September 5, 2011

The “Road Trip” Date

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Do any of you have a ROAD TRIP coming up in the near future?  I have the perfect date idea for you!  My husband & I recently traveled a tooooonnnnnn.  Each summer, we travel to a new location for an Internship for him.  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 sawTHIS printable {and super affordable} ebook!  JUST what I was looking for!!!

 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.  :)

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 last Monday!  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?”

Soooooo…..do you have any fun trips planned this Fall??

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53 Responses to “The “Road Trip” Date”

  1. Annette says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I found you on Pinterest! This will be great for our road trip to California and the Oregon coast in a couple weeks ! – Annette/ Boise Idaho

  2. Victoria B says:

    I love the license plate game! And living in Florida, I don’t even have to wait for a road trip, that’s a trip to the super market!

  3. Trina Contreras says:

    Thank you!! I have plans to use all this for up coming road trip! I am so excited! I am going to buy each of my boys(2) thier own personlized license plate as we travel! when we get home we will string them all together starting with thier birth state! Maybe one day they will have all the states!

  4. Nicole says:

    What a great way to make a road trip fun and romantic. I am going to have to use this idea and the license plate bingo in two weeks.

  5. Our family is taking a LONG road trip and we are so excited to play your license plate game. Ingenius. Thanks so much.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi there! I love your license plate game and blogged about my version on my blog!

  7. Jeanette Boggs says:

    Love the creativity! I will definitely use this game for my husband & daughter on our next trip to North Myrtle Beach. I’m thinking palm trees, sand dollars, crabs, and “shaggers” on the tags. Can’t wait for vacation even more now! (Oh! And how about a tailor made set of cards for a water park trip? Slides, towels, tubes, treats, etc. I’m psyched!). Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Thank you for the license plate printable. We shared your link on our blog post today: http://sistersplayinghouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/heading-out-west.html

  9. My daughter sent me the link to your page. My hubby and I are in the middle of a looong road trip right now. California to Atlanta and back. This should make the rest of the trip much more fun.

  10. Mary says:

    These printables are great! We’re moving across the country in a couple of months and these will be perfect. :)

  11. Chelsea says:

    I am going on a road trip to Williamsburg, VA with my Boyfriend for his best friends wedding! I can not wait to do this! It will be about 15 hours to Williamsburg..this trip is almost a test of our two year relationship. Wish us luck & thanks for this post love this site! & thanks to Pinterest I found you!

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