Tips to Make Road Trips Fun!

Chrysler is very excited about the all-new Pacifica and provided me with information about the vehicle; I want to share with you how the Pacifica may fit in with your lifestyle.
When I was about 12 years old, my parents took my younger brother and me on an epic road trip from NJ to Utah and back in our family’s mini van. During that trip, I learned how to get along with my younger brother and turn our waiting times into games, to pass the time. We saw so many amazing sights and visited several National Parks along the way! This summer, my husband and I are planning an epic road trip adventure with our own kids (ages 7 and 12) to foster family togetherness while learning along the way. We will be visiting with family members, and stopping to enjoy lots of parks and other attractions. Most importantly, we are looking forward to making plenty of special memories together!
Tips for Road Trip Fun!
Here are 10 of our favorite tips for road trip fun:
  1. Set aside a few surprises! A new pack of crayons and a coloring or activity book wrapped as presents to be opened when you reach the midpoint of your destination can make a big difference.
  2. Listen to an audiobook together.
  3. Make a road trip playlist with some of your favorite songs!
  4. Pack a cooler with some snacks. Some of our favorites include sandwiches, bananas, cut grapes, cheese sticks, squeezable applesauce, yogurt tubes, and crackers.
  5. Play a few travel games. When I was a kid, we would keep track of all the different license plates we spotted. Magnetic tangrams is another favorite.
  6. Paper chain activities. Before your trip, invite your child to make a paper chain with each link listing a different car activity. Remove one of the links for every milestone reached during your journey. The last link is done once you have reached your destination.
  7. Pack a new book.
  8. Make your own travel bag. With the help of some fabric crayons, kids can transform a plain canvas bag into a unique travel bag to pack their own toys or activities.
  9. Window decals. Bring along some page protectors for little ones to create scenes using window decals. Great for storytelling fun!
  10. Stop for breaks often so everyone can walk around for a few minutes.
If your family is in the market for a new vehicle, how much fun would a family road trip be in the All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica? One of my favorite available features of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist (the car can park itself!) which really comes in handy when visiting a city that may only have parallel parking spots available. The Park Sense® rear park assist helps guide you in the daily grind of parallel parking.
The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica also features STOW ‘N GO® Seating and Storage system with Stow ‘n Go® Assist to make it so easy to pack away seats for extra cargo space. I was also impressed with its over 100 safety and security features like the Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist (Disclaimer: Electronic driver assistance features are not substitutes for active driver enrollment, always be aware of your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle). For more information on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, click here.
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Comments

  1. Make sure to have a power inverter so you can charge your electronics.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    To make them fun, have fun games like bingo, have sing alongs, have coloring books and crayons at the ready, some audio books, and lots of snacks 🙂
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  4. Julie Wood says:

    Make sure to have fun books and magazines that the kids love to read, and have fun games and movies to watch!

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  6. Mami2jcn says:

    We have sing-a-longs.

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  8. Natalie says:

    We love to play trivia, read, listen to music or draw on road trips!

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  10. Cheryl B says:

    We shorten our driving times, and have music and toys for them to play with.

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  12. Steve Weber says:

    We like to play the license plate game!

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  13. To keep road trip more fun, we usually play “I spy with my little eyes…” on the road. I let them pack their own healthy snacks and activity books and little toys. 🙂

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  14. Jessie C. says:

    We bring games and music along to make family road trips more fun.
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  16. Kelly D says:

    I like to play the kid’s favorite music and have them sing along.

  17. Kelly D says:
  18. My tip is to bring audio books and games

  19. Janice Cooper says:

    My tip is good music, playing fun games and bringing electronic devices like a tablet.

  20. Janice Cooper says:
  21. Judith VanAlphen says:

    I bring DVD players and audio book, I make sure I have head phones.

  22. Judith VanAlphen says:
  23. heather says:

    We make road trips more fun for the kids by playing games along the way like ispy and we listen to audio books from the Library and watch dvds.

  24. We have smaller kids, and like to bring lots of books, Magna Doodle boards, and snacks!

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  25. We like to play games with other cars on the roads whether it be finding certain colors, kinds or state licence plates! Free and fun. I also make sure to bring books, coloring books, music and other things to keep them occupied.

  26. I put together activity packs for my kids that have new coloring books, books, stickers, snacks etc to make road trips more exciting.

  27. I like making a playlist before we go of songs that are fun and everyone currently is into.

  28. I do a bit of internet research prior to the road trip to find interesting sites and roadside attractions that the kids would enjoy. I also scope out restaurants/donut shops that the kids would enjoy…Gotta eat, right?

