How we Keep Occupied on the Road

One of our favourite ways to explore the countries we visit and our own backyard here in Australia is on a road trip. Driving gives you the freedom to stop at will, discover things you might not have known were there, and map your own adventure. Sometimes, the drive can be long and monotonous, while other times it can be so good you’ll have your head hanging out the window. While our eyes are usually glued to the window, we still keep busy in the car. This is how we keep occupied on the road:

Road trip to Hanmer Springs

Make a playlist

Music is the absolute best accompaniment to a long drive. Pick your playlists carefully though because those songs are bound to bring back memories of the drive every time you hear them in the future. We like to mix it up and create a playlist of some of our favourite songs, including enough metal for Dave and hardcore for Ash.


If we’re not feeling the music vibes, we’ll listen to an audiobook. We even listen to audiobooks on our commute to work. Audiobooks and podcasts are a great way to pass time, especially if you can find local history podcasts about the area you’re driving through. It’s like 3D-education!

Road trip to Orange

Play games

Obviously board games and card games are off the table, but word games and eye-spy are great alternatives. We like the number plate game where we take the letters in a car’s number plant and turn them into a sentence. For example, PTG = Play The Game. You can imagine how quickly the game can turn dirty ….


Long road trips give you the perfect opportunity to discuss things and talk about whatever topics you can think of. They don’t have to be serious conversations, but something light or interesting. We often talk about random topics that we’re both interested in; music, history, the environment, dogs, the list goes on.

Sprocket kelpie dog
On our way to the beach

Bring the dog

Our favourite way to keep occupied on the road though, is to bring our dog Sprocket along with us. He’s great company on the road, even though he spends most of the time snoring in the back. If you have a pup, bring them along with you. You won’t regret it!

How do you keep occupied on the road? Let us know in the comments below.

Ash and Dave

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