7 Tips to Make Road Trips Fun for the Whole Family!

couple on road trip

Is there any family vacation more classic than a good old-fashioned road trip? This year, hopping in your car may be your only chance to get out of town for a day or two. However, anyone traveling with kids knows it requires plenty of preparation ahead of time to ensure that your smallest passengers are entertained so you can drive safely and free of distractions. Movies, screens, and books are all great forms of entertainment, but can cause car sickness after an hour or two. Here are our top seven screen-free tips for making road trips fun for the whole family!

Top Seven Tips

  1. Purchase inexpensive disposable cameras so that your kids can document the trip with pictures from the car ride, roadside attractions, and more. Develop the film at a drugstore after your trip. Then put an album together for each of your budding photographers that you look back on for years to come!
  2. Games like Celebrity, I Spy, Concentration, and more are classics for a reason– they’re fun for all ages! Games like this require plenty of creativity and memory from everyone involved but are easy enough for the driver to participate without taking their eyes off the road, making it a welcome diversion.
  3. Make a road trip scrapbook! Bring notebooks, washable markers, and glue sticks along for the ride. Let your kids document every step of the trip in their own style, with plenty of wet wipes on standby! Great souvenirs include pictures, napkins from restaurants, brochures from interesting places, flowers from rest stops, and more. Older kids can write notes about the trip, while younger kids can simply have fun coloring their pages.
  4. Need a break from talking? Turn on a podcast the whole family can get into! Whether your family is interested in storytelling or journalism, science or history, you’ll be able to find something that everybody will enjoy. There are also plenty of kid-friendly podcasts on the market that parents will find just as enjoyable. 
  5. Have young artists in the car? Non-toxic dry erase markers are a great option for doodling on car windows. Masterpieces can be drawn and wiped away easily with paper towels over and over again. Just make sure to purchase the odorless kind to keep the scent from taking over your car!
  6. Plan a scavenger hunt before your trip! Include plenty of things found at restaurants, roadside rest stops, and any other places along the way. Decide on a small prize for the winner, like a candy bar or extra window seat time, and have fun competing as a family!
  7. Do some research beforehand and put together a list of roadside attractions. We love Fredericksburg peach stands, Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch, and the Dr. Pepper Museum and Magnolia Market in Waco. Don’t be afraid to stop on the road if you see something that catches your eye! After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Whether you want to have your car looking fresh before you hit the road or you’re looking to clean the dust off after a successful trip, we’re here for you! Click here to find a location near you and stop by today! 

4 Truck Bed DIYs for Summer

pickup truck

Looking for ways to beat boredom while staying safe this summer? If you or a friend own a pickup truck, there are plenty of ways to do up a truck bed to have some summer fun– even without leaving your driveway! Here are four of our favorite DIYs to transform a pickup truck into a whole new experience:

Pool party

If your little ones are getting tired of the heat, turn your truck bed into a temporary kiddie pool with nothing more than a tarp and a garden hose! Looking to level up? Check out Pick-Up Pools to find special liners designed with pickup truck pool parties in mind. Just be sure to do your research beforehand to make sure you’re not overloading your truck bed with too much weight!


Want to enjoy a picnic without worrying about sharing a meal with ants? Spread your blanket out in your truck bed instead! Bring a speaker and plenty of snacks and enjoy a meal outside with no mess!

Drive-in theater

Pickup trucks are perfect for hitting your local drive-in theater because the truck bed gives you plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy! Make sure to bring lots of pillows and blankets and a cooler for drinks and snacks so you can really kick back and relax. Don’t live near a drive-in? Replicate one in your own backyard with a projector and bed sheet on the side of your house or garage!

Camping trip

In the mood to enjoy the great outdoors but don’t love the idea of sleeping on the ground? Set up sleeping bags and lanterns in your truck bed and enjoy a comfortable night under the stars– you can even squeeze in a tent, if there’s room, for the full experience! Just don’t forget the s’mores!

These transformations are just a few of the great ways to enjoy some fresh air this summer! Don’t forget, the first step to enjoying any truck bed makeover is a fresh wash! Click here to find a Super Sudz location near you and swing by today to get your pool/camper/picnic locale ready for some summer fun!