“Are we there yet?” is that age old question that are inevitable in family road trips. Ways to lower the chances of hearing it though do exist. The main key is to prepare before the road trip, then you will be ready with multiple options to keep the kids occupied.
Of course preparing an activity bag to help keep the kids occupied is dependant upon their age group. And who knows your children better than you do? Choosing activities, snacks, etc. by using their favorite things will make this task so much easier. For instance if your child hates to write, do not plan writing games, or at least only include one writing game along with other games your child would enjoy more.
Playing the “License Plate” game is always a good option, because it can take up a lot of time. You can also make a lot of variations upon this game. The original version is to write down the name of each state as you spot it on the passing car license plates, and try to get every state written down first. A few variations of this game include:
1) Choosing only states from a particular region of the country.
2) States that start with a particular letter or set of letters
3) States that end with a particular letter or set of letters
You can’t go on a road trip without “I Spy” and it is a game for all ages. It is so simple, one person says “I spy something _____” and they fill in the blank with a clue. Then each person takes a turn trying to guess what the person spy’s. Generations have been passing the time with this road trip game.
Older children like to play “Spot the Car” because of their growing interest in cars. You choose different types of cars to try to spot first.
Packing age appropriate activity books is always a good idea, because there are so many options. You can choose from crossword puzzles, mazes, dot to dot, word games, and many more.
With a little thoughtful planning and preparation your family road trips can be enjoyable for everyone.