For most people, taking a road trip is a traveling rite of passage. Especially if your final destination isn’t too far, taking a car can be a great way to see the sights along the way and get more acquainted with the world around you. However, spending hours on end in a car can get very boring at times. And when this happens, those few hours of driving can feel endless. So to help your road trips be more enjoyable regardless of where you’re actually going or who you’re traveling with, here are three ways to pass the time on a long road trip.
Bring Some Technological Entertainment
Thanks to modern technology, it’s now easier than ever to find ways to entertain yourself while in the car. Many cars now come with their own built-in ways to be entertained, like TVs and WiFi connections to make it easy to stream music or videos. But if you’re driving in something a little older, Ed Hewitt, a contributor to Smarter Travel, suggests that you preload your phone or tablet with entertainment options. This could include things like episodes of your favorite show, movies you’ve been wanting to see, music you love to sing along to, or podcasts you’ve been meaning to catch up on. You could also download games that you can play on your own or that you can play with those traveling in the car with you.
Plan Some Pit Stops
If your plan is to just drive and drive all day long until you reach your stopping point, those days can feel like they drag on. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to have some plans for pit stops along the way. But be careful with this. According to Suzy Strutner, a contributor to the Huffington Post, planning something too rigid might just add more stress to your day than you need. So to ensure that you’re enjoying your trip rather than forcing yourself to make deadlines, try to have a few vague plans for places you could stop and see and then picking the one that makes most sense as you’re driving by. This could give you just the break you need to push through the last half of the day in the car.
Classic Or Created Road Trip Games
Before there was so much access to technology, people relied on games that could be played without any outside help. And when you’re trying to pass the time on the road, these are still very appealing options. According to Emily Co, a contributor to PopSugar, you can try the classic games like I Spy or 20 Questions or choose to make up your own. With just these simple car games, you can have hours of entertainment that can really help make the time fly by.
If you’re looking for ways to pass the time on your next road trip, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.