4 Ways to Survive a Long Car Drive (Teens)

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4 Ways to Survive a Long Car Drive (Teens)
4 Ways to Survive a Long Car Drive (Teens)

Traveling with family or friends can be a great way to spend a vacation. Arriving at the destination, in turn, is another five hundred. Fortunately, you can do a few simple things to keep yourself occupied during the long drive. First, make sure you have everything you need to look good: snacks, a pillow, comfortable clothes, etc. Then think of different activities to forget about time until you reach the end point.


Method 1 of 4: Preparing for a Long Car Trip

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Step 1. Decide where you are going to sit

Before you start packing everything in the car, think about the space it will take up. If you sit by the windows, you'll get a better view; if you prefer to stay in the middle, you'll have a little more room to stretch out and relax. Swap seats with other people from time to time so you don't get bored fast.

Try not to complain about the seat. When a large group travels together, someone always ends up standing among other people

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Step 2. Wear comfortable clothes

On the day of the trip, wear something light and baggy that you can wear for hours on end without causing discomfort. A T-shirt and a basic jeans or sweatshirt are a good idea. Also, choose shoes that you can put on and take off quickly when you need to.

  • If the weather is hot, wear a short-sleeved shirt. If it's cold, wear a sweater in case the car gets cold.
  • Put comfort before style. No one will judge you by how you look in the middle of the road.
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Step 3. Set aside space for two suitcases

Put most of your things (including your clothes, toiletries, and electronics) in one and stuff it in the trunk; then put what you think you might need to use on Monday. So, you'll have entertainment options at your fingertips.

  • Do not use a large carry-on bag, or it can take up too much space in the car and cause a nuisance. Most of the time, just use a backpack, a makeup bag or something like that.
  • You can use the carry-on bag to store books, magazines, a tablet or other mobile device, a journal or board games and the like.
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Step 4. Bring some snacks

Packaged products are the most convenient as they do not spoil and do not need to be heated. Also include options like biscuits, granola bars, chocolate and water bottles - to get through the journey in the car without getting irritated or hungry.

  • If you have space, put some fresh fruit, a pot of yogurt, and the like in a small ice chest.
  • You can also have a simple snack from time to time to control your hunger so you don't have to stop so much.

Method 2 of 4: Passing the Time

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Step 1. Find a comfortable position

It can be difficult to relax in a tight car. Try placing the pillow in your lap and leaning toward your knees; if you prefer, place it beside the headrest so you can sleep with the sun shining on your face. If there's room, you can even put your feet on the clay bench or stand on your side to stretch your legs.

Put safety first and wear your seatbelt throughout your trip, even when you're not so comfortable

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Step 2. Take a nap

Long journeys by car are the perfect opportunity to get some sleep, especially when the journey starts in the morning. Don't forget to get your pillow before you leave, or you won't have anything to support your head. When you wake up, you'll be much closer to your destination.

You can wear a sleep mask and a pair of earplugs to block out light and noise, so you can sleep peacefully

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Step 3. Read a book

Pack at least two works in your carry-on bag and use them when you want to relax. Reading is an excellent way to avoid boredom on the way.

  • Choose a bestseller or a popular work of fiction (which isn't too dense).
  • Some people get nauseous when they try to read in the car. If it happens to you, stop for a while.
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Step 4. Carry a notebook and some pencils or pens in your backpack

This way, you will be able to draw or write your thoughts in the calmest moments of the trip. If the journey is long, this will also be the ideal opportunity to catch up on your school or college work.

  • If you're traveling with friends, pass the notebook to them and play with something, like a ballad, gallows, etc.
  • Exercise your creative side: write a diary, a poem or a short story.
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Step 5. Play with some word game

Ask everyone in the car to start paying attention to the license plates of cars that pass you and note which ones are from other states, for example. These games are quite fun as they involve the imagination. Some other popular options:

  • Divination: one person describes an object that is in or near the car and the others have to guess.
  • Questions and answers: one person thinks of some questions for others to answer with "yes" or "no". These responses may involve names, places or objects.
  • Image and action: one person draws something on paper and the others have to guess what it is within a specific period, such as a minute.
  • six degrees of separation: one person cites a random movie and the others have to connect the actors who participate in them to other productions - until they return to the original actor.
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Step 6. Talk to people

Take the opportunity to catch up on gossip or chat about random topics. You and the others will spend several hours in the same place; think of the situation as a normal conversation circle.

  • Ask each person in the car to tell a funny joke or an interesting story they've had.
  • Write down some intriguing questions that you can use to get started when you run out of ideas.

