Mapping Your Move to Denver--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, sightseeing, finding a great local diner--all the delightful images of traveling Route 66 fade away in a rush when your reality is shepherding the kids and a family pet to your new house. Organizing a drive that helps to keep everyone on an even keel might not be near the top of your to-do list right at this moment yet take a little bit to map out your travel approach plus your course--it's completely worth it.

If your moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and the new house in Denver, the trepidation regarding the drive is genuine. And it appears like the easiest course of action is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone is always entertained, and you will be free to have some tranquility and NPR. That's the effortless approach, but who said life was meant to be easy? Find some good road maps, games, coloring books, crayons, and load up your mobile phone with road songs--this is a generation that has evolved on "Baby Shark" and should learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Organizing Your Path to Denver

Get real paper road maps for your children and show them the way to check out the icons and find the rivers, roads, state borders, etc. Have them locate enjoyable stuff to do--"tourist attractions"--along the road and have everybody choose at least one tourist trap along the route, or one per day you are on the road. Should you be going with household pets, this is the possibility to get them out and exercising a bit through the day.

Car Games

Children and teenagers today. They are so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they have neglected the thrill of car activities. If you cannot recollect any, or maybe you detested them as a kid and didn't pay attention, consider these. You simply need your imagination for these traditional favorites. You and your partner can start off all of the games till there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--list a name. The subsequent individual needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your own rules relating to nicknames and diminutives, subject to your kids' ages in addition to all round propensity for hand to hand fighting. Proper names, places, vehicles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one as you can, since Volkswagen is halting assembly on the Beetle. If you see one, you holler the color in addition to punch buggy--"yellow punch buggy" and then--as quick as possible--"no punch backs". The victorious subsequently can SOFTLY poke sisters and brothers in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of titles for this game, but in essence, you start out with "Grandma went to London and she packed ......" The next person states the same thing and adds a second item, and so on. It is simpler to go alphabetically so you can get past the third round.

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

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Select the thing, and the person who sees it first gets the points. Should you be proceeding through a non-urban area and see real animals, ensure that you count quickly.

Sing Tunes

Put family-friendly, entertaining to sing music on your device, and provide the kids the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Let them teach you tunes they've learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's going to London with an bare suitcase.


Prolonged days in the car are usually exhausting, and none of us really wants to be constantly entertained. Play audiobooks--select books you're all acquainted with, so if someone dozes off they don't miss something. Nothing beats Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Don't be the mean mom and dad and block all their technology but do make an effort to limit it by supplying other activities to do. Too much screen time can make all of us a bit dialed out and grumpy, and this is certainly not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Denver are going to be unloading the truck and you'll be in the middle of unpacking your new house. The youngsters can getaway to their new spaces and never be seen again. Use this time to push a little old-school activities on them--years from now, these will likely be happy recollections.


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