Best Road Trip Games for Families that can help pass the time.
These ideas are simple to do and are good for most ages too.
Best Road Trip Games for Families
Road trip games have been around for as long as there have been people traveling.
These games are meant to help pass the time and to bring the participants together in a fun way.
Did you read my article about Fun Nature Activities For Kids?
That article has many ideas with outdoor activity ideas that involve nature.
Many of those ideas may work with your trip if you are planning a family trip camping or hiking.
While participating in family travel games may be fun, sometimes you may need time to yourself. Here are some ideas for kids when they need some alone time on a car trip.
This article is for anyone asking what games can you play while traveling.
Sometimes car rides or plane trips can feel long and boring. So it makes sense that you may need a good and quick idea to get everyone out of a boredom rut.
Yes, there are plenty of things that everyone can do alone on a car ride.
However, getting some interaction is also important. This is especially true when folks get ancy and need something new to think about.
You may also wondering what can a family do on a road trip.
Yes, car rides can feel long especially when there is nothing to look at out the window.
Space may also be limited which means that everyone can only bring a few items with them .
Planning road trip games is one way to pass the time.
You may also want to pack snacks and take plenty of breaks along the way. Rest stops are often great places to take a break, enjoy a snack, use a restroom, and even get a free map.
Tips for planning a family road trip.
Bring plenty of paper and crayons pens and or pencils to use on the paper. Not only can the paper be used to draw on, it can also be used to facilitate the games.
Popular games that families enjoy on a road trip.
- Scavenger Hunts.
- License Plate Games.
- Lists and Challenges games.
- Imagination games.
Scavenger hunt games.
These are popular games with families. You can print out lists ahead of time or just name things to look for while you go.
Ideas for scavenger hunt games.
- The traditional list of things to look for along the drive. This can be random things such as a blue car, a rest stop, and a shoe on the side of the road for example.
- A more specific scavenger hunt listing items that are specific to towns and locations that you will pass through.
- Food scavenger hunt. This included looking for specific kinds of food advertised or restaurants along the way.
- Billboard scavenger hunt such as for rest stops, tourist attractions, hotels, or even gas stations.
- Nature and sightseeing scavenger hunts. You can list landmarks, hiking trails, woods, bridges, lakes, mountains, a tourist attractions on your list.
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License plate games.
These games work especially well when you are traveling across states or in a location that has travelers from many regions. Some games can may require the use of paper.
Here are some license plate games ideas.
- A battle of the states license plate game. Keep score of what states, besides the one that you are traveling in, you see plates from.
- Best license plates spotted. Keep track of the most unique or unusual plates.
- License plate 'I Spy' game. Play the usual 'I Spy' game only using license plates.
- Bingo using number that appear on license plates. This is something that you may want to prepare in advance to make the bingo cards.
- Every state plate game. This is a game that can be played for the entire trip. Simply keep score of the license plates from each state using a list of the states by name.
- License Plate Words can be played by reading on the plate while you pass by one car. See what words can be made using the letters from a license plate.
Lists and Challenges games.
This is a category that gives everyone a chance to ask something. However, this category also allow everyone a change to answer. There are no winners or losers in most of these ideas.
- Alphabet lists. Everyone takes turns answering the one question (such as I like to eat or I packed...) using the next letter in the alphabet to answer with.
- 5 Things Game. One person askes, "Name 5 things....." and everyone gets a turn to answer what those five things may be.
- Rank Game- everyone gets a chance to rank things such as their favorite foods, worst places to sing, or even best shows.
- Would you rather challenge. People take turns asking the others "would you rather ____ or ____?".
- Famous quotes game, everyone gets a chance to repeat a favorite quote and the others guess who said it originally.
- The top 5 game. Everyone gets a chance to ask 'name the top five'. This game however can be name the top five kinds of pizza? Top five movies? etc.
- The imagination games are meant to inspired thought and ideas. These games are not meant to be competitive, just imaginative.
- The story game. This is really a good road trip game for different ages. One person starts the story and everyone takes their turn adding to the story.
- The 'what if' game. Ask a question that challenges the imagination. What if kids got to plan a trip- what kind of trip would you plan? Or, what if the car could fly?
- 'What would you do' game. This game asks for answers to more realistic scenarios. What would you do if you won a million dollars? If you met a certain famous person what would you say to that person.
- Imagination games that allow everyone to ask a question starting with the word "Imagine".
- Lastly, imaginative ideas that have to do with landmarks that you pass or visit on your trip. However, this can be as simple as asking a question, writing a short story, or even coloring a picture.