Best road trip games to play with your partner and family

30 Best Road Trip Games That Are Super Fun

Road trip games can make any journey more enjoyable and fun whether you're going on a long drive across the country or spending a few hours in the car with the kids.

Our list of the 30 of the best road trip games will provide entertainment for children and adults alike, ranging from music-related games and foodie challenges to word contests and devious pranks.

You will never have to think of what to do on a long car ride again! The following is the ultimate list of games you can play on a road trip.

1. The Story Game

The Story Game can take up a good chunk of a road trip if everyone's memory holds up!

Entertaining for adults and kids alike, this is storytelling with a twist - you go round the car and each passenger adds just one word following on from the player before.

See how crazy you can make the story, and get someone to record it on their phone so you can listen back to the hilarious progression of the plot as you make way along your road trip. You could go from sunbathing in Spain to training alpacas in Chile in a matter of seconds.

Trust us, you're in for a laugh with this one and if your passengers are good, these stories can get seriously long!

2. I'm Going On A Road Trip

The I'm Going On A Road Trip game will definitely test your memory!

This road trip game requires a bit more brain power than some of the others, but is still really entertaining and great for all ages. To play, passengers take it in turns to state 'I'm going on a road trip and I'm bringing…' followed by an item of their choice.

The next person has to repeat the phrase, saying the last person's item and adding one of their own and so on - eventually you'll have a really long list of crazy items to try and remember, and it's always amusing watching people try and get it right a few rounds in.

Be sure to throw in a few weird and wonderful items to confuse the rest of the players!

3. The Quiet Game

The Quiet Game can be a great way to earn 5 minutes of silence on a road trip.

This game is a bit of a joke for the adults who want a few minutes of peace and quiet from their squabbling kids. The rules are hilariously simple - just say 'who can stay quiet the longest?' and breathe as the competitive siblings fall instantly silent.

Just a word of warning though: don't expect it to last very long, so have another kid-friendly car game lined up for when they get bored.

4. The Banana Game

A bright yellow classic Beetle is one of the cars you can find in the Banana road trip game.

This game is all about the color yellow and is super simple - points are awarded whenever a passenger spots a yellow vehicle.

Come up with a scoring system for different types of vehicle (e.g. one point for a car, two for a van, and three for a lorry) and whether you saw it parked (one point) or in motion (two points). Add any extra rules you fancy, and prepare to get competitive about who saw it first.

5. Never Miss A Beat

Never Miss A Beat is more of a group singalong than a game.

This game may be more of a singalong than a game, but it's still awesome!

Never miss a beat offers another chance to show off your singing skills and unusually gets everyone playing together rather than against each other.

All you need to do is stick on your family's favorite song or a song everyone knows the words to and start singing. Someone then needs to turn it down for 10 seconds whilst everyone keeps singing, before turning it back up again to see if you've kept the beat and stayed in time.

This game is mainly just a bit of fun, but you could always turn it into a competition by splitting into teams!

I Spy is an all time great road trip game and requires no preparation or props.

Another classic you've probably played a thousand times before but never get bored of.

Passengers take it in turns to find an object either inside or outside the car and say "I spy with my little eye something beginning with…" the first letter of whatever the object is.

The other passengers must then try and guess the answer (clues can be given if it's really hard), with the winner taking the next turn. This is an easy car game to play with kids and always a great one to keep bored passengers entertained for a surprisingly long time.

7. 20 Questions

The 20 Questions road trip game only allows Yes/No questions.

This classic road trip game probably doesn't need much of an introduction - simply choose one passenger to start by thinking of a random object, and the other passengers take turns asking 20 yes-or-no questions to guess the object.

Whoever finds the answer first gets to think of the random thing in the next round, but if the object has everyone stumped, they get to keep their role for the next round.

There are no rules on the object you can pick, but lying in your answers is strictly forbidden!

8. Car Bingo

Spotting wildlife can be a fun game on the road - like this elk in the Yellowstone National Park.

This kid-friendly game takes a little prep before you set off, but it's well worth it if you need to keep the kids entertained on a long journey.

Make a list of things the children might see along the road trip route - e.g. cows, a tractor, a red car etc, to give to them when you get into the car.

As you drive they can cross things off as they see them, not only distracting them from boredom but also encouraging them to look around and learn about the places they're visiting.

Make the list as specific to the place you're going as you want. In Texas you might have anything mentioning the Lone Star and in Wyoming you might be on the lookout for elk!

You can tailor the difficulty and number of things to find depending on the age of your children.

9. Sweet Or Sour

The Sweet Or Sour road trip game is all about waving at other people.

The rules of this road trip game are super simple: passengers take turns waving at passing pedestrians or people in nearby cars. If they wave back they're sweet, if not they're sour. You win a point for every sweet passerby you get, so aim to find as many friendly people as possible along the way.

For obvious reasons, the driver should opt out of this one, but it can be extra fun if they divert the car through a busy area of town to rack up some extra waving opportunities!

Remember not to distract other drivers!

10. Secret Place Race

Kids looking at a map to find secret places along the road trip route.

Make use of that old road map that sits in the car seat pocket to entertain the kids. All you need to do for the secret place race is pick a place they're unlikely to know such as a tiny village, river, or mountain, and see how long it takes them to find it on the map.

This can be incredibly entertaining in a Where's Waldo kind of way, except their mission in finding the village can be made critically important for the driver to be able to find the right way!

Have a reward on hand if they're able to find it in less than 5 minutes, and watch as they're completely engrossed in the task. A simple yet satisfyingly effective game.

11. Punch Buggy

Spotting a VW Beetle or another car of your choice is a great reason to playfully punch each other on a road trip.

First gaining popularity as part of one of Volkswagen's marketing campaigns in the 1960s, the aim of this game is to give your fellow passengers a playful punch whenever you see a VW Beetle drive past.

This is one of those road trip games that is universally loved by children (as long as you monitor the punching to avoid disaster), although we don't see why the adults wouldn't enjoy it too.

Granted - in some parts of the world, seeing a Beetle is incredibly rare, so if you're struggling to see many Beetles, you could always choose a specific color of car or another funny model as the target instead to make it a touch easier.

12. Regional Car Pantry

Buying a selection of different foods and snacks along the length of your road trip can become a game itself.

One for the foodies. Stretching across the full duration of your road trip, collect as many local snacks as you can at every stop along the way to build up your car pantry.

Make sure you take pictures of each snack (or buy duplicates if they'll keep) so you can see what you've managed to collect at the end of the trip, and be sure to take some weird and wonderful treats home for friends and family to try.

Do some research beforehand and make a list of all the foods you want to find, or just wing it and see what local delicacies you stumble across as you go.

13. The License Plate Game

A selection of US license plates that would be perfect for the License Plate game.

You'll need pens and paper for this game so make sure you've packed some before you head off. The aim is to spot license plates from as many different countries or US states (depending on where your road trip is taking place) as possible.

Write a list of the places you've seen and compare it with the other passengers at the end of the drive. This is the ideal game for those long stretches of boring motorway where you'll probably rack up a surprisingly long list, and the person with the most countries gets to ride shotgun for the next leg of the journey.

The end of this road trip game can get very controversial - if you spot a real game winner, photographic evidence is a good idea so get your phone out and take photos in secret!

14. The Fortunately - Unfortunately road trip game

The Fortunately Unfortunately road trip game can be played absolutely anywhere based on what you see along the way.

This is similar to the Story Game (see #1 above), however players get a little more control and creativity. You can say more than one word this time!

One player starts off with a 'fortunately' sentence, and the next has to follow with an 'unfortunately' sentence to build a story of luck and misfortune. For example, one player might start with 'fortunately, the sun was shining' with the second player adding 'unfortunately they had a long drive ahead of them' and so on.

This game can make it a little easier to remember the long string as everything has to be either fortunate or unfortunate! Get as creative as you can and you'll find yourself at your destination in what seems like no time at all.

15. The Complete Food Menu Game

The Complete Food Menu game involves ticking off restaurant types as you pass them on your road trip.

This is the perfect road trip game to play if you're passing through a few towns on your way although roadside restaurants and chains will do just fine.

Print out a sheet with all the food types you can think of in a grid against the names of people in the car.

Every time you drive past a restaurant of some kind, the first person to spot it gets to collect the tick for the food type it serves. Steaks and pizzas should be easy to collect by everyone, but you might just win if you're the only one who spotted the seafood restaurant in the middle of Oklahoma!

16. The Name Game

The more random names you know, the better you will do in the Name game on your road trip.

This is another simple game that keeps your brain occupied during a long drive without being too strenuous. One person simply says any name they can think of and the next person must say another name that begins with the last letter of the name before, and so on.

For example if passenger one says Tom, passenger two might say Mary. If you've made any friends during your road trip, try and include their names to make it a tad more topical.

Obviously adding the rule of not repeating the same names once they have been mentioned makes this a whole lot more interesting as the game progresses although you're guaranteed to have a disagreement over whether a name has or has not been mentioned already!

17. Guess The Song

Guess The Song is not only reserved for road trips, but an awesome way to have fun on the way.

If you're comfortable in your musical knowledge you'll definitely want to suggest playing this one. The rules are simple: get the front passenger to play the first few seconds of a song and whoever can guess the artist and song title the quickest wins a point.

This is much easier if you can connect your phone to the car for the road trip and play songs from there so you can easily search and pause the music.

The person with the most points after half an hour gets control of the music for the rest of the journey, so there's a lot at stake...

18. Sing The Next Line

Two women enjoying playing Sing The Next Line game in their car.

A variation on the Guess The Song game above, except this game relies on your vocal chords.

Instead of just guessing the song after a few seconds, players have to rack their brains and try and sing the next line, and the person who successfully remembers it first wins a point. Think of a reward for whoever wins, and if you attempt it but get it wrong you have to do a forfeit chosen by the driver.

19. Radio Roulette

Be prepared to listen to some seriously wacky tunes in the Radio Roulette game.

This game's a little less hands-on but no less entertaining. Use your road trip driving time to discover all the local radio stations of the place you're visiting by re-tuning every ten minutes and choosing a new station at random.

You'll probably find some pretty wacky programs and get to know traditional and popular music in that country - a great way to appreciate culture even when you're between destinations.

If you a radio station that is really wacky, let us know!

20. Would You Rather

Would You Rather is a game that can be as innocent or outrageous as you are comfortable with.

This road trip game can be be as PG or as outrageous as you like depending on the age of the passengers.

Take turns asking the car whether they would rather do one thing or another (e.g. 'would you rather go to France or Spain?') and see what they answer. Make it as difficult as possible to choose between the two options for maximum entertainment value, whether that's making them equally amazing or equally horrible, it's up to you…

You can see how this game can get as interesting in group of adults as with kids - answering the question is compulsory and providing reasons is where it gets fun!

21. Car Rules Road Trip Game

The Car Rules road trip game will keep you thinking in case you go over a bridge or pass a yellow car on the way.

Everyone in the car gets to make up a silly rule, e.g. whenever we cross a bridge everyone has has to touch their nose, or whenever we stop at a red light everyone has to touch the roof of the car.

The last person to join in when an action is enforced gains a point, and the person with the most points at the end of the drive loses. Get as creative as you like with the rules and try and catch people out where possible so you can take the victory.

The loser has to go pay for parking or buy ice creams at the next stop!

22. Hot Seat

The Hot Seat game can get you to know your close friends even better and have a laugh.

If you're that nosy friend that wants to find out all of your companions' deepest secrets then you'll like this one. Passengers take it in turns to be in the hot seat and are asked 5 questions, one of which they're allowed to veto and the other four must be answered honestly.

This is best played in an adult-only car (questions get notoriously cheeky) and is the ideal way to pass the time finding out some interesting new facts about your road trip friends.

You can use it as a warm up or a step up from the car version of Truth or Dare (see #27 below) depending on how close your friendships are!

23. People Watching

People watching is fun - some cars will really make you scratch your heads as you pass them on your road trip.

Someone picks a car full of people that everyone can see (this works best if you're stuck in traffic), and together you make up a story about the people - who they are, where they're going, what they do for a living. The funnier and more far-fetched the story, the better - just make sure you're not staring too obviously at your subjects or it might get a little awkward...

Use your imagination to make the stories controversial and see how far you can go with making things up!

You might just surprise yourself how the most innocuous of road trip games will make you spot things you would never otherwise see just by looking at the cars around you.

24. Kiss, Marry, Avoid

The Kiss, Marry, Avoid road trip game will let you debate the qualities of famous people or mutual friends.

Another one for the older crowd. Take turns listing three famous people and the other passengers in the car have to choose which person they would kiss, which they would marry, and which they would avoid.

Make it really hard to decide so that everyone has a bit of a laugh, and try to predict each other's answers to add an extra twist to the game.

If you want to add a little spice to the game, use people you all know or move to people in the car!

25. While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping is a road trip game where your imagination can run wild!

There's nothing more tempting than pulling a prank on a passenger who falls asleep en route, and whilst we don't dispute the whole drawing-a-mustache classic, we've got something even craftier.

Whilst they're taking a nap on the road trip, have a brainstorm with the awake members of the party and come up with an epic story or scenario of something that they missed during their nap.

The aim of the game is to get them to believe the story, so make sure nobody laughs or breaks character (come up with a forfeit if they do), and keep the lie going for as long as possible. If you manage to pull it off this is far better than a DIY mustache... but by all means, draw one on for good measure.

This classic road trip game can really take a turn for the worse if you want it to. A simple horror story about a truck that followed the car for miles that you just managed to pull away from before getting a flat tyre can go a long way as you're parked on the side of the road. Peer into the rear view mirror in horror and watch their face when a random truck appears on the horizon!

26. Categories

Beatles songs is one possible option for the Categories road trip game.

Popular with kids and adults alike the world over, Categories can be an awesome game to play on road trips as well.

The premise is simple - somebody picks a category which can have multiple different answers. Fruit or Beatles' songs can both be great options.

Players have to then take turns to name one item from the category at a time. Players are eliminated when they can't name one until there's one winner. Either the winner or the next person in turn gets to choose the next category.

That brings our list of the best road trip games to an end. Do you have other games you enjoy? Get in touch to let us know and we'll add it to our list!

27. Truth Or Dare (The Car Edition)

Playing Truth Or Dare on a long road trip can really help pass the time and get people laughing.

The old classic can and should be played on road trips! Players take turns to either answer an embarassing question truthfully or perform a dare set by other players.

The dares obviously have to be contained to the realms of the car or the roadside so you'll have to get creative.

Needless to say, this game is very different when played with kids as a family or with adult friends and is equally great in both cases!

28. 6 Degrees of Separation

How is a gaucho from Patagonia connected to Prince Charles? That's what the 6 Degrees of Separation game is all about.

This is a road trip game that will require some imagination and provide plenty of topics for conversation.

Take turns and pick two people who you may know or make them up (e.g. a Shaolin monk). The more different the background and location of these people the better!

Then proceed to discuss how these two people are connected through 6 connections or less. You don't have to know the whole chain - that's actually where the fun is.

How is a gaucho from a remote farm in southern Argentina connected to Prince Charles? The gaucho must know his ranch's boss (1). The boss knows the boss of the company that buys beef from local producers (2). That company has a liaison manager in a UK-based Argentinian beef importing firm (3). This manager has a colleague who imports fine wines from around the world for the same company (4). The colleague personally provides the fine wines to the Royal sommelier (5) and the sommelier personally knows Prince Charles (6). Bingo!

29. The Stop Joker Card road trip game

The Stop Joker Card game allows every person the road trip to pick a stop wherever they want.

If you're going on a long trip and you're going to be driving all day or even longer than that, this is a great way to give everyone in the car, kids included, a way to have a bit of control.

At any point during the trip, each person can enact their Stop Joker Card - this means the car has to stop wherever they are passing and spend some time there doing an activity or just relaxing.

Your kids might see something really fun halfway along and use their card to break up the journey and everyone gets to have their stop along the route!

30. Pick One Car road trip game

You have to be quick if you spot a dream car on your road trip to win the One Car game.

This one is a game of patience and opportunity. Every person in the car has one chance during the journey to pick a car that you can see on your way as their ultimate One Car. The objective is to pick the coolest/fastest/most amazing car possible.

Once you've chosen a car, you can't change it - you only have one go so you better make it count - if you're passing something that is decent but not stellar, you might have to make a tough choice.

The game is made even more difficult by the fact that the first person to call the car out gets to have it so you have to be alert and on the lookout if you haven't got one yet.

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Fill long drives with joy by playing these fun road trip games , helping you say goodbye to boredom on the journey, no matter who you’re traveling with.

I’ve been on plenty of road trips across Europe and the U.S. in my time, and these games have helped me, friends, and fellow travelers pass the time with lots of laughs and intrigue.

Road Trip Games (Fun Games to Play in the Car)

Road trip games (list from the article)

1. Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare Questions (list)

This is a classic game, but it can be adapted to a road trip as well. Take turns picking whether you want to reveal a truth or take a dare.

In this case, you will need to pick a dare that can be done safely in the car or by stopping the car when you get the chance. Time to be creative!

Read more: 100+ Best Truth or Dare Questions

2. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever Questions

Each player holds up five fingers, and in turn, they name something they have never done, for instance, “Never have I ever been to Italy.”

For each thing they have done, players need to fold a finger. The person who folds all five fingers first loses. This is a fun game, and if you pick the right questions, you may even learn some interesting or funny things about your friends.

