Dear Amy: My family is planning to take a road trip for spring break and I was wondering if you have some ideas about how to pass the time in the car. – Macy G., Columbia, Missouri
Dear Macy: My family has taken many long car trips, so I have some experience in this area. One of my favorite things to do is bring a book I haven’t read before. You can choose one from home or the local library, or even borrow one from a friend.
If you don’t like to read in the car, you can bring an audiobook or music to listen to. Some vehicles are equipped with DVD players, which allow you to play movies or video games. If you prefer more low-tech options, consider travel games such as road-trip bingo or the license plate game.
One more tip to help you pass the time and save memories from your vacation: I always bring a camera and a notebook along. I take notes about the trip and collect things that will remind me of it later, such as restaurant menus and ticket stubs from places we’ve visited. When I get home, I print photos I have taken and add them to the notebook pages to create a scrapbook. You can find these and other great ideas at Car Travel Games, momsminivan.com.
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