It’s not very surprising to see the incredible blow up of excitement wrapped around this new Pokemon Go App that recently released by Niantic. Fans of Pokemon and new players who are just being introduced to it for the first time are going crazy over this fun, family-friendly app! Since this is Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary, the release of this incredible app is going to be a benchmark of the company’s continued success for years to come.
Prepare Pokemon Themed Snacks
Have you ever heard your children squeal with delight arriving at a birthday party or theme park? Pokemon Go holds the same excited response for kids of all ages. Why not make this Family Road Trip over the top by preparing some delicious Pokemon Go themed treats for the road? Use your imagination and you’ll see that choosing any one of the original 151 Pokemon characters to use in your themed snacks will work like a charm! If you really want to add to the total atmosphere, try ordering the Pokemon theme songs on cd, or digital music downloads to play while in the car.
Poke Stops on Pokemon Go
Preparing your kids for the thrill of the game app adventure is half the fun! Have a blast making up a list of your favorite destinations to stop at for multiple Poke Stops at major attractions or landmarks you may visit along the way during your trip. You may find that you are able to scope things out more easily locally, but on a road trip out of the area you can still have a great time if your navigator is good at giving directions as each Poke Stop approaches on the map. Get the kids involved too in helping to keep a lookout on their in-app maps and enjoy watching their Trainer walk towards the little blue 3D icons that represent the Poke Stops. Once your Trainer gets close enough to the Poke Stop, the 3D icon changes form and becomes a large circular icon with an image in the middle of a circle. The name of the landmark, non-profit, or attraction is now shown above it. Use your finger to swipe the circle and make it spin to allow free items of all sorts to pop out for the player to claim. The kids can have fun popping the little bubbles the items are floating around in. Once items have been claimed, that Poke Stop now turns purple in color on your map so you know you’ve already claimed those items and can move on to look for the next one.
The Driver on Pokemon Go
Your driver will be able to take you up close to the most Poke Stops if you map them out ahead of time and plan your route. The driver cannot be looking at the app while driving, so it’s important they have this all figured out ahead of time for the most part and then the person in the passenger seat needs to be the navigator to help them. Otherwise, the driver doesn’t really know how close in proximity the car is to the Poke Stop. You’ll have to guide him towards each one. The passenger can be helpful and catch wild Pokemon or grab the free items at the Poke Stops for the driver if needed as the driver needs to be disciplined not to play the game unless parked at a Poke Stop. Safety precautions for all players is to always be aware of your surroundings.
Nearby Pokemon Screen on Pokemon Go
As you’re on your Pokemon Go Family Road Trip, one of the many ways to get the kids excited about their family adventure with the app is to have them helping you spot and track certain Pokemon on the “Nearby” screen in the bottom right corner of the screen. This is so thrilling for kids to see some of their favorite Pokemon in the app! When in the “Nearby” screen, they show up as “shadows” appearing when it’s a Pokemon you haven’t captured yet. The kids will enjoy trying to guess what the names of those actual Pokemon shadows are. Once a Pokemon is caught, it will then show up in full color in the Nearby Screen. Your kids can help you track them by clicking on one of those Pokemon to have the app focus on it and show exactly how many footprints away it is. The fewer the footprints, the closer the Pokemon is to your physical location. If there are zero footprints, then the Pokemon is right next to you somewhere! Drive slowly just a bit, or if at a rest stop or other destination during your road trip where you can get out and walk, take a few steps in either direction and it should appear. Try also using your finger to spin the map within the app around to have your Trainer facing a different direction on the compass. This is necessary, so you don’t accidentally miss a Pokemon that’s right behind you nearby.
Using A Lure on Pokemon Go
Sometimes on road trips families may either pack a cooler with lunch/meal items while on the road, or they eventually will need to stop to eat. One fun idea is to purposely find a Poke Stop to park near where you can sit and eat your lunch while still playing the app. While you are parked and able to be sitting in one place safely for 30 minutes, it is really cool to attempt to use a lure module. These lures attract all sorts of Pokemon! This surprise will take the eventful Pokemon Go Road Trip to the next level of adventure for sure!
Plan ahead and make sure you save one in your items list. If you’ve reached a high enough level with your trainer character you will earn a free one. Otherwise they are available for purchase from Niantic through the in-app purchase. It is even recommended to locate an area that has more than one Poke Stop right near each other if possible so you can enjoy the lure pulling new and possibly some of the more rare Pokemon towards your car area while you enjoy the Poke Stop freebies resetting every five minutes! There’s nothing more fun that that!
Make the most of your Pokemon Go Family Road Trip and enjoy the sights and attractions while playing the app to keep the family entertained along the way. It will make for a new set of memories that will last a lifetime.