Read more: 200+ ‘Never Have I Ever’ Questions

3. The Compliment Game

In this game, you go through the alphabet, and for every letter, you say a compliment about someone else in the car. For instance, “A is for how awesome Monica is,” “B is for Jack’s beautiful hair,” and so on, taking turns.

4. Most Likely to

Most Likely To Questions/Statements

Take turns and come up with “most likely to” scenarios about your friends. Everyone in the car must point to the person they believe reflects the title.

You could say things like “Most likely to become a celebrity” or “Most likely to win a Nobel prize.” If you’re out of ideas, you can find many examples online, or just try to be creative and invent fun scenarios.

Read more: 300+ “Who is Most Likely to” Questions

5. The Forbidden Word

Pick a forbidden word at the beginning of your trip. Try to aim for a word that you would normally use a lot. Keep count of how many times each person says the forbidden word.

At the end of the trip, whoever has said the word the most will have to take a pre-agreed forfeit, such as paying for a round of drinks.

6. Truth or Lie?

This is a storytelling game in which one person in the car tells a true or invented story from their past, ideally something elaborate and hard to believe.

The other people in the car take turns and get to ask one question about the story before deciding if it’s true or not. Reveal the right answer after everyone took their guess. Take turns telling stories and see who has the greatest number of correct guesses.

7. Smurfing

Pick one person in the car who will be the subject of the game. While the subject covers their ears, the other persons need to pick a verb. Then, the subject must ask questions replacing the verb with the word “smurf.”

For instance, “Do you smurf in the morning or evening” or “When did you last smurf?” They need to guess the right verb as quickly as possible. You may even decide how many questions they get to ask or set a time limit, like 2 minutes, to guess the right verb.

For Families and Kids

8. what color is it.

In this game, start naming a list of items of the same color until your kid, or one of your kids, guesses the right color. For instance, you could start by saying “Sky, sea, smurfs…” and keep going until someone guesses blue.

A classic road trip game for families and kids, “I spy” consists in choosing an object, preferably something in the car, and having other players guess by asking yes or no questions.

You can use colors or the first letter of the object. For instance, you could say “I spy with my little eye… something blue/something that starts with the letter B.” The first person to guess the object gains a point.

10. Spelling Bee

A fun and educational game, the spelling bee is easy to play in a car. You can pick random words or make it more fun by choosing a theme, possibly something kids would enjoy.

For instance, you could do a Harry Potter spelling bee with words from the book/movie. Make sure to have someone keep track of the points on a piece of paper or a note app.

11. Scavenger Hunt

This game may require a bit of preparation but it’s a great way to keep kids entertained on a long road trip.

Before the trip, prepare a list of things you would usually see on the road, like road signs, cars, animals, and so on. The person who checks the most items off the list before the end of the trip wins.

12. Car Color Search

This game also needs some preparation, but it can be very entertaining for small kids. You can draw several cars of different colors or find a ready-made sheet online and print it.

Every time they spot a car of a certain color, they cross it off the list. Whoever crosses the most cars off the list wins the game.

13. Going on a Picnic

This challenging memory game is great for adults, but you can also play it with older kids. The first person starts by saying “I’m going on a picnic, and I’ll bring…” and picks an item.

The next person repeats the sentence and adds another item, then the third adds a third item, and so on. The list will get longer and longer. The first person who can’t remember the correct list is out of the game and it resets until there is one winner.

14. Storytime

If you’re feeling creative, why not invent a fairy tale with the kids? Start with the classic fairy tale beginning “Once upon a time…” and come up with the start of a magical journey in a singular sentence.

Each player will add a sentence to the story until you either reach the end or until a set time limit elapses. You can also record the story so you can listen to it later.

15. The Quiet Game

If you’re traveling with kids and want some downtime, you can always try the quiet game. See how long your kids can go without saying a word. The first one to break the silence loses.

For Couples or Two People

16. 20 questions.

In this guessing game, one person will have to think about an object, animal, or person, and the other must ask yes or no questions to figure out what the other person is thinking.

They have a limit of 20 questions to guess the item or person. Ideally, you would start with more generic questions, like “Is it an animal” or “Is it an object?” and get more specific with questions about the size, color, and other features.

If the person guesses in less than 20 questions, they take the place of the answerer. Otherwise, the same person gets to think of a new thing.

17. The Human Jukebox

This can be a really fun song if you know song lyrics. One person starts singing a song, and the next has to connect it to another song using the last word of the lyrics, then another has to connect a new song, and so on.

For instance, “Take me down to the paradise city where the girls…. Just wanna have fun, oh girls… Who run the world? Girls. Who run…. Boy run. This world is not made for you…” And see how long you can keep going before someone is stumped.

18. 6 Degrees of Separation

A person has to name two people, objects, movies, or any other thing. You can mix them, for instance, a celebrity and a movie, that are apparently not connected. Another player has to connect the two in six statements, or less.

You could, for example, pick Uma Turman and the movie Mamma Mia. And then say “Uma Turman starred in “Kill Bill” with Lucy Liu. Lucy Liu starred in Charlie’s Angels with Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz had a relationship with Justin Timberlake. Justin Timberlake starred in “In Time” alongside Amanda Seyfried. Amanda Seyfried starred in Mamma Mia!”

19. Two Truths and a Lie 

Two truths and a lie ideas

This is a great game to learn more about your travel companion. Take turns and tell two truths and one line. The other person has to guess which is the lie.

You can just keep playing to discover curious facts about yourselves or make it a points game. Whoever gets to 10 correct answers first wins. Remember to choose a reward for the winner.

Read more: 2 Truths and a Lie: 200+ Lie Ideas

20. Holiday Memory Game

In this memory game, you pretend you are packing your suitcase for the holidays and need to take turns listing all the items you will pack. The first person will start by saying “I am going on a holiday and I’m taking…” and adds an item.

The next player has to repeat the sentence and add a new item then the next player will do the same. Keep adding items to the bag, repeating the entire list every time. The first person who messes up the order or forgets an item loses the game or is out. Ready to test your memory?

21. Kiss Mary Avoid

Pick three people, either someone you know or celebrities, both from past and present. You may even pick a fictional character.

The other person will need to choose which person they would kiss, marry, and avoid. Depending on your choice of people, this game can be really fun. Take turns and get creative!

22. Would You Rather

Would You Rather Questions

Time to get creative for this game where a person has to ask the other(s) what they would choose between two options.

The idea is to come up with impossible or weird choices, like “Would you rather never see again or never taste food?” If you’re out of ideas, this “would you rather” questions list can help you out. Tine to make some difficult choices.

Generally Fun Road Trip Games

23. categories.

While this is not necessarily a road trip game, it’s a really fun one to pass the time. Pick a category, anything from ice cream flavors to R&B songs. Every player takes turns naming an item in that category. See who runs out of ideas first.

24. The Humming Song Game

The game is pretty easy yet fun to play. One player must hum a famous song while the others need to guess the song. The person who guesses correctly gets to hum a new song. It may sound really easy, but it can get quite tricky.

25. Music Battle

To play this game you must be at least three passengers. One person is the judge while the others need to play songs on their phones.

Select different categories, and for each one, every player picks a song and plays it. The judge has to decide the winning song for every category.

26. Alphabet

This game consists in spotting items that start with each letter of the alphabet, in order. You can use objects in the car or on the road, like road signs, billboards, animals, or anything else you may spot.

Call out each letter and the item/word as you see it. The first person the get to Z wins. In a different version, you may pick a category, like animals, and take turns naming items in that category in alphabetic order.

One player starts by saying a word, then each passenger takes turns saying words that rhyme. Set a 15-second time limit per turn. If the person can’t come up with a word within the time limit, they are out.

The remaining person wins a point. See who gains the most point before you get to the destination or who gets to 10 points first.

28. Storyteller

The game is pretty simple but depending on how creative you get it can be very fun. One person starts a story with the first sentence. Then, everyone takes turns adding to the story.

Come up with interesting and fun plot twists to make the story more entertaining. Record it to have a memory of your road trip story.

29. Fortunately/Unfortunately

This game consists of telling a story where each sentence starts with the word “fortunately” or “unfortunately,” alternating between them.

For example: “Anna had to go to work. Unfortunately, her car broke down. Fortunately, she could take the train. Unfortunately, all trains were delayed.” Keep the story going, alternating between the two.

30. While You Were Sleeping

This is a funny game that you can play if any of the passengers falls asleep during the trip. With the other passengers, come up with an interesting and unbelievable story of something that happened while the other person was asleep.

When they wake up, tell them the story, starting with “While you were sleeping…”. Each passenger adds a little to the story to make it credible that you all witnessed it. Try not to break character and see if the other person believes your story.

31. Car Rule

To play this game, each person in the car gets to make up a random rule, and everyone has to follow it. Try to think of weird and fun rules, like “Whenever I change the radio station, everyone has to clap their hands”.

Assign points to everyone who enforces the rules except for the last person to do so. The person with the most points at the destination wins.

32. The License Plate Game

This classic road trip game can be played in different ways. You can try to spot a license plate from every US state or from different countries if you’re traveling in Europe.

Or you can try to spot a license plate starting with each letter of the alphabet, and the first one to get to Z wins. If you are playing with kids, you can even print a coloring map of the U.S. and have them color each state they spot on a license plate.

Trivia Road Trip Games

33. name that tune.

A great game for music lovers is “Name that tune”. You can simply turn on the radio or put on a Spotify playlist, making sure the song name is not visible on the display.

As soon as the song starts, the first person to shout the right song title wins a point. This is a great game to have fun, listen to music, and refresh your memory of song names.

34. Name the Artist

A different take on “Name that tune,” this game requires players to guess the artist. You can even prepare a playlist in advance and set different rules.

You can assign points based on who answers first, or you can take turns, play a song for 5 to 10 seconds, and let the player guess or pass. Whoever makes more points or reaches a set number of points first wins.

35. The Movie Game

If you know your movies and actors, you can play this potentially endless game during your road trip. To start, a person mentions an actor while another person must name a movie the actor has been in.

Another player must name a different actor in that movie, and the next player must then name another movie with that actor, and so on. See how long you can go!

36. Guess the Quote

One person in the car has to say a quote from a movie, TV show, or song, while the other passengers must guess where the quote is from.

The player who makes the right guess takes the next turn in saying a quote. Try to make it hard, and for extra fun, use the accent of the actor who said the quote.

37. “Sorry I am Late” Movie Guessing

This can be a really fun game for movie buffs. It essentially consists of saying a sentence that starts with “Sorry I am late” and continues with the main plot of a movie, told in a fun way.

For instance, “Sorry I am late, but I got a letter saying I am a wizard and I had to go to wizarding school only to find out this evil wizard has been trying to kill me since I was a newborn,” which would be Harry Potter. The person who guesses 10 movies first wins.

38. Bad Movie Plot

Another fun movie fame consists in picking a movie and explaining the plot in a really bad way, although factually correct. The other person has to guess the movie.

If they do, they win a point. Take turns and see who makes the most points or gets first to 10 correct guesses.

39. Celebrity

In this game, one person will play the character of a celebrity of their choice while the others take turns asking random questions.

The celebrity player answers the questions as if they were the famous person. The first person to guess the celebrity wins.

Long journeys in the car can often be difficult, for both you and the other passengers you are traveling with. Finding activities to pass the time can go a long way making the journey far more comfortable and enjoyable.

The beauty of these road trip games is that they require little, if any, equipment and preparation to play, yet can provide hours of fun.

Don’t let tiredness and boredom take control on a long car ride. Use these fun car games to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere, keeping your minds off the journey and giving you all an opportunity to interact and bond.

From word games to games involving famous people, there’s so much you can do in the car with minimal resources to entertain young kids, teenagers, and the whole family!

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20+ Entertaining Road Trip Games to Play in the Car

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Road trips are not just about getting to your destination. It’s also about all the fun you can have on your journey to your next stop.

These road trip games will bring laughter and excitement to your next road trip.

Let’s dive into some of our favorites.

Alright, we know this is one of those classic games to play on a road trip that everyone has heard of, but have you ever really dug into it? 

I Spy has a lot of versatility. It’s not just that one-dimensional game you remember from your childhood. This is a game that you can mix up and cut loose with. Try adding time limits, creating I Spy themes, or just killing some time with a class road game. 

You probably know the rules, but all you need to do to play this game is pick something you and your friends can see and have them guess until they get it right. You’ll say, “I spy something that…” and add a clever clue that gives a subtle hint about what you’re looking at. 

The key to playing this game as an adult is to focus on those clever hints. That’s where the fun is!

20 Questions 

 20 Questions is one of those games that has plenty of versatility. Let’s look at a few ways to enjoy this game while on a road trip.

You play 20 Questions by assigning one person to be “it.” That person thinks of a person, place, or thing, and everyone else has 20 questions to narrow down their guess and get it right.

You can spice up 20 Questions by making it themed, personal, or romantic. It all depends on who you’re traveling with. 

Like many road games, this game is best played in short bursts. You want to mix up these classic road trip games, so you don’t burn out on any one game. 

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is another excellent game to play while on a road trip. 

The goal of this game is to give someone a ridiculous and near-impossible choice between two options. You can ask them to pick between their favorite hobbies, a million dollars or perfect health, or anything else you can think of!

This is also a great game for getting to know someone new. It’s the perfect icebreaker for couples and helps you explore topics that matter to the people you travel with. 

Mini Board Games 

Mini magnetic board games are fun games to play in the car, but they are also adorable. 

You and your travel companions can enjoy Scrabble, chess, checkers, or mini Monopoly.

There are travel-sized versions of just about every board game out there. Throw one of these in your bag, and you’ll hardly notice the extra space it takes up. Besides, it will generate way more fun than you might expect. 

Travel Scavenger Hunt 

One of the most fun things you can do when heading out on your road trip is to set up a scavenger hunt .

You need to do some planning ahead of time for this game. Think about some interesting or challenging items you and your travel companions can hunt down or see on the road together. 

These can be wrappers from regional snacks, landmarks, road signs, or anything you can find along your road trip route. 

Here’s a tip for setting up a scavenger hunt. Come up with a low-stakes prize for the winner, which could be anything from a Starbucks gift card to a coupon for a free back massage. 

Trivia Apps! 

Playing trivia games on the road used to mean taking several decks of cards with questions and answers on them. However, your phone is full of game apps to keep you entertained on your road trip.

There are trivia apps like Popcorn Trivia, SongPop, and countless others. These let you play trivia games based on movies, music, and even history with your travel buddies. 

Don’t get caught thinking these games are trivial; they are some of the most fun games to play on a road trip!

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Travel Bingo

Here’s another exciting game that takes a little preparation before you hit the road.

You can set up a travel bingo gam e for everyone you will be on the road with. This bingo game can be full of fun inside jokes, sites along the way, and all the ups and downs of a long car ride.

Travel bingo is a great way to add a little lightheartedness to some of the challenges of taking a road trip. Why not lean into these awkward moments and add a square on your travel bingo card for awkward smells or getting stuck in traffic?

The winner of travel bingo can get a little prize, but there’s no prize more fabulous than the satisfaction of being the travel bingo champion.  Related Post: Free Downloadable Road Trip Bingo Cards

Gas Station Stop Gourmet 

There are plenty of travel games about embracing the unique and sometimes weird cuisine you can find while on the road.

The goal of this game is to make the most of the limited culinary options you have at your average gas station. Players should be given a budget and are challenged to come up with the most exciting meal they can think of.

Imagine you’re on a Food Network competition show, but all you can do is create a fine dining experience using a convenience store and a few fast food diners.

This is a great game to help people think outside the box and not get stuck snacking on the same pre-packaged chips for the entire ride. 

Fictionary  

Fictionary started hundreds of years ago with the Victorians in England. 

This word game is all about obscure words and the definitions that they “should” have. Play works like this. 

One player picks an obscure word that few people know, like “mycorrhizal” or “sozzled.” Everyone else writes down their made-up definitions. Whoever gets the most laughs wins!

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Six Degrees of Separation

Here’s another road trip classic, especially for movie buffs. 

Six Degrees of Separation got a second wind when it became an iconic meme in the early days of the internet known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. 

The point of the game is straightforward. One player names two actors, and the other must connect them in six degrees of separation or less.

Here’s a classic example using Kevin Bacon.

“Kevin Bacon and William Shatner.”

William Shatner was in Festival in Cannes with Maximilian Schell, who starred in Telling Lies in America with Kevin Bacon.

There’s even a website called The Oracle of Bacon that can generate these degrees of separation if you two get stuck!

Fictional Road Trip Families

One of the most fun things about a road trip is the people you will meet on the way. 

However, some people you “meet” drive past you on the road at 60 miles an hour. While you need more time to meet them adequately, you can still tell a fun story about their lives.

The next time an interesting-looking car drives past you, collaborate on a fictional story about the family inside that vehicle. Take turns adding story elements and see where it will lead you.

The Movie Game

Here is another one for film buffs.

This game starts with one person naming a movie and another person naming an actor who starred in that film. The next person then picks another actor from that movie and a different movie that the actor starred in. The second player then repeats the process, and play continues until no one can name a new movie.

For a twist on this game, players can go back and forth naming actors, writers and directors, and production staff on movies until they cannot name anyone else involved with a given film.

Human Jukebox

Here’s a game for the musically inclined pair on a road trip.

