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4 Fun and Easy Road Trip Games: Make Your Vacation Enjoyable

Updated on May 2, 2019
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Make your road trip more fun by joining in a car game with your traveling companions.
Make your road trip more fun by joining in a car game with your traveling companions. | Source

Introduction

These car games are fun for anyone, and some of these challenge your brain a bit too. Playing these games can provide entertainment in the car as you ride along waiting to arrive at your destination. You may even get to know your traveling companions better, enriching your vacation even more than you expected!

It’s pretty easy just to search for car games online, but this article will supply you with the details of not only these car games, but links for you to check out other car games as well.

While there are other means of transportation that you may be taking, that doesn’t mean that these games are ruled out. You can still play some of them, just be mindful of others who aren’t included in your travel games.
While there are other means of transportation that you may be taking, that doesn’t mean that these games are ruled out. You can still play some of them, just be mindful of others who aren’t included in your travel games. | Source

This article will touch base on the following details:

  • Who can play these games? Who are they tailor made for?
  • Why play car games? What is the purpose of them anyway?
  • Where you will be playing these games – may be a bit obvious!
  • When you will be playing car games – may also seem a bit obvious!
  • How do you play each game – what are the rules and objectives
  • What else you may need to know in order to pull this off during your next vacation

Note: If you wish to play games on an airplane, speak softly like a whisper, and use a notebook to challenge each other when playing the games.
Note: If you wish to play games on an airplane, speak softly like a whisper, and use a notebook to challenge each other when playing the games. | Source

Who can play these car games?

These games in particular are tailored to an advanced child or a middle-school aged child, since they do involve knowing the capital cities of the U.S.A. However, that’s not to say you can’t find great games for the children in your life. You can do a classic game of I-Spy or create a killer Bingo game ahead of time. There are also plenty of other types of games for the car, so look them up or follow the leads in the links found at the bottom of this article. HERE are some car games tailored for kids!

Why play car games on your Road Trip?

The purpose of the car games is to provide you with entertainment on an otherwise boring car trip with your friends or family (or just travel buddies). They will help take up time and give you something fun to do! HERE are some awesome car games to prevent boredom!

My Vacation Binder

Check out my Travel Binder! Here I keep all of my vacation forms and notes for each trip we go on.
Check out my Travel Binder! Here I keep all of my vacation forms and notes for each trip we go on. | Source

My Vacation Planner

Here is my vacation binder which has all of the ingredients I need to go on vacation each time I do. The categories/dividers for my travel binder are:

  • Cover
  • A planning section (places to go, destination ideas, daily vacation plans, etc.)
  • Details (travel budget)
  • A “Before you leave” checklist (very detailed)
  • A master packing list (full of every single thing I could think of)
  • Car Games (maze, word search, tic-tac-toe, etc.)
  • Folder of Original forms
  • Folder/scrapbook for each trip

I found these free printables on Pinterest. I will introduce the full details of my travel binder/organizer in another article. For now, I am covering car games.

Please read the bottom of this article where there are more car games and suggested alternative solutions for bored; it has tips on how to make the ride go faster, how to create a vacation scrapbook, and more!

The Benefits of Car Games

  • They are free!
  • They may help you get to know others.
  • They reduce boredom.
  • They can make the trip more fun!
  • They may keep you alert as they challenge your brain.
  • They are easy to understand.
  • They may cause you to laugh!
  • They can be played by either adults or children (or both).
  • They will help time go by.

Traveling can provide new experiences and new horizons; you may not enjoy the ride, but you will enjoy the destination, so sit back and learn how to survive the ride to get there! These car games are made to make the drive more bearable.
Traveling can provide new experiences and new horizons; you may not enjoy the ride, but you will enjoy the destination, so sit back and learn how to survive the ride to get there! These car games are made to make the drive more bearable. | Source

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Be sure to check out these games before your trip. Make sure you understand them before you try to play them on the road. You may want to tweak them to make them more personal for those who will be playing with you.

