"How much further?" is a familiar refrain that I remember bombarding my parents with as a child. I also remember some of the fun travel games that we played to pass the time. Here are a few simple ones that don't cost anything other than a little imagination.
Give Your Children A Map Of Their Own
Give your kids their own copy of a map to where you are going. Show them how far they have come and how much farther they have to go. Let them mark the path with a crayon. Every time they ask "How much further?" have them pull out the map and take a look.
Make Up A Story
Someone starts with a sentence about anything. The next person has to follow on with their own sentence. It may or may not be what player one had intended. The story can result in twists in turns as one player may want the story to be about princes and princesses and the other may want it to be about race cars.
The Letter Game
Have everyone look around them to find letters of the alphabet from A - Z in order. Only one person can have one letter in any one place so it can get competitive. Letters can be found on license plates, road signs, place names and lots of other places. The winner is the first to get to Z. As we got older, my sister and I eliminated using the letters on license plates to make the game more challenging.
For my mom and dad the best game of all was if they could lull us to sleep! Thanks to Joanie Davis Acton for sending us this great picture of her kids playing my parents favorite game!
Another one of our fabulous suppliers, James Pittman of AirBedz, is to appear on ABC's Shark Tank this Friday, May 4th.
AirBedz Truck Tent Mattresses have cutouts on each side that allow the truck air mattress to fit around and over the wheel wells in a pick up truck. This design creates a sleep area that utilizes the entire truck bed. A built in rechargeable pump inflates and deflates the mattress at the flip of a switch. An integrated air coil system evenly distributes weight over a 12" thick mattress.
Before you head out on vacation make sure that your car is as ready as you are. Checking the following things can help prevent any breakdowns on your journey.
Check The Oil
Oil is your car's life blood. It is a good idea to get your oil changed just before you leave if you are planning a long trip. Also, when driving in the mountains or for long distances take the time to check your oil when you fill up for gas.
Check The Tire Pressure
A well pressurized tire can save money on fuel, make your car handle better and prevent accidents. You can find the correct pressure for your tires either on the tires themselves or there may be a sticker on the driver's side door that will tell you the correct pressure.
Check The Spare Tire
Though blowouts don't often happen if your tires are well kept and have the proper amount of tread it never hurts to be prepared. Make sure that your spare tire is inflated and in the car. If you have special rims or locking lug nuts make sure you have the key to the lug nuts. Normally you can find the key in your glove box.
Check The Battery
Your battery may be new, but if you leave some type of electronic device plugged in it can run the battery down. Having a car kit with battery cables, flares, etc. is always a good idea.
Take An Extra Set Of Keys
Have you ever locked yourself out of your car? There is nothing worse than that feeling in the pit of your stomach as you close the door and realize that the keys are still in the ignition. It can spoil your vacation in just seconds. Get a spare set of keys and give them to your traveling companion or put them in your wallet.
We here at Lakeland Gear hope you have a safe summer and we always love to hear any tips and tricks that you have to make traveling easier and more fun.
Are you ready to leave on your next car trip? Whether headed on a road trip to visit friends and family, taking a long cross country adventure, or camping, use our checklist to prepare.
If you are going camping you may want to also check out our Camping Kitchen Checklist.
Download the list here.
Air Bedz Truck Mattresses has introduced a new "Lite" Truck Bed Air Mattress. This pickup truck mattress offers is the same popular design as the Original Air Bedz Mattress, but is made of PVC rather than cloth. Great features at a lower price.
Air Bedz Truck Bed Mattresses offer a comfortable solution to truck camping. They are perfect for outdoor trips and with the addition of the Inflatable Wheel Inserts you can turn your truck mattress into a regular air mattress for use in tents or as a guest bed in the home.
Using a Camping Box is a great way to keep all of your kitchen camping gear ready to go. Set the box up ahead of time and eliminate scrambling to find everything when you are ready to head out the door. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Look for things like cups, plates, bowls, silverware, etc. at your local thrift store.
The box itself can be large enough to conveniently store your items. A plastic box or even an old suitcase will work. If you are headed into bear country make sure that the box will either fit into a bear-proof storage container or is bear proof itself.
Use our handy list to help you prepare your Camping Box. You can also download a printable Camping Box Checklist by clicking on the button below.
We would love to hear from you about any camping tips or destination ideas you have!
Below are a couple of great Gas Grills whether you're making pizza, beer can chicken, roasting vegetables, etc.
The Keg-A-Que Gas Stainless Steel Gas Grill is perfect for tailgating, camping and backyard meals. Its Patented keg-shaped stainless steel body opens on hinges for easy access to the 200 sq. in. cooking surface.
The Party King Hitch Mounted Grill lets you drive-in, unlatch, swing-out and be cooking in less than three minutes. This hitch mounted barbeque grill is great for tailgating, camping or any other outdoor adventure. It's swing out carrier system allows you to cook and still access the cargo area of your vehicle.
Don't get bit! Avoid those pesky insects on your next picnic or beach trip by using the Sand Free Rug by CGear.
10% OFF Sand Free Mats & Rugs
The innovative Sand Free Mats and Rugs from CGear are a unique patented construction that allows particles to fall through the mat without coming back up creating a sand,dirt and dust free environment.
Both the rugs and mats are available in a variety of sizes. Rugs are great for picnics, soccer games and the beach. The Mats stake to the ground and are a great replacement for your ground sheet or canvas.
Another way to use your vehicle as a camping accessory is to utilize the roof top. Roof Top Tents are a more permanent camping solution. These roof tents can mount to your car, truck, jeep, suv, minivan, etc. They feature a solid base that mounts to your roof rack. The roof top tents permits you to sleep up off the ground. They incorporate a built in foam mattress. Lakeland Gear is proud to offer both Tepui Vehicle Tents and Cascadia Roof Top Tents.
Some of the advantages of Roof Tents are:
Accessories, such as, screen rooms and annex rooms are available to provide more space on your camping adventure!
Week two of our series on camping using your vehicle. Another option for using your pick up truck as base for your camping trip is the DAC Truck Cap Tents. These tents attach to a truck with a truck cap or to minivans or SUV's.
DAC Truck Cap & Minivan/SUV Tent Features
Truck Cap Tent Set Up
Minivan & SUV Tent Set Up
More to come! Next week we will talk about Roof Top Tents. These nifty tents are a more permanent option for vehicle camping and are brand new offering at Lakeland Gear.
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