Mapping Your Move to Killeen--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the beauty of the open road. Thoughts of road-tripping across the nation, sightseeing, looking for a perfect hometown restaurant--all the delightful visions of traveling Route 66 disappear in a hurry when your truth is shepherding the kids and a family pet to your new residence. Arranging a drive that keeps everyone on an even keel is probably not at the top of your to-do list right now but take a few minutes to pre-plan your travel strategy as well as your course--it is certainly of great benefit.

If your moving company has packed and loaded all your things, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and your new home in Killeen, the trepidation regarding the trip is authentic. And it appears like the most convenient action to take is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everybody is constantly occupied, and you're able to have some tranquility as well as NPR. That's the easy way, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Find some good maps, games, coloring pages, crayons, and load up your mobile phone with road songs--this is mostly a generation that's evolved on "Baby Shark" and must master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Planning Your Route to Killeen

Get genuine paper atlases for the children and teach them the best ways to check out the symbols and pick out the rivers, streets, state borders, and so on. Ask them to locate fun things to do--"tourist attractions"--along the road and have everybody pick out one particular tourist trap on the way, or one per day you will be on the road. In case you are traveling with household pets, this is the chance to get them out and moving some through the day.

Car Games

Young ones these days. They're just so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they may have overlooked the thrill of car activities. If you can't recall any, or if you hated them as a youngster and failed to take notice, try these. You simply need your creativity for these traditional favorites. You and your partner can begin all the activities until there is complete buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The following individual needs to come up with a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can make your own rules concerning nicknames and diminutives, subject to your children's age groups and general inclination with regard to hand to hand struggles. Proper names, locations, vehicles--everything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one when you can, given that VW is ending manufacturing on the Bug. If you see one, you holler the color and also punch buggy--"blue punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The winner consequently gets to LIGHTLY poke siblings in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are plenty of nicknames for this activity, but in essence, you begin with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The next person says the same thing and adds a second object, and so forth. It is simpler to proceed alphabetically so you can get beyond the 3rd round.

· I Spy--straightforward enough, just one rule. The thing you spy will have to be in the vehicle.

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Select the thing, and the individual who sees it first receives the points. If you are heading through a rural area and see real animals, ensure that you count rapidly.

Sing Tunes

Put family-friendly, fun to sing tunes on your gadget, and show the children the excitement of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to instruct you on melodies they've learned, as well--but only one Baby Shark per trip. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an empty suitcase.


Lengthy times in the car are generally tedious, and none of us wants to be endlessly entertained. Listen to audiobooks--pick books you're all acquainted with, thus if somebody dozes off they do not miss anything. Nothing compares to Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean mother and father and block all of their technology nevertheless do attempt to reduce it by offering other activities to do. An excessive amount of screen time will make all of us a bit dialed out and grumpy, and this is definitely not the time to encourage the grouchies. Quickly enough, the professional movers in Killeen will be unloading the truck and you'll be in the course of unpacking your new house. The kids can retreat to their new bedrooms and not be seen again. Use this time to force a little old-school activities on them--years from now, these shall be happy memories.


Request a free quote