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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my husband and I pride ourselves for being road trip experts. We’ve traveled from East Coast to West Coast by car so many times, you can no longer count with both hands. We’ve learned a lot of tricks and life hacks through years of travel, ensuring a smooth ride, and a fun and memorable trip. So today, I’ll share with you 7 ways to make road trips fun and memorable in case you’re planning a summer road trip soon or in the future.
7 Ways to Make Road Trips Fun and Memorable
These tips I’m sharing with you will help make road trips fun and not boring. Hours or even days on the road – especially when you’re passing by empty freeways or deserted towns can get pretty boring after awhile. It may even make you sleepy at times. So to help you stay awake, energized, and entertained, I’m sharing the things that have helped us at our road trips.
1. Snack On!
Whether it’s a 4-hour road trip or a multi-day coast-to-coast travel, snacks and drinks are essential. You don’t want to be HANGRY in the middle of the road with over 30 miles to go before the next rest stop, gas station, or restaurant. And trust me, we’ve been to deserted places where you won’t see an establishment for miles. Also, snacking on the right snacks will give you energy and help you stay awake as you munch on some yummy treats!
I always pack a big tote of food and a cooler for drinks whenever we go on road trips. Lately, we prefer protein snacks over the sugary stuff. So we’re happy to have discovered Lorissa’s Kitchen protein snacks! What’s amazing is that they come in delicious flavors too. Who says you have to sacrifice flavor for portable snacks? They have the Korean Barbeque Beef, Sweet Chili Pork, and Ginger Teriyaki Chicken. YUM! Plus, they are made from premium prep-free, responsibly raised proteins, like 100% grass-fed beef and responsibly raised pork. And did I mention they are gluten free, no preservatives, no MSG, low in fat, low in carbs, and high in protein? Now you know.
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2. Picnics at Rest Stops
While we are in the subject of food, why not take this opportunity to prepare a picnic at rest stops? There are plenty of beautiful rest stops in the country. Most of them, if not all, have picnic tables available. So pack up some sandwiches, fruits, and other finger foods and make it a delicious trip. After all, if you’re on the road for 10 hours, you’ll need to stretch those legs and breathe fresh air!
3. Plan Ahead to Stop by Popular Sights to See
When we’re going for really long road trips, we make sure to plan ahead. We check the route and look at possible stops, and search for sights to see or famous dining spots in that area. This way you get to break down a really long road trip into smaller ones. Plus, you’re always gonna be excited to get to the next stop to discover something new, whether it be an Insta-worthy view or a delicious meal! Here are just some examples of stops we’ve made along the way.
Valley Wells, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Texas Hill Country, Texas
Margaret Hill Bridge, Dallas, Texas
New Jersey – New York
4. Talk About Goals and Dreams During Your Road Trips
I don’t know about you, but I love talking about my dreams and goals with my husband. Just thinking about what you can achieve can give you a rush, a burst of motivation, inspiration, and happiness. And then you start planning or brain-storming together about what you can do to make those dreams a reality. Boredom and sleepiness are gone when you’re having a good time.
5. Play a Song Guessing Game
When we’re getting bored and feeling sleepy, we entertain ourselves by playing a song guessing game. One sings a line from a song and the other tries to guess the name of the song. Thinking and singing help keep us awake and focused. Another type of song/music game we play goes like this. One sings a line from a song and whatever last word he/she sings, the other has to sing a different song starting with that last word. So for example one may sing, “All my life, I pray for someone like you.” Since the last word is “you”, then the other one has to sing another song starting with “you”. For example, “You know I want your love.” And so the next one has to start with the word “love”, and so on. These little things keep us awake and make the road trip more fun!
6. Listen to an Audio Book
In one of our recent trips, we signed up for a free trial for an audio book subscription. We chose a title and listened to it the entire travel time. It kept us awake and attentive the whole time. So if you love a good book, try an audio book for road trips instead.
7. Prepare a #Throwback Playlist
Love to listen to music instead? Prepare a #throwback playlist with songs from your teens or college years, and sing like crazy. Relive those times when you sang that rap song like it’s nobody’s business. Hah! Pull up those lyrics, girl! Things are about to get serious!
There are actually many other ways you can keep yourselves awake and entertained during a long road trip. You can film the trip for a home video sesh. Listen to a really old movie you’ve seen a million of times. And so much more. How about you? What other things do you do to make road trips fun? I would love to know and test it out too the next time we’re going on a road trip. And if you try out these tips, let me know if it works for you. Also, don’t forget to pin to use for later. Happy traveling!