How to Play Each Game

For each game, the instructions and/or links for each game will be provided, but feel free to read these steps before proceeding.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Play Each Game

Step #1 – Fetch the materials needed for each game you wish to play.

Step #2 – Tailor make each ingredient for you and your fellow travelers.

Step #3 – Put all of your materials together in a folder or binder.

Step #4 – Get the instructions together and start playing!

Read ahead in this article to get the full 411 on how to play these road trip games.
Read ahead in this article to get the full 411 on how to play these road trip games. | Source

The Attributes of These Car Travel Games

Benefits
They are portable
They may challenge your brain
They can help you connect with others
They take up time
They are easy to do
They can be fun and even funny

Where will you be playing these car games?

This may seem to be pretty obvious, but maybe not. When you think of car games, you probably think of playing them in the car, but it may not be that way. If you wish to play them via another transportation method, you can! On a plane? Just don’t talk too loud, or use a notepad or computer to relay with your travel companion what you wish to say.


This may allow for more than one person to play since no one has to pay attention to the road (except the pilot of course). The same holds true for a cruise! Most likely there are plenty of distractions on board, but if you need a rest from them all, consider one of these travel games!

Which car games have you played before?

Which games have you played before during a road trip?

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When will you be playing these travel games?

  • On a road trip in the car or when you ride on another form of transportation like on a plane
  • When you are bored on your vacation (if that ever happens)
  • When you are preparing to go on a vacation (if someone is packing your stuff and you are bored)
  • When you need something to think about instead of the winding road that is making you car sick!

Road Trip Entertainment

 
The State Capital Game
The Name that Movie Game
The License Plate Game
Trivia Pursuit or Family Feud

Car Game #1 - The State Capital Game

You will need the state capitols on a page or just look them up online.
You will need the state capitols on a page or just look them up online. | Source

Equipment Needed:

  • A map of the USA or a list of the states
  • Another sheet of paper or a link to the proper YouTube video with the capitals


Length of Time to Play:

  • Could take longer than an hour, especially if you get stumped a lot, but have fun!

How to Play:

The game is very easy to understand – challenge the driver or other passengers (including you) to name the 50 states (check out the lyrics to this song for an easy song for you to learn how to list out the 50 states whenever you need to. You can begin by listing the 50 states (learn to sing the song below). Next, start listing the state capitols when each of them is read aloud. Whoever answers with the correct capitol gets a point for this state. Continue playing until you have listed all 50 states.

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50 USA States in alphabetical order in a song for children

YouTube Video – How to learn all 50 states in alphabetical order

Car Game #2 - Name that Movie

Show off your expertise in movies by naming the movies listed here.
Show off your expertise in movies by naming the movies listed here. | Source

Equipment Needed:

  • A list of these quotes or songs, and a list of the answers with a willing participant. An alternative is to create your own quotes, songs, or whatever you can read to the driver or other travelers to stay busy during the trip.


Length of Time to Play:

  • Could take longer than an hour, depends on how much of a movie buff you are.

How to Play:

Read these quotes or songs and challenge others to name the movie that contained the song or quote. The list of quotes and songs included in THIS game (please feel free to make your own) is at the bottom of this article.

Keep in mind, I have no idea how much of a movie buff you are or are not, so I have selected a few classics, but feel free to tailor it for your audience.

Home Remedies/Medications to Treat Motion Sickness

Playing car games can cause motion sickness. If they do, you can just stop playing them obviously, but if you are already sea-sick, try these home remedies:

--Try fresh Ginger or Ginger Ale (or another lemon-lime soda)

--Snack on saltine crackers

--Look up and watch the road

--Get some cold air to blow on you (or roll down your window)

--Try Dramamine

--Don’t play the car games if you get too nauseous or try one of these home remedies for nausea.

Car Game #3 - The License Plate Game

The license plate car game is a classic! Just catch the states of the cars that pass by!
The license plate car game is a classic! Just catch the states of the cars that pass by! | Source

Equipment Needed:

  • A blank piece of paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • (optional) Something hard to write on


Length of Time to Play:

  • This will take up the entire trip, whether it’s via car or motor-home. (I don’t think this game should be played on a boat or plane) You could play this on a cruise or something, but instead of looking for the 50 license plates, try to meet a person from each of the United States!