  29. Kristen says:

    Definitely pack snacks and drinks, and be sure to leave some extra time to stop in case you spot some place interesting that wasn’t a planned stop. Oh, and be sure to talk to the locals when you stop in to eat or browse in a shop.

  30. Kristen says:
  31. We sing songs and make sure we have lots of music on hand.

  32. This is a beautiful family van! I love the sunroof, and that the kids can watch movies on long road trips. It also looks very roomy which is nice for the kids!

  33. Our kids love to read. So, that solves a lot of boredom issues. We just make sure they have plenty of reading material for the trip!

  34. We talk and they are on their tablets.

  35. Madeline says:

    I always loved those invisible ink books for long road trips.

  36. Madeline says:
  37. we like to drive at night so my son will sleep most of the trip. when he’s awake we have a full arsenal of goodies: books, dvd player, ipad, snacks, etc.

  38. Carolsue says:

    We sing and play travel games in the car. It’s a lot of fun.

  39. heather says:

    We play I spy while traveling in the car we also watch dvds and sing.

  40. Barbara M says:

    We find that allowing for more stops/breaks makes it all more fun.
    thank you

  41. Barbara M says:
  42. we sing songs and watch movies

  43. natasha Lamoreux says:
  44. natasha Lamoreux says:

    We watch dvds and audio books are fun too. That usually tires out the kids for a quick nap.

  45. maria cantu says:

    We like to do sing-a-longs.

  46. Cynthia C says:

    Lots of books, music and games kept my kids busy on long trips when they were young.

  47. we love listening to fun music!

  48. Susan Smith says:

    We we are traveling in the car we talk, play games and they read and play with their toys.

  49. Susan Smith says:
  50. Before a road trip, I check out maps and alternate routes so we’re not on a highway the whole time, and I make sure I know ahead of time where we can stop at restaurants along the way without all the stress of driving around trying to find a place at the last minute when we’re starving.

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  52. Rhonda Suszek says:

    Make flash cards of last year’s vocabulary, or sight words to refresh kids’ memory over summer break. Check to see if you can get a list of next year’s words. What a marvelous confidence boost to begin the school year with a head start! Use new books, colored pencils, small toys, as rewards, during the trip, when kids memorize 5, 10, 15, words, etc….

  53. We always used to play the I Spy game.

  54. My family does not include children; it is just me and my partner. That said, the number one thing we do is make music playlists. I make them using spotify. I make one that is upbeat and dancy and fun, one that is relaxing and low key, and one that is themed to wherever we are going (like beach tropical salsa music if we are going south). Then, depending on our mood, we just pick the list of our liking and his shuffle. Makes the trip so much more enjoyable and go so much faster.

  55. We keep the kids well separated in our van. :p also lots of fun new snacks!

  56. Wanda McHenry says:

    100 bottle of beer on the wall always is a hit!

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  58. Allison Swain says:

    My tips are to bring a lot of water, snacks, good music, some activity books for the kids!

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  60. Elizabeth pergande says:

    We like to stick to a schedule. Having reading time, snack time and video times. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)Com

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  62. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    We like to play words games

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  64. Debbie B says:

    no kids here but my friend and her husband usually take turns driving at night so their kids can sleep on the road

  65. Debbie B says:
  66. We love to keep our car trips interesting with karaoke, games, and prizes!

  67. Denise L says:

    My son loves to stump us with trivia questions, so we get a set of Brainquest cards when we go on vacation. Not only can he ask us the questions, they are suitable for his age so we get to see what he knows too.

  68. Denise L says:
  69. Music keeps the mood happy and frequent short stops to stretch.

  70. Ellie Wright says:

    Always bring games, activities and snacks for the kids. adults, too. it gets monotonous just riding on long trips.

  71. Ellie Wright says:
  72. Rebecca Graham says:

    We like to play license plate bingo.

  73. Stephanie Phelps says:

    We play find the most states in the cars and we also bring along books.

  74. Stephanie Phelps says:
  75. Thomas Murphy says:

    Bring lots of games and snacks.

  76. Thomas Murphy says:
  77. Jerry Marquardt says:

    My tip to make way to making a great family road trip and have more fun on the trip is to try not to do too much on the trip. Don’t be overwhelmed.

  78. Jerry Marquardt says:
  79. For a busy road trips I like buying new activity books to keep the kids busy.

  80. Birdiebee says:

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  81. Birdiebee says:

    I pack travel games, headphones for listening to music or watching DVD’s as well as other activities to keep the grandkids occupied.

  82. Kim Henrichs says:

    I think having activities and snacks pre-planned is good but also make lots of stops for photo ops and stretching!

  83. we always have to make sure that we have an awesome playlist set up

  84. We love to play trivia, read, listen to music or draw on road trips!

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