Human Jukebox starts with one player singing a line from a song. Then the other player uses the last word of that line to connect it to a brand-new song.

Here’s an example:

Player 1 starts with a line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody: “So you think you can stop me and spit in my eye. So you think you can love me and leave me to die. Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby .”

Player 2 connects it with Britney Spears’s classic “… Baby One More Time.” When I’m not with you, I lose my mind. Give me a sign. Hit me, baby, one more time.”

And the song goes on!

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie is more than a fun game. It’s a great way to get to know your travel companions.

Here’s how the game works:

Name two truths about yourself and one lie. For example, you could say, “I used to have blue hair, I once designed a video game, and my aunt is a world record holder for women’s rodeo.” 

Your traveling companions will then have to guess which is the lie and which is the truth. And the fun part is that you can make your truth and lies as straightforward or as challenging to guess as you’d like. 

This game is a fun way to explore your traveling companion’s personal history and discover unique and fun details about their life.

Fortunately Unfortunately

Fortunately Unfortunately is a game that can get weird pretty quickly. Therefore, it’s a great game if someone in the car has their crabby pants on. 

It starts with one player saying something that starts with “fortunately: that’s positive, and then the next saying something negative about that same event starting with “unfortunately.”

“Fortunately, we got time off of work for this road trip.”

“Unfortunately, your boss got replaced by a zombie.”

“Fortunately, all those George Romero movies I watch have prepared me for this day.”

Continue this back and forth until you are ready to move on to the next game. 

The Road Trip Memory Game

Here’s a fun game to test your memory skills.

The game starts with the first player saying, “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m bringing…” 

They can name any person, place, or thing they want to bring on this road trip. Let’s say they said, “my guitar.”

The next player continues the game by saying, “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m bringing my guitar and…” and adding their own item.

The game continues until someone forgets items on the list. Consider this game as a safe way to forget what you need to bring on your next road trip!

Radio Roulette

Radio Roulette can be an exciting way to find new music you love or a challenging endurance test.

All you need to do is turn on the local radio stations and pick one randomly. You have to keep this station on for an unbroken 10 minutes to complete a round of the game. After 10 minutes, you switch to the next radio station and keep playing.

You might find yourself in love with some local Polka you would have never thought to listen to. Or you might be battling through 10 minutes of local talk radio.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

In the mood to win $1,000,000? Well, there might not be a stack of hundreds on the table, but you can have fun playing along.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire app is a great way to play a game with just two players on your next ride. One player gets to be the host of this iconic game show, while the other gets to be in the hot seat with a shot at a cool million dollars.

Bad Film Plots

Usually, when you play a game, you want to do everything right. However, Bad Film Plots has you intentionally doing everything wrong.

This game aims to explain a movie’s plot as badly but as accurately as possible. The other players must guess the film you’re talking about correctly.

Let’s say you wanted to badly explain the plot of Terminator II: Judgement Day. You could say: “A down-on-her-luck working single mother makes an unlikely friendship as her son discovers a father figure.” 

That may be tricky, but that’s the whole point of the game. 

Local Trivia Night

One of the most significant advantages you have when taking road trips today is that you’ve got the whole internet by your side while you’re on the road.

Use that to your advantage and do a local trivia game while traveling. 

One player gets to be the trivia master asking questions about the state you’re driving through.

Try Out Some Nintendo Switch Games! 

Some of the best games to play on a road trip take advantage of today’s technology. 

The Nintendo Switch offers plenty of variety, including two-player puzzle games, action, and RPGs with compelling stories. You can even download classic Super Nintendo video games and enjoy nostalgia while on the road. The Switch has games for kids and adults, so you don’t have to worry about not finding the right game for you. 

Name That Tune

No list of road trip games would be complete without a game designed for music lovers, as singing and enjoying new tunes is one of the best parts of a good road trip. 

And SongPop 3 is one of the best game apps for long car rides for music lovers. This app plays a song clip and has you guess what you’re hearing.

These are real clips from actual songs. And you’ll hear everything from Cardi B to Queen. You can even play in dedicated music genres to focus on your favorites.

You can spice things up a little by trying to sing the next lyrics in the song. 

Words With Friends

Words With Friends is one of, if not the, most popular word game app. The secret to this app’s success is that it is Scrabble but for the smartphone age. Being a digital Scrabble allows Words With Friends to give you more options to play while traveling.

You and your traveling partners can play together using your own devices or challenge friends and family back home. Since it’s basically Scrabble, you know what you’re getting into with this app.

License Plate Game

The L icense Plate Game aims to find as many license plates from the 50 States + the District of Columbia as you can during your road trip. 

The best thing about the License Plate Game is you can make the rules to fit your road trip needs. Plus, you can make it enjoyable by finding prizes for the winners or an award for the first passenger to spot a license plate from Mexico or Canada.

You can make a list of all 50+ states, or there are phone apps to help you keep track. Our favorite is PlateSpot . 

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52 fun and hilarious road trip games! [2024]

By: Author Megan Singleton

Posted on Last updated: November 18, 2023

These fun road trip games will keep you and the family going for hours on a long car ride. Literally!

We all know road trips can be long and boring, no matter how excited you are to reach your final destination. So, spice things up by playing one of these fun car games with the gang, or taking some of them with you to play on your vacation.

Whether you are on a car ride, or hurtling down the highway in an RV, or setting up camp for a week and looking for activities to play together, get ready for a whole lot of fun with this list of 52 fun travel games for a road trip!

Because this list is long, here are my favourites to start with: I like 3, 9, 11, 16, 19, 21, 25.

VW combi van on a road trip

We’ve broken these games into categories, so scroll down to the section that works best for you. We’ve got road trip games for kids, road trip games for couples, road trip games for adults – which can do nicely as drinking games too (just saying!)

Oh, and if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, I have uploaded three great playlists in this post that you might like . One is cruisey vibes, one is bangers and the other music-to-smoke-cigars-to!

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Classic Road Trip Car Games

Below are some classic long road trip games that the driver can also partake in and join the fun.

Road trip games for kids

Is any road trip complete without a round of the classic game I-Spy? This game would have been played on more family road trips than any other, but I had to list it! In case you don’t know how it goes: One person picks something in sight, and says “I spy with my little eye …” with a clue of what you’re looking at. Then, the remaining players must guess what object they spotted. A great one for little kids.

2 The License Plate Game

The goal of this famous game is to find license plates from each one of America’s 50 states (or if you’re not in America, find a plate starting with A, B, C and go through the alphabet). Since the winner is decided based on who spotted the most, keep track as you go along. 

Children in car

3 20 Questions 

A fun way to pass the time: pick one object, person, or place, and allow the rest of the players to guess. The rule is answers can only be “yes” or “no” and if it’s not guessed in 20 questions, you win! It is similar to I-Spy, though more ideal for long car rides since your imagination is even more endless than traffic. 

4 The Alphabet Game 

Keep an eye out for road signs for this one! While going in alphabetical order, shout out every time you see a road sign with the same first letter your group is up to. The winner is the first person to get to letter Z. (This is also a great game to play when watching live sport on TV while the rest of your family cheers for the players!)

Road sign alphabet game

5 Car Bingo 

Car bingo consists of marking down notable destinations, signs, emergency vehicles, or animals until you reach “BINGO,” of course! This innovative approach to bingo allows the whole family to play without leaving their car. Download pre-made  road trip bingo  sheets from Etsy or design your own with easy-to-use templates from Canva. 

6 Punch Buggy 

When you spot a Volkswagen Beetle, (lightly!) punch the person next to you, saying, “punch buggy, no punch back.” It is much more challenging to find Beetles on the road in 2023, making this classic road trip game all the more exciting when you actually find one. Besides, who wouldn’t want an excuse to punch their siblings? 

VW beetle on road

7 The Sign Game

Similar to the Alphabet Game, you will want to look for signs/brands along the way in alphabetical order. We suggest pulling over when you can, as the state signs boast great photo opportunities you can look back on after your road trip is over. Someone pick which sign you’re looking for next, and first to spot it wins.

8 Name The Artist

This simple yet fun road trip game is perfect for music lovers! The first person to correctly answer the name of the artist or group playing on the radio scores a point. And no using Shazam to cheat!

You might also like this post on the best travel quotes – and come up with some of your own!

9 In My Suitcase 

This memory game is on theme and so easy to play. The first player begins by stating, “I’m going on vacation, and I packed…,” with an object starting with the letter A. The second person adds to the list alphabetically, still repeating the original items listed beforehand, and so on for each player. The first person to mess up the packing order loses the game!

Cat in suitcase

10 Road Trip Scavenger Hunt 

Ditch car bingo and, instead, embark on a road trip scavenger hunt that lasts throughout your whole trip. This game may require making some stops, depending on what you list in your scavenger hunt. For example, some choose to put items like “coffee from a rest stop” on their list.  This game can be prepared in advance by very organized parents!

11 Who Am I? 

Choose a famous person, whether a historical figure or celebrity and have the other players guess who you are. It is similar to 20 Questions, though this time, the original player is a person. You can determine whether they must be living, or include historic people.

Guessing game

Imagination Road Trip Games 

Some of the best car ride games call for using your imagination. A great excuse to put down the tech and challenge each other. The options below are perfect for all ages.

12 Telephone Whisper Game

This is fun to play for all ages, and the bigger the group the better. Someone makes up a story and whispers it to the next person, they then whisper it to the next player and so on, until the last person is reached who then tells out loud what they heard. Play it on the plane, in the classroom, in the car!

Children whispering

13 The Categories Game 

This famous word game, also known as Scattergories, consists of choosing a category, such as an animal, city, or sport. Then, you and the remaining players will list words that fit into said category in alphabetical order. Once someone cannot think of a word, the players will move on to the next round. 

14 Mad Libs 

Mad Libs is a classic, imaginative game in the form of a fill-in-the-blank book. There are numerous editions to choose from, such as  Mad Libs On The Road , featuring stories about road trips, car songs, and historical sights. You select a bunch of your own nouns, adjectives and adverbs, then write them in order on the blank spaces in the pre-written story. Crazy funny.

15  Spot The Cracker Barrel 

While this is not a traditional road trip game, my family and I used to count how many signs for Cracker Barrel we would see driving from the East Coast to Florida. Whoever spots the most when you reach your destination wins a free breakfast at your next Cracker Barrel pit stop! Since there are a bunch of these restaurants across the United States, we are sure you can keep the game going the entire drive. Or, swap Cracker Barrel out for McDonalds! 

16  The Movie Game

You will adore this imaginative road trip game if you are a movie buff who loves The Alphabet Game. The first player will suggest a letter. Then, each player must name a movie that starts with the corresponding letter of the Alphabet. 

17  Count The Animals Game

Before your road trip, choose an animal that you want to keep an eye out for on the road. Popular choices include seagulls, deer (tough one), geese, and squirrels. Once you spot the animal, shout it out. The first person to do so scores a point. When you reach your final destination, the person with the most points wins the game!

Cute squirrel

18  Two Truths and a Lie

This one might not work well for family members, but is a fun one to play even just sitting around the campfire with mates: Test how well you know your friends by catching them in a lie. Each player reveals two truthful statements and one lie. It is then up to the others to guess which was the lie. If you get the answer right, you get the point. But if you guess wrong, the player who lied receives the point (or a drink – if you’re not driving that is!)

19  Road Trip Olympics  

Kids (and adults) can get restless after spending hours in the car. So, make your rest stops more fun by turning them into the Road Trip Olympics! Select a challenge to try playing at each stop, whether push-ups, jumping jacks, or something else. Tally up who got the most wins to award the gold! 

20  Color Search

Choose a color at the start of your road trip. Then, keep an eye out for any objects, signs, or cars in that shade, like red fire hydrants. Shout it out once you see it to ensure you score a point. Most players tend to stick with cars to keep the game more challenging, especially if you choose a random color like purple, which is rare in cars. Great for younger kids.

fire hydrant

Fun Word Games

21  triple threat  .

Triple Threat is the ultimate imaginative road trip game. Let the driver start by naming three random things off the top of their head; the remaining players must use those words to create a story. Think Mad-Libs, but in real life (and with less context)! 

22  The Grocery Game

Don’t play this game if you’re hungry! The first player will choose an item they would find at a grocery store while the remaining players attempt to guess what it is by asking a question. For example, they might ask, “Is it something in the produce aisle?” The initial player can only answer with “yes” or “no.” The person who guesses it correctly wins.

Grocery store for grocery game

23  Would You Rather 

This easy game can be as short or as long as you want. Simply ask your fellow passengers, “Would You Rather…” followed by a question. The questions tend to be outlandish, which keeps things interesting. I’m not going to lie, this also makes a great party game with a couple of drinks! Would you rather have a broken leg or a broken arm, have no ears or no nose…

24  Name The Most

Start with a category (like capital cities, beaches, cake flavors, candy bars), and see which player can name the most corresponding items during their turn. Whoever runs out of related words to say loses that round. If you really want to make things interesting, cap the time to 30 seconds per player. Then, the score is based on who named the most items during that time. 

25  Fortunately, Unfortunately 

This is my favorite road trip game. Similar to Triple Threat, players will take turns telling one story when playing this game. However, each player must begin or end each sentence with “fortunately” or “unfortunately,” which the next person then builds on. This game results in lots of unforeseen plot twists! 

26 Starter For 10 Drawing Game

I made this game up when I was kid. Each person starts with a blank piece of paper and one person draws a crazy shape on their paper, then traces it onto everyone else’s piece of paper. You all have 1 minute to turn that shape into something. Add eyes, limbs, wheels, hats. It’s the time limit that adds the pressure. Such fun!

Scribble head drawing

25  The Counting Game

The Counting Game is simple and exciting. Each player states a number, aiming to be the first player to reach 20. Players may only say one to three numbers at a time in chronological order. So player one starts and says “1,2,3” the second player has to start from “4” but could just stop there. There next player starts with “5” and could say “5,6,7” – it’s all strategic to see who is the player who gets to say “20”.

28  Guess Whose Playlist 

Instead of assigning Aux to one passenger, compile a list of everyone’s favorite songs and guess whose playlist it came from. It is a great way to learn more about your friends’ music tastes and gives everyone a chance to sing along. Plus, playing this game is even easier with the help of Spotify’s  remote group sessions , allowing your friends to share and upload songs to the shared playlist.

Girls road trip

Card Games for Road Trips

Check out the terrific card game options below, from regular ol’ playing cards to immersive card games. These games are good fun for RV road trips, but most don’t need to lay the cards down so can work for the long car ride too.

29   Blackjack 

Who says you can only play this classic card game in the Casino? The goal of Blackjack is to reach 21, or as close as you can to it. If your cards total more than 21, you will bust. If no players hit 21, the player with the closest total receives the point. 

30   Carpool Chaos

Carpool Chaos is an exciting card game designed with long road trips in mind. The 160 playing cards feature actions, hypothetical questions, and group challenges. Even the driver can participate in the fun since none of these challenges require physical movement. 

Family in car on road trip

31   Do You Really Know Your Family?

See how well your family really knows each other with this fun card game! Cards either contain a trivia question or challenge that involves the entire group. If anyone guesses wrong or fails to complete their challenge, they lose their card. 

32  Go Fish 

Go Fish is the perfect card game for young children since it is so easy to follow. A player will ask for a card, saying, “Do you have the queen of hearts.” The rule is that the asker or “fisher” must have at least one card in the same suit in their personal pile. If the other player does not have the requested card, they will “go fish” by drawing a card from the main deck.

33  Hearts

All players receive the same amount of cards and begin to take turns following suit, starting with the 2 of clubs. You can play the next highest card if you do not have the same suit. The Queen of Spades and heart cards cannot be played in the first round. Instead, they can reveal heart cards later when they do have the same suit, “breaking” the heart. 

34   Cards Against Humanity

“A party game for horrible people”! The goal of Cards Against Humanity is to have the funniest answer to the black prompt cards using terms from the white cards dealt. The person who picked up the black card is in charge of choosing the winner, alternating with each player. Note, this card game is recommended for teens and adults since answers are sometimes a bit naughty. That being said, you can also check out this family-friendly version,  Kids Against Maturity . 

35   Slapjack 

This family-friendly version of Blackjack is even more fun than the original. Each player is dealt cards until the deck disappears. These cards should be kept hidden from the other players, gradually taking one out per turn. Once a jack enters the center, the first player to slap the card collects it and the cards underneath. The first person to lose their cards has one last shot at winning if another jack is revealed in the central pile. 

36   “Shotgun!” The Road Trip Game

Much like Carpool Chaos, this game was designed for road trips. Each card presents an action or question, including some dashboard-friendly cards to keep the driver involved. Since it’s a part of the What Do You Meme? Family, we are sure your group will giggle the whole car ride. 

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37  Trivia

Trivia is an excellent way to stay entertained on road trips, especially for those who binge TV shows like Jeopardy. Various trivia card decks are available online, from classic  Trivial Pursuit  to family-friendly  All of Us .

38   UNO

UNO has been a personal favorite game of mine for as long as I can remember. Each player is dealt seven cards, taking turns playing or picking up cards if nothing matches. However, things get more interesting when players start to throw down “Skip,” “Draw 2,” “Reverse,” and “Draw 4” cards. When you have one card remaining, shout “Uno” before the other players catch on or risk picking up another card from the deck, starting the whole process over. 

