How to Turn Your Cross-Country Move into a Cross-Country Road Trip
Whether your new home is 200 or 2,000 miles away, a long distance move doesn't have to be dreadful! With a little planning and an appetite for adventure, you can turn your cross-country move into an epic road trip.
Music is a must
Create a playlist long enough to last several hours of driving — you'll get sick of hearing the same top 40 songs repeated on the radio. Mix and match between relaxing songs for down time and fun, pump-up music when you need an energy boost. If your car doesn't have an auxiliary cable port, invest in a radio adapter or a cassette adapter to play tunes from your phone or mp3 player! (Psst – need a moving day playlist? We made one for you!)
Especially if you have kids, you'll need something to keep everyone entertained. Play the license plate game, alphabet game, road-trip bingo, and other fun games to keep the whole gang content. If you're more on the tech-savvy side, there are plenty of apps like FunBlast Trivia, StoryLines, and Heads Up! that will keep everybody from asking "Are we there yet?".
Pro tip: I Spy is a perfect game to keep the kids busy during traffic!
Plan fun stops along the way!
You'll already have a route planned before hitting the road, so be sure to look up the best attractions to see along the way. Even if an attraction is a little off-route, consider making time for a slight detour if it means spicing up your trip! Who knows, maybe you'll end up in a national park, or you'll find the world's largest can of paint.
Smartly pack your snacks
Nothing says road trip like a backseat full of drinks and snacks! To keep all your bags, boxes, and bottles organized, store them in a small plastic bin that's easily accessible during the drive. Even better, divide up snacks into small plastic bags for easier access — no need to constantly pass around the bag of Doritos!
Keep calm and road trip on
Moving is stressful enough, so keep your road trip as positive and carefree as you can. Unexpected events are just part of the adventure — keep that in mind if you get a little lost or are running a bit behind schedule! Mishaps become the best stories, after all.
Happy road tripping!