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Road Trip Fun

Are you ready for a road trip? People in the United States will take millions of trips this year — many of them traveling by car. The most popular treks are trips to the beach, visits to friends and family, and scenic drives. A scenic drive means there's something to see while you're driving, like an ocean, mountains, or a beautiful valley.

But sometimes when you're on the road, there isn't a whole lot to look at. For those times, you'll need to keep yourself busy. Here are some ideas:

  • Bring a small map or road atlas. Use stickers to track your family's progress.
  • Create a trip box that includes stickers, pipe cleaners, pens, paper, and anything else you want to have on hand.
  • Draw. You can draw what's outside your window or make a game out of it by drawing a picture of someone that you know and making everyone guess who it is.
  • Start writing in a trip journal and keep track of what you do each day on your vacation. Add photos later.
  • Read aloud — a scary story or a mystery are great choices.
  • Make up your own story and draw the illustrations to go with it.
  • Listen to a book on tape or CD.
  • Listen to music.
  • Sing silly songs that you might be too old for, like "Old MacDonald," "B-I-N-G-O," and "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" — or even Christmas songs if you're in the mood. For added fun, make up your own silly songs with your family's help.
  • Snooze.
  • Play "I Spy."
  • Play the license plate game by trying to spot as many different states as you can.
  • Play "20 Questions."
  • Play travel games, such as checkers, that have magnetic pieces that won't slip off the board.
  • Play the "My Favorite" game by picking your top five songs, books, ice cream flavors, sports heroes, etc.
  • Have a spelling bee or trivia contest. Bring index cards to write down words or questions.
  • Don't fight with your brother or sister!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: May 2009

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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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