There is so much to see and learn while traveling in the car. Road trips can be an enjoyable experience if you plan it right but without a plan, it might seem like it is taking an exceptionally long time to reach your destination. Fortunately, here are eight ideas to entertain everyone during a road trip.
Audiobooks are great because they can entertain the driver and passengers. Check out audiobooks from your local library, purchase a few online, or download some to your device before you go! Podcasts are another option for your listening pleasure. Choose from a variety of genres, such as radio dramas, comedies, mysteries and much more.
A movie can help pass a couple hours in the car, and it is a great way to distract yourself from thinking about how much time is left until you reach your destination. Download movies on your device before you go, or utilize a portable DVD player. Some vehicles already have DVD players and gaming systems as part of their package.
Download games to your device, or visit a site where you can download free games before you leave. Some can pass hours of time by playing games when we are at home, so why not use it to your advantage in the car? Of course, make sure the only travelers playing games are the passengers.
It is always interesting to find out more about your travel companions with questions. It can be a challenge to think of deep and engaging questions on the fly. Download an app or go the old fashion route and print some question cards before you leave. There are many apps that have conversation starters, which can spark some meaningful conversations.
A road trip lends itself to down time and provides beautiful scenery that is constantly changing. Take along a sketch pad and colored pencils to create a masterpiece. Your drawings could also double as a meaningful souvenir of your trip. Add a frame to your favorite drawing when you get back home, or try to find a frame as a souvenir along the way.
Use the extra time in your car to write. Bring a journal and write about your experiences. Another idea is to create a scrapbook and write the captions. Develop pictures when you get home and add them to the scrapbook. Create a funny story with all the passengers. Each person can write a few lines and then trade who writes the next few lines.
There is nothing wrong with watching the scenery go by and allowing yourself some quiet time in the car. Our world is a busy place and sometimes we just need time to relax and unwind. Use the time to look out the window and just notice the passing scenery. Remember to pack a travel pillow and a blanket for napping.
Karaoke in the Car
Car trips lend themselves to singing. If your fellow travelers are younger, download some appropriate tunes and have a sing-along. Before you leave, create playlists of your favorite tunes so you can jam out in the car.
Road trips can be exciting and enjoyable if you are prepared with entertainment and strategies to pass the time. Use a few or all the ideas listed above to make your road trip a memorable experience.