Things To Do On A Roadtrip

Things To Do On A Roadtrip

How to entertain yourself for hours upon hours.
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Ever since I was six years old, I remember rounding up my family and our pets in a car to take a road trip to Colorado to go skiing. Those were the days when cars, or at least not our car, did not yet have built-in DVD systems, and so my dad wired our small, box-like television so my little brother and I could watch VHS movies. That's right, I said VHS. If you do not know what that is, then please do this 90s kid a favor and look it up.

We took many road trips after that, and one time we even visited as many as 10 states! You can imagine in all those trips, we had to entertain ourselves somehow, right?

Well, we had movies and DVDs, but we also had books and games, many of which my brother and I made up. Now, as many of you readers head back to school and/or are driving home from summer vacation, I have compiled a list of multiple things to do while on these short or long road trips.

Movies and DVDs

If you have an older car, then you can still wire a tv to play VHS movies or DVDs too. Nowadays, most cars have built-in DVD players with headphones to go with them. There is a plethora of DVDs to choose from and browsing Target for them is nothing short of overwhelming.

If you are going to be traveling with younger siblings, then go for movies or TV shows that are "kid friendly." Or, you can use this long period of time wisely and watch those classic movies you always try to watch, but can never get through.

My younger brother and I watched "The Jetsons," any and all Western movies with John Wayne, "Leave It to Beaver," and other older TV shows that my parents grew up with. I am not sure why we watched these older TV shows and movies, but I do know we loved them almost as much as our parents did.

Games

There are so many options here! Board games can be done, but admittedly are difficult if the game requires many pieces, cards, and other props. With a deck of cards, you have plenty of go-to games that can be played with one or a few people.

Solitaire is an easy card game to learn and is good to pass the time if you are the only one in the back seat.

The card games for more than one person are numerous, but a few of my favorites are "Go Fish," "Hearts," "Gin Rummy" and "Texas Hold 'Em." Some of these games have a higher difficulty than others, but can all be learned and played with practice.

Other than card games and board games, there are some that involve things happening outside the car. One of my friends explained a game to me about cows: Each cow you see is your amount of cows, but if you see a cemetery then you lose all your cows and have to start over. Of course, you can add rules to this game such as if you see a bank, you can invest some of your cows so you do not lose all of them later.

There are so many other games to play and things to do on a road trip. What are some of your favorites?

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Have fun, but please be safe.

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All students look forward to one thing during the school year, no matter what age they are. There's no doubt that we all get excited for breaks, but one stands out more-so than the others: Spring Break!

When you're a kid, you're excited to spend time with your friends, go camping, and spend all your time at the pool. In high school, it's along the same lines, but you're trying to sneak alcohol everywhere and everyone is judgmental about what swimsuit someone decided to wear.

In college, you do one of two things: 1. You sleep for a solid week and Lord help the person that decides to interrupt your sleep deprived, peaceful slumber. And 2. You travel to the beach of your choice and you're drunk the entire time (depending on who you are, you're also drunk during the first half of the week that classes start again).

If you decide to be a party animal during our favorite school break, obviously I want you to have all the fun you could possibly have. The less you remember it, the better..or worse- I don't remember. Maybe a few flashes here and there. Just please don't puke everywhere. But the most important thing is that you keep safe and be cautious wherever you decide to go. Just please don't recreate Spring Breakers or The Hangover. --But if you do recreate The Hangover, video or it didn't happen. I want to see who steals a tiger, loses a tooth, has an Asian man in the trunk, and who got stuck on the hotel roof.--

But seriously, to avoid any unfortunate events happening to you and/or your friends, please keep these things in mind.

1. Have a buddy system

Crazy stuff happens during Spring Break. Everyone knows that. Just don't lose track of each other because something serious could happen and it definitely would ruin the trip. Make sure each other are safe and don't put yourselves in a position that you'll regret later. Spring Break is the prime time for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, etc. It's crowded everywhere so it would be extremely easy for someone to slip away undetected. People won't be paying attention to anything else except having fun. With all the distractions, that's a perfect opportunity for a predator to strike.

2. Be aware of what you put in your body

Alcohol and drugs are always a factor. If someone offers you a drink, be careful- especially if it's already open. You don't know 99% of the people so you have no reason to trust anyone and you don't know their intentions. As for drugs that you might take, there's a lot of impure stuff nowadays. Even weed is enhanced with things that people aren't aware of. Obviously. That's why there's so many different names. Just be careful and aware.

If you go to the bathroom, take your drink with you. Don't leave it somewhere, unattended, and come back to it. You don't know what could be in it anymore. If anything, get a new one.

3. Always have your ID, money, and phone

Getting into more serious topics, it's important that you have these things. And not for the fun reasons. Always carry your ID. Aside from getting into a bar or whatever, if something happens to you (God forbid), you'll be able to be identified. Always carry money. Aside from being able to buy more booze, always have money on you so you can get away from an area or situation that you won't want to be in. Always have your phone. You need to have a line of communication JUST IN CASE you get separated from your group or you need the police.

4. Please don't end up on Pornhub

Just.. please don't. Everything ends up online. Just don't end up on that site.

5. Make sure you have enough money to get home

Obviously.

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Just please be responsible and aware of your surroundings. You can have all the fun you want, but please be careful. I don't want to see any news flashes for unfortunate events that might have happened to you or your friends. Have a great break!

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