September 5, 2011

The “Road Trip” Date

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Do any of you have a ROAD TRIP coming up in the near future?  I have the perfect date idea for you!  My husband & I recently traveled a tooooonnnnnn.  Each summer, we travel to a new location for an Internship for him.  This past summer, we relocated to gorgeous Northern Cali for three blissful months….from HOT Vegas.  Lots of time on the road!  With SO much quality time together, I thought this would be the perfect time to throw together an “on the fly” date!

My FIRST “turn to when I am searching for something” is GOOGLE!!  *sigh*  I can pretty much find just about anything I need on there!  {Pinterest is a CLOSE second.  WINK!} I was on a mission to find some FUN ideas that Jamie & I could do while sitting in a car.  I almost started jumping up and down when I sawTHIS printable {and super affordable} ebook!  JUST what I was looking for!!!

 Over 140 download-able and FUN games for the road!  Bingo, word searches, mazes, scavenger hunts…..and I fell in LOVE with their “Secret Mission” printables.  So cute!  This would be perfect to use as a family when traveling as well….in fact this whole DATE could be an entire family experience.  :)

I immediately purchased the ebook…and printed off the games I wanted to play with my cute hubby…..we were looking at being in the car for TWELVE hours straight…so I wanted to make sure we had plenty to choose from.  :)

MAD LIBS would be the perfect road trip game as well.  I didn’t have time to run to the store to buy any but I found plenty of downloadable ones online…..by Googling it.  {lol}

I then set to work & created all of these FUN “Road Trip Survival Kit” printables to go along with my theme……

 The picture below may explain a little more what all of these were used for….

I made treat toppers to fit the top of a gallon-sized baggie AND a sandwich-sized baggie.  I filled ONE gallon bag with Jamie’s FAVORITE treat…..homemade cheesy popcorn.  Another gallon baggie included all of the fun games & printables we would be doing, and the last baggie included other yummy assorted treats…..including chocolate {which is MY favorite}.  I then created a fun little countdown, grabbed a long ribbon & some clothespins, & mapped out our trip.  I wrote down stopping points on the cards – which we would take off the ribbon as we hit/passed through each location.

Click on any of the following to download:

Small “Road Trip” Treat Topper

Large “Road Trip” Treat Topper

“Road Trip” Countdown

License Plate Game

“Road Trip” Questionnaire

This countdown was rather fun!  I was definitely glad to see our progress when we went through areas like this….

 Um yeah…..and this was SUMMER!  We actually slid off the road at one point!  It was so scary.  Luckily neither one of us were hurt, but I think I had a mini-heart attack!  :)

Overall, our trip was enjoyable.  {Minus sliding off the road….}  We had a lot of fun talking, laughing, playing games, eating yummy treats, and holding hands….er…..I mean, of COURSE we didn’t do that!  The driver always had hands on the wheel at the ten & two positions. :)

 I originally printed two copies of the “License Plate” Game for our trip…but since it’s not really realistic {or safe} to have the DRIVER cross things off, we combined efforts and just filled out one sheet.  I couldn’t believe how many different states we saw!  We scored with the big semi trucks.  They were from everywhere!

 This questionnaire was a lot of fun for us.  This would go perfectly with Lisa’s “Post-It” notes date that aired last Monday!  I came up with 50 questions….but we only made it through two pages.  :)  We laughed when we BOTH said our least favorite household chore was to clean out the litter box.  Ugh!

 I would definitely recommend this “Road Trip” date for ANYONE traveling in a car for a long period of time.  You could do most of these activities as a family…..especially if you purchase the awesome road trip games book I found!   :)  Eliminates the question, “Are we there yet?”

Soooooo…..do you have any fun trips planned this Fall??

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113 Responses to “The “Road Trip” Date”

  1. M.a. says:

    Wish I had this when we moved last year and drove 2500 miles across the country in a moving truck!! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  2. missyg says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I love it! We are planning a family trip during the Christmas break this year and I have always thought how fun it would be to have road trip things to do and now I have them. :0)

  3. micah says:

    oh my heavens! i am DEFINITELY bookmarking this post for our next trip from Oklahoma to Utah. LOVE ALL OF THESE IDEAS!! thank you so so much!

  4. Kelsie says:

    We just moved across the country. Wish I would have had this! I’ll have to keep it in mind for future moves!

  5. Hope says:

    This is awesome! We are preparing to move from Charleston, South Carolina to a small town above Albany, New York in October and this should make our trip a bit smoother. It will be my husband, myself, and our three year old son! We had a very long road trip last year when we moved from California to South Carolina.. this would have made the trip so much better! Thanks again!

