Road trips typically start out fun, with all passengers being excited to get on the road. However, if you’re driving with children, you’ll quickly learn just how easily they become bored. With brains like sponges and legs that want to move, it won’t be long before they start asking how much longer the trip is going to take. Even adults who aren’t accustomed to long periods of inactivity, a road trip can soon morph from exciting to torturous. Before leaving, download these 8 apps that will keep everyone occupied and make the trip go smoothly.

For Children

Road Trip Bingo Designed specifically for long road trips, Road Trip Bingo allows your children to play bingo with the things they will normally see during the trip. Their bingo card might include cars, different types of animals, road signs and more. Available at just $.99, this app is a winner and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Fish Fingers! 3D Interactive Aquarium This app will delight the children and is really fun for adults, too. It allows you to turn your device (iPad, iPhone or iPad) into a super fun aquarium full of 3D fish. You can actually interact with the fish. When you touch the screen, your fish will follow your finger and when you feed them, they will actually slowly grow! Best of all, any image can be the backdrop for your 3D aquarium and it costs just $.99. HandPaint If your little one is an artist but you don’t want to clutter up the car with crayons, markers, pens or pencils, handPaint is a great option. It allows anyone to create art right on the screen using tools like the marker, paint brush, sketch pen, or the “finger painting” tool. Your art work can be saved as well, and the app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. The great thing is the app is free, but each sketch book costs $.99. National Geographic Kids Your children can check out current or past issues of National Geographic Kids, which include interesting animal stories, fun photos, weird but true facts, puzzles, jokes and much more. Highly entertaining, your kids won’t even realize that they’re learning as they flip through each issue. This app is compatible with the iPad and costs $3.99 per issue or $19.99 for a full year’s subscription

For Adults

Survival Guide by SusaSoftX This app is completely free, but gives you a ton of information on how to survive in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations. You’ll learn important information like how to secure water no matter what situation you’re in, how to build a shelter, medical survival care, finding food, creating fire and much more. This guide is highly entertaining and is compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. Karaoke Anywhere by JoltSoft LLC If you love karaoke and your family typically sings in the car on road trips anyway, this free app can make it even more fun! You’ll see the song lyrics right on your screen and can choose from 50 songs that encompass a wide variety of genres and eras. A ton of fun, this one is compatible with iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. Don’t forget to check your email with a new smartphone if you want to save a ton of money, and then have fun playing with these 8 entertaining apps during your road trip.

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