adults of a childish bent) might enjoy “The bottle let me down: songs for bumpy rides”