39   Taco vs. Burrito

Developed by a 7-year-old named Alex, this exciting yet strategic card game is perfect for travelers of all ages. Cards either contain an action or “food” item for extra points. It is super fun to play, especially when you pull out a “food fight” card!

road trip games to play

40   We’re Not Really Strangers

Are you looking to get deep on the road? If so, you and your partner, family, or friend group will enjoy the “We’re Not Really Strangers” interactive adult card game, in which each card poses a question or activity. These questions are divided into three levels: Perception, Connection, and Reflection.

Board Games for Road Trips

While board games may not be the best option for a traditional car road trip, they come in handy when traveling by RV. These games are fantastic for keeping your kids (or yourself) engaged longer on the road.

41   Connect Four

Connect Four is always fun, regardless of your age. Each player aims to match four colored discs in a row (up, across or diagonally) before the other, alternating turns every time. If nobody succeeds, you start again until someone wins! There is also a mini version of Connect Four which will work better in the car.

Kids playing Connect Four

42   Hedbanz, Blast Off!

This board game takes the classic “What Am I?” up a notch. All players wear headbands with cards stating what they are. Then, you take turns to help each other guess what item is on your headband’s card.  

43   Monopoly

While this game may be infamous for causing fights, a game of Monopoly will keep your group entertained for at least two hours (unless someone flips the board). We usually do not suggest bringing board games with many tiny pieces on the road. Still, this iconic board game deserves an exception. Or you can get a magnetic version!

44   Jenga

This simple game consists of removing blocks and re-stacking them until the entire structure comes crashing down. Whoever causes the drop is the loser of the game. What’s even better, you can invest in a  giant Jenga set made of wood that stands three feet tall to double as an outdoor game at your campsite. 

Toy playing jenga

45   Pictionary

One of my favourite all time games! Pictionary has remained a popular game since the mid-1980s. It is pretty similar to charades, but with drawing rather than acting out. Plus, it is the one drawing game where being a mediocre artist actually pays off since the other players might have trouble guessing your answer. 

46   Memory Match Game: Summer Camp Edition

Memory matching games are ideal for the little ones. This camping and wilderness theme version features tons of items you will likely encounter around your campground (except the bear card, hopefully). 

47   The Upside Down Challenge

This game may have nothing to do with the Upside Down in  Stranger Things,  but it is equally as entertaining. Players take chances wearing special upside-down goggles, competing in tasks against their fellow players to see if their vision makes things more complicated. 

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Mobile App Games You Can Play On The Road 

I know most of us like to unplug on camping and road trips. However, these interactive mobile games are a great way to entertain the entire family on their devices until you reach your final destination!

48   Heads Up

This famous mobile game, created by Ellen Degeneres, consists of holding your phone over your head (with the app open, unveiling a series of cards like in Hedbanz). At the same time, fellow players help you guess what the card says. The other players cannot use the term when providing you with clues. There are many categories available, from animals to celebrities to miming actions. Plus, the app records your fellow players, meaning you can look back on the hilarious memories made while playing.

49  Duolingo

Home schooling on the road! Improve your language skills while on your road trip using this popular (and free) mobile app, Duolingo. Lessons are straightforward and entertaining. It is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

50   Findery

While Findery is not technically a road trip game, it is a useful app for documenting your trip photos and locating points of interest nearby. So, instead of doing deep-dive Google searches of the town you plan to stop in, learn all about it on Findery! A good one for curious passengers who want to educate everyone as you drive.

51   Trivia Crack

This colorful and straightforward mobile trivia game is a great way to keep your children busy during long car rides. The questions are super easy and can be upgraded to more challenging for older kids and adults. You can also play on a TV or iPad screen through Netflix’s version,  Trivia Quest .  

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52   Wordle

Have you played Wordle yet? New York Times bought Wordle from an English man who created it years ago and it’s among the most trending online game right now. The goal is to correctly guess the daily word based on the number of letters available. Now, this game may not keep you entertained for the entire car ride, but it is an excellent way to see who your group’s wordsmith is. 

Playing Wordle

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Hi Megan! Just wanted to tell you what a great list this is! I'm printing it out and putting it in a "Road Trip Survival Kit" basket that my work group is going to raffle off at our holiday party. Can't wait to try out some of these games myself :)

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25 Road Trip Games to Make the Miles Go By Fast

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Road trip games are one of the easiest ways to make the miles fly by in the blink of an eye, and if you used to take road trips when you were little, you likely have several car games that you still love today. Perhaps you’re heading out with your whole family in tow or going somewhere fun with a group of gals or your main squeeze (talk about a cute summer date idea !). No matter what type of trip you’re taking, road trip games are a must. The nice thing about road trip games is that they don’t require a ton of items to bring along—just your brains, a few rules to follow, and plenty of giggles. If you’d like to tuck away those smartphones and kick it old-school, turn to these 25 boredom-busting road trip games.

While You Were Sleeping

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It’s not just a favorite movie from the ‘90s! For this game, one person will be asleep (which happens pretty frequently on road trips). Once they’re asleep for at least five minutes, the ones who are awake will start making up a story, and each person will take turns adding to that story. After the person wakes up, the group’s job is to make them believe that it’s a true story. If someone starts giggling, they’ll lose a point. But if each one tricks the sleeper into believing the story, every person gets three points.

The Singing Game

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This is for the family and pals who love to bust out a tune! One person in the car will start singing a song. The next person will pick up a lyric from that song and will link it up with another song (i.e. “Should I stay or should I go…” can link to “…your own way, go your own way.”) The words can connect to one another going round and round until someone can’t think of a new lyric or sings the incorrect words.

This might be one of the most classic car games of all time. You know the rules: someone in the car will spot something by the road and say, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and then will give a hint, whether it’s a color or general direction. The other players will ask questions until someone discovers what it is.

20 Questions

One person will choose a noun (a person, place, or thing) and the other players will get 20 questions to find out what it is. Simple and fun!

License Plate Game

A game that’s always a favorite! The aim of this game is to spy all 50 states on license plates throughout your journey. You can keep track on a piece of paper, a phone, or you can use a board with markers for each state.

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Scavenger Hunt

Similar to “I Spy,” a road trip scavenger hunt involves bringing along a list of items that are typically seen along the road. Your pals or little ones will spot the items, like stop signs or blue cars, and check them off the list. The first one to check them all off wins.

Two Truths and a Lie

For this, one player will make three statements, and one of them will be false. The other players will try to guess which one is the untrue one. It’s a great way to discover new things about a friend or family member!

This game is great for older kids and adults. Focusing on compound words, each person will link to the previous word and keep going around until someone can’t come up with anything. For example, notebook, bookstore, store-bought, etc.

Never Have I Ever

Each player will start a statement by saying, “Never have I ever…” Then they’ll finish the statement by saying something like, “Fallen asleep in class,” or “Flown on an airplane.” The rest of the crew has to decide if it’s a true statement or not.

Road Trip Bingo

It’s just like the bingo you play at home, except this game has a road-trip spin. Bring along some bingo cards (you can even purchase ones that are road trip-themed) and look for all the items on the board. The first one to get BINGO wins!

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The Name Game

This game is all about naming as many “names” as you can, but you’ll each only have three seconds to answer! There are lots of ways to play: focus on first letters, go with last names only, etc. Or change the category to dog breeds, books, types of flowers, or anything else you can come up with.

Story Starter

Here’s a classic game. One person will start a story but won’t finish the sentence. The next player will finish that sentence, but won’t finish it, and so on. By the end, you’ll probably have a pretty funny story going!

Alphabet Game

This is a game to play when you know there will be a lot of signs and billboards along the way. Starting with “A” and so on, players will find words on the route that start with each letter of the alphabet. You can play with the letters in order, or you can cross them off as you see them.

The Grocery Game

The first player will come up with an item they would buy at the grocery store. Without telling anyone, the rest of the car will take turns asking questions to discover what it is. Is it red? Can it be found in the produce department? It’s an apple!

Name That Tune

This one goes out to the music lovers out there! For this game, someone will start playing music on the radio or on a smartphone. In only five seconds, you have to guess what song it is. The first person to answer gets a point!

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What Color Is It?

This game is perfect if you have young kiddos. The adults will list several items that are the same color: for instance, leaves, frogs, money, and so on. The kids have to guess the color!

Triple Threat

Someone in the car will choose three random nouns, like “alligator,” “flute,” and “mashed potatoes.” Everyone else in the car will have to make up a story based on these three nouns!

Car Color Search

Keep track of car colors as you spot them, including all the colors of the rainbow and some less-common ones, like pink, lime green, and gold.

Would You Rather?

These are questions that you make up as you go along, and you might learn some new things about each other, too! Ask questions like, “Would you rather eat a too-hot slice of pizza or a too-cold popsicle?” or “Would you rather win a million dollars or have the ability to fly?” Each person gets to answer these fun questions.

In My Suitcase

It’s a memory game! Start a sentence with, “I’m going on vacation, and I packed…” and begin with an item that starts with the letter A. The next player will choose an item that starts with B, but they have to add the previous player’s item onto their sentence. For example, you could say, “I’m going on vacation, and I packed accessories.” Next, the person could say, “I’m going on vacation, and I packed accessories and a brush.” See how long you can go until someone forgets.

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13 fun road trip games for kids, friends and families

Our top road trip games for all ages, to make your trip more fun. Including ‘who am I?’, 'License plate game', ‘would you rather' and more.

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There’s no being bored in the car when you have a good set of road trip games at your disposal. Because while music sets the mood and a good book transports you to another world, road trip games are so much fun because all of your travel companions are involved and having a good time.

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, whether it’s kids playing ‘who am I?’ with their parents, the whole family cracking their heads over a word game, or friends goofing around with absurd proposals of ‘would you rather’. We listed fun road games to play in the car or with your RV Rental for all these types of travellers. We have listed 13 different road trip games to pass time in the car and make your time on the road more amusing.

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5 best road trip games for kids

Kids having fun with road trip games in the back seat

 “Let’s see who can stay quiet the longest!” Parents, don’t suggest ‘the quiet game’ to your kids in an attempt to outsmart them. Kids love a good laugh and to have their brain tickled.

If you are going camping with kids , entertainment on the road is key. A good road trip game does both and goes beyond keeping their brain occupied. It’s a super fun way for parents and kids to solve riddles and crack jokes together!

This has to be the ultimate classic car game for kids. We all remember spying with our little eyes something our siblings could never guess. 

A quick rundown of the rules for those that need a reminder: the player that is ‘it’ secretly spies something that others can see but won’t easily guess. Note that the object has to remain in sight for a while. The player then starts off by saying “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and then gives a hint— colour, first letter, general direction, pick a clue of choice. 

The other players then ask yes-no questions until someone guesses correctly. That player then has to spy something with their little eye. 

Who am I 

Another all-time favourite, ‘who am I’ requires kids to don their detective hat and do some deductive reasoning. 

Whoever starts first (rock, papers, scissors usually decides who does) thinks of an animal or person. The other players take turns asking questions to find out who or what that person is. Players can ask anything as long as it’s answerable with a yes or no, but they can only guess at the identity of the player while it’s their turn asking a question. 

A fun alternative to playing free-for-all is by having everyone team up and getting a limited amount of questions each, as well as a maximum of three guesses. This cranks up the difficulty level as well as teaches kids how to work together. 

Don’t say it

Here’s a way to keep a long ride interesting. ‘Don’t say it’ is a road trip game for kids that 

runs for the whole journey and will keep kids alert and on their figurative toes. 

At the start of this car game for kids, players (or clever parents) come up with 3-5 words that are forbidden for the rest of the trip or until an event comes to pass, say until the next time you stop for gas. The player with the least amount of points at the end of the ride wins. 

I packed my bag

Whether or not your kids are at the age where they pack their own bags, they’ll have to get packing in this game. And they get to take anything they want.

A memory game, ‘I packed my bag’ results in long lists of packed items. Players pick a destination for an imaginary holiday and then take turns saying “I packed my bag and in it is..” adding an item they’d bring after reciting what has already been out in up to then by all players and in the right order. Good luck carrying that bag! 

Scavenger hunt

A game you can keep running for a long time and that doesn’t require much from the grownups once they’ve convinced the kids to play. Sounds good?

Like ‘I spy’, ‘scavenger hunt’ falls in the category of road trip games that involve spotting objects. In this classic travel game for kids, come up with a list of treasures that the kids need to find along the journey. The one that first spots all items wins. You might want to keep score on a piece of paper.

5 Road trip games for the whole family

Family having fun playing road trip games

With a few tweaks or simplifications, most road trip games can be played with the family. But somehow word games always get the whole family around the table trying to lay eight-letter words on a board of scrabble or keeping their stick figure from getting hanged. 

Ditto for word games on a road trip. You might not have to get everyone around the table, but you still need them on board for a fun family game on a road trip.  

License plate game

Let’s just start with the best family word game you thought you couldn’t play without the actual board game. Well, scrabble is hitting the road because here’s a how-to play scrabble in a car. 

‘The License plate game’ is played by memorizing or writing down the letters of the first license plate you spot and then forming as many words as you can. One license plate per player per round.

Apart from the letters on the license plate, two vowels are picked (unique or two of the same) per round that all players have at their disposal to add to their pool of letters. The player with the most words at the end of a predefined number of rounds wins.

The infinite word game

A fun word game where everyone works towards getting a word as long as possible. But it’s not as simple as it sounds.

‘The infinite word game’ has one player starts with a word of their choice. Players after then name a word that starts with the first letter. The caveat? A letter is added to the starting sequence every time a player names a word. Obviously, players can’t use a word that has already been named. 

With a little teamwork, let’s see how far you can get! (Hint: don’t use long words at the start.)

This car word game revolves around compound words. The rules are pretty simple: players take turns naming compound words that start with the previous ending word.

For instance, a sequence will run “animal barn – barnyard – yardstick – stick figure.. etc”.

Being on the road doesn’t mean you can’t hang stick figures. All you need is a pen and paper. Or a foggy window. 

We all know how to play hangman, don’t we? 

One player thinks of a secret word with a quantified number of letters, say 6.

The other player then guesses words (of the same length) and is told how many correct letters match in the right position in the word and how many letters are correct but in the wrong position.

The guessing continues until the player identifies the correct word!

3 Great car games to play with friends

Friends playing games on a road trip

Travelling with your long-time pals? Then these travel games for friends are a great way to bring up old memories and have a good time. Or maybe you’re a newly formed band of friends? Then break the ice and get to know each other better with these road trip games.

Two truths and a lie

Depending on what truths and lies you choose to tell, this game is great for old and new friends. 

One player makes three statements, one of which is false. The others guess which one. Sounds simple enough, right? The great thing about having to make three statements is you can get subtle mixing facts with fiction. 

For instance, retell a past event your co-travellers were part of and slip in one tiny lie. Or, have others get to know you better by revealing something about yourself two truths and a lie at a time. 

Never have I ever

Of all road trip car games, this is likely the most revealing one. Players take turns making statements starting with “never have I ever…”. The others then guess whether the statement is true or false. 

Generally, the more rounds are played, the more embarrassing the statements that are made. Or maybe that’s just because the last time we played this game was in college and with drinks of choice on the table.

While you were sleeping

Play this hilarious game when someone dozes off. Which is bound to happen on a long road trip.

When you’ve made sure the unwitting snoozer is asleep, players make up a story that supposedly happened while that person was asleep. Everyone awake takes turns adding to the story. When the person wakes up again you all try to convince them of your made-up story. Whoever breaks character first or is caught by the person that just woke up telling a lie has to do the dishes later. 

Got away with feeding the sleeper a fake story? (Everyone will have to have told their part of the story convincingly.) The person who fell for the story will then have to do the dishes later.

Hopefully, this list of Indie’s favourite road trip games can make road travel entertaining and playful for the young and the old alike.

Don’t forget George Bernard Shaw wise words “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing“.

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14 Road Trip Games Adults Will Actually Enjoy

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.

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Road trips always seem like a great idea at the beginning, and they are! But let's face it: spending hours on end in a moving metal box with the same people can take its toll on your patience. Especially if energetic kids are involved.

So here, to combat potential boredom and irritability in passengers any age, are some fun road trip games to keep everyone in the car happy:, 1. if you have some sleepy passengers in the car, you should definitely play "while you were sleeping.".

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The Game: Create the most believable story when someone falls asleep

• First, a passenger must fall asleep

• After five minutes of slumber, the awake passengers begin creating a story

• Each person takes turns adding to the story

• Once the passenger wakes up, you have to get them to believe the story

• If somebody breaks character, they lose a point

• If somebody goes off script, you ask, "Are you sure?" and then that person is silenced and loses two points

• If you successfully fool the person, each storyteller wins three points

• If the sleeping passenger fools the car and joins their story correctly, they steal their current point total

• The one with the most points at the destination wins

2. Change ONE letter of a title and get people to guess it by describing the plot.

The game:  Change ONE letter of a title and get people to guess it by describing the plot. Unfortunately this game doesn't have a name like the others do, but it's still super fun and you can play it anywhere.

• Pick a movie, video game, TV show, or book title and change one letter of it. Don't pick anything to obscure.

• Get people to guess it by describing the plot of the new title you created. For example, you might change Beauty and the Beast to Beauty and the F east , and make up a new plot about a beautiful woman who runs a catering company and has to plan the biggest meal of her career.

