Kids (and some adults!) often struggle on longer drives and start complaining and becoming agitated. But, relax!
Road trip games can make any drive a pleasant one, as it keeps kids distracted (and adults entertained).
We have collected ten of the best travel games to play when going on a drive – whether it is you and a friend, or the entire family loaded into your Nissan X-Trail.
10 Road Trip Games to Keep you Entertained
1) I spy with my little eyes
This is the quintessential road trip game that will keep you entertained for hours. It works by seeing something outside of the car that will be in sight for a while and then giving clues about what it is to your fellow passengers.
E.g. if you see a wooden fence along the road, you can say “I spy with my little eyes, something that is made of wood.”
Passengers shout out their guesses, and the person who guessed the correct answer gets to pick the next object.
2) Alphabet game
The alphabet game is one of the best road trip games to play if you are driving through towns. You can split into groups or play as individuals.
While driving, you must keep an eye out for road signs or billboards to search for words starting with letters in alphabetical order. The aim of the game is to get through the alphabet the quickest.
3) License plate game
This game can continue throughout the drive and is one of those car games that can become very competitive.
Everyone in the car must look out for other cars with different license plates, and try to spot cars from as many states as possible. Once you get to your destination, see who has gotten the most different states.
3) 20 Questions
20Questions is a game for the whole family that will engage your brain and distract you from the drive.
One person in the car must think of something – like objects, famous people or animals – and the other passengers must ask twenty questions with only yes or no answers to find out what the person is thinking about. Take turns so everyone gets a chance to think of something.
4) Singing game
The sing-a-long game is one of the best games. Although it is not really a game, it is still very fun. Just put on some good music and let everyone sing along!
If the road trip is longer, try for a theme – like Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, or Disney songs.
5) Going on a Trip
The aim of this fun game is to remember as many words as possible. One person begins by saying “I am going on a trip and bringing…” and lists an object that starts with A, e.g. acorn.
The next person then says “I am going on a trip and bringing an acorn and…” and lists something that starts with a B.
The game continues by listing words in alphabetical order, and the winner is the person who remembers the most words.
6) Alibi game
This game is slightly more intricate and requires some improvisation, but it is fun nonetheless. Select one person in the car to be the detective, and have them close their eyes.
With their eyes closed, select a thief, and also select an object to be “stolen”.
Once everyone is aware of who the thief is (except the detective), the detective must ask each person where they were when the item was stolen, and each person must come up with an alibi.
The detective then has three chances to guess who the thief is.
7) Hypotheticals or would you rather
Get to know your fellow passengers a bit better, by asking them hypothetical questions, or “would you rather” questions.
E.g. “if you could be any animal, what would you be?” or “would you rather be a bear or a wold”.
8) Movie game
The aim of the game is to connect actors with movies they have featured in.
The first person starts by naming an actor. The next person must name a movie they played in. The following person names another actor from that movie. Then the next person names a new movie the new actor played in.
If someone gets it wrong, they sit out the next round.
9) Car Bingo
If you have some spare time before the trip, create a list of items you are guaranteed to see on the drive and print it out.
Have the passengers tick it off as you go. The first person to see all the items can shout “bingo!” and win the game.
10) Name the artist
If you have radio music or a mixed playlist, this game is great for older kids.
The aim of the game is to be the first person to shout out the name of the artist when a song comes on.
With these 10 great road trip games, you are guaranteed to have a blast on your next road trip.