How To Survive Long Car Rides



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

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  1. Create a packing list.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.
  2. 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, which means you won't have to iron your clothes.(Pack a plastic garbage or mesh bag for dirty laundry.)
  3. 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. You can play Tic Tac Toe with one of your parents, or by yourself even. Or make your own game.
  4. Take 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.
  5. 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. If you cannot charge it before the trip or it has a short battery life, take a portable car charger.
  6. Wear comfortable clothes and go barefoot.(Have some flip flops or crocs in the floorboard for rest stops.)
  7. Take 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!)
  8. Stay up packing and then get up early to leave, so you can sleep in the car.
  9. Schedule stops about every 60-90 minutes to avoid total insanity and/or bladder rupture.
  10. 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.
  11. Unpack as needed and enjoy wherever you are when you arrive.
    • 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.
  12. Do the same for the drive home.

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    What can I do if reading makes me carsick?
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    There are some medications available at drug stores that can help prevent and/or treat carsickness. Otherwise, it's probably best to look out the window for most of the ride, as the disconnect between the motion you're experiencing and the corresponding visuals of the motion has a lot to do with carsickness. In the meantime, you can daydream, listen to music, download an audio book (Audible.com usually lets you download one for free as part of a trial), or listen to some podcasts.
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    What to do if you need to go to the bathroom on a long car ride?
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    Tell the driver so she knows to stop at the next opportunity to use a restroom.
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  • Question
    What if I'm carsick and paranoid about crashing?
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    Community Answer
    Don't worry about crashing because that won't help you avoid it. If you are carsick, crack a window and try to sleep a bit.
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  • Question
    What if I'm already in the car and I have nothing to do?
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    You could listen to music or talk to the person driving. Play I spy if there's people with you. Whenever you stop at a rest stop, see if you can find news papers or magazines to keep you from not being bored.
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    Can I do these things if I am carsick?
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    There is a certain pressure point on the inside of your wrist that helps you not get carsick. If you hold it while doing these activities, then you should be fine.
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  • Question
    Every school holiday we go on a 2-6 hour journey, and I get sort of sick when reading and playing my iPad. My brother gets really annoying and we only stop once or twice. What should I do?
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    In this scenario, you should pack some snacks in your bag, and a thick pair of headphones. Try to stay up late-ish the night before so you can fall asleep in the vehicle.
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  • Pack chargers to any and all electronics.
  • Don't forget to pack 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 draw stuff.
  • Healthy foods 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.
  • Take your camera and take pics.
  • Kept a backpack at your side filled with things to help you through the trip. For example; A book or two, chargers and electronics, a cosy plushie if you want to nap, snacks, or movies and games.





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