Mapping Your Move to El Paso--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the lure of the open road. Thoughts of road-tripping across the nation, taking in the sights, locating a fantastic local diner--all the romantic visions of driving Route 66 vanish in a rush when your reality is shepherding the kids along with a family pet to your new house. Planning a drive which helps to keep everybody on an even keel is probably not near the top of your to-do list right now however take a short while to map out your travel approach together with your path--it's certainly worth it.

If the moving company has packed and loaded all your belongings, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and the new residence in El Paso, the trepidation of the trip is authentic. And it seems like the simplest thing to do is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be constantly entertained, and you're able to have a little peace and quiet and NPR. That is the easy approach, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Find some good road maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and load up your phone with road trip songs--this is mostly a generation that has evolved on "Baby Shark" and needs to learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Arranging Your Route to El Paso

Get actual paper road maps for the kids and teach them the way to read the icons and pick out the waterways, roads, state borders, etc. Get them to identify fun things to do--"sight-seeing opportunities"--along the way and let each person choose one particular tourist trap along the way, or one each day you will be on your way. If you are traveling with household pets, this can be the possibility to get them out of the car and going some throughout the day.

Car Games

Young ones today. They are so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they've missed the thrill of car games. If you're unable to remember any, or maybe you disliked them as a child and did not pay attention, consider these. You just need your imagination for these kinds of classic favorites. You and your partner get to start off each of the games till there's total buy-in.

· Name Game--say a name. The subsequent person must think up a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your very own rules pertaining to nicknames and diminutives, depending on your youngsters' age range and all round propensity for hand to hand struggles. Proper names, locations, vehicles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one while you can, given that VW is ending production on the Bug. If you see one, you holler the color in addition to punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The champ consequently is able to LIGHTLY poke brothers and sisters in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Visited London--there are plenty of nicknames for this activity, nevertheless essentially, you start out with "Grandma visited London and she packed ......" The next person states the same thing and adds another item, and so on. It's better to go alphabetically in order to get beyond the 3rd round.

· I Spy--easy enough, just one tip. The item you spy will have to be inside the car.

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Choose the item, and the person who sees it first gets the points. If you're proceeding through a farm part and see genuine livestock, ensure that you count fast.

Sing Songs

Cue family-friendly, fun to sing songs on your device, and show the kids the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to instruct you on tunes they've learned, too--but one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's going to London with an empty suitcase.


Extended times in the vehicle are usually tedious, and none of us wants to be constantly entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--pick books you're all acquainted with, thus if someone dozes off they don't miss anything. Nothing compares to Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Do not be the mean mother and father and hinder all their technology but do make an effort to reduce it by offering other activities to do. Too much screen time does make all of us a touch dialed out and touchy, and this is definitely not the time to encourage the grouchies. Soon enough, the professional movers in El Paso will likely be unloading the truck and you will be in the course of unpacking your new residence. The youngsters can escape in their new spaces and not be seen again. Take this time to force a little old-school amusement on them--years from now, these are going to be happy recollections.


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