- Category: Travel Tips Travel Tips
- Created on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 00:53 26 January 2011
- Written by Rebecca Devereaux Rebecca Devereaux
When traveling in a car with teens for long periods of time, entertainment can be difficult. I have three teenagers that do great while traveling for a couple of hours. Then it always starts with the bickering. “He is touching me!” “Give me back my iPod!” Ed and I usually sit in the front and turn up the radio.
We have learned a couple of ideas that seem to help.
- Bring a laptop. My kids play games and movies using one piece of equipment. I like the laptop because when they are not using it, it slides right under a seat without taking up legroom for my tall kids!
- Get an audio book. Our local library has hundreds of them. Including ones just for teens. The last trip we took we were gone for 3 weeks. I told them ahead of time how long I needed the books so I was not charged late fees.
- iPods or MP3 players are a must! Don’t forget the headphones! If you only have one and more than one kid, they sell headphones with splitters.
- Buy an outlet that plugs into the cigarette light. It is called a one-piece 4-port power inverter that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket and provides a 110-volt AC outlet and two USB ports. These are the best things since sliced bread! It charges everything from iPods to laptops.
- Don’t forget to let the kids pack their own pillow and a blanket. Teenagers sleep so much more than adults.