Bored in the Car? Fun Things You Can do to Enjoy Road Trips

There is not a single moment when you won’t feel excited after that road trip that you have been planning for so long is finally on board and happening. And add two stars on top if you are now going to take this road trip in a foreign country like the UAE. But as much as you would want every single second of this road trip to be exciting, there is bound to be a time when you will feel bored.

If you are taking this trip with your friends, boredom will probably be the only thing that will bug you. Although, if this is a family trip, you will have a bigger problem on your hands because bored kids are much worse to handle than bored friends. As it turns out car insurance is not the only planned protection and prevention you need on road trips. You also need a few fun things to fall back on when boredom hits. Let us find out what they are.

Read that Book

We all have that one book (or multiple) that we have been putting off for such a long time now. It may be the lack of time on our hands-on normal days or just that we do not have enough energy in ourselves when it comes to taking on an additional hobby during normal workdays. Your road journey would be a great time to finish up on all the reading that you have been procrastinating for a long time now. The empty roads, a cozy car, good friends and family, and cold breeze are the ideal components of the equation that you need to get on with some reading.

Get Some Work and Research Done

Vacation doesn’t always mean the end of work for a few days completely. Some of us still have to keep things under control or track the progress every once in a while, to make sure that the business end of things is ideally managed. The journey of your road trip can be a good place to get some work done after everyone is exhausted and fallen asleep or indulged in individual things for a few minutes. You can also use this time to do some research about trip-related things like car rental policies, car insurance, read about parking spots, pin new routes and destinations on the GPS, etc.

Try new Podcasts and Audiobooks

It is not very often that we invest time in trying out new podcasts and audiobooks in general life. Simply because there is not enough time to get everything that we have marked to do in our planner. Not only that, kids these days are more intrigued by technology rather than physical books. Car rides can be an ideal opportunity to have them listen to a new book that they will find interesting. It is also a sure-shot way for you to finally get some peace of your own and with the little ones indulged in the magic of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

Take a Nap

Bring a neck pillow with you and you are all set to rest. Napping is probably the most preferred activity for car rides and all for good reason too. The longer you sit in a single spot, the more tired you get. Taking a nap can be a great way to relax yourself during a road trip. If you have two or more drivers in your group, you can also switch to the wheel to help the primary driver get some rest. Napping is also a great way to keep your kids calm and ensure that they do not turn into an irritated mess because of the exhaustion of the ride. Try adding window shades to the set of car accessories so that you have a nap-friendly environment at hand too.

Binge on Shows, Movies, and Sacks

If there is a good time to binge-watch your favourite shows with your friends then it is the road trip. Most SUV cars come with a DVD player. You can hook it up with your prime account or Netflix account and binge-watch some movies or shows with your friends. Road trips are also the perfect time to try on new and exciting snacks that you have never had which are unique to UAE. Binge on shows and snacks to your heart’s desire.

Record the Journey and Play Car Games

Bring a few car or bike games with you to keep the spirit of fun alive. If you are traveling with children, scavenger hunt games are good to go where children will have to keep a lookout for the destinations that you clear. You can also try the license plate game or the spot the animal game. If you are traveling with friends, you can up the level a little bit and play never have I ever, truth or dare, or 20 questions.

Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Companions

A long road trip is a great way to reconnect with your partner, friends, and children. You can use a part of the available time to talk and connect with your companions and develop stronger bonds. It is also a great way to have thought-provoking intellectual conversations with your friends and family.

Learn the Language

Utilise the journey time of your road trip to memorise a few basic words from the Arabic language. You will find that communication is far easier and smoother if you happen to greet a local in Arabic rather than English. The abundance of time and the presence of a fourth or fifth person also make it easier to practice.

Go Nuts with a Rap Battle or Sing Along Session

Road trips are the time when you go crazy jamming with your favourite songs. Have a song and rap battle with your friends in the car, listen to new music on the recommendation of every member of the group, or play games to recognise songs, singers, etc.

Take Away

Running out of things to do when you are trying to cover a long road is quite common. However, you must keep yourself equipped with some backup plans so that boredom doesn’t spoil that long-awaited road trip for you. Just use these simple but effective fun things to keep everyone hooked on the journey.


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