RoadTrip Idea {Survival Kit}

I’m SUPER excited to be doing a guest post for Stephanie on her creative “Somewhat Simple” blog! She is one of our FAVORITE bloggers out there! I loooooved her darling “Let’s Celebrate” board that she just shared with our readers. Her creative ideas, beautiful website, and darling personality totally sold me on this blog! :)

I am Tara, one of the *divas* blogging for the website, The Dating Divas.

I am married to my best friend, addicted to crafting & coming up with creative dates for my sweetie & me, AND I loooove blogging with some of my closest friends. Life is good! On The Dating Divas website, we are all about creative ideas that will help strengthen our relationships…and I have the PERFECT one to share with you. A fun “on the road” date idea that you can do while you are traveling for the holidays….IN THE CAR!

Ah….I see that I caught your attention, huh!

If any of you have a ROADTRIP planned to visit family for the holidays – then I have the perfect date AKA “fabulous-way-to-pass-time-in-the-car” idea for you! My husband & I recently traveled a TON. 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 saw a FABULOUS & super affordable ebook FILLED with all sorts of Road Trip games. 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. :) You can read more about that in my original post on our website.

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 on our website! 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?” PLUS – this makes the traveling during the holiday season into what it SHOULD be – a fun, memorable experience!

Now that we have you all set for your holiday traveling adventures, you might be wondering what our website all about! :) I told you a little above….but in case you were curious….our website is what happens when a BUNCH of super crafty friends get together & come up with solutions for strengthening their marriages.

 

We blog about amazing & creative date ideas, fun gift ideas for our spouses, quick & easy romance ideas, CRAFTY tutorials, and MUCH, much more!! ANYTHING that would help enhance our already ROCKIN’ marriages!! We even decided to share tips on how to look good for our man AND ideas on how to keep things HOT in a certain room…..

…but you are gonna have to visit our website for THAT!

Stop on by The Dating Divas to get more ROMANCE tips so you can keep dating that amazing spouse of yours! We love spreading the word about our blog….and we hope it will strengthen YOUR relationship as much as it has ours!!

Thanks again for letting me hang out with the “Somewhat Simple” crew today!

Stephanie
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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Comments

  1. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this idea! Perfect timing as well! We are leaving tomorrow to see family in another state. I better get prepping everything. Thank you!

  2. That snow looks scary! Glad you survived sliding off the road! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. I am excited to use those adorable printables!

  3. Great idea! I’m going to print these off for me, my hubby and my daughter! So fun!

    Anna
    http://www.askannamoseley.com

  4. WOW! I can’t believe how creative some people are! So glad you had her on as a Guest Blogger, Stephanie! I need to go check out her website!

  5. Really neat idea! I have been trying to figure out how to keep all of the kids happy during our long trip we have coming up in two days. I think I need to go purchase that ebook you are talking about as well! Those “secret mission” ideas sound really fun! Thanks!

  6. Pretty much love this post!

  7. Thanks for sharing all the fun ideas. We made a fun travel timeline for our kiddos this summer. They loved it! Road trips are always more fun when you are organized.

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