Mapping Your Move to Dallas--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the lure of the open road. Visions of road-tripping across the nation, sightseeing, looking for a perfect local diner--all the inspiring images of driving Route 66 fade away in a hurry if your reality is shepherding the children along with a dog to your new home. Arranging a drive that helps to keep everybody on an even keel may not be in first place on your to-do list right now however take a little bit to pre-plan your travel approach plus your course--it is completely worth it.

If the moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and the new house in Dallas, the apprehension of the drive is legitimate. And it seems like the most convenient action to take is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be continually occupied, and you will be able to have a bit of tranquility and also NPR. That is the effortless approach, but who said life was meant to be easy? Get some road maps, games, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your phone with road songs--this is seen as a generation that has evolved on "Baby Shark" and should be taught "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Organizing Your Course to Dallas

Get actual paper road maps for your children and teach them the best ways to check out the icons and pick out the waterways, highways, state borders, and so on. Ask them to identify enjoyable stuff to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the way and have everybody pick out at least one tourist trap on the way, or one per day you're on your way. Should you be going with family pets, this can be the chance to get them out and exercising some through the day.

Car Activities

Kids today. They are so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they've overlooked the fun of car games. If you can't remember any, or you hated them as a kid and did not pay attention, try these. All you need is your creativeness for these kinds of old favorites. You and your partner will start off each of the games till there is complete buy-in.

· Name Game--say a name. The subsequent person needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your own guidelines regarding nicknames and diminutives, subject to your children's age groups as well as all round inclination with regard to hand to hand hostilities. Proper names, locations, automobiles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one while you can, given that VW is ending production on the Bug. When you see one, you yell the color in addition to punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The champ consequently gets to LIGHTLY poke siblings in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Went to London--there are plenty of nicknames for this activity, but essentially, you start out with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person affirms the same thing and adds an additional thing, and so on. It is better to go alphabetically so you can get beyond the third round.

· I Spy--simple enough, just one rule. The item you spy will have to be in the car.

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Select the thing, and the individual who notices it first receives the points. If you are heading through a non-urban region and see actual livestock, be sure you count swiftly.

Sing Tunes

Cue family-friendly, enjoyable to sing music on your gadget, and provide the kids the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Let them coach you on tunes they've learned, also--but one Baby Shark per journey. Or Mommy's visiting London with an bare suitcase.


Prolonged times in the car are generally monotonous, and nobody really wants to be endlessly entertained. Play audiobooks--pick books you happen to be all acquainted with, so if someone dozes off they do not miss anything. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean mom and dad and block all their technology but do attempt to minimize it by offering other things to do. An excessive amount of screen time will make everyone a touch dialed out and touchy, and this is certainly not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Dallas will likely be unloading the truck and you'll be in the midst of unpacking your new home. The kids can escape to their new spaces and never be seen again. Use this time to push a bit of old-school entertainment on them--years from now, these are going to be happy memories.


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