Mapping Your Move to San Antonio--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the beauty of the open road. Thoughts of road-tripping across the nation, taking in the sights, finding a fantastic local diner--all the inspiring images of driving Route 66 fade away quickly when your reality is shepherding the children plus a dog to your new residence. Arranging a drive which keeps everybody on an even keel is probably not near the top of your to-do list right at this moment but take a little bit to map out your travel strategy along with your course--it is certainly of great benefit.

If the moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and the new residence in San Antonio, the apprehension for the journey is authentic. And it appears like the simplest action to take is to load up on USB chargers to make certain everyone seems to be constantly entertained, and you will be able to have a little peace and quiet and also NPR. That is the easy method, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some road maps, activities, coloring pages, crayons, and fill up your mobile phone with road songs--this is mostly a generation that's grown up on "Baby Shark" and has to learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Planning Your Path to San Antonio

Get genuine paper maps for your children and teach them the way to check out the symbols and pick out the rivers, roads, state borders, and so on. Ask them to find enjoyable things to do--"tourist attractions"--along the path and let each person select at least one tourist trap on the way, or one every day you will be on your way. In case you are going with pets, here is the opportunity to get them out of the car and going a little during the day.

Car Activities

Kids today. They are so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they may have neglected the fun of car games. If you cannot recall any, or if you disliked them as a kid and failed to take notice, try these. You simply need your imagination for such old favorites. You and your partner can start each of the activities till there is complete buy-in.

· Name Game--say a name. The next individual needs to think up a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your very own guidelines relating to nicknames and diminutives, depending on your kids' ages and all round tendency regarding hand to hand fighting. Proper names, locations, cars--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one while you can, since Volkswagen is halting assembly on the Bug. If you see one, you shout the color and also punch buggy--"yellow punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The winner subsequently can LIGHTLY poke siblings in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of titles for this game, but basically, you get started with "Grandma visited London and she packed ......" The next person affirms exactly the same thing and adds an additional item, and so forth. It's simpler to go alphabetically to get beyond the third round.

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

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Choose the item, and the person who sees it first gets the points. Should you be going through a rural area and see genuine livestock, make sure you count quickly.

Sing Tunes

Cue family-friendly, enjoyable to sing tunes on your device, and show the children the pleasure of the previously mentioned John Jacob. Let them coach you on melodies they've learned, also--but one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an empty suitcase.


Long times in the vehicle are tedious, and none of us really wants to be endlessly entertained. Listen to audiobooks--choose books you are all acquainted with, therefore if somebody dozes off they won't miss anything. Nothing compares to Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean mother and father and block all of their technology nevertheless do attempt to limit it by providing other things to do. A lot of screen time will make everyone a little dialed out and grouchy, and this is certainly not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in San Antonio will be unloading the truck and you will be in the midst of unpacking your new home. The kids can retreat to their new spaces and not be seen again. Take this time to force a little old-school amusement on them--years from now, these shall be fond memories.


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