• Adding or subtracting a letter from the title also works, just as long as it's still only one letter. Example: Star Warts  instead of Star Wars

3. For a good old-fashioned guessing game, play "21 Questions."

road trip games to play

The Game: Guess what a person is thinking in 21 questions

• Someone thinks of something

• Then the car begins by asking questions

• You can't repeat a question that has been asked

• Whoever guesses it right gets to start the next round

4. If your car mates are current and hip on events, then you should play "Did You Hear That...?"

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The Game: Pop culture and news collide for a fun game of fact or fiction

• You are trying to fool your opponent

• You start by asking, "Did you hear that _______ happened?"

• Your opponent can either say, "That didn't happen," or, "Tell me more."

• If they correctly guess that it didn't happen, the opponent gets two points

• If they incorrectly guess that it didn't happen, you steal one point and gain two additional

• If you are asked, "Tell me more," points double at the end of the statement

5. For a car full of human jukeboxes, play "The Singing Game."

road trip games to play

The Game: Connect song lyrics for a fun sing-along game

• One person starts singing a song

• Using a lyric from the song, the next person has to connect it with another song

• It continues on until somebody messes up the lyrics or is stumped

• "I kissed a girl and I..."

• "...Really, really, really like you..."

• "...Doing that thing you do, breaking my heart into a million..."

6. If your car is full of film buffs, play "The Movie Game."

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The Game: Connect actors through movies they have starred in

• The game starts with an actor/actress

• The next person has to say a movie that they were in

• The following person has to state another actor/actress from that movie

• It continues on

• If someone is incorrect, they have to sit out the next round

• Elijah Wood

• Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

• Sean Astin

7. When you have a car full of optimists, play "Fortunately/Unfortunately."

road trip games to play

The Game: Making a fortunate situation out of an unfortunate situation

• One person starts by saying "Fortunately" and mentioning something fortunate

• The next person has to follow by saying something unfortunate about the previous situation

• Move clockwise around the car switching between fortunate and unfortunate situations

• If somebody stumbles, they get a strike. Three strikes, and you're out

• Last man standing wins

• Fortunately, this will be my first time seeing the Grand Canyon

• Unfortunately, it was invaded by Martians just last week

• Fortunately, I just finished my course in extraterrestrial communications

8. All know-it-alls will spark some fierce competition if you play "The Alphabet Categories."

road trip games to play

• This is NOT the road sign game; you name things in alphabetical order from a category

• You start with a category like food, bands, cars, etc.

• You start with A and travel down the alphabet

• You can get as specific with your categories as you want

9. If you love to get your snack on, definitely play "Regional Food Master."

road trip games to play

The Game: Collect the most regional snacks between the start and finish of your road trip

• At each gas station you stop at, you have to find a local snack

• You can only get one food item per gas station

• The food item has to be created within the region the stop is located

• Whoever has the most snacks by your destination wins

• Duplicate cities don't count

10. For the spontaneous math wizards, play "The Counting Game."

road trip games to play

The Game: See how high you can collectively count without any order

• Somebody random begins with the number one

• Another person follows at random with the next number

• If two people say the same number at the same time, you start over

• If there is more than a five-second pause, you start over

• You are trying to get to the number 20

11. For all the walking encyclopedias, play "The Name Game."

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The Game: Connect first and last names of famous people

• Start with the name of anyone famous (besides yourself, duh...)

• The next person has to say a person whose first name starts with the letter of the previous last name

• If somebody mentions a person where both the first and last name start with the same letter, the game reverses in order (e.g., Bob Barker, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, etc.)

• Tom Brady

• Billy Joel

• Janet Jackson (reverse!)

• John Oliver

12. For the aspiring DJs in your car, play "Battle of the Bands."

road trip games to play

The game: Two people battle to pick the best song based on a category

• One person gives a theme, like "songs about cities" or "love songs"

• Two contestants have 60 seconds

• Each contestant takes a turn playing their selected song

• The car judges the two selections and picks a winner

• Tally up scores at the end of the game

13. If you consider yourself a wordsmith, then definitely play "Word Association."

road trip games to play

The Game: See how far you can string along words through association

• The name of the game is associations

• One person begins with a word

• The following person has to think of a word that is associated

• The game continues until somebody messes up or says something far-out

• Taco Salad

14. If you are looking for an easy laugh, play "Cows on My Side."

road trip games to play

The Game: Holler when you see a cow!

• When you see a cow on your side of the road, you have to yell, "Cows on my side!"

• Every time you call a cow, you get a point

• If you see cows on the other side you say, "Cows on your side!"

• If you call, "Cows on your side," before the person sees them, you steal a point

• If anyone sees a cemetery they scream, "Ghost cow," stealing all the other side's points

15. And if you want to kick it old-school, play "The Alphabet Game."

road trip games to play

The Game: This is the classic alphabet game everyone knows and loves. Go through alphabet using words on signs

• You are trying to find words in alphabetical order

• You can use billboards, business, and road signs

• You can't use license plates

• The first one to get to the end of the alphabet wins

• Once a word is said, nobody else can repeat that word

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30+ Fun Road Trip Games To Pass The Time While Traveling

Long drives are fun at first, but after a while, you need something to do..

By Deauna Roane — Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

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There’s no better feeling than the freedom of the open road. The destination that awaits you evokes excitement and joy.

Where are you going? Maybe you’re traveling to the hot spot of the summer or visiting your boyfriend, putting a stop to long distances. You can feel the energy building up inside you on this journey to somewhere new. But what do you do when the road trip seems never-ending?

It can be hard to keep your mind occupied behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. No matter where you’re sitting, there are ways to make the trip more bearable .

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Whether you’re alone or with friends , it’s beneficial to have some go-to activities for the car. Luckily, there are plenty of fun road trip games to play in the car to pass the time while you’re en route.

30 Fun Road Trip Games for Long Car Rides

1. categories.

Start by picking a category such as colors or vegetables and take turns naming something in that category until someone is stumped. Red, green, yellow, pink... you lost! This is a fun way to use your brainpower and react quickly to someone possibly taking your answer.

2. The License Plate Game

You’ll inevitably pass some out-of-state drivers. Take advantage and see how many of the states you can find before you reach your destination. Feel free to print out a map before your trip and mark which states you discover.

In another variation of the License Plate Game, most license plates contain three letters and this game makes use of them. Interpret each potential acronym in a funny way. For example, PMP could be “purple mashed potatoes” and LSB could be “Lexi smells bad.” Be creative!

You may not have thought of yourself as a writer until now. One person says a word to begin a story and all the players take turns adding another word to the story. It will be fun to see where the story ends up.

4. Celebrity

One person chooses a famous person and plays out their character. They will answer questions as if they are this celebrity and the first person who guesses correctly wins. It will then be their turn to take the stage.

5. The Alphabet Game

Take turns going through the alphabet and find letters in the car or passing license plates and road signs. This simple game gives you a chance to search for things instead of focusing on the time it’s taking to get where you need to be. Good luck to whichever player gets X.

6. My Father Owns a Grocery Store

A fun guessing game that involves some deep thinking. Begin by saying, “My father owns a grocery store and in it, he sells something that begins with the letter...” Once someone has guessed the food item you were thinking of, it’s their turn.

7. Going on a Picnic

This memory game continues to build until you mess up or forget. The first person says, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring...” Then the next person says, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring...” and must list the first person’s item before adding their own. As the list grows, it becomes harder to remember all of what was said.

8. Deep Questions

Pull out your phone and head onto Pinterest or the Internet for some great conversation starters . You’ll be sure to get to know your friends better while exploring your own answers to some deep questions.

9. Guess the Song

Put a playlist on shuffle and see who knows music the best. Whoever can name the song and artist first wins. This competitive road trip game allows you to work on your listening skills and maybe come across some new music.

10. While You Were Sleeping

This is a great game if you have sleepy passengers. When a passenger is sleeping, the awake parties in the car must create a story. Once the passenger awakes, the game is on.

The passengers must now make the sleeping person believe their story. If someone goes off-script or breaks character, they lose points; if you're successful, you win points. If the sleeping passenger ends up joining in on the story and correctly fools the car, they win.

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11. Did You Hear That?

This is a great game for those interested in the news and pop culture. The object of the game is to fool your car mates. You will say, "Did you hear that (blank) happened?" You fill in the blank with something you either have or have not heard and your car mates must decide if it's true or not.

They are to respond with, "That didn't happen" or, "Tell me more." If they say, "Tell me more," the points double if they guess correctly.

12. 21 Questions

One person thinks of something (it can be anything). Then, the car has exactly 21 questions to figure out what the thing is. Whoever guesses it right gets to start the next round.

13. The Movie Game

This is a great game for movie buffs. One person begins by naming an actor or actress, and then the next person has to name a movie that person was in. The person after them has to name another actor from that same movie, and on and on it goes.

14. Riff Off

If you've seen "Pitch Perfect," you know exactly how to play. A person starts singing a song and the next person has to connect that song (using the lyrics) to another song. If you mess up, you're out. Last person singing wins.

15. Alphabetical Categories

Want to make Categories a bit harder? Make your car mates do it in alphabetical order. The same rules apply as regular Categories.

16. Regional Food Master

The object of the game is to get as many local snacks as possible before you reach your destination. The rule is that at every gas station you stop at, you must find one snack item that is made within that region.

17. The Name Game

Someone randomly says a famous person's name. The next person has to name another famous person's name which starts with the first letter of the previous person's last name. If someone says a famous person who has the same letter for both their first and last name, the game reverses in order.

18. Word Association

The object of the game is to see how far you can go. Someone begins with a word and the next person has to say a word that is associated with it. The game continues until someone messes up or says something too far-fetched.

19. Cows On My Side

This is great for those driving through country states. The object of the game is to grab as many points as possible. To gain points, you have to A) Yell, "Cows on my side" if you see cows on your side of the car, or B) Yell, "Cows on your side" before that person can claim them.

If you see a cemetery, however, you can yell "Ghost Cow" and you steal all of the points from the other side.

A classic car ride game to play is I-Spy. In this car ride game, someone spots an object and says, "I spy with my little eye something (blank)," and fills in the blank with a descriptive word of the object. The remaining players have to guess what it is.

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21. Punch Buggy

Want a semi-violent but fun road trip game to play in the car? Punch buggy is it. Whenever you see a Volkswagen Bug, punch someone in the car and say, "Punch buggy, no punch back." You can get creative and add more rules, like having to name the color of the car or if it has a spoiler or not.

You can also do variations of this game for other cars. For example, on family road trips, my husband and I pinch each other when we see a Prius.

22. In My Suitcase

This memory game is great for long road trips. It begins with someone saying, "In my suitcase, I packed..." You begin the list with the first letter of the alphabet and continue on.

So the first person will begin with A, then the next person has to continue the list from the beginning and add on with their letter. Whoever messes up first loses.

23. Who Am I?

This game is very similar to 20 Questions except the player starting the round has to be a person. You can decide whether you will play with people who are living or dead.

24. Two Truths And a Lie

This game is self-explanatory. You say three "facts" about yourself, but one of them is a lie while two of them are truths. The rest of the players have to guess what is the lie.

25. Color Search

Before you begin your road trip, decide on a color you want to look for. Once the color is decided, you can start earning points by shouting out objects that are that color like "yellow car." Most people like to stick to just cars, but you can broaden the search to just about anything. It's great for younger kids, too!

26. Would You Rather?

Would You Rather? is a fun game to play to pass the time and get a few laughs. You ask your fellow car mates, "Would you rather..." and give them a choice of two situations. They must then choose which one they'd rather pick. The questions can become quite outlandish so buckle in for some laughs.

27. City, Country, River

You go in alphabetical order. On each turn, you have to name a city, a country, and a river that starts with the letter you are on. If you can't think of one, you're out. It goes until there is only one person left.

28. How Long is The Tunnel?

Whenever you get to a tunnel, pick a number. Then, once you enter the tunnel, whole car begins counting. Whoever was closest to how long it took you all to get out of the tunnel wins.

29. Road Trip Olympics

You can get really stiff while on a road trip, so whenever you stop it's good to get exercise. On the Road Trip Olympics, at every stop, have your car mates compete in a physical challenge, whether it's jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, or another activity. The person who can do the most within the time limit you set wins.

30. Spot The Cracker Barrel

As you go along your road trip journey, keep a lookout for Cracker Barrel locations. Call them out to win points. The winner receives a free meal at the next Cracker Barrel stop. You can obviously switch out Cracker Barrel for any franchised restaurant like Wendy's or McDonald's.

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6 Ways to Pass the Time on a Solo Road Trip

1. listen to a podcast..

One of my favorite things to do on solo road trips is to listen to my most-loved podcast. Time seems to escape when I’m listening to familiar voices. It also makes the drive seem less lonely because I feel like I have company.

2. Talk to yourself.

As weird as it may sound, sometimes all you need is to talk to yourself . Vocalize your thoughts and listen to your own voice. If there’s something weighing on your mind, let it out and come up with a solution. Who gives better advice than you?

3. Listen to your favorite songs.

Alone time in your car is the perfect opportunity to sing your heart out. It’s always nice to have a road trip playlist with some of your favorite songs. Play it on repeat and get excited about where you’re heading.

4. Call a friend.

Another great way to pass the time is to talk with a friend or family member. Always be safe and use your speakerphone. But enjoy a good conversation with a person you don’t normally get to talk to.

5. Listen to an audiobook.

If you love storytelling, this is the perfect option for you. Before you leave for your trip, download the book you’ve always been wanting to read. When you’re in a good headspace and ready to listen, play the audiobook and enjoy the story.

6. Think about what you will do when you reach your destination.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than future thinking. If you don’t already have plans set in place, now’s the time to figure out what you’ll do once you get to where you’re going. This will also make you excited and help the drive go faster.

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Deauna Roane is an associate editor for YourTango who covers pop culture, lifestyle, astrology, and relationship topics. She's had bylines in Emerson College's literary magazine, Generic, and MSN.

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25 Best Road Trip Games to Play in The Car Family

Family road trips are fantastic pre-vacation times for connecting, storytelling, and creating memories. But if you don’t have a good selection of road trip games to keep you entertained, they may rapidly become a nightmare! 

These enjoyable, interactive family car trip games to play in the car family can help to break up tensions, stop fighting, and reduce screen time. They range from old favorites like “I Spy,” and “G-H-O-S-T” to fresh ones like “What Am I Counting” and “In My Suitcase.”

Before you bring out the iPad and start playing video games or watching another movie with the kids, just so you can drive in peace for the next hour or so, check out these entertaining road activities.

  • Why should your family play road trip games in the car family?

Why should your family play road trip games in the car family?

Road trip games are a perfect way to keep your family entertained while on the road. Not only will they help pass the time, but they can also be a great bonding experience for everyone involved. Here are a few reasons why your family should play games to play in the car family on your next journey:

  • They’re a great way to pass the time – Whether you’re driving across the country or just taking a short road trip, there’s bound to be some downtime. Road trip games are a wonderful way to fill that time and keep everyone entertained.
  • They’re a great bonding experience – Spending time together playing games is a great way to bond with your family. It’s a chance to unplug from technology and connect with each other on a more personal level.
  • They can be educational – Many road trip games are actually quite educational. Trivia games, for example, can teach everyone a thing or two about history , geography, and more.
  • They’re just plain fun – At the end of the day, road trip games to play in the car family are just plain fun. Whether you’re playing them to pass the time or to bond with your family, they’re sure to provide some laughs and good memories.

25 best road trip games to play in the car family

Best road trip games to play in the car family

  • 1. I’m taking a picnic

This is a classic road trip game. “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing…” says the first individual. Then comes something that starts with the letter “A,” like an anchovy. The second player repeats the first item, then adds a word beginning with the letter “B” to the line. The one who can recall the most things in alphabetical order wins.

  • 2. Word repetition

The first participant speaks out a word. The word of the following player must begin with the word’s last letter. For example, if you begin with “hour,” your children must think of a word that begins with the letter “R.” There should be no word repetitions! Choose a theme before you start, like nations or animals, to give it an added twist. Be aware that preschoolers may not enjoy this game.

  • 3. Ping Pong

Ping Pong

It’s easy to play this classic game. It only takes two participants, some paper, and a pencil, though two could make things go more quickly. First, player 1 puts an “X” on the grid, followed by Player 2’s “O.” 

Once a player gets three of the same letter across, down, or diagonally, the game is over. There are several kids in the car? Have two games playing at once to double the enjoyment.

  • 4. The game of license plates

Try to find tags from each of the 50 states as a group. A point is awarded to whoever yells out a state’s license plate first. Also, whoever spots a Canadian license plate first gets extra points! After the drive, whoever family member has the most points wins.

  • 5. Tale time

Create a family fairy tale by using your imagination! The first person introduces the story by saying, “Once upon a time…,” and then the second person continues the narrative with a line. Continue adding sentences in succession until the tale is completed.

If you want to end it after everyone has had a chance to speak for three sentences, you may either set a time restriction, like 20 minutes. To ensure you never forget the narrative, think about recording it on your phone and having it afterward transcribed.

  • 6. The letter game

One person takes the right side of the road, while the other takes a left. Then, each person seeks letters of the alphabet that appear on signs or license plates that are facing their direction.

The goal of the game is to name every alphabet letter from A to Z. The individual who names the alphabet in its whole first wins!

