Passing the time on a long car ride can seem a bit tedious. There are only so many things you can read, songs you can sing and topics of conversation you can cover. And that’s just when traveling with adults. Kids’ games will definitely keep you sane on family road trips but not all are car friendly. No matter who you plan to hit the highway with this summer, we’ve got a list of six super fun road trip games for passengers of all ages.
Exercise your brain with this basic yet challenging memory game. The first player names a grocery store item that starts with A, like apples. The next player has to repeat the first item, apples, then add a grocery store item that starts with B, like bananas. Repeat with the next players to cover all the letters of the alphabet. The first person to forget an item on the list loses.
This is a great game for kids to stretch their imaginations. But it’s also one of the funniest road trip games for adults, allowing them to get a little…suggestive. Start a story with one sentence, something like “Once upon a time, there was a princess.” The next person adds another sentence and so on. There’s no winner but there will be plenty of laughs.
This classic game may seem easy but can be a real head scratcher. One player picks a noun and tells the group if it is a person, place or thing. The other players take turns asking yes or no questions about the noun and the first person to guess correctly wins. This is one of our favorite road trip games for kids because it calls for them to do what they do best—ask questions!
Who Am I?
Take the 20 Questions game and get personal or test your pop-culture knowledge. The first player picks a person that everyone in the car should know, whether it’s a family member, fictional character or celebrity. The other players take turns asking yes or no questions and, again, the first player to guess the correct identity wins.
A game of keen observation will keep the kids quiet and the adults sharp when energy levels are crashing. Name objects in alphabetical order. Every player can jump in at any time to name an object and collect a point, but the objects have to be said in alphabetical order. The player with the most points wins. Play the game with objects you see on the road, types of cars, letters on license plates or all of the above!
Virtual Hide and Seek
This is one of the best road trip games ever because kids and adults will have just as much fun playing. Pick a place everyone in the car will know about, whether it’s your family home, your office building, your old high school, etc. Pick a space in that location to “hide.” The other players take turns asking yes or no questions about where you are. The first person to guess correctly wins.
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