Long car rides are sometimes a necessity. Sometimes it makes more sense to drive somewhere rather than fly. However, long car rides can be a huge bore, especially for those who are dead set on making as few stops as possible.
Being confined in a car for several hours can give anyone cabin fever. This can be especially hard for young children to deal with, as they often have extremely short attention spans. If you have young children, it may be just an hour into the car ride that you’re hearing the infamous “Are we there yet?”
The easiest solution to mitigate cabin fever on long car rides is to keep you, and more importantly, your children, entertained. Luckily, with the rise of technology, it has become easier and easier to keep your kids entertained during long car rides.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can keep everyone on the ride entertained until you do in fact get there. If you’re a traveling family, this list may give you some inspiration when you’re looking for your next car. Happy reading, and happy traveling!
First and foremost, it is important that your car has outlets for everyone to use to plug in their phones and other devices during the trip. Kids are addicted to their phone — you don’t want their phone to run out of battery a mere hour into the trip. Luckily, many cars have met our need for constant charging ability and have incorporated outlets into their vehicle design. If your car does not have any outlets, you’re not out of luck. You can always buy some portable charges for your family to use during the trip. The investment is certainly worth it!
Nowadays, many cars have incorporated screens that can play DVDs into their design — which can be a huge benefit for those who are constantly traveling. Simply put on your kid’s favorite movie and you’ll have them occupied for a good hour and a half. Again, even if your car does not have built-in screens, you still have options. You could always bring along a portable DVD player or download movies for your kids on their favorite devices. You may even be able to download some of their favorite TV shows through streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. A long car ride is a perfect time for a binge session!
A good playlist is essential for any successful road trip. Many cars have aux cord capabilities or Bluetooth functions that can allow you to connect your phone and play some of your favorite tunes. However, you should make sure that you can create a playlist that everyone in the car can enjoy, from your younger children to teenagers, to yourself. Make sure to keep the playlist diverse — you don’t want to play hours and hours of both the VeggieTales or the Wiggles.