However hard you try to start the Christmas drive 'home' early, you will always leave later and you will always forget something important.
For me this drive is from Wellington to Gisborne, all 531 windy km. It usually takes 7 and a half hours, but with a heavily laden car it will probably take longer. I am just about to make a thermos of coffee and load up the final things. It will be a long day.
I will let you know what I forget.