Whenever we go to Disney World, my family drives from Iowa to Florida. It’s a long, two-day drive. Even though the scenery is beautiful, we need a little extra “help” to pass the time.
Sometimes we’ve played travel games, such as ABCs. This is where everyone can participate finding the letters in the alphabet, in order, using road signs.
Other times, we’ve played the license plate game, to see how many states we can find. One time, we even saw a license plate from Alaska.
This trip, I am packing several surprises – one for each hour of the drive. Even though we don’t have kids yet, I like to make the drive more fun for my husband. I purchased some of his favorite snacks, along with a few travel items. The total number of the items equals the total number of hours of drive time, or somewhere close to that. I purchased a total of 20 items, including:
- Chocolate covered marshmallows, from Manda’s Disney Blog (I made a mini-version)
- Sketch pad with colored pencils
- Trail mix
- Toy Story coloring pack with crayons
- Marshmallow fluff
- Word search
- Panda cookies
- Star Wars tablet and mini-markers
- Fruit snacks
- Gummy bears
- Chex mix
- Toblerone (yes, that is a giant Toblerone bar!)
- Candy bars
- Candy corn
- Junior mints
- Sour cherry balls
- Gummy cherries
I wrapped each “surprise” and gave it a number. I found the cute numbers from a 4share file somone had created. For each hour of the drive we complete, hubby will be able to draw a number and get the corresponding package.
It may sound kind of silly for adults to do, but it helps to pass the time to have some anticipation for each hour instead of just the “big treat” at the end (aka – getting to Disney World.) Bonus – since there are more snacks than we can eat for the trip down, we can keep the extra snacks and munch throughout our trip and on the way home!
What do you do to pass the time while you travel?