  6. Kristen Kristen says:

    Great job putting this together Tara! I’m so excited to print some of these things off…It seems we are in the car all the time and could put this to good use!

  7. Barbara says:

    Tara where were you? That looks like the Sonoma/Mendocino coast in that last shot. Great idea for a date and glad to see the shout out to my neck of the woods :-)

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey Barbara! I believe that was around the Reno, NV area….?? Crazy, huh! It was SUMMER! Who knew it had weather like that when just a hop-skip-jump away, Vegas is BURNING hot! :)

  8. Rhonda Neely says:

    Wow, what perfect timing this is. My husband and I are leaving this Saturday taking our family on a cruise. The drive from home to the port is about 8 hours so I’m excited to receive this just in time!

    Thank you so much and I’ll be passing this, along with many of your other fabulous date ideas to my readers as well.

  9. Kari kari says:

    Oh man, I wish I had this date years ago! Would have made some of those longer trips no so dull! lol! But we’ve got another trip in a month that I am super excited about. I’ve already printed everything out and I’m ready to get rollin’! Thanks for this awesome idea! For surely I will never have a dull trip again!

  10. Christie says:

    Oh, I SO wish I had these ideas 2 weeks ago! I will definitely use them another time though! :)

  11. Wendy wendy says:

    THIS ROCKS!!! I am excited to be able to use this this month! Wahoo!! Thanks sis!

  12. My husband and I just finished a 6 month roadtrip to see all 48 continental states. This would have been soo much fun for us. Sad I saw it too late. : )

  13. Stephanie says:

    My brother in law and his wife are leaving to move across country for military life and I’m fixing them up a bag with these ideas!!! Thanks so much!

  14. Sarah S. says:

    How fun is THIS??? Thanks for taking the time to do it and sharing it with us! All of my family will love this!

    So glad you were okay when you slid off the road!

  15. Kimberly B. says:

    I was looking at the questionnaire I couldn’t figure out what the tally marks were for? Is this for guessing how your spouse will answer? Just curious..love this idea!

    • I was wondering the same thing!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey Kimberly! I would read the question aloud & try to guess what his answer was….if I was right, I received a tally mark & vice versus. It’s fun to play with or without the tally marks. If you DO decide to use them, you should come up with a fun prize for the spouse that gets the most. A backrub….passing along an unwanted chore…lol…

      Have FUN! XO, Tara

  16. Loved the license plate template you made. I did something similar with my kids over the summer but I printed out a map of the US and they colored in the states as they found a license plate. It allowed them to learn about the geography too and why it might be very difficult to find a plate from Hawaii or Alaska (both of which we found!) I’m now thinking about creating a game where they get points for finding different plates. Plates from our home state or border states are worth 1pt, states further away count for 2+plus, provinces from Canada are worth 5pts…..
    Great ideas!

  17. Nicole says:

    OMG! This is so cute! I’m not married or engaged (not yet anyways!) but my boyfriend and I need to add some excitement to our dating-life so I’ve been scouring the dating blogs and websites and FORTUNATELY have come across The Dating Divas…WOW…what a page! This road-trip idea is definitely right down our alley! We love going on trips and your ideas are definitely something I am going to incorporate the next time we go on a road-trip! Thank you! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  18. Great ideas! My 2 year old would love your homemade cheesy popcorn! Would you like to share the recipe?
    Thx!! :)

  19. Kelli says:

    We are going on a roadtrip this summer and I know my boys are going to love the License plate game! Thanks so much:)

  20. Lora says:

    How fun!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Julie says:

    I’m so glad I found this before our trip! I’m putting together my car bag and I can promise ALL of these are going into my bag!!! Thank you for all your ideas!!

  22. Eileen says:

    I am taking a road trip for my honeymoon this summer. I will absolutely be printing out some of these games. Thanks for the ideas!

  23. Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for the cute ideas. I have seen a few before, but LOVE the downloads! Super Easy- thanks! Heading to NC from WI this summer with my Husband, son, and my parents. :)

  24. Jordan says:

    Hey! I love this road trip idea! Just curious what your husband does that requires so much traveling? Thanks!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey Jordan! He is in the PGA program at a fab university. Each summer, we travel to a new place for his 3-month internship. Craziness but lots of fun! xoxo

  25. Ginny says:

    We have to go on a road trip usually yearly for my daughters dance competitions. I love the countdown, I’m for sure using that this year!

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