Method 3 of 4: Using technology to distract yourself

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Step 1. Listen to music

Put your favorite tracks on your phone to listen on the way. You can also use programs like Spotify or iTunes to listen to nearly endless playlists of hits. If the radio is on, tune it to a station everyone in the car can enjoy.

Pack some pairs of headphones and headphones in your suitcase. Without them, you may not be able to hear music - or you may end up irritating other passengers

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Step 2. Watch a movie or series

Thanks to modern technology, you can enjoy your favorite shows anywhere. Use your smartphone or tablet to connect to Netflix, Hulu or similar streaming networks. You can even do a movie session for people in the back seat!

  • If everyone is going to watch something on the same device, let everyone choose which program they want to watch before they decide.
  • If you can't afford the internet or if the signal is weak, buy a portable DVD and take it in your suitcase. Another option is to download the movie into the Netflix app before leaving the house. Plan ahead.
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Step 3. Send text messages to your friends who stayed

Tell us how the trip is going. So you will keep in touch even during this period.

  • This option is only viable if you are going to a location where there is good network coverage.
  • Don't forget to bring an extra charger (or, if possible, a car charger) for your cell phone. So you won't run the risk of running out of battery.
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Step 4. Talk about your experiences on social media

Inform your followers and friends on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram regularly about the trip. Upload photos, post status updates and even reviews of famous restaurants, museums and attractions in your destination. This is a nice way to document your trip and stay connected to everything that happens in your social life during the period.

  • Think of a cool hashtag for the trip. Use it in all the relevant posts you make on the networks.
  • Activate your mobile device's location permissions so that your followers see all the places you visit.

Method 4 of 4: Enjoying the Trip

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Step 1. Create an interesting itinerary

Make a list of the things you would like to see and do at your destination. Then choose one or two items and try to make them a reality. With a little advance planning, you can prepare and optimize your travel time.

  • Don't limit yourself: the perfect trip for you can include many different things, from swimming with dolphins to music festivals and even hiking in mountains and peaks.
  • Take your budget and travel time into consideration when making your plans. You probably won't have enough money or time to do everything you want, like parasailing, diving, learning to climb and seeing the entire city in one weekend.
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Step 2. Take photos

Start documenting your experiences on the way. Keep an eye out for historic sights or interesting views along the way that look good in your photographs. If you don't like the idea, you can just take a few relaxed selfies with your friends or siblings to keep as a souvenir.

  • If you are interested in photography, you can even invest in a semi-professional camera to take high quality photos. Just don't forget the amount you'll have to spend.
  • Build a digital album to commemorate your trip and share your favorite moments with friends and family when you get back.
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Step 3. Read a lot about the destination

If you've never visited this place before, do some research on its history, geography and culture. You can usually find a lot of interesting information in travel books, maps, pamphlets, etc. - or even with a few clicks on the internet.

Make a list of the facts you discover about the place and use it to test your family and friends

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Step 4. Pay attention to the landscapes and views from the path

Find out if there are sights or historical sights nearby and add an extra stop or two along the way to visit them. There are beautiful geographic formations, spectacular natural phenomena and curious attractions in all corners of the world. If you see some of them with your own eyes, you will have a much more memorable experience.

  • Consult the destination books and information sources to get an idea of ​​what you'll see there.
  • Remember, you might not be able to make that many stops - especially if you're late.
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Step 5. Ask them to take a break if you start to get too upset

At these times, all passengers in the car can go to the bathroom and stretch their legs. Afterwards, everyone will feel lighter and ready for the rest of the journey.

  • Ask to stop at gas stations, not in the middle of the road. Take the opportunity to buy something to eat or other supplies. Avoid places that only have toilets and nothing else.
  • Go to the bathroom whenever you have the opportunity, even when you don't feel like it. You never know when you'll stop again.
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Step 6. Make the most of the ride

Try to be optimistic about the situation. Nobody likes very long car journeys - and it gets even worse when all the passengers are in a bad mood. You have a chance to make the occasion so much fun. Can you ask for more?

Don't feel obligated to always fill the silence in the car. Sometimes all people want is to be quiet and reflect


  • Get plenty of rest the night before the trip. Brief naps along the way are no substitute for a good night's sleep.
  • Charge your electronic devices every chance you get.
  • Only drive if you have a valid driver's license.
  • If you get nauseous and feel like throwing up during the trip, look at the path in front of the car.
  • Hydrate yourself a lot.


  • Control the amount of liquids you drink during the trip. If you overdo it, you could end up forcing the driver to make more stops.
  • Try your best not to irritate the driver or passengers of the car. If anyone argues, the mood can get tough.

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