wikiHow to Survive a Long Car Ride (for Only Child Teens)

It's that time of year for road trips with the family. Mom, Dad, and you are traveling to wherever, and you've been told to prepare for a 10 or 11 hour trip. Fun, right? Following these steps, you can learn how to plan your road trip.

Steps

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    A few days before the trip, make a packing list (which you need to take with you on the trip) and wash all of the clothes you're going to take with you. This will help you to stay organized and make sure you don't forget anything.
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    Start packing the day before the trip. Fold, or better yet, roll the clothes. Rolling the clothes instead of folding makes for tighter packing and no creases at the fold lines, and you won't have to iron your clothes.(Pack a plastic garbage or mesh bag for dirty laundry.)
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    Be creative with games. Okay, now we're down to the main attraction: the car ride. As an only child, you can hardly play those little magnetic travel board games, so you have to get creative.
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    Bring books you love, or ones that you need to read for school. Magazines bought at gas stations help, too, because you haven't read them yet.
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    Make sure that you charge everything before you leave! It totally stinks to have your iPod or CD or DVD player die and it's still 5 hours to wherever you need to go.
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    Wear comfortable clothes and go barefoot. (Have some flip flops in the floorboard for rest stops.)
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    Bring a blanket and a pillow or two, and use those and the luggage to make a sort of nest in the back seat. (Weird, but comfy!)
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    Stay up packing and then get up early to leave, so you can sleep in the car.
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    Schedule stops about every 60-90 minutes to avoid total insanity and/or bladder rupture.
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    Pack a lunch box or small cooler with snacks, juice boxes, Capri Suns, bottled water, etc. and stick it in the floorboard where it can easily be reached.
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    When you get there, unpack as needed and enjoy wherever you are.
    • If you're well-mannered, respectful, and generally pleasant to be around, your parent(s) will much appreciate it, and the trip will be an overall more enjoyable experience. (Plus, it aids in leniency in the context of money lending or activity preference. "Well, you HAVE been pretty good... Okay.")
    • Okay, it's time to go home. Have everything charged up for the drive. Remember that packing list? Use it to repack so you don't accidentally leave anything and check off as you go.
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    Do the same for the drive home.

Tips

  • Bring a blanket so you'll be prepared if it gets cold in the car.
  • Pack chargers to any and all electronics.
  • Don't forget to bring headphones.
  • Be organized. You don't want to have a clutter of clothes in your suitcase.
  • As far as packing goes, less is more. But that doesn't mean one bag. Try one bag for your clothes, and one for car entertainment. Keep the clothes in the trunk and the entertainment by your side.
  • Keep the most important items near you in the car.
  • If you are going to pack sweet treats, pack non-perishable things such as licorice, lollipops, suckers, and gum! Do not pack chocolate; it will melt.
  • Always keep your items in a big enough bag and put your stuff away to prevent having a huge mess of everything.
  • Make it a tradition that on every car trip you may stop and get one treat of your choosing. This gives you something to look forward to other than arriving at your destination.
  • It's nice to bring paper and pencil to play games like:tic tac toe -hang man - guess this drawing or - just to draw stuff.
  • Healthy things are better, whether at home or stopping at a rest-stop. Sleep deprivation and junk food don't go well together.
  • If you want to listen to the radio, find a station everyone in the car can agree on.
  • Roadside attractions are a good way to break the monotony. World's largest chicken? Bring it!
  • Get motion sickness bracelets or OTC medication (Dramamine) if you get carsick regularly.
  • If you feel carsick stay calm and don't think about it. Also, don't think of any food,make sure to tell someone you're feeling sick and eat a mint.
  • Bring your camera and take pics.

Things You'll Need

  • CD player/MP3 player/iPod
  • Batteries
  • Portable DVD player (if you have one)
  • Video game player (Nintendo DS, PSP, etc.)
  • Laptop (if you have one)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Books and/or magazines
  • Chargers for all of your electronics
  • Flip flops for rest stops (if you want to travel barefoot)

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