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Summer means road trips and camping. We just got back from a week-long camping road trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway. We started in Natchez, Mississippi and drove the whole trail to Nashville, Tennessee, stopping to camp along the way. That works out to be a lot of time spent in the car together. Without any prompting I asked the kids for their favorite road trip apps.
Games came in at the top of the list. Their favorites include: Terraria, Plants vs Zombies, Crossy Road, Dumb Ways to Die, and Angry Birds.
Littlest is a big fan of two books in particular that I have on my phone for him: The Monster at the end of this Book and its sequel Another Monster at the end of this Book. These are great because it reads the book to him and has words for him to follow along. It also has interactive things for him to do on each page. When he wanted to listen to his books he would also get some headphones to put on.
And not really an app, but music. Littlest is the most particular out of all the kids about what music he likes. And it doesn’t always match what Mom and Dad want to listen to. Another chance to get out the headphones. Littlest has his own playlist to listen to and I found it adorable to hear him sing along to the songs. His brothers, who were sitting next to him, weren’t as excited to listen to him sing.
One app that we all learned to love on our road trip is Yelp. While we mostly ate picnic lunches from the cooler or over the campfire at night we did stop for three amazing lunches, all thanks to Yelp. In Tupelo, Mississippi we stopped at Cafe 212, a traditional sandwich lunch stop where the employees could immediately tell we were from out of town and were incredibly friendly. Oldest Twin loved his grilled cheese sandwich and Littlest was over the moon with his tomato soup. As the birthplace of Elvis there were some Elvis inspired items on the menu as well.
In Nashville we stopped for lunch at Big Al’s Deli. For any fellow Gilmore Girls fans I was a little excited to eat at Big Al’s, and if you are a fan of spicy food this is a lunch stop you will want to make. In the middle of a residential street I was nearly positive that our GPS had led us off course, but then there it was. Lots of locals seemed to be enjoying their lunch here as well.
Our final lunch stop was in Memphis as we were heading home. We found a place called Lunchbox. I had the most amazing moist chicken salad sandwich served on cornbread toast. And their fresh lemonade of the day is served is a large mason jar with a giant straw to quench your thirst.
We also found a few specific apps for our destinations. Along the Natchez Trace we stopped at the Vicksburg and Shiloh Civil War Battlefields. The Vicksburg Battlefield has an app that you can download that gives you more information about the things you see at the National Park. There are other related Civil War Battlefields apps as well. Do a search for where you are headed to see if there any site specific apps for your destination.
I have a feeling the Natchez Trace Parkway won’t be our only road trip this summer. Taking our cars to Walmart for Penzoil oil changes means the car can get serviced while I shop for road trip snacks. Win-win! Plus, through September 9th, Pennzoil oil changes will be on Rollback at Walmart Automotive Care Center stores. Get your High Mileage car oil change for $35.88 or the Platinum Full Synthetic $45.88. We’ve got one high mileage car at our house and one platinum.
Something else that will help with summer road trips? Pennzoil is designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra of 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine. That equals more car naps for the twins. Somehow Littlest is my child most opposed to sleeping in the car.
Looking for some printable road trip games? See what I shared HERE
Now, if I was going on a road trip through your state, what are the top 3 locations where I should visit?