5 must-have boredom busters for your next road trip

We hear you: While the idea of a road trip is super exciting, in practice it can be a little…challenging. You may not be super pumped to be sandwiched between your sibs in the backseat for hours on end, but if you come prepared with a good attitude and lots to do (hint, hint: these ideas!), it'll be way fun. Happy travels!

Are you taking a road trip this summer? What will *you* be bringing?

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    New Nintendo 3DS XL

    This cool new gaming system will be a lifesaver when you need a little break from yet *another* game of "I Spy." And whether you’re a gamer or not, you can no doubt get down with some classic Mario Kart. While it’s on the pricer side of things, the 3DS is totally worth it—use it to play games, listen to music or even access Netflix. Start saving up that babysitting money, girl! 

    New Nintendo 3DS XL, $200,

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    Road atlas

    Mom and Dad may be handling navigation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow along and learn lots while you’re at it. An atlas can keep you occupied the whole trip by teaching you a little about each place you go. Trust us, it’s more fun than geography homework.

    National Geographic Road Atlas, $17,

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    Conversation starters

    A road trip is a great opportunity to learn things you never knew (or never even thought to ask) about your fam. Before you hit the road, make up a list of questions for everyone to answer or find a boxed set of convo-starter cards. This one also comes with trivia questions and road trip game ideas.

    Melissa & Doug Road Trip Box of Questions, $10,

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    Phone camera lens

    Photography is a great way to pass the time, and we can bet you’ll be driving through some amazing scenery. Make your Insta extra envy-worthy with these attachable lenses—they'll help you get a pro-quality shot every. single. time.

    Olloclip 3-in-1 for iPhone 5C, $38,

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    Pop on a podcast

    They're a super fun and informative way to pass the time. This American Life, The Moth and Radiolab are some of our faves, but check out educational casts like Tyrannosaurus Prep's Advanced Vocabulary and Coffee Break Spanish to keep yourself sharp. Not so into the podcast scene? Can't go wrong with an audiobook!

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    Portable art set

    Finally, something built to share with your sibs. Bring some paper and a few pieces of cardboard to use as little desks, then spend the day doodling away! Channel your inner kiddo and hold drawing contests, come up with creative self-portraits or sketch what you see out your window for the perfect souvenir.

    Alex portable art set, $14,


by Katy Herman | 2/1/2016