Mapping Your Move to Little Rock--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, taking in the sights, finding a fantastic local restaurant--all the inspiring visuals of traveling Route 66 disappear in a hurry if your truth is shepherding the kids and a dog to your new house. Organizing a drive which helps keep everybody on an even keel may not be near the top of your to-do list right at this moment but take a short while to map out your travel methodology along with your course--it is completely worthwhile.

If the moving company has packed and loaded all your belongings, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new house in Little Rock, the dread regarding the trip is authentic. And it seems like the easiest action to take is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be always entertained, and you're free to have a bit of peace and quiet as well as NPR. That's the easy method, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your mobile phone with road songs--this is mostly a generation which has matured on "Baby Shark" and needs to learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Planning Your Route to Little Rock

Get authentic paper maps for the kids and teach them the best ways to read the symbols and pick out the waterways, roads, state borders, and so on. Ask them to identify fun stuff to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the road and let each person pick out one particular tourist trap along the route, or one every day you're on the road. If you are traveling with family pets, this is the opportunity to get them out and going some during the day.

Car Activities

Kids nowadays. They're just so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they may have overlooked the fun of car activities. If you cannot recall any, or you disliked them as a kid and did not take notice, try these. All you need is your imagination for these kinds of classic favorites. You and your partner can initiate all of the activities until there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The next person must come up with a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your own specifications regarding nicknames and diminutives, subject to your children's ages and overall tendency for hand to hand fighting. Proper names, locations, cars--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--play this one while you can, given that Volkswagen is stopping assembly on the Bug. If you notice one, you shout the color in addition to punch buggy--"red punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The victorious consequently can GENTLY poke sisters and brothers on the arm--with no retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Went to London--there are plenty of names for this game, nonetheless fundamentally, you get started with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The next person affirms the same thing and adds an additional object, and so forth. It is better to go alphabetically so you can get beyond the third round.

· I Spy--straightforward enough, one guideline. The thing you spy must be in the vehicle.

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Select the feature, and the person who sees it first receives the points. If you're heading through a farm area and see real livestock, be sure you count fast.

Sing Songs

Put family-friendly, enjoyable to sing music on your gadget, and provide the youngsters the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on melodies they have learned, also--but one Baby Shark per journey. Or Mommy's visiting London with an empty suitcase.


Lengthy days in the car are generally monotonous, and nobody needs to be constantly entertained. Listen to audiobooks--select books you are all familiar with, so if somebody dozes off they don't miss anything. Nothing beats Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean parents and hinder all their technology however do attempt to limit it by offering other activities to do. An excessive amount of screen time may make us all a bit dialed out and grouchy, and this is never the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in Little Rock are going to be unloading the truck and you'll be in the middle of unpacking your new residence. The children can retreat in their new spaces and never be seen again. Use this time to force a bit of old-school activities on them--years from now, these will likely be happy recollections.


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