  • 7. The game of animal names

The Game of Animal Names

This is one of the best family games to play in the car that begins with one participant naming an animal. The following individual must then name another animal that starts with the animal that was mentioned before. For instance, because “dog” ends with a “g,” the person behind you may follow with “goat,” and so on.

Children enjoy that no one wins or loses in the game since it might continue forever. If your kids are a bit older, you may try substituting cuisines, locations, or TV series for the animal categories.

  • 8. Theme song interactive

Everyone tries to identify the TV show as quickly as they can when one person hums the theme song of a beloved program. The first player to guess correctly hums the following song, and the game begins again.

  • 9. Memory exam

“A is for __,” the first person begins, using any word that starts with the letter “A,” such as “an apple,” to fill in the blank. The second person must repeat the “A” word while also coming up with a word for the letter B, such as “book,” adding “A is for apple, B is for banana.”

Continue repeating more letters and words as you go through the alphabet, taking turns from each individual. By the time you get to the letter “Z,” that player will have to repeat the entire alphabet, including the words for each letter. You can select an earlier letter to end on than “Z” if you’re playing with smaller children.

  • 10. Hidden location race

Hidden Location Race

One person searches a road map for a small town, hamlet, lake, or river. Then, that participant announces the venue they have picked. A second player gets 60 seconds to explore the map and try to locate the secret location.

  • 11. Optimum competition

Even though it’s not really a “car” game, this pastime is excellent for lengthy drives. Encourage children to participate in sports competitions during rest breaks to overcome the trip’s sedentary aspect. Then stage a 20-yard dash to see who can complete the most sprints, push-ups, or jumping jacks in a minute.

  • 12. Watch what you say!

Choose terms or phrases that are “off-limits” in the car before the journey, such as “Are we there yet?” or family members’ first names. If someone mentions one of the forbidden terms, they receive a point. At the conclusion of the drive, the player with the fewest points wins.

  • 13. Road trip riffing

Initially, the first player sings a few verses of a song. Another participant then joins in to relate the words to a different song. In essence, Player Two should start with the phrases that Player One sang last. As an illustration, consider the following: “Happy birthday to you,” “You look so beautiful in white,” and so on.

Travel riffing

  • 14. Who is the artist?

When a song plays on the radio, the first person to recognize the artist or group wins a point. Continue to play until you arrive at your place, and the player with the most points at that moment wins.

  • 15. Game of groceries

Ask your first player to come up with something you can get at the grocery store. Everyone else in the car takes turns asking questions to guess what it may be. Is it something you can eat? No? Try again until you get the item that person intends to buy.

  • 16. What shade is that?

Ask the family’s adults to make a list of several items that have the same hue. As an illustration, they may say, “Fire engines, apples, stop signs…” They ought to go until the children say, “Red!” Keep in mind that car rides are lengthy, so more items on your list are better!

  • 17. Road trip scavenger hunt

Print one copy of a Scavenger Hunt game card for each participant whoever finishes their card first wins.

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

  • 18. Buggy punch

A classic travel favorite! Who can identify the most Volkswagen Beetles, often known as punch buggies, on the road? When you do, call it out loud while mentioning the color of the car (Yellow punch buggy!). These sorts of sightings are worth one point.

Vans are worth 5, while old bugs are worth 2. Rare cars like “Herby the Love Bug” are worth 10 times as much! By the time you get to your location, whoever has the most points wins. Keep in mind that the game isn’t over until the auto is parked!

  • 19. Three-way threat

The Triple Threat is the next game on the wishlist of road trip games to play in the cars. Adults in this situation are required to select three nouns, such as “table,” “bird,” and “fruit.” The children must come up with a tale that combines all three elements. You should be prepared for things to quickly become ridiculous.

  • 20. Categorical ABCs

This game is rather simple in comparison to other good games to play in the car with family. Ask the first person to pick a category and give a word that starts with the letter A.

The following individual follows suit, but their response must start with the letter B. After that, the person in charge of letter C is in charge. The “food” category includes items like apples, broccoli, and cookies as examples.

  • 21. Search by car color

Among the fun games to play in the car with your family, this is a fantastic game for younger children. For each child, print out a game card, and instruct them to circle the different automobile colors as they come across them.

Search by car color

  • 22. What’s in my suitcase?

Why not spice up your car trip experience with a silly memory game? “I’m going on vacation, and I packed…” begins the first participant. Anything that starts with the letter A can be used to complete the phrase.

The following player must repeat the first player’s speech and add a new item to the list that starts with the letter B. Keep on composing letters and see how many you can finish before someone forgets!

  • 23. Sing-along exercise

Are you looking for games to play in the car family with a little rhythm? Look nowhere else. One player begins singing a verse from a well-known song to begin the game. Passengers must concentrate on the final phrase sung.

The person singing after you must make sure your line starts with the same word. Find out how long it takes for someone to become trapped!

  • 24. Counting animals

You must list a number of things or animals to watch out for a while driving in order to play this game. You have a wide range of options, including cows, stop signs, yellow automobiles, and more.

Count up each item from the list that you find. By the finish of the journey, whoever has the most points wins!

  • 25. Several different backseat games

Several different backseat games

If you don’t want to ever run out of kid-friendly driving activities, consult this helpful resource book. Over 100 fun games to play in the car with the family, interesting facts, and other activities to do on a road trip without ever having to pick up a digital device are all included in The Best Ever Back Seat Games.

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  • The bottom line

When you’re ready to plug into the family and get everyone involved in some fun road activities, be flexible with the rules. While this is true for car trip games in general, it is especially handy if you have young children with you!

You can toss someone out if they break the streak and play until only one person remains; then, you get to determine the rules. You may also give someone a specified amount of “strikes” before they are out. Or you may all agree to work together as a family to see how much you can accomplish. All of those will make the games to play in the car family much more enjoyable!

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20 Engaging Road Trip Games Even the Driver Can Play

Posted: December 5, 2023 | Last updated: December 5, 2023

<p><span>I’ve been driving professionally in one form or another since I was barely old enough to see over a steering wheel.  I was fourteen years old when my mom said it was time for me to get a job after school, and I applied at a trucking company to wash trucks and lied about my age.  (This was fifty years ago.) </span></p>

Ready for a road trip? Don’t forget the games! Spending hours in the car can drain anyone, but fortunately, people have developed numerous road trip games to help the hours go by faster.

Here are the best games to play during your next road trip.

<p><span>The name game puts your memory to work! Although there are multiple variations, the classic games asks users to remember the first and last names of celebrities and other famous historical figures.</span></p> <p><span>After someone gives a name, the next person must think of a celebrity whose first name starts with the first letter of the original celebrity's last name.</span></p> <p><span>For example, if the first person said "George Washington," The next person must name a celebrity whose first name starts with "W."</span></p> <p><span>George Washington. Will Smith. Sally Field. Fiona Apple. Keep it going!</span></p>

The Name Game

The name game puts your memory to work! Although there are multiple variations, the classic games asks users to remember the first and last names of celebrities and other famous historical figures.

After someone gives a name, the next person must think of a celebrity whose first name starts with the first letter of the original celebrity’s last name.

For example, if the first person said “George Washington,” The next person must name a celebrity whose first name starts with “W.”

George Washington. Will Smith. Sally Field. Fiona Apple. Keep it going!

<p><span>The punch buggy game asks users to punch their neighbors whenever they see an old-school 1970s-era Volkswagen beetle.</span></p> <p><span>There's no need to throw punches. Instead, keep tabs on a score sheet.</span></p> <p><span>Volkswagen bugs aren't common anymore, so although the game is fun, it might be hard to spot them.</span></p>

The punch buggy game asks users to punch their neighbors whenever they see an old-school 1970s-era Volkswagen beetle.

There’s no need to throw punches. Instead, keep tabs on a score sheet.

Volkswagen bugs aren’t common anymore, so although the game is fun, it might be hard to spot them.

<p><span>Paddiddle is a great road trip game to play at night. Watch out for cars missing a headlight, and when you see one, shout, "Padiddle!'</span></p> <p><span>Each padiddle is worth one point, but if you ever glimpse the elusive Volkswagen bug missing a front headlight, you should shout "Spuddiddle!" for ten points. </span></p>

Paddiddle is a great road trip game to play at night. Watch out for cars missing a headlight, and when you see one, shout, “Padiddle!’

Each padiddle is worth one point, but if you ever glimpse the elusive Volkswagen bug missing a front headlight, you should shout “Spuddiddle!” for ten points. 

<p><span>20 questions force participants to don their thinking caps to determine what the top player is thinking about.</span></p> <p><span>In the game, one person thinks of something. It could be an item, a place, a person, or anything you can imagine. The other players take turns asking questions, trying to narrow down the field, and guess the item.</span></p> <p><span>Ask questions like "Is it alive," "Is it manmade," or "Can you eat it" to figure out what the mystery object is.</span></p>

20 Questions

20 questions force participants to don their thinking caps to determine what the top player is thinking about.

In the game, one person thinks of something. It could be an item, a place, a person, or anything you can imagine. The other players take turns asking questions, trying to narrow down the field, and guess the item.

Ask questions like “Is it alive,” “Is it manmade,” or “Can you eat it” to figure out what the mystery object is.

<p><span>In I Spy, a player picks something they saw on the trip and offers clues to help the other passengers guess what it was.</span></p> <p><span>For example, if you saw a red barn out the window, you could say, "I spy something red," or "I spy a place where animals live."</span></p> <p><span>Some like the full rhyme "I spy with my little eye," but it isn't necessary.</span></p>

In I Spy, a player picks something they saw on the trip and offers clues to help the other passengers guess what it was.

For example, if you saw a red barn out the window, you could say, “I spy something red,” or “I spy a place where animals live.”

Some like the full rhyme “I spy with my little eye,” but it isn’t necessary.

<p><span>Who Am I is similar to 20 Questions and I Spy, but the answer is always a celebrity or historical figure. One person chooses a famous person, and the others must guess who it is.</span></p> <p><span>You can play it like 20 questions and have players ask questions to narrow down the possibilities, or like I Spy, drop hints about the person's accomplishments.</span></p>

Who Am I is similar to 20 Questions and I Spy, but the answer is always a celebrity or historical figure. One person chooses a famous person, and the others must guess who it is.

You can play it like 20 questions and have players ask questions to narrow down the possibilities, or like I Spy, drop hints about the person’s accomplishments.

<p><span>Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon tests your ability to match actors to movies. In the original game, one player names an actor, and the next needs to connect that actor to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less using other actors that starred in films together.</span></p> <p><span>For example, if one player says Will Smith, the next must find a way to connect him to Kevin Bacon. Will Smith was in </span><i><span>The Legend of Bagger Vance</span></i><span> with Matt Damon, who was in </span><i><span>Ocean's 11</span></i><span> with Julia Roberts, who was in </span><i><span>Flatliners</span></i><span> with Kevin Bacon.</span></p> <p><span>As time passes, connecting modern actors to Kevin Bacon may get harder and harder. You can also name and try to connect any two actors through film.</span></p>

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon tests your ability to match actors to movies. In the original game, one player names an actor, and the next needs to connect that actor to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less using other actors that starred in films together.

For example, if one player says Will Smith, the next must find a way to connect him to Kevin Bacon. Will Smith was in The Legend of Bagger Vance with Matt Damon, who was in Ocean’s 11 with Julia Roberts, who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

As time passes, connecting modern actors to Kevin Bacon may get harder and harder. You can also name and try to connect any two actors through film.

<p><span>The License Plate Game is the traditional road trip game. On a long trip, try to see how many different state license plates you find.</span></p> <p><span>Hawaii and Alaska are always difficult to spot, but if anyone can get all 50, they should win a prize.</span></p>

The License Plate Game

The License Plate Game is the traditional road trip game. On a long trip, try to see how many different state license plates you find.

Hawaii and Alaska are always difficult to spot, but if anyone can get all 50, they should win a prize.

<p><span>Name that Tune is a perfect road trip game for families. One player will whistle or hum a song, and the others must guess what song it is.</span></p> <p><span>Name that Tune was my family's go-to game on long road trips. My dad whistled Beatles songs, and us kids would rush to guess which song he was trying to perform.</span></p>

Name that Tune

Name that Tune is a perfect road trip game for families. One player will whistle or hum a song, and the others must guess what song it is.

Name that Tune was my family’s go-to game on long road trips. My dad whistled Beatles songs, and us kids would rush to guess which song he was trying to perform.

<p><span>Another musical road trip game has players trying to remember the name and artist of songs playing on the radio.</span></p> <p><span>Turn your radio dial to the search function and let it automatically scroll through the stations. Players must guess the name and artist when a song comes on, getting one point for each correct answer. In areas without many radio channels, consider playing a random Spotify playlist instead. </span></p>

What Song’s On?

Another musical road trip game has players trying to remember the name and artist of songs playing on the radio.

Turn your radio dial to the search function and let it automatically scroll through the stations. Players must guess the name and artist when a song comes on, getting one point for each correct answer. In areas without many radio channels, consider playing a random Spotify playlist instead. 

<p><span>There are many variations of alphabet games, but one fun version has players listing off items in a specific category according to the starting letter.</span></p> <p><span>For example, the category can be animals. The first player would say anteater, the second beaver, the third cat, etc. The first person to get stuck loses.</span></p>

There are many variations of alphabet games, but one fun version has players listing off items in a specific category according to the starting letter.

For example, the category can be animals. The first player would say anteater, the second beaver, the third cat, etc. The first person to get stuck loses.

<p><span>An anagram is a word you make by re-arranging existing letters in a word or phrase. The road trip version of anagrams has users trying to make as many words as possible from billboards or trucks they see along the journey.</span></p> <p><span>For example, if you've been following a Chevy Trailblazer, see how many words you can make from the letters. Tail, tale, blaze, and bit are all great options! It's a fun game that also helps your kids with spelling.</span></p>

An anagram is a word you make by re-arranging existing letters in a word or phrase. The road trip version of anagrams has users trying to make as many words as possible from billboards or trucks they see along the journey.

For example, if you’ve been following a Chevy Trailblazer, see how many words you can make from the letters. Tail, tale, blaze, and bit are all great options! It’s a fun game that also helps your kids with spelling.

<p><span>There are hundreds of counting road trip games you can play. Count how many cows, blue cars, gas stations, mile markers, or brown signs you see on your trip.</span></p> <p><span>Creative parents can turn anything they see on the road into a counting game, and the kids will be occupied by staring out the window, searching for any sign of the target item.</span></p>

Keeping Tabs

There are hundreds of counting road trip games you can play. Count how many cows, blue cars, gas stations, mile markers, or brown signs you see on your trip.

Creative parents can turn anything they see on the road into a counting game, and the kids will be occupied by staring out the window, searching for any sign of the target item.

<p><span>Trip bingo also includes spotting items during your road trip but requires a little extra planning. Create bingo cards that list various things you might see during a road trip, like a motorcycle, camper, truck stop, or farmhouse.</span></p> <p><span>The first one to get a full line gets to yell, "Bingo!" and wins the game.</span></p>

Trip bingo also includes spotting items during your road trip but requires a little extra planning. Create bingo cards that list various things you might see during a road trip, like a motorcycle, camper, truck stop, or farmhouse.

The first one to get a full line gets to yell, “Bingo!” and wins the game.

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Going on a Picnic

The most common iteration of Going on a Picnic has players listing things they bring alphabetically. The first player would say, “I’m going on a picnic and bringing apples,” the second would say, “I’m going on a picnic and bringing bread,” and so on.

However, you can put a spin on the game by changing the rules of what you’re bringing. Two players must be “in the know” on the rules to do so. The other players have to guess things to bring that follow the rules, using what the first two players bring as hints.

The rules can be whatever you want. You may want only to bring things starting with a particular letter or items with five letters in their name. Changing the rules of what you can bring on the picnic keeps the game engaging.

<p><span>Would You Rather is a thought exercise asking users to choose between two awful situations. Would you rather eat raw beef brains or let spiders crawl all over you?</span></p> <p><span>Players learn about their friend's biggest fears while trying to come up with the worst experiences they can imagine.</span></p>

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is a thought exercise asking users to choose between two awful situations. Would you rather eat raw beef brains or let spiders crawl all over you?

Players learn about their friend’s biggest fears while trying to come up with the worst experiences they can imagine.

<p><span>Story rounds is more of a road trip activity than a road trip game, but it offers hours of entertainment. A story round is an activity where everyone helps craft an <a href="https://partnersinfire.com/passion-fire-2/art/literary-elements/" rel="noopener">epic story</a> by taking turns telling the story.</span></p> <p><span>The person who starts the story may have a horror tale in mind, beginning with the epic words "It was a dark and stormy night," but the next person can twist it into a comedy by adding, "and I slipped in a puddle, dropping my keys down the drain."</span></p> <p><span>No one knows where a story round may end up.</span></p>

Story Rounds

Story rounds is more of a road trip activity than a road trip game, but it offers hours of entertainment. A story round is an activity where everyone helps craft an epic story by taking turns telling the story.

The person who starts the story may have a horror tale in mind, beginning with the epic words “It was a dark and stormy night,” but the next person can twist it into a comedy by adding, “and I slipped in a puddle, dropping my keys down the drain.”

No one knows where a story round may end up.

<p><span>Another take on an alphabet game has players trying to find things on the trip that start with each letter of the alphabet.</span></p> <p><span>Automobile should be an easy place to start, but what will you see that begins with the letter B? Find barns, boxes, or bushes along the route to move on to the letter C.</span></p>

Alphabet Game

Another take on an alphabet game has players trying to find things on the trip that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Automobile should be an easy place to start, but what will you see that begins with the letter B? Find barns, boxes, or bushes along the route to move on to the letter C.

