7 Ways to Have An Epic Road Trip to National FFA Convention
Ahhhh, National Convention, every FFA members little spot of Heaven on Earth, am I right? From general sessions, workshops and concerts, all the way to the career and trade show, National Convention is an event like none other for many students to attend. If anyone is like me they’ve been counting down the days for this years convention since school started in August, and can not wait to get there. But, you are probably dreading the ride to Indy! I have a 7 hour and 17 minutes drive from my tiny town of Strawberry, Arkansas to big city, but between stopping to eat and bathroom breaks, I know it will take my bus at least 9 hours to get there. With this being my fourth year to attend convention, here is my list of tried-and-tested road trip tips for you and your chapter!
1. Make a stop
If you have time, find a roadside stop - like “The World's Biggest Ball of Paint” or Discovery Park America, which were my chapter’s favorites when National Convention was in Louisville. Finding a place to stop and stretch your legs, plus see something interesting, is very much worth the few minutes lost on the road!
2. Play a game
Whether it is the license plate game, Apples to Apples, or you make up a game, playing with other members of your chapter will help time fly by. Don't pretend it's just a game for kids - getting involved will help your chapter bond and build memories!
Who cares what you sound like? Playing some old country music like Conway Twitty and screaming the lyrics is my chapters favorite way to pass time. We literally do this for hours and our Ag teachers 4 year old loves to sing and dance with us.
4. Read a book/listen to music/watch a movie
I personally love to read, so reading a book is always my go to when I am tired of everyone on the bus, or I grab my headphones and listen to music or watch Netflix. Binge watching friends makes hours go by much more quickly!
5. Tell stories!
Talk about old trips, favorite memories, or even scary stories since Halloween is coming up soon. I know on our bus at some point it always feels like we are having mini counseling session with our family when we all sit around and share stories!
6. Make plans
You already know when you will be at the concert, rodeo, and sessions, but do you already have plans to eat, shop, and go to the Scare Park in Indy? Odds are if you start looking up some ideas online your whole chapter can find some extra fun things to do when you're not living it up in the convention center!
Hey, let's be real here. Hours on end trapped in a vehicle with your fellow members can be hard… so nap! Wrap up in a blanket and rest! Odds are at some point somebody will get tired or slightly annoyed on the ride so just nap before things get out of hand. Remember, you want to have good memories of National Convention, plus, we all know nobody gets enough rest during convention week anyways!
A few bonus tips:
- Pack your headphones and a portable charger
- Wear comfy clothes - the drive is long so a hoodie and comfy pants are the best way to deal with it.
- You will get hungry, and to avoid the dreaded “hanger” scene, pack some snacks for the ride.
- Don't forget to bring your pillow and blanket for when you decide to nap.
- But, most importantly, everyone be safe, and enjoy this year's National Convention!