Car Travel Games
Magnetic Board Games / Wipe Clean Games Some of these are an all-in-one kind of game pack, others are just classics by themselves. The car versions are nice because they are small and compact, and have easy ways to store the pieces so they don’t get lost. For example: 12 Magnetic Games in One All in one travel pack
Car Travel Games
Classic Board Games There’s a reason these games are classic — they are fun! I could never count all the hours my family spent playing Monopoly in the car on road trips. It’s my all time fave. (I was always the Banker!). Here are some suggestions for all-time classics that have travel versions so you can play in the car: Monopoly — Monopoly Junior — Battleship — Scrabble The Alphabet Game Start with the letter “A” and find one on a sign, truck, building or license plate, say the word and then move on to the next letter. You can do this as a competition or together as a family for the younger beginning readers. The first one to get to the letter “Z” is the winner!
Car Travel Games
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 Travel Games
Car Travel Bingo Travel Bingo boards that you flip the red area when you see the picture on the board. Look for them at dollar stores or Cracker Barrel. OR, try creating your own by writing words or simple pictures of roadside items or roadsigns. I have some readymade printable car bingo game posted at the Moms Minivan Printables page. OR, I finally found a place that sells the family classic Auto/Car Bingo online.
Car Travel Games
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 Travel Games
Road Role Play – Travel with a Theme Be pirates for your entire journey. Talk like pirates, dress like pirates (easier than you think), sing pirate songs, play pirate games, watch pirate movies, listen to pirate music. See my article “Pirates of the Caravan” for lots of ideas on how to be like Roger and have a jolly good time in the car.
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).
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?
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.
Or, try playing regular old Classic Bingo made For Travel. Bigger kids love this one. The windows also slide shut so there are no loose pieces. Hold their interest with this one by offering a prize (lollipop!) to the winner, and play several games. Even the driver can “play” if someone else watches their card “for” them.
Offical Count! A twist on the usual counting games. Choose a couple of types of vehicles to count such as VW Bugs and and motorcycles. Tally them on a clip board or in a travel journal and break them down by color. At the start of the trip, have the kids guess which will be the most popular colors for each vehicle. One reader notes that on a particular trip, her kids learned that most motorcycle drivers prefer black, while the Bug drivers preferred silver. (submitted by reader Susan L. — Thanks!)
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.
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.
Counting Cows One of my favorites. Count the cows you see on your side of the car. If you pass a field full of lots of cows, you’d better count fast! If you pass a cemetery on your side of the car, you lose all your cows, but only if the opposing team calls “your cows are buried!”. This game gets interesting when distraction tactics are used to either cause your opponent to miss cows on their side of the road or to miss a cemetery on your side of the road. A white horse can count as a bonus. The team with the most cows wins. Here’s an article I wrote about counting cows with some scoring ideas and cow jokes to tell while you play.
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.
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.
Make a Trip Journal or Scrapbook Give everyone a big spiral bound sketch pad and a box of crayons or markers. Each day of the trip or for each event along the way, draw a picture of what you did that day, or draw a map of where you went, and write about it. You can also paste in souvenirs such as brochures, ticket stubs and other momentous. This is especially good for trips lasting more than a day. See my article on Creating a Travel Journal for Kids for more on this topic. It has photos of a journal I made when I was 9 years old.