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

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the lure of the open road. Ambitions of road-tripping cross country, taking in the sights, looking for a fantastic neighborhood diner--all the delightful visuals of traveling Route 66 disappear in a hurry when your reality is shepherding the youngsters and a furry friend to your new residence. Planning a drive which helps keep everybody on an even keel may not be near the top of your to-do list right now yet take a couple of minutes to map out your travel strategy along with your path--it's completely worth it.

If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and your new house in Wichita Falls, the trepidation for the drive is real. And it may seem like the simplest action to take is to stock up on USB chargers to make certain everybody is continually entertained, and you're free to have a little tranquility and NPR. That's the simple approach, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, games, coloring books, crayons, and fill up your mobile phone with road songs--this is a generation that's matured on "Baby Shark" and must be taught "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Setting up Your Course to Wichita Falls

Get genuine paper road maps for the children and teach them how to look at the symbols and find the rivers, roads, state borders, etc. Have them locate enjoyable things to do--"points of interest"--along the way and have each person select at least one tourist trap on the way, or one every day you are on your way. Should you be traveling with pets, here is the possibility to get them outside and going a little during the day.

Car Games

Children and teenagers today. They're just so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they may have neglected the fun of car activities. If you're unable to remember any, or if you disliked them as a youngster and didn't pay attention, have a go at these. You just need your imagination for such classic favorites. You and your spouse get to initiate all the games until there's full buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The next individual has to think of a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You may make your very own specifications concerning nicknames and diminutives, subject to your kids' age range and all round propensity with regard to hand to hand hostilities. Proper names, locations, automobiles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one while you can, given that Volkswagen is stopping production on the Bug. If you see one, you shout the color and also punch buggy--"green punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The victor subsequently can GENTLY poke brothers and sisters in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are numerous titles for this game, nevertheless in essence, you start with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person says exactly the same thing and adds an additional thing, and so forth. It's simpler to proceed alphabetically so you can get beyond the 3rd round.

· I Spy--easy enough, just one tip. The item you describe has to be in the car.

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Select the item, and the person who spots it first gets the points. If you are proceeding through a farm part and see genuine livestock, make sure you count swiftly.

Sing Tunes

Set family-friendly, fun to sing songs on your gadget, and provide the children the fun of the previously mentioned John Jacob. Allow them to instruct you on songs they've learned, also--but one Baby Shark per journey. Or Mommy's going to London with an bare suitcase.


Prolonged times in the vehicle are generally exhausting, and none of us needs to be continuously entertained. Play audiobooks--select books you happen to be all acquainted with, therefore if somebody dozes off they don't miss something. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean mom and dad and prohibit all their technology nevertheless do attempt to limit it by offering other suggestions to do. A lot of screen time will make everyone a tad dialed out and grouchy, and this is certainly not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Wichita Falls will be unloading the truck and you'll be in the course of unpacking your new residence. The youngsters can retreat to their new spaces and never be seen again. Use this time to force a bit of old-school amusement on them--years from now, these are going to be fond remembrances.


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