Whoever said life is about the journey, not the destination, was wise. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping everyone entertained.
Two words: car karaoke.
You can thank James Corden for this one. If the First Lady can jam out to “Get Your Freak On,” everyone in the vehicle can certainly kill a good 45 minutes or so belting out the hits. Let everyone take a turn selecting the song — that way you get an acceptable mix of Meghan Trainor and Meat Loaf.
Let them watch their favorite shows.
This may seem counterintuitive, but an hours-long jaunt to Yellowstone isn’t the time to enact those ambitious 10-minute screen time rules you’ve talked about.
Happily hand over your phone.
Bring along a prop box full of giant sunglasses, bright feather boas, and ridiculous mustaches, and turn the backseat of the car into an impromptu selfie photo booth. Bonus points if you get an early Christmas card out of it.
Catch up with Grandma and Grandpa.
Use Bluetooth so everyone can join in the conversation. They’ll answer the phone thinking it’s you, then be thrilled to hear a chorus of “Hi Grandma, hi Grandpa!” coming through the line. Plus, if it’s them you’re going to visit, you can find out what’s for dinner. We know you were wondering.
And then, when you’re close to your destination…
Encourage a bit of quiet time.
That way they’ll all be well-rested for when the real adventuring begins. First, get everyone nice and settled. Maybe turn up the A/C a bit. Then, put on your family’s favorite podcast.
Hey, dreams count as entertainment, right?