Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells

Spring break is just around the corner, and for some that means the chance to go on a road trip. If you’re going to be in the car for any length of time, then you’ll want to check out these tips.

Plan ahead. Look at a map ahead of time to view your route. Find rest stops and restaurants along the way so you’re not driving around searching for a place to eat when you’re hungry and tired.
Pick out your comfortable clothing for the drive and make sure you charge any electronics the day before the trip to avoid frustration and boredom.

Bring comfortable accessories. It’s a good idea to have a small blanket and pillow in case you want to take a nap. You can also bring along an eye mask or neck pillow if you think that would be beneficial to your comfort.

Bring a Goody bag. Fill a bag with items that will keep you entertained, such as: a laptop or portable DVD player, movies, an MP3 player, books or magazines, art supplies, coloring books, or puzzle books. And don’t forget your headphones.
If you get carsick then you might want to bring along an audio book to listen to or play verbal games like I Spy, concentration, or the license plate game. Talking to fellow passengers also helps keep your mind off the road.
Bring paper and a writing utensil. There are games you can play on paper as well. MASH, Tic Tac Toe, Pictionary, and hangman are popular games to play while on a car ride. Plus, if you bring along a puzzle book you’ll need something to write with.

Bring snacks. Having snacks and beverages can help stave off hunger when you’re not close to a service station or town. Some snacks that will keep your blood sugar level and your stomach full are: crackers, fruits, nuts, or sandwiches. But be careful. Don’t bring anything that will melt or make you too thirsty. If you drink lots of water you will need to use the bathroom more often, so try and only eat salty foods when you are at or near a service station.

Author: Madeline Oden

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