car games for road trips

car games for road trips

Car Games For Road Trips

Road trip games are the perfect way to have fun while cooped up in a car for hours on end. But with all the packing you’ve had to do for your trip, you won’t want to deal with the hassle of assembling lots of games and equipment to keep you and your crew entertained. Instead of gathering lots of game pieces, boards and supplies (which will probably spill in the car), consider playing one of our boardless, pieceless road trip games. Everyone might end up having so much fun that you’ll never hear the dreaded phrase, “Are we there yet?”
car games for road trips 1

Car Games For Road Trips

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of road trip games that don’t require any tools, paper or accessories beyond the open road. We have suggestions for passengers at every age level, although each game can be tweaked accordingly. Even if your vehicle features the latest in onboard entertainment technology, playing a road trip game can be a fun way for you to tune in with your kids during your journey, instead of having them tune out on a movie or a video game. For fun, we’ve also suggested vehicles that are ideally suited for the road trip games on our list.
car games for road trips 2

Car Games For Road Trips

Before the days of smartphones and tablets, people used road trip games to have fun in the car during long journeys.  Instead of being glued to a screen, you can learn more about your friends or family and create some fantastic new memories.  They are a great way to stay occupied and share a few laughs while on the road!  To help you get started, here are a few of the best road trip games for adults.
car games for road trips 3

Car Games For Road Trips

When I was a kid, there were few things better than getting to spend a few uninterrupted hours playing Pokemon on my Gameboy, grooving to the latest NOW! CD, or playing tiny board games with my sister. But now, most of us spend our car trips either driving, or glued to our phones the whole time. That’s perfectly fine — we all know how important car selfies are. But isn’t taking a holiday road trip with your friends also an opportunity to, I don’t know, actually talk to your friends?
car games for road trips 4

Car Games For Road Trips

Perform this as teams or solo players. You’ll want to utilize road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it’s spotted on your side of the car. (If you’re the front-seat passenger, focus on the right.) You’ll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order, although the letter can be located anywhere in the word. Say there is a fruit stand with a sign for Granny Smith apples — there’s your A. The exit for the Brooklyn Bridge would cover B, Road Closed is C and so on. First one to the letter Z wins. If you see “Road Closed,” however, you’ll probably be happy to have the nine other games listed here.
car games for road trips 5

Car Games For Road Trips

I think we all have a good time playing games like Cards Against Humanity, but it’s hard to play in a cramped car while one of us is responsible for keeping the rest of us alive. So, play a few games that will have you laughing, and let you keep your eyes on the road (and yeah, take lots of selfies).
car games for road trips 6

Car Games For Road Trips

3. License Plate Game. When we were kids, everyone seemed to play the license plate game on family road trips. Armed with a pad of paper, we would write down the name of each state as we spotted it. The goal, of course, was to nab all 50 states. If we were lucky, we’d bag the Canadian provinces, too. Nowadays we love the ease of an updated free printable license plate game, where kids cross off the US states and Canadian provinces as they spy them. For older kids learning US geography, we recommend the map version, which shows how far away each car originated.
car games for road trips 7

Car Games For Road Trips

Before tablets and podcasts, we used games to keep us entertained. For your next road trip, try some of these games to keep you going along the way.
car games for road trips 8

10. Spot the Car. For families with tween and teen car hounds, this scavenger hunt is a fun alternate to the license plate game. Instead of looking for different states, you’re looking for different car models. Use our printable game sheet to hold a family car scavenger hunt.
car games for road trips 9

When the whole family went on road trips, my brother and I would try to turn on each other's seat heater when we weren't looking. Sounds stupidly simple, but you'd end up with toasted buns if you failed to keep a look out. This game could last us for hours when getting out of the massive expanse of land that is Texas.
car games for road trips 10

Pick another car on the road, preferably one with a few passengers. Don’t be a creeper, but everyone in your car should at least get one good look at everyone. Once you’ve seen them, take turns deciding who these people are. Maybe they’re ex-circus performers on the run from the mob. Maybe they’re all sister wives on the way to a wedding. Whoever comes up with the most outrageous/accurate/hilarious story, wins.
car games for road trips 11

Everyone in the car has to choose an unusual color for a car (purple, yellow, mint green, etc.), and you get points for every car of that color you see. You could also make the game interesting by allowing passengers to steal points if they spot another passenger’s color first. Or, you know, you could hit each other every time you see your color, because adulthood.
car games for road trips 12

I’m 19, going on a trip to GA from TX (13 hours +) with my boyfriend, sister and mother. Games will be great to have! It’ll definitely be tense with 3 women in the car on the same cycle. I have an awesome boyfriend…he also doesn’t know we’re uhm…similar in that way, so this’ll be fun! 😀 Great post
car games for road trips 13

Decide on a common word that will be off limits for the duration of the car trip. It doesn’t have to be a swear word, just a common word that everyone will use at least once during normal conversation. Try words like bathroom, cow, phone, etc. to try and trip people up. You can use real money, or have the offending passenger write their name on a scrap of paper and put it in the jar. The person with the most money or names in the jar has to buy the car a round of drinks at your destination, fill up the gas tank, or do something else of your choosing.
car games for road trips 14

Ages 5 and up: One person chooses the right-hand side of the road, and someone else the left. Each player looks for letters of the alphabet that appear on signs or license plates on their side. The object of the game is to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order, from A to Z. The first person to spot the entire alphabet wins.
car games for road trips 15

Ages 7 and up: One person looks at a road map and finds a small town, village, river, etc. That person announces the name of the place she has chosen. A second player has 60 seconds to look at the map and try to find the secret place.
car games for road trips 16

Ages 5 and up: Each player chooses a restaurant, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonalds, etc. Players earn points by spotting their restaurant off the road, on a billboard, on exit markers, on Food/Fuel signs, or by hearing it mentioned on the radio. Impose a time limit — say, 20 minutes — and then add up the points.
car games for road trips 17

2. Road Trip Bingo. This fun game combines bingo with a scavenger hunt. Give each child a flat surface, such as a clipboard or hardcover book, to put on his or her lap. Each player gets a free printable bingo card and a zip-lock bag with 16 pennies. When a player spies an item on his card, he covers the picture with a penny. Just like in regular bingo, the first player to cover all the squares in a straight line wins.
car games for road trips 18

The concept is that players keep track of how many Volkswagen Beetles they spot on the road. We’ve heard of variations in which the game is limited to New or vintage Beetles, or versions where the older Bugs are worth more. In the game’s original version you were supposed to punch your seat mate when you spotted a Bug, but most parents find that any game that involves hitting can get out of hand pretty quickly. So keep score some other way — tapping your seat mate, counting on your fingers (first to 10 wins) or something more in keeping with the Bug’s peaceful hippie history.
car games for road trips 19

We all dream of perfect empty, winding roads, but the reality of driving is clogged, endless highways. Here's how to make them tolerable with nothing that you don't already have in your car.

Published on Mar 21, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
| Jef-m
please edit your menu