Check out these Tips for Planning a Summer Road Trip!
- Plan your route: Choose a safe and scenic route with plenty of rest stops, gas stations, and places to eat. Avoid driving at night, especially in remote areas, as it increases the risk of fatigue and accidents.
- Check your car: Make sure your car is in good condition before you hit the road. Check the oil, brakes, tires, and other important parts of your vehicle to make sure you make it to and back from your destination.
- Pack essential items: Bring all the necessary items, such as a first-aid kit, snacks, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Also, if you will be travelling with kids, don’t forget to pack entertainment options for them, such as books, games, and movies.
- Buckle up: Ensure that everyone in the car wears their seatbelt at all times, and if you are traveling with younger children, make sure they are in age-appropriate car seats.
- Follow traffic rules: Stay alert and obey traffic laws, such as speed limits and traffic signals. Also, avoid using your phone while driving and take breaks when you feel tired.
If you will be travelling with kids, here are some ideas on how to keep them occupied!
- Play games: There are many classic games to play in the car, such as “I Spy,” or “20 Questions,” (More on how to play these games below)
- Bring audiobooks or podcasts: There are plenty of kid-friendly audiobooks and podcasts that can keep kids engaged during long car rides.
- Pack a travel activity kit: Include items such as coloring books, stickers, and puzzles to keep the kids entertained.
- Make pit stops at interesting places: Plan stops at parks, museums, and other attractions along the way to give the kids a chance to stretch their legs and see something new.
- Give them a map: Letting kids follow the route on a map or GPS can help them feel involved in the trip and give them a sense of direction.
Game Rules for I Spy:
- One person starts the game by saying “I Spy with my little eye something…” and then gives a clue about what they are looking at. For example, “I Spy with my little eye something green.”
- The other players then take turns trying to guess what the person is looking at by naming objects that fit the clue given. For example, “Is it a tree?” or “Is it a grasshopper?”
- The person who correctly guesses what the person is looking at then gets to take a turn as the person who gives the clue.
- If no one is able to guess correctly after a few guesses, the person who gave the clue can give additional clues to help the other players guess what they are looking at.
- The game continues until everyone has had a turn giving clues and guessing what the other players are looking at.
Game Rules for 20 Questions:
- One player thinks of a person, place, or thing. The other players must guess what it is by asking a series of yes or no questions.
- The player who is guessing can ask up to 20 questions to try to figure out what the person, place, or thing is.
- The player who thought of the person, place, or thing can only respond with “yes,” “no,” or “I don’t know.”
- If the guessing player correctly identifies the person, place, or thing within 20 questions, they win. If they don’t, the player who thought of the person, place, or thing wins.
- The player who correctly guesses the person, place, or thing can then think of the next item for the next round of the game.
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