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 fantastic neighborhood restaurant--all the delightful visuals of traveling Route 66 fade away in a rush when your reality is shepherding the children along with a furry friend to your new home. Organizing a drive that helps to keep everyone on an even keel might not be at 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 absolutely worthwhile.

If your moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and the new home in Denver, the trepidation of the journey is genuine. And it seems like the simplest course of action is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everybody is always entertained, and you will be free to have some peace and quiet as well as 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 maps for your children and demonstrate to them the way to check out the icons and find the rivers, roads, state borders, etc. Have them find enjoyable stuff to do--"tourist attractions"--along the road and have everybody find at least one tourist trap along the route, or one per day you are on the road. Should you be going with household pets, here is the possibility to get them out and exercising a bit through the day.

Car Games

Children and teenagers these days. They are so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they've neglected the thrill of car activities. If you can't recollect any, or you detested them as a kid and did not pay attention, consider these. You simply need your creativity for such traditional favorites. You and your partner get to start off all the games till there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The next individual must think of a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You may make your individual rules relating to nicknames and diminutives, subject to your children's age groups in addition to all round propensity for hand to hand struggles. Proper names, places, vehicles--everything goes here.

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

· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of names for this game, but in essence, you commence with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The next person states the same thing and adds another item, and so on. It is easier to go alphabetically so you can get past the third round.

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

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Pick the item, and whoever sees it first gets the points. Should you be proceeding through a non-urban area and see actual animals, ensure that you count swiftly.

Sing Songs

Put family-friendly, entertaining to sing music on your device, and provide the children 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 visiting London with an bare suitcase.


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

Don't be the mean mom and dad and block all their technology however do make an effort to reduce it by supplying other activities to do. An excessive amount of screen time can make us all a bit dialed out and grumpy, and this is never the time to encourage the grouchies. Soon enough, the professional movers in Denver are going to be unloading the truck and you'll be in the midst of unpacking your new home. 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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