September 5, 2011

The “Road Trip” Date


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… 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… you have any fun trips planned this Fall??

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119 Responses to “The “Road Trip” Date”

  1. Samantha says:

    Thanks so much for this! We too are headed to Idaho traveling from Kentucky (where I’m from), only not for a vacation but to live while he is in helicopter pilot school! My husband is from there and has finally retired from the Army! We will be traveling with our 8-year-old and 5-year-old and cat Bella. Needless to say, it will be an adventure. Thanks for the games and things, I have been looking everywhere for printouts for them! Adventure date begins June 2, 2014! Prayers needed and appreciated! Thanks again!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Oh WOW, Samantha! It definitely will be an adventure! We wish you the best of luck!!! So happy you get to be with your husband and what a neat thing to go into! Plan on a bunch of stopping points for the kiddos {and cat} to run around to get their energy out. Maybe you can put Bella on a leash so you don’t lose her when you take those breaks? 😉 XOXO

  2. Danielle says:

    This is genius! Although we’ll have 4 kiddos during our upcoming road trip (20 hours one-way…ugh!), these ideas will be fun for all of us! I especially am excited about the countdown….hopefully less ‘are we there yet’ nagging! Thanks so much!

  3. KellyB says:

    I may have missed it, but why are there tally boxes on the questionnaire sheet? I love these ideas and plan on using them this week as we travel. It is only a three hour trip, one way, but it still helps us from getting sleepy and enjoying being together in a different way! Thank you!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey KellyB!

      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

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing!!! I printed this 4 per page so I could add them to my journal/mini smash book. In addition, I plan to use some of the questions for wedding interviews. While we travel, we will video tape the Q&A and use some of the footage for some viewing fun at our reception.

    Thank you again!!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Love this idea! I am currently planning a Date Night WEEKEND for our date night group and we will be traveling 5 hours to our destination. I’ve been trying to come up with fun things to do beforehand to help get the couples excited (who’s not excited about a getaway with their spouse though), during the trip and while we are there. This is really helping me out! Thanks a ton!

  6. Love this! Such cute things!

    These are perfect for a road trip with kiddos! I’m going to link this on my website where I write about traveling with the kiddos. Would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks for posting!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

  7. Rebecca says:

    These ideas are fantastic! I plan on using many of them on our trip from Buffalo, NY to OBX. Can you tell me what font you used for the words “road trip”.

  8. Heather says:

    Such fun ideas! I used some of these on our last road trip. The kids are begging me to do the tickets for this road trip. I make them earn the tickets by doing activities. They love getting the prizes. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and links!

  9. Larissa says:

    Thank you so much! I have four kids and this will help a LOT in our 9 hours drive!
    God Bless you

  10. michelle says:

    Can I print that license plate page for my 8 year old? He wants to do that on our upcoming trip!

  11. Suzanne Holt says:

    These printables are so great. Thanks for creating them!

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