Driving is a popular way to arrive at vacation destinations. Depending on your route, you could travel through areas renowned for spectacular scenery. Maybe you’ll have an opportunity to see some famous landmarks. You might also encounter a monotonous prattling of “Are we there yet?” Or one of those awkward family silences that lasts for miles… and miles… with only a long stretch of highway in front of you. If you experience one, or both, of the last two situations you’ll definitely be in for a long ride. But don’t worry. The road to a great vacation doesn’t have to be paved with frustration and aggravation.
Here’s a list of car games for road trip to help pass the time:
- License Plate Game
- I Packed My Grandmother’s Suitcase
- I Spy
- 20 Questions
- Road Trip Bingo
- The Alphabet Game
- At the End
All you need for this game is a pad of paper and pencil. When a car drives by, write down the state on its plate. Kick the game up a notch by naming the capitals, too. Find plates from all 50 states and you can play something new.
This is a fun game that doesn’t require anything but a little creativity and a good memory. Here’s how it’s played—the first player begins by saying: “I packed my grandmother’s suitcase and in it I put a swim suit.” The next person repeats that statement and then adds something new: “I packed my grandmother’s suitcase and in it I put a swim suit and a camera.” More and more items are put into the suitcase until someone forgets what was packed. The last person to recite back everything in the suitcase wins.
This game is an easy-to-learn classic that is always fun to play. It starts with someone secretly picking out something in the car. Let’s choose a tissue. The player would then say “I spy with my little eye something soft.” The others then take turns trying to correctly guess the chosen item.
Families will enjoy this super-easy car game for road trips perfectly suited for the younger kids. That’s because there are no tricky rules to follow. All a player has to do is think of something. It could be a person, place or thing. Everyone else in the car can take turns asking a question to try and determine what the mystery object is. When answering questions, there is no need to go into a lot of detail. A simple “yes” or “no” will do. Players keep asking questions until someone figures it out.
A little advance planning by the parents will be necessary to play this game. First, design a few different bingo cards that contain items you would normally find on the road driving to your vacation destination. Nothing too complicated, though. Things like semi-trucks, bridges, trees, billboards and police cars will do nicely. Next, glue the bingo sheet to a sturdy piece of cardboard and put some pennies in a plastic sandwich bag. All that’s left is to hit the road and let the scavenger hunt begin. The first person to cover his or her bingo sheet with a straight line of pennies wins. Oh, don’t forget to yell out “Bingo!” That’s the best part of the game.
Your task is to find a word on the side of a truck, license plate, billboard or anything else with words on it for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Start with A and work your way to Z. There is one caveat, though. You have to find the letters alphabetically. If you’re looking for a word that begins with the letter D and a xylophone truck passes by, you can’t save the X for later.
Start by choosing a topic such as animals. Select any critter to begin. If a bee is selected, the next player up must select an animal that begins with the last letter of the animal’s name. So, in this example, elephant would be a good choice. That could follow with toucan. Then nightingale. The game continues until someone fails to come up with a new animal name.