5 Ways To Not Be Bored On Your Next Road Trip

5 Ways To Not Be Bored On Your Next Road Trip

Keep yourself busy!

We all know how much road trips can get boring and if you do not have the right people with you to make something out of the adventure, you have to rely on yourself for entertainment. We all talk about how getting in the car and going on a road trip as a spare of the moment thing would be the best. Although, some of us say this and they think twice when they must sit in a car for longer than 10 hours at a time.

8 hours is a perfect amount of time for me to sit in a car nothing longer, but this past week I took a trip to Alabama with my family to see the rest of my family that is a 14-hour drive from Wisconsin. I had to come up with some things to entertain myself because I can not sleep in a car for some odd reason. So here is a list of things to do in a car on a road trip.

Make the ultimate playlist.

A car ride without music is basically asking for boredom. I physically cannot be in a car without music even if I am going for a 2-minute drive up the road. Making the ultimate playlist will keep you busy and it passes time quickly.

Watch Movies and TV Shows.

In our society today we all have phones, laptops, and tablets. You can easily download movies onto your device. I buy Blu-ray DVDs all the time and they come with codes. I just entered them online and downloaded them straight to my computer. A good movie is normally one in a half to two hours long, that will surely make time go by.

Bring a book

You can not go wrong with a good novel and depending on the length of the drive you have ahead of yourself, you just might be able to finish it. I was never one to really get car sick while reading but my friend does. So if that is you, reading a book might not be a good choice for you.

Download games on your phone

Games can entertain you for some time. My sister and I played color switch for a while and kept trying to beat each other's score. It became a little competition and it passed time quickly.

Finally, Take a Nap!!

Sleeping is one key to making the time fly by. If you are one that can sleep in a car then this should not be a problem for you! before you know it you will be arriving at your destination and thanks to the plenty hours that you have slept, you got there quicker without dreading the boredom.

Next time you are planning a road trip do not forget about this list. It will keep you busy and pass the time quick. Long car rides can be dreadful and I personally rather get on a plane than sit in a car for more than 8 hours. I wish you all the best on your next road trip. Safe travels and do not forget to make it count!

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I Went On A Road Trip With My Friend, Here's What I Learned

Expect backaches.

This past weekend my friend and I took a 12-hour round trip, road trip to see some of our friends. I had a great time and it was definitely an awesome way to wrap up winter break. I've taken many road trips in my life so I used my past experience to plan and have the best road trip possible.

First of all, snacks are so important. We are college students so we are balling on a budget and cannot afford to stock up on gas station chips and fast food every time we get hungry. So we pre-bought snacks for the trip and it saved our lives.

You can't take a road trip without music so we made sure to make the perfect playlist! We made compiled so many songs into it that a song almost never repeated itself. I learned though that there is a time for music and there is a time to turn it down. Throughout the trip would turn down the radio and just talk, whether we were sharing stories or having a heart to heart. Road trips are such a great way to grow closer to someone.

Wrong turns aren't the end of the world.

Driving in an unfamiliar place comes with mistakes, confusion, and a lot of wrong turns. But have patience and know that your good ole iPhone GPS will lead you exactly where you need to go.

Don't speed. I'm just gonna leave that there.

Have the time of your life. Embrace every laugh, tear, song, and memory... because even though it feels like you are never going to get out of the car, you will and you will soon find yourself wishing you were right back to the beginning.

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How To Survive A 2,000 Mile Road Trip With Your Best Friend

Plot Twist: It's not that easy.

The summer before my sophomore year of college was one to remember- my best friend and I hopped in a car and road tripped it across Canada, but we ran into a few road bumps along the way.

1. Pack LOTS of snacks.

If you’re going on a one-week trip- pack enough snacks to last you two weeks...at least. You’ll never believe how many times you’ll randomly crave a power bar or chocolate chip cookie while on the road a painful number of hours.

2. Expect to hate each other (temporarily).

Let’s face it- being forced to spend all day and all night with your best friend in a small enclosed space for an extended period of time can be a challenge. You’ll disagree about a lot of things along the way (probably small things, like debating how long you can possibly go without filling up your gas tank again), and most likely get into a few small, petty arguments. The most important thing is to just remember why you’re on this trip in the first place, and do whatever is best to keep your mental sanity and arrive at your next destination safely.

3. Make an effort to create a music playlist together BEFORE you depart.

There is absolutely nothing worse than disagreeing on the music selection during a road trip. After hours and hours of driving an absurd distance, the last thing either of you want is to disagree on the background tunes. Trust me, this can get messy and easily create conflict if the driver wants to relax to some Khalid, and the passenger wants to get lit to G-Eazy.

4. Keep the car as clean as possible.

If you’re traveling as much as we did (10-15 hour driving days), it is imperative that you and your travel buddy keep a clean car. This is the hub of all activity- the place where you will spend the most amount of time during your trip. Nobody wants to be trapped in a car with rotting cheese or expired milk in the cooler, it’s just torture for everyone. Heed my warning, regularly check the expiration dates on all of your perishables, and make sure your cooler is clean and rotten-food free.

5. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Take pictures, lots of them. There is no better way to remember your adventures and travels than an album full of pictures. My best friend and I separated our pictures by making an album for each place we visited, and a “random” album for those hilarious in-car selfies in-between destinations.

6. Map out your bathroom and food stops in advance, if possible.

I speak from experience when I say this... peeing on the side of the road in rural northeast Maine in the pouring rain is NOT ideal. If you have the time, take advantage of travel apps and tools to help you plot out convenient food / bathroom stops along your way.

7. Make sure that the places you're staying at are safe.

Expedia pictures can make any hotel look safe. However, when you arrive at your destination, this may not always be the case. The last thing you need after driving for 14 hours straight is to end up at some sketchy motel in the ghetto of Montreal. Yes, this happened to us. No, it was NOT a fun time. Make sure to research the area you’re staying in before you arrive, and read the reviews on other travel websites in addition to Expedia. Pro tip: if the check in desk has bullet-proof glass separating you from the desk attendant, that’s probably a telltale sign that you should get the hell out of there...ASAP.

8. Embrace the local culture... but not too much.

If you’re road tripping internationally, there may be a language difference in some of your destinations. For us, our time in Quebec was interesting as neither of us spoke a lick of French. In order to “blend in”, I tried to greet locals with a friendly “bonjour!” however, this totally backfired when they responded completely in French, and I stood there looking like a deer in the headlights.

9. Carve out time for random, yet extremely necessary side-of-the-road naps.

Driving in general is tiring, but driving for 10+ hours straight is undoubtedly exhausting. When you and your travel buddy have been driving since 5 in the morning, you may find it necessary to take a nap on the side of the road. Pull over, recline your seats, lock your doors, put on Spotify’s Deep Sleep playlist, and relax. An hour power nap may be beneficial, and definitely beats falling asleep at the wheel.

10. Be prepared to grow.

Traveling is incredible. You’re exposed to all sorts of new cultures, new foods, and new people. If you have the opportunity to road trip it with your best friend, go for it. You will never regret it. Embarking on a parent-free road trip will force you to be as responsible as possible, and you will learn things about yourself, and your best friend that you never knew (plus, you’ll be really good at pumping gas by the end of the trip). What could be better than bonding with your bestie over that weirdo local old guy that just tried to add you on snapchat?!

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