Are We There Yet?

In a short two weeks, the Brown family will be packing up for another family road trip.  This is one of our favorite things to do, and we love that there always seems to be an adventure just down the road.  But… sometimes it means lots of time in the car.  Trying to keep everyone entertained in a small, confined space for several hours can be a challenge. 

Here are a few things we love to do that not only make our trip more fun but more memorable as well:

  • Theme Song.  We choose a theme song for our trip and play it several times throughout our travel time.  The whole family catches on to this and before long, we are all singing along.   Now when I hear certain tunes on the radio, it brings back memories of a trip we’ve shared.  For example–“Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks always reminds me of a trip we took to a cabin in SE Oklahoma in February 2005, “Unwritten (theme from the Hills)” brings back moments from a 2007 trip to Colorado and so on and so forth.  It works with our girls, too and creates opportunites to talk about our memories. 
  • Car Bingo.  The first time we did this on a road trip, I had been extra prepared, as in, found a website that had free car bingo cards and printed them.  The girls spent hours searching for their needed items.  Since then I have never been that prepared and brought along pre-printed cards, but it’s almost more fun because the girls ask for car bingo cards and I create them.  They still spend hours searching for what’s on their list.
  • Activity Bags.  The girls each pack an activity bag with all kinds of fun stuff and they keep it at their seat.  Here are a few items that generally make it into the activity bags:  hand-held yahtzee games, sketch pads (the girls often pretend they are designers and sketch outfits they’ve designed), mad libs, coloring books, homework (not so fun for them, but the road is a good time to get it done), books, cards, etc.
  • Road Trip Games.   We pass the time by interacting through simple games such as the alphabet game, seeing who can find the most states on license plates, etc.

I’m sure there are more, but these are just a few of the things we do to make travel times into fun moments for our whole family.  What do you do to make road trips more fun?  What do you remember doing as a kid as you traveled?   

I can’t wait to see what we’ll do as we take our next road trip in two weeks.  Oh wait, did I mention that we’re flying?  Might need a whole new bag of tricks…

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3 thoughts on “Are We There Yet?

  1. Shelley says:

    I love the theme song idea and I am loving your blog keep it up. I can also tell you from experience don’t let anyone write on a sheet of paper during a long road trip “help I’m being held captive” with “just joking” in very small small print and put this in your back window this is not a fun road trip game HAHA.
    It is fun to have a coloring contest and hang them on the windows of the car and put on the pictures “honk of you think my picture is pretty” Ok so we go for some crazy ones but when you drive around in a 12 passenger van you can get away with alot but they work in the car also. You just have to be prepared for silly looks and realize you are making fun memorys.
    The last one is tame we collect the smashed pennies from wherever we go it’s a super cheap souveneir.

  2. Most of our “road trips” have been via flying. And, most of my experience is flying with infants and toddlers. We always just takes books and dolls…that has been enough for us so far. But, as Brianna gets older, I am sure that will change. But, here is my advice for flying with an infant. Pack light, but smart. Have plenty of diapers on the plane, but buy the rest when you get there. Have an extra change of clothes for baby, and you. Airlines will let you board first if you have an infant, and you can gate check your stroller and car seat, and they don’t count towards your baggage allotment. I never buy a ticket for my children under two, so ask if the plane is full, and if it isn’t, ask to have an open seat next to you. Airlines like to do what they can to keep you and baby happy, so when in doubt, ask for whatever you need. I am sure that I could think of more advice, but I will just leave you with that. If you have any questions, email me. I have done this at least ten times or more in the last four years.

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