I'm jumping on Carole's Ten on Tuesday band wagon this week, as I spent much of my childhood in the back seat of a car, traveling the country, and seeing the sights.
1. We played the alphabet game. This was our number one favorite, as we could use road signs, license plates and store fronts. There were few major highways when I was a kid.
2. When I was a kid there was no such thing as a car stereo and radio stations were few and far between, but we sang, one big happy family singing show tunes and songs of the day. (Purple People Eater was my fave!)
3. Mom had work books with information on each of the states and we wrote down interesting town names, State Capitals, and geographical features.
4. We played the license plate game!
5. Snacks! The first day we'd have celery sticks with Cheez Whiz, but after that it was Ritz Crackers with Cheez Whiz. We had homemade cookies for as long as they'd last (a day or two if we traveled far). Mom had a wet washcloth in the glove box that she passed around to clean our hands and she'd washed it out every chance she got.
6. We stopped at every marker and tourist sight. Kids need to stretch, run and play. It's not nice to keep them cooped up for too long.(Adults are the same way!)
7. The parents bought us a collection of postcards and silly, fun souviners we could played with for hours.
8. We ate at the local fast food places (the big box golden arches didn't exist). It was 1965 and I remember asking for a taco some place in Missouri. What? Well, they had no idea so, I had to go with the burger.
9. Have a sturdy tent big enough for the whole family and know where the campgrounds are all along your route. My dad was the master at setting up our camp for the night.
10. Make the trip fun, stay busy, sing, and most important of all, look out the window!