How to Make Labor Day Weekend Travel and Traffic Fun
Picture this: It’s Friday, Labor Day weekend is FINALLY here and the car is packed and ready to go. One moment you’re reversing down the driveway, music up and windows down, and the next you’re at a dead stop on the highway, middle finger up and speedometer down. Caught up in the excitement, you forgot about the traffic, parking nightmares and airport lines coming your way.
Traveling on Labor Day weekend is worse this year than ever- it’s been predicted that air travel over Labor Day weekend will increase by two percent from last year, and the most Americans in six years will travel by car, according to AAA. It’s tempting to avoid the inconvenience and stay home, but let’s face it… summer is coming to an end and you deserve a getaway. Fortunately, here are some ideas to make the trip bearable, and dare I say, fun.
Hours stuck in a car seat can do dangerous things to kids’ patience and parents’ sanity. There’s poking. There’s crying. There’s spilling. There’s screaming. Fortunately, planning ahead with fun activities can help keep the little ones occupied and the front seat soundproof.
- Snacks, snacks, and more snacks
Even as an adult, I get pretty hangry (a state of anger caused by hunger). To make everyone happy, make sure you bring plenty of healthy snacks for the road.
- Good, old fashion car games
Maybe it’s because I was a 90’s child when a fun car ride included my furby, silly puddy stash and favorite cassette, but classic car games never get old. If your kiddos are not yet groaning teenagers, bring back some I Spy, the License Plate Game, 20 Questions, Connect the Dots or Tic Tac Toe.
- Technology distraction
How your child understands your tablet more than you, you’ll never know. Put their fascination with technology to use by handing over your tablet or smartphone to watch movies and play games. Check out bestappsforkids.com to find entertaining and appropriate games for their age group. Also, keep in mind that accidents are almost inevitable in bumpy car rides, and a full battery is crucial for long trips. Make sure you child-proof your tablet with OtterBox protection and stick your smartphone in an OtterBox Resurgence case for double the battery power.
For couples and friends
A car ride can go from sweet to sour in an instant, so you might as well make the hours fly by in a car or on a plane by enjoying each other’s company.
- Game apps for adults
No matter how long you’ve been dating, married or friends with someone, it seems like there is always something new to learn about the other person. Apps like Free-Icebreakers and You Rather could make for some interesting discoveries and laughs.
- Picture scavenger hunt
Before hitting the road, look up all of the sightseeing locations, and keep a camera and some scrapbooking supplies in the car. Take pictures at all of the pit stops on the way there, and on the way home place pictures, ideas, thoughts and jokes in the scrapbook. Not only will this pass the time, but it will make lasting memories as well.
For traveling alone
Sitting by yourself in traffic or on a plane is as boring as it gets. Make in interesting!
- Audio book
Listening to a good playlist on your iPod can only keep you entertained for so long. Audiobooks, as nerdy as it may sound, are an awesome way to stay entertained in a car or on a plane. Popular novels like Divergent, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey (remember, you’re alone so the last one is less awkward) are available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.