Let's face it... Road trips suck.
Well, let me rephrase that:
Road trips suck when you're in the car for hours and have nothing to do.
Bill and I have a few road trip games that we learned while living in an RV to pass the time, but even they get a bit boring after a while.
Realizing that we're not the only ones who have this problem, we decided to compile a list of what we believe to be the top 10 road trip games to date.
Some are kid-friendly, some are for adults, but all sound incredibly fun for everyone involved.
Ready to be a master at road trip games? Continue reading for inspiration or use the table of contents below to jump ahead:
Top 5 Children's Road Trip Games
If you go on long road trips or RV with your children, chances are you've heard them say...
"I'm bored! Are we there yet?"
Hearing this time and time again can get pretty annoying (and could cause a few harsh words to be said).
With these road trip games, you'll be able to keep everyone in the car happy (and occupied). Please note: Car accidents in the US are common! Drive safe and always be looking at the road if you're driving!
1. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
I don't know about you, but when I was younger I loved scavenger hunts.
Something about being the first one to find a pine cone or a really smooth rock made me smile more than anything else.
You could download the scavenger hunt to the right here, or come up with your own list depending on what you usually see in your area.
You really can't go wrong with this game!
2. D.R.I.V.E (Bingo)
Regardless of where you live, this Bingo game will entertain your children for hours.
Looking for airplanes, fire hydrants, cows, people riding bicycles... it might be impossible for your kids to find what they're after - but they'll still have fun looking!
Download the PDF for this awesome game here, or create your own to customize the difficulty level.
Oh - and don't forget the prizes!!
3. "What's In the Truck?" Drawing Template
This is perfect if you're going to be driving down the highway and see 18-wheelers.
Children can draw what they think is in the truck with the PDF here. Things like this allow your child to be creative (while occupying them for a while).
4. License Plate Coloring Map
Are you and the kids heading out of the state for awhile?
This license plate coloring map is a must have for those going on a long road trip!
Download the license plate coloring map here. This is perfect to use until your child fills the entire map, too!
5. Disney Inspired "Would You Rather?"
Is your child a fairy tale lover? Do they sing Disney songs randomly and crave adventure?
This game will be perfect for them! Ask them some hard to decide questions such as "Would you rather fly by holding helium balloons or be sprinkled with Pixie Dust?"
Top 5 Road Trip Games For Adults
Children's games are easy enough to find and play but when it comes to adults traveling alone, the atmosphere will be different.
Playing Disney inspired "Would you rather" or coloring a "What's in the Truck" piece of paper isn't going to be on your mind (but hey, if it is, feel free to print the PDFs!).
The next five road trip games will be fun to play whether you're a couple or just a couple of friends on a road trip.
PS - You could easily buy templates for these games on sites like Amazon and Etsy. And these make great gifts for RVers!
1. Road Trip Conversation Starters
After being in the car for a few hours, you may find yourself not knowing what to say.
At least, Bill and I sometimes have this problem! When this happens, we'll look on our phones to find some awesome conversation starters.
If using data is an issue for you, download this PDF to get a few conversations started.
This is a great way to connect and learn more about your partner!
2. "What's That Tune?" Game
All you need for this game is a smartphone (or a few CDs with old(ish) music!
Play a small snippet of a song and see if your partner can guess the tune!
Just be careful not to get too distracted!
3. Guess Who (Travel Edition)
I'm sure that you've all heard of the infamous game "Guess Who". But, did you know you could play it from the road (without any game pieces in front of you)?
To do this, have your partner think of someone famous (celebrity level, an astronomer, or a world leader).
You get 10 guesses to figure out who they're thinking of (good luck!).
This game might sound a bit bland at first, but by the time you get into the questions, you won't want to stop playing!
I get it, listening to a podcast doesn't sound like a very fun "game".
But if you listen to one with your partner, you can pause it after hearing something inspiring and get into a deep conversation.
Give it a try, you might love it!
5. Word Association
Test your knowledge to see how long you can associate words!
To play, choose a word like "Pumpkin". The next best answer would be "Pie" or "Fall", but if someone said "Bird" it's game over.
This game will stir up some laughs!
What's Your Favorite Road Trip Game?
We hope you enjoyed this list filled with fun road trip games! Check out these road trip essentials to take on your journey as well!
Did we miss a fun one? What's your favorite road trip game to play?
Let us know in the comments below!
Until then, happy travels!