How To Keep Yourself Occupied On Long Car Rides
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How To Keep Yourself Occupied On Long Car Rides

Road trips can be boring, but here are a few things to make the trip fun.

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How To Keep Yourself Occupied On Long Car Rides
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If you are like me, it takes you forever to get to school. Being a New Hampshire resident attending school in New York, there is no shortage of travel time. I have to make this trip several times a year, and I have devised many games, or other things, to keep myself occupied during the long trip. Here are a few in case you are thinking about taking a road trip.

1. Find a Friend

Car rides will always go by faster if you have someone riding with you! If you get lucky, like myself, you may have quite a few friends at school that live near you, or on the way. It is great to have someone traveling with you; you have someone to talk to, to sing with, or to simply keep you company. And if you ever get tired, at least there is another person in the car to take over for you while you sleep the trip away.

2. Make a Playlist

This seems like a silly suggestion, but make a playlist to listen to in the car! And do not make just one either, make a few, so they never bore you. You should get creative with them too! Make them themed or different lengths. And what is the best way to finish a car ride? That is with a victory song. Choose a song to put at the end of the playlist that lets you know, "Mission, accomplished," like your favorite pump up song. Lastly, make sure the playlist is in the correct order! The last thing you want to do is mess around with a music device while driving!

3. Count...Just About Anything!

When I drove out to school for the first time, the trip never seemed to end. I was getting so bored that I made up a game called, "Count the ______." You pick anything you see, and start counting it. I have played this game on several occasions since. The first time I played the game, I counted all of the silos I saw between New Hampshire and New York (approximately 113). The next time I played, I counted the number animals on the road (about 49). There is no limit to what you can count, and so the game never ends...if you are really that bored.

4. Study

Yes, this seems like a dreary option to occupy travel time, but it is an effective one. If you have breaks before mid-terms or finals, this is a great time to use to study. While it may seem boring to study in the car, I usually find that studying anywhere is boring, so you may as well use the time, as long as you are not the one driving!

5. Take a Nap!

Sleeping is a great way to pass the time. Time flies, and you wake up fully charged when you get to your destination! Just remember, this only works when you have someone with you and you are not the one driving!

There are those that enjoy car rides, but I am not one of those people. I am constantly trying to find things to pass the travel time, and here are a few that I have found to work. Try some of these things, and make your road trip an eventful one (in a good way)!

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