<p><span>Those with great memories and a love for film will love the movie quotes game! Players take turns quoting a line from their favorite movies, and everyone else has to guess which film it's from.</span></p> <p><span>Expand the game by quoting television shows and plays, and reward bonus points if someone can name the character who says the quote.</span></p>

Movie Quotes

Those with great memories and a love for film will love the movie quotes game! Players take turns quoting a line from their favorite movies, and everyone else has to guess which film it’s from.

Expand the game by quoting television shows and plays, and reward bonus points if someone can name the character who says the quote.

<p><span>Take your road trip game to rest stops and gas stations with a road trip scavenger hunt. Make a wild list of 100 things to see, say and do while on your road trip, and the first person to achieve them all wins.</span></p> <p><span>Items can include making a truck honk with the traditional tugging hand signal, seeing a baby on a leash, or winning a prize at the truck stop crane game. The possibilities for your scavenger hunt are endless.</span></p>

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Take your road trip game to rest stops and gas stations with a road trip scavenger hunt. Make a wild list of 100 things to see, say and do while on your road trip, and the first person to achieve them all wins.

Items can include making a truck honk with the traditional tugging hand signal, seeing a baby on a leash, or winning a prize at the truck stop crane game. The possibilities for your scavenger hunt are endless.

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Khadija Bilal

road trip games to play

Many families and groups of friends enjoy fun road trips each and every year, and it’s always exciting to load up the car and set off on an adventure. However, with all of those hours of driving, it’s easy to get bored, and one of the best ways to stay entertained is with fun road trip games. In this guide, we’ll look at a great range of road trip games for you to play.

  • Road Trip Games for Couples 

Fun Games to Play in the Car

  • Car Games for Road Trips for Kids

Best Road Trip Games for Families

Road trip games for adults, road trip games for couples.

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Let’s start off with some fun trip games for couples to try out. If you’re planning a road trip with someone special, here are some interesting games to play along the way.

Never Have I Ever

If you want a fun road trip game that will help you find out a little more about your partner, Never Have I Ever is a great game to play.

With this game, players take turns saying the phrase “Never Have I Ever…” and then filling out the sentence with something that they may or may not have done. The other person then has to guess if the player is telling the truth.

As the games go on, the statements can become more personal and revealing, giving both partners a chance to discover all sorts of interesting facts about one another.

If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back for your next road trip game, give bingo a try.

This game works just like regular bingo, in which you have to pick a series of numbers and wait for them to be called out. The big difference with road trip Bingo is that you need to pick a list of items you expect to see along the way.

You can pick things like certain brands or colors of cars, different animals, billboards, and so on. You and your partner can each make a list of 10 items, for example, and then tick them off as you go along and see who gets the most or who fills their list first.

10 Questions

This is another fun road trip game you can play with only two players, and it’s a useful one for sparking some discussions and small talk between you and your partner over the course of your trip.

10 Questions involves one player thinking of something. It could be a film, an animal, a celebrity, or a piece of food, for example. The other person then gets to ask ten “yes or no” questions in order to try and figure out what the other person is thinking of.

This game becomes a lot of fun if you think of creative and interesting ideas to try and catch the other person out.

Here’s another fun game to play that only needs two players and doesn’t require any special equipment or knowledge. Plus, there are lots of ways to play around with the formula.

In Atlas, one player has to say the name of either a country or city from around the world. The next player then has to name a city/country that starts with the final letter of the previous answer. For example, if the first person says France, the next player needs to think of a country beginning with E, like Egypt.

You can play around with this concept in different ways and use various themes instead of countries or cities, like song names or movie titles.

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Next, let’s take a look at a few more games to play in the car that can appeal to people of different ages and dispositions.

I Spy is one of the most classic road trip games of all time, played and enjoyed by people all over the globe and famed for its simplicity.

With I Spy, all you have to do is say “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…” and then say the first letter of something you see. It could be something outside the car, like a tree or dog, or something inside the vehicle. The other players then have to guess.

I Spy is super simple and always fun. Plus, it works with players of all ages, so it’s a good game to choose with family or friends.

The Picnic Game

The Picnic Game is another fun game to play on family road trips, and it’s best enjoyed with a few players to test memory and creativity.

In this game, one player starts off by saying “I went on a picnic and took…” and then says an item that starts with the first letter of the alphabet. The next player repeats the previous phrase and adds something that starts with the second letter of the alphabet. And this continues until someone forgets the sequence.

Would You Rather?

Here’s another good game that you can play with both kids and adults and modify to suit your own tastes and personalities.

Would You Rather? involves one person saying a phrase like “Would you rather be able to fly or turn invisible?” or “Would you rather eat a spider or a worm?” and then the other players have to answer the question and argue their point.

This is a really fun game for generating debate and discussion among your road trip crew, and you can make the questions more mature or kid-friendly, depending on who you’re traveling with.

Fortunately/Unfortunately

Fortunately/Unfortunately is a really clever and interesting game that also allows everyone in the car to participate and get creative.

Like other road trip games, this one begins with one person saying a sentence like “I went to the beach.” The next player has to say a phrase starting with the word “Unfortunately”, like “Unfortunately, it was raining.” And then the next player adds a “Fortunately” sentence, like “Fortunately, I had an umbrella.”

Players take turns adding phrases with “Unfortunately” and “Fortunately” to create a whole story.

Car Games for Road Trips with Kids

fun games to play in the car

If you’re planning a road trip with kids, you’ll need to think of some fun and simple games that your little ones can play to keep them from getting bored along the way. Here are a few examples.

License Plate Game

Kids always enjoy the license plate game, as it’s a little like a treasure hunt and lets them watch outside their windows as the cars drive by.

For this game, the objective is to spot cars with different license plates from various states across the US. Each player can call out a license plate as they see it and add it to their list, like a game of bingo. Whoever spots the most by the end of the journey wins.

Groceries is a similar game to many of the others on this list, as it involves players trying to guess something that someone else is thinking of, but it’s more tailored towards kids.

For this game, one player thinks of something you can buy at the grocery store, like eggs or ice cream. The other players have to ask questions like “Is it sweet?” or “Is it in the dairy aisle?” to figure out what the item is.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt is another super game to play when you’re on a road trip with kids, as it can help to keep them quiet and entertained while you focus on driving.

For this game, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation and create some scavenger hunt cards or lists before you set off, with a list of items that the kids need to look out for, like a certain type of car, a mountain, a campsite, and a train. Then, the kids can tick off each item as they see it along the way.

Triple Threat

Triple Threat is a game that lets the whole family get creative and gives your kids a chance to test their storytelling skills and put their imaginations to work.

To start this game, one of the adults has to pick three nouns, like “boat”, “giraffe”, and “beach”. The kids then have to come up with a fun story that includes all three of those items, and you can grade the stories and award points for the funniest or most creative one.

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Last but not least, let’s take a look at a few classic family road trip games that moms, dads, and kids of all ages can enjoy playing together.

Word Association

Word Association is a really simple game and it’s also a good one for testing and improving your child’s vocabulary, so it’s fun to play when you’re traveling with kids.

In this game, one player says a word, like “Rainbow”, and the next player has to quickly (within a few seconds) say a word that comes into their mind which is linked to the previous one, like “Green”. The next player continues, picking a word associated with the previous one, like “Grass”, and the game goes on. Players are eliminated if they take too long or repeat a previous word.

Here’s another fun game that gives your kids a chance to be creative, as it involves the whole family trying to come up with their own story together.

The game is quite simple. One person begins with a sentence, like “It was a snowy day” and then the next person adds something like “Bob decided to build a snowman.” The game then goes on with more and more sentences, and it’s really fun when kids add their own unusual ideas to the mixture like “The snowman came to life!” or “Bob turned into a snowman.”

Animal Name Game

In the Animal Name Game, kids and grown-ups get to test their knowledge of the animal kingdom.

The game begins with a player saying the name of an animal that starts with the same letter as their name, like “Mike the monkey” or “Gary the giraffe”. The other players then add their own names and animals to the mix and have to repeat the previous ones from the list.

This can continue with other names of relatives and friends that you know, and it keeps going until someone makes a mistake or forgets the list.

How Long is the Tunnel?

This game isn’t ideal for every road trip, but it’s great if you’re driving on a route that has lots of tunnels along the way.

The aim of the game is simple: each player has to try and guess how long a tunnel will be. Before you get to the tunnel, each player has to say a number, based on how long they think the tunnel is, and then start counting up to that number once the car enters the tunnel. When you get to the end of the tunnel, you see which player was closest, based on how high you counted.

road trip games for couples

There are plenty of great car games for kids, but what about if you’re planning a trip with your adult friends? Here are some road trip games for grown-ups to enjoy.

While You Were Sleeping

It’s pretty common for people to fall asleep during road trips, as the long hours roll by. Well, this fun game gives you something to do while one of your group is sleeping.

To play While You Were Sleeping, you have to wait for someone to fall asleep. While they’re sleeping, the other people create a story about something that happened while the person was asleep. Then, when the person wakes up, you have to tell them the story in the most convincing way possible to get them to believe it.

The Singing Game

The Singing Game is a great road trip game to play if you’re in a car with a group of people who really love music.

To play this game, one person starts singing part of a song. They then stop at a certain point, and the next player has to continue the lyric into a different song. For example, the first person might sing Taylor Swift’s “We are never, ever, ever…” and the next person could switch to “Gonna give you up” from Rick Astley.

The Movie Game

Here’s a good game for a car full of movie buffs and cinema lovers, as it tests everyone’s knowledge of films and actors.

For this game, one person says the name of an actor, like Samuel L. Jackson. The next person has to name a film the actor was in, like Pulp Fiction, and the next person then says another actor from that film, like Uma Thurman, and the game goes on. Players get eliminated if they make a mistake or repeat the same film or actor.

The Alphabet Game

The alphabet game is another fun game to play with a car full of grown-ups.

For this game, you have to name things in alphabetical order. To start off the game, the group has to decide on a category, like items of food or animals. Then, each player takes it, in turn, to name something from that category for each letter of the alphabet, starting at A and going through to Z.

Make Your Road Trip One to Remember with Fun Road Trip Games

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As you can see, there are plenty of great road trip games to play the next time you and your family or friends hit the road. Be sure to learn the rules of a few different games so you have some options on your next trip, and share this article around with other families to help them have happier and more enjoyable road trip experiences, as well.

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8 Fun Games to Play on a Road Trip to kill Boredom

Planning to drive in a car for long hours? You don’t have to be bored while on the road. Here are the fun games to play on a road trip.

A few weeks ago, I was on a rather long and fun road trip with a couple of friends.

However much we connect really well and always have something to talk about regardless of the topic, sometimes we just found ourselves out of things to talk about and no one wanted to be seated in a super silent car for long hours.

So instead of just watching the road and counting cars that overtook us, we decided to do some road trip car games.

The advantage of participating in road trip games in the car aside from killing boredom is that you don’t realize how long the journey is when you’re occupied even when it is actually long.

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But before we look at the road trip games, there are some road trip essentials you shouldn’t leave behind to make sure that you have an amazing trip. Below are a few!

  • This car roadside emergency kit : This literally one of the most important road trip essentials. It will be very useful if your car breaks car or gets an issue!
  • Car charger: If playing music on your phone is part of the ways you plan to stay entertained while on the road trip, then make sure that you take this car charger to make sure that you don’t run out of battery.
  • Hands-free phone mount: Don’t risk your life by holding your phone while driving! Instead, take this Hands-free phone mount to mount your phone on the dashboard car.
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker: Music is essential on a road trip and the best way to keep up is by taking this Portable Bluetooth speaker.
  • Travel pillow: A travel pillow like this one will keep you comfortable on those long road trips.

These are just a few of the items to pack for a road trip but you can check out my complete road trip packing list to know all the essentials to pack.

Now that we know some of the essential items to pack, let’s look at some of the games to play on a road trip that will help you kill the boredom while driving.

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Road Trip Games For Adults

1. the good old truth or dare game.

ROAD TRIP GAMES

You all probably know this game and if you didn’t play it as a teenager with your friends, the chance has presented itself to you once more as it’s one of the car games for a road trip.

With this game, players always want to go to extremes just to dare their opponents but just make sure that all the dares that are presented can be safely done within the car.

I will admit that I suck at dares and I always got the most daring situations while the dares I gave were just easy and ” purely lame”.

I also have to admit that I had not prepared one bit for this game, but if you don’t want to suck at this road trip game as I did, get your dares ready.

The truth part I’d say is the easiest but it can also be disappointing depending on which questions you ask.

So before you ask for the truth, be sure you can handle it- even the ugly one.

How it is played

The dare part : Mention something and dare your playmates to do it.

The truth part: Ask a question that your playmates should answer truthfully

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2.The Alphabet Game

GAMES TO PLAY ON A ROAD TRIP

If this doesn’t strike you as one of the fun road trip games, then you’re in for a huge surprise.

Test your on-spot abilities by playing the alphabet game.

How it is played.

Come up with categories you want to play with.

For whichever category you come up with, the first player names something starting with A, the next one B and so one up to Z.

When that category is done, choose another one.

For example; some of the categories we played with where;

  • Naming Animals starting with different alphabetical letters.ie, A- for antelope, B- for buffalo, and whoever answers the most correctly wins the game.
  • Identifying a country for each alphabetical letter.
  • Or even make it more challenging by only naming items/things that can be visually seen from the car for each alphabetical letter.

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3. The Ask Yourselves Questions Game

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This is not only one of the games to play on a road trip but also a means of getting to know each other more.

Start the game by asking each other easy questions about things that you might want to know.

As the road trip goes on, make the questions even deeper and personal if the playmates are up for it.

Some of the questions to ask while on a road trip.

The easy questions to start with as a way of warming up.

  • How big is your family
  • What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in your life
  • When was your happiest moment in life and why
  • What are you most excited about this road trip

The deeper and personal questions you can ask 

  • Are you happy in life
  • What is your deepest regret in life
  • Did you have a fun childhood
  • Have you ever been broken hearted
  • What is your greatest fear in life

You can formulate as many questions as you want or even refer to my long list of fun road trip questions . Just make sure they won’t result in any sort of disagreements between your playmates.

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4. The Sign Language Game

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Caution!! This game should not include the person driving as it involves using both hands and you don’t want to crash just for the sake of the game.

So if you’re only 2 people in the car, you can skip this game.

The first player thinks of something, reproduces it by using only sign language.

Other players interpret what the action means.

This can be a tricky road trip game as you have to think of ideas whose actions can be executed while seated.

5. Summarize The movie Game

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This is one of the best road trip games that we came up with while driving.

I’d like to think that we invented it as I’ve not heard about it before (I know, I am bragging a little bit here).

Come up with categories of the movies you would like to summarize.

The idea is for each person to come up with a movie in a genre selected.

Summarize the entire movie in less than 10 minutes. You should be able to tell the entire storyline and make sure that the playmates understand what the entire movie is all about.

When we played this game, I ended up almost telling the entire movie (for over 20 minutes) and I lost since it should be told in under 10.

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6. Would You Rather Game

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By the time we played this game, I didn’t realize that it’s the one we were playing.

We just started giving each other alternatives and it was until the end of the game that I actually realized that we were playing the “would you rather game” all along.

Give your opponents 2 alternatives and ask whether they would rather be A or B.

For example;

  • Would you rather use Android or ios
  • Would you rather live in a big city or in the countryside
  • Would you rather travel by train or by ship

I am sure you can come up with other fun alternatives depending on the kind of playmates you have.

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7. Punch Buggy Game

FUN GAMES TO PLAY ON A ROAD TRIP

This is one of the best travel games that go way back in the day.

Even though it can be easily confused as a kid’s game, it is one of the games to play in the car for adults aswell.

It’s a fun road trip game just to loosen up and stay awake.

Decide on the “thing” you want to look out for and whoever spots it first punches the opponent.

Just because I said punching doesn’t mean taking out all your anger on your playmates. This is a fun game, so, reduce the energy in the punch.

Since it is on the road, the best things to spot out could be a car of a specific car or even a certain animal if the road you’re driving on has some.

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8. The Picnic Game

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This is one of the cool games to play in the car that requires you to think really fast and be good with words.

The first player comes up with a sentence, the second player adds a suitable word and the game goes on like that.

For example,

The first player says, ” When I travel, I always carry my ______, the second player fills in the appropriate word and also adds a question that rhymes with the answer he gave. The person that fails to keep it flowing is evicted.

There you have it, folks, those are some of the games to play on a road trip.

Are there other games to play while driving that you know of?

Share them with me and I’ll add to my list of road trip games. Enjoy your road trip and stay safe.

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Very nicely done post. Great ideas here. Will refer the next time we go on a road trip. 🙂

Thank you, Ankita. I am glad you found all the ideas useful- These are games I’ve tried out myself so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them when you go for a road trip.

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24 fun car games for kids that'll make your road trips a little more bearable

Next time you're heading on a family road trip, try these fun car games for kids to make time fly – the old-fashioned way.

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To keep everyone occupied and entertained on your next family vacation , try these simple car games for kids of all ages. Not only will they help the miles speed by, but you'll enjoy making new memories as a family, too.

