Road trips are fun and exciting because it means that you’re going somewhere new or somewhere far and different from your everyday routine—that is until you get bored. One person starts fiddling with something because of boredom; another gets annoyed, and it all just leads to a stuffier, more uncomfortable feeling in the vehicle. Not everyone can rely on their gadgets to keep them occupied for the whole trip, either—the repetitive games on your phones and tablets can get boring, too.
Worry no more because below is a list of several road trip games that you can play the next time you go on a road trip! These games will hopefully keep you and your companions occupied for the next hundred miles or so.
1. I Spy
Ah, the ever classic I Spy. It is a very simple game that has most probably been played by many people at some point in their lives, traveling or not. The game is easy and can be played by two or more people. The first person starts by saying “I spy with my little eye, something…” and then proceeds to describe an object that should be visible to all players. That person can describe the size, shape, color, or any characteristic that will give a clue on what he or she has spied. The one who guesses correctly goes next.
2. Name the Song
For everyone participating in this game, they not only have to listen well to what’s playing on the radio but must also have good knowledge in songs. The goal of the game is to be the first one to guess the title of the song that is playing on the radio. The player who correctly guessed the most songs wins. If you want to add a little twist or make things a bit more difficult, you have to give the artist of the song as well. Alternatively, players can just choose a theme, such as a certain band or genre. One player sings a song according to the chosen theme and the other players must be the ones to guess the title (and artist if you prefer) first.
3. License Plates
Players must be able to think quickly and creatively in this game. Let someone choose a vehicle, and whatever the license plate of that car is, he or she must be able to come up with a phrase. For example, the letters on a plate are A, F, and C. The letters can make up the phrase “Adrian’s Fluffy Chickens.” To make the game a little more difficult, try adding a certain theme to the phrases that the players have to come up with.
4. Connect the Stories
Players in this game should also be creative. The first person starts by saying a random phrase or sentence, and the next person has to say a phrase or sentence that is related to what the first person said. For example, the first player says, “There once was a giraffe,” and the second player says, “…who had a very long neck.” The goal of the game is to build up a story. Alternatively, players can say one word at a time but must say the word immediately. This is fun to listen to as players tend to blurt out the first thing that pops into their head, which can make the story have odd yet funny twists and turns.
5. 1 to 21
Players can either feel frustrated or smug when playing this game. The ideal number of players in this game is two people, but you can try going for three or four. The goal of the game is to count to 21; the first one who reaches 21 loses. The first player starts from number 1, and can only say one or two numbers at a time. The next player continues the counting and can also say one or two members at a time. For example, Player 1 starts by counting “1”, and Player 2 continues with “2, 3” and so on. This game makes players think about how to solve and win in this simple yet frustrating counting game.
6. The Grocery Game
This game tests the memories of each of the players. The first player starts by saying “I went to the grocery and bought…” and then proceeds to say something that can be bought in the grocery store that starts with the letter A. The next player then repeats what the first player said and then adds an item that starts with a letter B in the list, and so on until. If you forget an item, you’re out of the game. The person with the best memory then wins the game.
These 6 road trip games are just some activities to pass the time. You can add your own twists and rules to these games to make things a little more exciting. Or you can just chat with the person next to you, admire the scenery outside your window, or simply just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.