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. Annette says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I found you on Pinterest! This will be great for our road trip to California and the Oregon coast in a couple weeks ! – Annette/ Boise Idaho

  2. Victoria B says:

    I love the license plate game! And living in Florida, I don’t even have to wait for a road trip, that’s a trip to the super market!

  3. Trina Contreras says:

    Thank you!! I have plans to use all this for up coming road trip! I am so excited! I am going to buy each of my boys(2) thier own personlized license plate as we travel! when we get home we will string them all together starting with thier birth state! Maybe one day they will have all the states!

  4. Nicole says:

    What a great way to make a road trip fun and romantic. I am going to have to use this idea and the license plate bingo in two weeks.

  5. Our family is taking a LONG road trip and we are so excited to play your license plate game. Ingenius. Thanks so much.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi there! I love your license plate game and blogged about my version on my blog!

  7. Jeanette Boggs says:

    Love the creativity! I will definitely use this game for my husband & daughter on our next trip to North Myrtle Beach. I’m thinking palm trees, sand dollars, crabs, and “shaggers” on the tags. Can’t wait for vacation even more now! (Oh! And how about a tailor made set of cards for a water park trip? Slides, towels, tubes, treats, etc. I’m psyched!). Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Thank you for the license plate printable. We shared your link on our blog post today: http://sistersplayinghouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/heading-out-west.html

  9. My daughter sent me the link to your page. My hubby and I are in the middle of a looong road trip right now. California to Atlanta and back. This should make the rest of the trip much more fun.

  10. Mary says:

    These printables are great! We’re moving across the country in a couple of months and these will be perfect. :)

  11. Chelsea says:

    I am going on a road trip to Williamsburg, VA with my Boyfriend for his best friends wedding! I can not wait to do this! It will be about 15 hours to Williamsburg..this trip is almost a test of our two year relationship. Wish us luck & thanks for this post love this site! & thanks to Pinterest I found you!

  12. Valerie says:

    Hey! I think we were on that road with you driving through the snow somewhere between northern Cali. & Reno!!! Crazy stuff. Thanks for the great ideas. Im sure to use them on our way to Disneyland this spring!

  13. Shelley says:

    I just came across this on Pinterest! I am thinking that this will be fun for us on our family vacation this year! Thank you for sharing your cute ideas!

  14. sharon says:

    I’m SOOOO glad I found this!!! I will be moving to Las Vegas from Clarksville, TN (near Nashville) in September 2013. My boyfriend and his mom are flying out here and we are all gonna take turns driving and then entertaining my son in the back (will be 9 months old at the time of move.) Thank you for making this! This will be a blessing! :)

  15. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for making these different things available. They’ll be great for our family trip coming up! :)

  16. Mark Henry says:

    Hi, we’re going on a road trip, touring the 13 original colonies. We printed out license plate game you made available, and I wanted to give credit to whoever made it. Did you make it?

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey Mark! If you mean, did I put all of these plate on this printable, yeppers, I did! Have so much fun on your trip!

  17. Georgie says:

    Thanks so much for these printables — fantastic! I reduced the game to fit into an Altoids tin for my grandsons’ vacation travels. I so appreciate all of your free stuff!

  18. Tiffanie says:

    Thanks for the road trip downloads! We’re going to SC (from PA) next week for vacation – with our 6 year old and 5 month old – its going to be a loooonnngggg trip. LOL This should help to keep my son (and me and his dad) occupied for awhile. :) Thanks!!

  19. Bonnie says:

    Thank-you!!! Such amazing ideas, can hardly wait to get started on our roadtrip from Toronto to Orlando!

  20. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this print out. LOVE IT! I’ve been playing this game since I was a kid and National Geographic WOW (for kids) printed something akin to it on their back page. Now I am in North Dakota and I have got ALL the states twice (can you say, Hawaii, whaaaat?) except Rhode Island (??). West Virginia was hard to get too, but I have a photo to prove it to myself. Haha. My daughter is growing up with her mother exclaiming at each out of state license plate. Thanks again, and come on by my site sometime. Reverie of a Picture Book

  21. Kelly says:

    I’ve been sneaking peaks at your site for a while now but haven’t been able to put any of it to use yet (my husband has been gone with the Navy for a majority of our short marriage so far). To make up for all these absences, we are getting ready to take a 3 WEEK road trip across the country!! I knew I could find something here that was road trip related – you guys have an idea for everything! I love them

  22. Kerry says:

    Oh my! This sounds amazing! I will be traveling with my husband and 4-year-old son this fall and we’ll be in the car for about 15 hours. I can’t wait to try this!

  23. Amanda Crump says:

    I love your license plate page – want it badly, but can’t seem to print it out. I didn’t have a problem printing out your road trip countdown just the license plate one. I even called both my printer and tablet companies to make sure that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. So I was wondering if you could perhaps e-mail it to me. Maybe I would have better luck. I’ve never had a problem like this before, so I am sorry to bother you. Thank you for your time! Amanda Sue

    • Tara Tara says:

      Amanda – do you have the most recent version of adobe on your computer? Try downloading the latest version. It’s free! Hopefully that should do the trick. Good luck! XO

  24. Dawn Knebel says:

    Hi! Thank you SO MUCH for the Road Trip Printables!!! My grandkids are visiting from WI (I live in TX)and I needed things for them to do in the car while driving to our destinations. A couple places we need to go to are quite a drive. I know you made these for couples and I may need to change the questions slightly (I hope you don’t mind) but other than that it’s perfect. Ya’ll are AWESOME! Thanks again! Grandma Dawn

    • Tara Tara says:

      Grandma Dawn – I am so glad you found this post & are able to use the printables with your sweet grandkids! We don’t mind one bit that you made adjustments. These were meant to make road trips fun! Enjoy! XOXO

  25. Shelly says:

    This looks like fun and my husband and I are taking a quick anniversary trip to Morro Bay, CA from Vegas which is a 7 hour drive one way. We’re driving straight there but on the back want to make it a road trip and take our time. What way did you guys go and do you have any recommendations of sights to see, cool places to eat or things to do along the way?

    • Tara Tara says:

      Oh my goodness! That was so long ago! I don’t know if I can remember! lol However, I DO remember that there are fresh fruit stops along the way. If you see any, you should take advantage! We stopped at a strawberry one where you could pick your own strawberries. It was AH-mazing!!

      Have SO much fun! XO

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