1. Counting Cows

One person keeps time in this family car game. Another person calls out a subject such as cows, sheep, red cars, white trucks, and so on. Each player tries to count as many of that thing as they can before time runs out. If your little one can't count well yet, show them how to keep track using their fingers.

This game can also potentially help with motion sickness by encouraging children to look out the window.

2. Color Contest

Name a color and challenge your kids to spot objects that you pass (signs, buildings, other cars, people's clothes) in that hue. Start with more obvious colors like red and white before working up to less common ones like purple.

If you have children of multiple ages in the car, have the littles try to spot just one thing, while older kids have to find three or even five.

This simple car game will quickly have everyone giggling. Assign one person as the "leader" and everyone else a "copycat." The copycats have to mimic everything the leader does for a certain amount of time – say one minute – and when the timer goes off, a new leader is chosen. (Unfortunately, the driver doesn't get to participate in this game.)

Take turns picking an object either in the car or along the road with this classic boredom-busting car game. Then give others a clue such as, "I spy with my little eye ... something big and red." Give more clues until someone guesses what it is.

5. Find a …

Another variation of "I Spy," this question-and-answer car game is easy to play with the youngest children because they can point as well as answer verbally. One player says, "Find a ... ," and the other players look for it. Things to look for: cows of course, as well as birds, horses, big trucks, tractors, police cars, or fire trucks. Pictures on billboards count.

6. Go "Slow"

Scan road signs and see who can find the word "slow" first. Then see who can find the most in a certain amount of time – say, 10 minutes. Make it even more fun by letting the winner pick where you'll stop for lunch.

7. Name That Tune

If you have school-aged children who have started listening to music on their own, they'll love the chance to show off their musical knowledge. Take turns testing each other by playing a short – three- to four-second – portion of a favorite song and seeing who can name the tune first. (Since it's too distracting for the driver, you'll need another adult or older kid to play DJ.)

To extend this car game, add additional challenges: Can they tell the difference between Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez? Do they know the name of the song along with the artist? How many songs do you have to go through before everyone gets three correct answers?

8. Continue the Lyrics

For another variation of "Name That Tune," play a familiar song and stop the music when no one is expecting it. Who can provide the words to the rest of the line or, better yet, sing the next line too?

9. Animal Antics

In this fun car game, each person takes a turn making an animal sound, while everyone else tries to guess which animal it is. With the youngest kids, it works best to start out making the sounds yourself and having them guess. Once they get the hang of it, let them try making the sounds for you to guess.

10. Tall Tales

The rules are fairly simple: One player starts telling a story, talking for a minute and stopping when they've been talking for 60 seconds. Then the next person picks up where the story left off. The game continues in this manner, with the tale twisting and turning with each speaker. The game is over when one player decides to give the story an ending. One benefit of this car game is that the driver can easily participate, too!

11. Storytime

Similar to Tall Tales, this car game helps nurture your kids' imaginations with a prompt for open-ended storytime. Announce a word or general theme to inspire the stories (something simple, like "beach," or "koala") and set a timer for five minutes. Each player takes a turn spinning a story entirely from their imagination using the prompt.

12. Stop on Red, Go on Green

This car game is a great way to make the most of time spent at stop lights. Designate someone the official timer and have them use a timer on a phone or watch. Each time the car stops, everyone calls out how many seconds they think it will be before the light turns green and the car starts moving again, with the timer determining who made the best guess. Whoever has the closest guess is the winner for that round.

13. Alphabet Objects

Starting at the beginning of the alphabet , tell kids to look for items they see outside or inside the car that begin with each letter. For example, if they're on the letter A, suggest that kids look for an arrow-shaped sign or license plates from states like Alabama or Arkansas. After everyone has found an "A" item, players can start looking for "B" objects, and so on until they get to the end of the alphabet. If you want to make this car game more of a competition, the winner is the first person to get all the way to Z.

You can also play this game by looking for the actual letter on signs or license plates, rather than objects that start with the letter.

14. Name That Animal

One player thinks of an animal. The other tries to guess which animal it is by asking no more than 10 "yes" or "no" questions. If they guess correctly in 10 questions or fewer, that player gets to think of the next animal. If not, the first player reveals the answer and then thinks of another animal. The game is over when no one wants to play anymore.

You can easily customize this game for younger and older kids when choosing an animal. For example, older kids may find animals such as cats and dogs too easy to guess and enjoy the challenge of harder choices, like wallabies and yaks. But younger kids may recognize only the most basic options, such as lions, tigers, and bears.

15. Two Truths and a Lie

This is an ideal activity for school-aged children who are starting to understand lying – and the difference between fantasy and reality. The first player says three statements about themselves out loud (for example, "My favorite color is blue," "My best friend at school is named Sarah," and "I've never been to the zoo"). Two of the statements are true, and one is a lie. The other players need to guess which is the lie. Whoever guesses correctly takes the next turn.

As a bonus, this car game is a fun way for family members to learn more about each other – it may even lead to some interesting conversations!

16. Silly Stories

For a slightly different version of "Two Truths and a Lie," tell your child a true story about something in your life – how you met their mom or dad or how Grandma taught you to swim. As you tell it, sneak in a few "whoppers" along with the facts ("... and then the shark came along and nibbled Grandma's toe!"). At the end, ask your child to guess which parts were untrue.

17. Rock, Paper, Scissors

You probably already know the rules for this classic game. Two players face off against each other by chanting "Rock, papers, scissors … go!" Rock (a closed fist) beats scissors (two fingers), which beats paper (an open palm), which in turn beats rock.

To incorporate additional players, make it a tournament: The first two people play three rounds, and the winner goes on to play the third person. (Of course, the driver's excluded from this game.)

18. Born Yesterday

Fans of the TV show Bluey will be familiar with this silly game, and it's an easy one to play with your toddler securely strapped in their car seat . One person pretends that they were "born yesterday" and everyone else takes turns explaining how the world works to them (for example, why do we drive cars? What are shoes for? Why do we eat certain foods for breakfast?).

19. Find All 50 States

Challenge your school-aged kids who are starting to learn about geography to spot license plates from as many U.S. states as they can. (Add a small notepad to your packing list so you can write the states down as they're spotted.)

Unless you're on a long, cross-country road trip, it's unlikely that you'll find all 50 states, so you can suggest a time limit to end the game. After 30 minutes, whoever has spotted the most states is the winner.

20. I Went to the Grocery Store …

Memory games are particularly fun for older children, and they're one of the easiest types of games to play in the car, too. These activities help strengthen kids' ability to retain key concepts, a useful skill for school.

Start this game with the prompt "I went to the grocery store and I bought …" and list one item, such as "apples." The next player repeats what the first player bought and adds a second item, such as: "I went to the grocery store and I bought … apples and a loaf of bread." Continue around the car with each player adding on another item. The game ends when someone can't remember something that was "purchased" or says the list incorrectly.

21. A Ship Came Into the Harbor

The first player starts out by saying "A ship came into the harbor carrying …" and declares a category, such as "types of fruit." Each player then takes a turn listing types of fruit ("bananas," "mangoes," "papayas"). The round ends when someone can't think of a new fruit to add or accidentally repeats one that has been said.

Make the game easier or harder depending on your children's ages and interests. If you're traveling with a toddler , go basic (types of fruit, types of vegetables, farm animals, songs) but you can make the categories more challenging for older children (countries around the world that have four letters, Beatles songs, U.S. presidents).

22. High and Low

Although this car game doesn't produce a winner, it's a nice way for the whole family to reflect on a shared experience and debrief together, especially after a vacation. Each person takes turns saying their favorite (high) and least favorite (low) thing about the trip. For example, "My high was when we went on the carousel, and my low was when we got stuck in traffic on the way home."

23. The Quiet Game

Okay, this one is less a game and more an attempt to get a little bit of calm. Challenge everyone in the car to be silent for as long as possible. Whoever stays quiet the longest wins and gets to pick the next game.

24. Stretch Time

If you've been driving for a long time and have gone through all of the car games on this list, consider pulling over at the next rest stop for a quick reset. Try some of these activities to let your little ones burn off excess energy:

Hop three times on one foot, then three times on the other.

Sprint back and forth three times between adults.

Do jumping jacks for one minute.

Pretend to jump rope for one minute.

Skip back and forth to the water fountain.

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No. 11 Huskies Set for Two-Game Road Trip vs. Northeastern and Holy Cross

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team prepares for a two-game road trip in Hockey East play against Northeastern in Boston on Friday, Feb. 9 and Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 10. 

The Huskies are currently ranked No. 11 in the USCHO women's national poll. They enter the matchups 18-6-4 overall and 15-3-3 in conference play. UConn sits atop the leaderboard in the conference standings with 48 points, including an unbeaten 18 game win streak on hand. Last time out, UConn first tied with Providence in the first game of the home-and-home series on Friday, Feb. 2, 2-2, and then won in overtime 2-1 on Saturday, Feb. 3. Leading the way for the Huskies all season has been senior forward Jada Habisch as Habisch is posting a team-leading 23 points, including a team-high 14 goals scored and nine assists. Also, junior goaltender Megan Warrener has had a stellar season thus far and was recently named as a semifinalist for National Goalie of the Year. Warrener has an unbeaten record when in goal posting a 11-0-1 record, along with 237 saves, and a nation-leading goals against average of 0.84. 

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Heading into the matchup, the Northeastern Huskies are 20-9-1 overall and 13-7-1 in Hockey East action. The Huskies are ranked No. 13 in the national poll and third in the conference standings. Last time out, Northeastern beat New Hampshire in two overtime games on Thursday, Feb. 1 winning 3-2 and then winning on Saturday, Feb. 3 4-3 in the home-and-home series. Leading the way for the Huskies is forward Skylar Irving as she has collected a team-high 26 points, including seven goals scored and a team-high 19 assists. Goaltender Gwyneth Phillips boasts an 18-9-1 record with 665 saves and .951 save percentage. 

UConn has faced Northeastern twice this season in a home-and-home series winning the first game 3-0 and then securing the 1-0 victory in game two. UConn's record all-time against Northeastern is 20-45-12. 

Heading into the matchup with Holy Cross, the Crusaders are 7-18-2 overall and 4-15-2 in conference play. Holy Cross stands at 10th in the league, respectively. Last time out, the Crusaders fell to Vermont in both away games dropping the game on Friday, Feb. 2 6-3, and then falling in the second game, 3-2 on Saturday, Feb. 3. Leading the way this season has been forward Millie Sirum with 20 points, including 10 goals scored and 10 assists.  

UConn has faced Holy Cross twice this season, taking both games in a 3-0 win at home and then a 3-1 win in Worcester, Mass. UConn's all-time record against Holy Cross is 15-3. 

Puck drop for both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and can be streamed live on ESPN+. 

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    So, "Spiderman, Batman, Robin, Bird, parakeet, pet…" If someone takes longer than three seconds, or the word they say doesn't make sense, they are out. Cows on my Side. This one is my father's favorite games. Count the cows on your side of the road. Pass a cemetery, lose all your cows and start over. Name that Tune.

  7. 39 Fun Road Trip Games to Play

    Road Trip Games (Fun Games to Play in the Car) For Adults 1. Truth or Dare This is a classic game, but it can be adapted to a road trip as well. Take turns picking whether you want to reveal a truth or take a dare. In this case, you will need to pick a dare that can be done safely in the car or by stopping the car when you get the chance.

  8. The Best Road Trip Games to Play

    Sleeping Queens is a fast-paced, fun game that doesn't require a large layout or organization. (Just play cards into the box lid to keep them contained!) It's easy to learn, quick to play,...

  9. 20+ Entertaining Road Trip Games to Play in the Car

    20 Questions is one of those games that has plenty of versatility. Let's look at a few ways to enjoy this game while on a road trip. You play 20 Questions by assigning one person to be "it.". That person thinks of a person, place, or thing, and everyone else has 20 questions to narrow down their guess and get it right.

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    A great one for little kids. 2 The License Plate Game The goal of this famous game is to find license plates from each one of America's 50 states (or if you're not in America, find a plate starting with A, B, C and go through the alphabet). Since the winner is decided based on who spotted the most, keep track as you go along. Keep them entertained!

  11. 20 Awesome Road Trip Game Apps To Play In The Car (Free And Fun)

    Classic Solo Play Word Games Keep Moving Coach Games Looking for something technology-free? Take a look at these other articles: 59 Insanely Fun Road Trip Games For Adults 28 Incredible Word Games To Play In The Car Road Trip Jokes Don't let boredom beat you… download some road trip game apps! Road Trip Trivia Apps

  12. 59 Insanely Fun Road Trip Games for Adults (Car Trivia Games)

    The Categories Game One of the most simple but fun road trip games for adults. This awesome word game tests your knowledge against your friends by trying to recall the most items from a chosen category. How To Play Choose a category of things such as movies from the 1990s or car models Take turns naming an item from that category

  13. 25 Road Trip Games

    Scavenger Hunt. Similar to "I Spy," a road trip scavenger hunt involves bringing along a list of items that are typically seen along the road. Your pals or little ones will spot the items, like stop signs or blue cars, and check them off the list. The first one to check them all off wins. Mint Images //Getty Images.

  14. 20 Fun Road Trip Games To Play In The Car For Kids & Adults

    Fun Games To Play On A Road Trip That Don't Need Any Equipment 1. I Spy 2. The Alphabet Game (Also Known As Alphabet Soup) 3. Sorry I'm Late 4. Who Am I? 5. Ice Cream Sundae 6. The Movie Link Game 7. Would You Rather? 8. Road Trip Trivia 9. Alphabet Town 10. The Shopping List Game 11. The Storytelling Game 12.

  15. 13 Fun Road Trip Games for all ages

    Scavenger hunt. 5 Road trip games for the whole family. License plate game. The infinite word game. Word Trail. Hangman. Mastermind. 3 Great car games to play with friends. Two truths and a lie.

  16. 40 Road Trip Games and Activities

    One-word story: Here's a fun game to play in the car: Tell a story one word at a time, with each person adding a new word. Who knows where you'll end up when it's through. Scavenger hunt: It takes a little planning, but a scavenger hunt can be one of the best road trip games for kids.

  17. 14 Road Trip Games Adults Will Actually Enjoy

    Paramount So here, to combat potential boredom and irritability in passengers any age, are some fun road trip games to keep everyone in the car happy: 1. If you have some sleepy passengers in...

  18. 30+ Fun Road Trip Games For Long Car Rides

    5. The Alphabet Game. Take turns going through the alphabet and find letters in the car or passing license plates and road signs. This simple game gives you a chance to search for things instead ...

  19. 16 Road Trip Games for Adults That Are Actually Fun

    16 Road Trip Games for Adults That Are Actually Fun Taylor Murphy Updated: Oct. 27, 2023 Driving for hours is great and all—until you'd rather be stuck on jury duty. Fight restlessness and boredom on your next long car ride with fun road trip games for adults. 1 / 17 Flamingo Images/Shutterstock

  20. 25 Best Road Trip Games to Play in The Car Family

    19. Three-way threat. The Triple Threat is the next game on the wishlist of road trip games to play in the cars. Adults in this situation are required to select three nouns, such as "table," "bird," and "fruit.". The children must come up with a tale that combines all three elements.

  21. 20 Engaging Road Trip Games Even the Driver Can Play

    Take your road trip game to rest stops and gas stations with a road trip scavenger hunt. Make a wild list of 100 things to see, say and do while on your road trip, and the first person to achieve ...

  22. 20+ Road Trip Games for Kids and Adults to Play in the Car

    The Singing Game is a great road trip game to play if you're in a car with a group of people who really love music. To play this game, one person starts singing part of a song. They then stop at a certain point, and the next player has to continue the lyric into a different song. For example, the first person might sing Taylor Swift's "We ...

  23. 8 Fun Games To Play On A Road Trip To Kill Boredom

    Read more: Things to do before traveling overseas. 7. Punch Buggy Game. This is one of the best travel games that go way back in the day. Even though it can be easily confused as a kid's game, it is one of the games to play in the car for adults aswell. It's a fun road trip game just to loosen up and stay awake.

  24. 19 Amazingly Fun Road Trip Games for Kids (Hours Of Entertainment)

    Road Trip Games for Kids That Last The Whole Journey. This group of road trip games for kids are played over the entire duration of the journey! You can play them whilst you play other games in the list. 17. Don't Say It. This is a simple, fun and occasionally competitive travel game for kids.

  25. 24 fun car games for kids

    24. Stretch Time. Hop three times on one foot, then three times on the other. Sprint back and forth three times between adults. Do jumping jacks for one minute. Pretend to jump rope for one minute. Skip back and forth to the water fountain. Next time you're heading on a family road trip, try these fun car games for kids to make time fly - the ...

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    STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team prepares for a two-game road trip in Hockey East play against Northeastern in Boston on Friday, Feb. 9 and Holy Cross in ...

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    After an unproductive road trip, the Milwaukee Bucks return home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.. The Bucks went 1-4 in their recently ended five-game road trip, which ...

  28. Two-game road trip awaits Bearkats

    Story Links Game 22 • at Western Kentucky • Thursday, 8 p.m. • CBS Sports Network • Listen Live • Live Stats BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — There is no rest for the weary when it comes to Conference USA play, and Sam Houston will face the next difficult test on the road at Western Kentucky on Thursday. The only blemish to this point on the Bearkats' conference record is a road loss at ...