Mapping Your Move to Houston--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, sightseeing, locating a fantastic hometown restaurant--all the inspiring images of driving Route 66 fade away in a rush when your truth is shepherding the youngsters plus a family pet to your new home. Arranging a drive which helps keep everyone on an even keel may not be in first place on your to-do list right at this point but take a couple of minutes to map out your travel methodology plus your course--it's certainly of great benefit.

If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new residence in Houston, the apprehension of the journey is legitimate. And it seems like the easiest course of action is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everybody is constantly busy, and you are able to have a bit of tranquility and also NPR. That is the effortless way, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Find some good road maps, activities, coloring pages, crayons, and load up your cell phone with road trip songs--this is seen as a generation that's grown up on "Baby Shark" and must master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Setting up Your Route to Houston

Get real paper road maps for your children and teach them the way to look at the icons and pick out the rivers, roadways, state borders, etc. Have them locate enjoyable stuff to do--"tourist attractions"--along the way and let each person select one particular tourist trap on the way, or one each day you will be on your way. If you are going with household pets, this is the possibility to get them outside and moving a bit during the day.

Car Activities

Kids these days. They're just so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they've neglected the joys of car games. If you can't recall any, or you disliked them as a youngster and didn't take notice, try these. You just need your creativeness for these kinds of traditional favorites. You and your partner will initiate all the activities until there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--list a name. The subsequent individual needs to think up a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your very own rules pertaining to nicknames and diminutives, dependant upon your children's age range in addition to overall propensity for hand to hand combat. Proper names, places, vehicles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one when you can, considering that VW is halting production on the Bug. When you see one, you yell the color and also punch buggy--"white punch buggy" and then--as quick as possible--"no punch backs". The winner subsequently can SOFTLY poke brothers and sisters in the arm--with no retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are many names for this activity, but in essence, you get started with "Grandma visited London and she packed ......" The following person affirms the same thing and adds another object, and so forth. It's easier to go alphabetically in order to get beyond the third round.

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

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Pick the feature, and whoever notices it first gets the points. If you are going through a rural area and see real livestock, be sure you count fast.

Sing Melodies

Put family-friendly, enjoyable to sing music on your gadget, and provide the kids the pleasure of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on songs they've learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per drive. Or Mommy's going to London with an empty suitcase.


Prolonged days in the car are generally monotonous, and none of us really wants to be constantly entertained. Play audiobooks--choose books you're all familiar 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 hinder all their technology however do try to limit it by supplying other things to do. An excessive amount of screen time does make us all a little dialed out and grouchy, and this is not the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in Houston will be unloading the truck and you will be in the course of unpacking your new residence. The kids can retreat to their new spaces and not be seen again. Use this time to push a bit of old-school activities on them--years from now, these will likely be happy remembrances.


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