We Got the Keys
Road trips today are a lot different now compared to when I was a kid. Back in the day they seemed to last forever and I was constantly asking my parents, "Are we there yet?" Only to hear my mom or dad respond with such frustration that I was afraid to ask again, but the extreme boredom I was experiencing left me no choice, but to ask again. "Are we there yet?" We played games like the ABC game where you found words on billboards and signs that started with that particular letter until you got to the letter Q or X and then you would make something up. I remember riding through most of South Carolina trying to find a word that started with Q. My how things have changed.
Just call my wife DJ Khaled and call me Jay Z because we got the keys, keys, keys to a successful road trip. I'm the one riding out on the track or doing most of the driving, but my wife is the one behind all of the production or better yet making sure we have what we need. Keeping the kids occupied is the first key to having a successful road trip. It is also the easiest thing to accomplish. All kids love movies so if you don't have a rear entertainment system get your kids a device to watch movies on. Nowadays, most families have iPads or tablets and those are a must have on road trips because the kids can watch movies, play games, listen to music and even read books.
Next, make sure you have enough chargers (or pluggers as my boys refer to them as) to power all of your devices. We have three phones, three tablets and a Wii U that we travel with and the last thing you need to hear is your kids' telling you that there device is on 20% because that's worse than hearing "Are we there yet?" If you have an SUV like we do, then you won't have that big of a problem. But you should still get a vehicle charger with multiple ports or multiple outlets and you can find those at Best Buy. You will thank me later.
It doesn't matter if you are not traveling far or if you are going cross country, make sure you have WiFi. Kids can't live without the Internet and neither can moms and dads. Newer vehicles have WiFi so you might already have that covered. Mobile phones will have internet access, but you can utilize the hotspot on your phone for devices without Wi Fi. Also, this keeps you from paying the upcharge for Wi Fi at hotels.
Finally, you have to follow the Turners most important key to a successful road trip and that is the Up Early, Up Late rule. In order to maximize your time on a road trip, you have to get up early and stay up late to enjoy as much of the city, town, or event you are experiencing. You are going on vacation; you can sleep when you get back. One time the Turners were in New York and we went to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), visited Radio City Music Hall, saw Central Park and spent the evening in Times Square all in one day. Most road trippers like to drive overnight, but I don't prescribe to that theory because it's going to take you a couple of days before you get yourself together if you drive overnight. I recommend leaving between 4 and 5 o'clock. That allows you to get some sleep and you can still get a jump on other commuters. Besides that 2 am to 4 am shift is hell trying to get through.
Of course there are additional things that will assist you on your road trip, but rear entertainment, pluggers, Wi Fi and the Up Early, Up Late rule will make your trip much more enjoyable.