For those ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine, prepare for long lines and hours waiting in the car.
While the idea of being stuck in your vehicle for hours on end isn’t ideal, it doesn’t have to be a bore. Here’s a list of things you can do to pass the time while you wait.
Watch a movie
Use the time spent waiting in your car to stream your favorite movie or a new TV show.
Can’t find anything to watch? Here are a few recommendations:
Popular TV documentaries and shows: “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” on Netflix; “Bridgerton” on Netflix; “Firefly Lane” on Netflix; “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears” on Hulu; “Wandavision” on Disney+; “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix; and “What We Do in the Shadows” on Hulu.
New movies to watch: “Judas and the Black Messiah” (HBO Max); “Tom and Jerry” on Feb. 26 (HBO Max); “Raya and the Last Dragon” on March 5 (Disney+); “Godzilla vs. Kong” on March 31 (HBO Max); “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” (Netflix); and “Chemical Hearts” (Amazon Prime).
Read a book or write your own
Have a few books on your shelf that you’ve been itching to read? Or have you always wanted to write one? Now is your chance to check those novels off your to-do list and start that Great American novel you’ve been meaning to write.
Prefer to read comics? You can read your favorite comic books and web comics online on these popular platforms: Marvel Unlimited for Marvel fans; DC Universe Infinite for DC fans; Webtoon, TappyToon, and Tapas for Manhwa and Manga fans.
Listen to a podcast
Do you like to listen to stories? Podcasts are a great way to enjoy new audio series creators make about everyday life, news, true crime, sports or comedy.
Here are few places to find shows to listen to: Apple Podcasts; Google Podcasts; SoundCloud; BuzzSprout; Audible; and Amazon Music.
Find inner peace
There’s no question that the coronavirus pandemic has done a lot to our mental health over the past year. While you wait in line, take this moment to breathe, meditate and relax.
There are plenty of apps that can help you unwind by listening to calming stories and through guided meditations.
Here are a few to help you get started: Calm; Headspace; Aura; Mesmerize; and Simple Habit.
Transform your backseat into a car fort
If you have a car trunk that’s big enough, create a blanket fort in the backseat. It’s a great way to enjoy some movies and indulge in some treats while staying cozy in your vehicle during that long wait time.
Here’s what you’ll need: Pillows, throw pillows, comforter or blankets (fleece recommended), sheets for a divider, some car sun shades for the back seat and rear window. Recommended: fairy string lights (battery operated) or an air mattress for the car.
Play the license plate game, cards, charades, I Spy or your favorite mobile games to pass the long wait time in the car.
Some South Texas games to play: Whataburger Lotería (download the cards),Corpus Christi Lotería, Corpus Christi Opoly, Downtown Corpus Christi coloring book, The Alphabet Game (but think about stuff in the Coastal Bend) and 20 Questions (Selena edition).
Learn a new language
Brush up on your high school Spanish or learn a new language you’ve always wanted to learn while waiting in line.
Do you want to immerse yourself into the language? Download the Duolingo or HelloTalk app to learn. Duolingo lets you test yourself by earning points and achievements every round. HelloTalk gives users a chance to learn a new language by chatting with native speakers around the world for free.
Play car karaoke
Jam out to your favorite pop hits in the car and see which family member wins the title “American idol.”
Song-themed games to buy: Carpool Karaoke game for $17.39 on Amazon; Encore board game for $16.97 on Amazon; Spontuneous the Board Game for $25.99 on Amazon; Record Deal (Adult) Party Game for $16.99 on Amazon.
Let the kids decorate their windows
Let the inner artist out by having your little ones decorate their side of the passenger windows as you wait in line.
Write those thank-you Christmas cards
You’re stuck in line so you might as well catch up on writing those thank-you cards for the Christmas gifts you received a few months back. You know what they say: ‘Better late than never.’
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