Mapping Your Move to Tulsa--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the beauty of the open road. Visions of road-tripping across the country, sightseeing, finding a perfect local diner--all the delightful images of traveling Route 66 disappear quickly if your truth is shepherding the youngsters along with a family pet to your new home. Planning a drive which helps keep everybody on an even keel is probably not in first place on your to-do list right at this point but take a little bit to pre-plan your travel strategy as well as your route--it's definitely of great benefit.

If your moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day journey is standing between you and your new residence in Tulsa, the apprehension regarding the drive is real. And it appears like the simplest course of action is to stock up on USB chargers to make certain everybody is always occupied, and you will be free to have a bit of solace and also NPR. That is the effortless approach, but who said life was meant to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring pages, crayons, and load up your phone with road trip songs--this is a generation that's evolved on "Baby Shark" and should master "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Setting up Your Path to Tulsa

Get actual paper maps for the kids and demonstrate to them the way to check out the icons and find the waterways, streets, state borders, etc. Have them locate fun stuff to do--"tourist attractions"--along the way and have everyone select at least one tourist trap on the way, or one per day you will be on your way. If you are traveling with pets, this can be the chance to get them outside and going a little throughout the day.

Car Activities

Youngsters these days. They're so obsessed with Snapchat and YouTube they may have neglected the joys of car activities. If you can't remember any, or maybe you despised them as a kid and didn't pay attention, consider these. All you need is your creativity for these kinds of old favorites. You and your partner get to initiate each of the games till there's complete buy-in.

· Name Game--name a name. The following person has to think of a name whose first letter is the final letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You may make your very own rules concerning nicknames and diminutives, subject to your youngsters' age range in addition to all round tendency for hand to hand fighting. Proper names, places, cars--anything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--enjoy this one as you can, given that VW is stopping production on the Bug. If you see one, you shout the color and also punch buggy--"yellow punch buggy" and then--real fast--"no punch backs". The victorious then can SOFTLY poke brothers and sisters on the arm--with no retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Went to London--there are many names for this activity, nonetheless essentially, you commence with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The following person states the same thing and adds another item, and so on. It's easier to go alphabetically so you can get past the third round.

· I Spy--simple enough, one tip. The thing you spy will have to be in the car.

· My Cows--or billboards, or bridges. Pick the item, and whoever sees it first receives the points. If you're going through a farm region and see real livestock, be sure you count fast.

Sing Songs

Put family-friendly, entertaining to sing music on your gadget, and provide the kids the excitement of the previously mentioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on tunes they have learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per journey. Or Mommy's visiting London with an bare suitcase.


Extended times in the vehicle are usually tiring, and nobody wants to be constantly entertained. Tune in to audiobooks--choose books you are all familiar with, therefore if someone dozes off they won't miss anything. Nothing beats Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Do not be the mean parents and hinder all of their technology nevertheless do make an effort to limit it by offering other suggestions to do. An excessive amount of screen time does make everyone a little dialed out and grouchy, and this is not the time to encourage the grouchies. Soon enough, the professional movers in Tulsa will likely be unloading the truck and you will be in the course of unpacking your new house. The children can escape to their new rooms and never be seen again. Use this time to force a little old-school amusement on them--years from now, these will likely be fond remembrances.


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