How to Play:

Check out the following link for concrete questions, answers, and solutions you may have about this old-time travel game. It’s like I-Spy except you are trying to “see” all of the 50 states of the United States of America on different license plates.

Car Game #4 - Trivial Pursuit and/or Family Feud

Challenge your travel mates as you learn new things while playing trivial pursuit.
Challenge your travel mates as you learn new things while playing trivial pursuit. | Source

Equipment Needed:

  • Paper with trivia/family feud questions
  • Paper with trivia answers
  • Paper and pen/pencil to keep track of winner/loser


Length of time needed to complete this game:

  • Approximately an hour

How to Play:

Create the questions and answers ahead of time, so as to having them ready for the car ride. Ask the questions from the question page and see who answers first. Check out the links below for some questions and answers to get you started, but you may wish to “make it your own” and tailor make it for you and your traveling companions.

Beware! Take Caution!

Caution: Please be careful when driving and playing car games! You don’t want to get in a car accident or get a ticket from the police, so please take caution when driving!
Caution: Please be careful when driving and playing car games! You don’t want to get in a car accident or get a ticket from the police, so please take caution when driving! | Source
Are you traveling alone? Dreading a trip with no entertainment? While these car games probably aren’t for you, consider buying or renting a book or two on tape to occupy your trip!
Are you traveling alone? Dreading a trip with no entertainment? While these car games probably aren’t for you, consider buying or renting a book or two on tape to occupy your trip! | Source

Name that Movie Questions

Quotes

#1 “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.”

#2 “That we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

#3 “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

#4 “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

#5 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

#6 “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that refines me.”

#7 “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”

#8 “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

#9 “There’s no crying in baseball.”

#10 “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Enjoy your travel by sightseeing and playing car games.
Enjoy your travel by sightseeing and playing car games. | Source

Conclusion

These car games can entertain anyone, and they may stump you a little and make you use your noggin! They should help you burn some time as you travel along waiting to get going to your vacation destination. So, get your materials together and have some fun on this road trip!

Here are my questions for you to answer in the comments area about this article:

What car games do you usually play?

How do you kill time during a road trip?

If you have tried any of the games in this article, how did it go? What was your experience like? Which games did you play and how did you tailor make them for you and your fellow travelers? Did you try any other new games?

Please list and tell me all about your answers in the comments section below. I and my fellow readers would love to hear all about it, so don’t forget to write about it before you leave this article!

More Resources

Regardless of how you and your buddies travel, try some travel games to make your trip more fun!
Regardless of how you and your buddies travel, try some travel games to make your trip more fun! | Source

Video: How to make a scrapbook for your vacations!

Enjoy your travel by sightseeing and playing car games.
Enjoy your travel by sightseeing and playing car games. | Source

Dear Readers:

The images in this article were found at the Morgue File website or they were my original photos.

Please feel free to ask a direct question about any of the information provided in this article or any questions you may have about car games.

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Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoyed these free knitting patterns for beginners!

Michele Kelsey

ANSWERS to Name that Movie

#1 “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.” Top Gun

#2 “That we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke

#3 “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Casablanca

#4 “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Jaws

#5 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

#6 “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that refines me.” Batman Begins

#7 “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” Braveheart

#8 “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” Shawshank Redemption

#9 “There’s no crying in baseball.” A League of their Own

#10 “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The Godfather II

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  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    4 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you Nancy! I tried to put a mixture of useful information and great visual information to keep it interesting and exciting to read. I’m hoping that these games might help families who are going on road trips this summer to have fun together. Thanks Michele

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    nancylong123 

    4 months ago

    great ideas and really useful information thanks

  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    4 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Bill,

    Ha! You made me laugh. I’m with ya! We went years without going on a vacation and have only gone recently. On our recent trip to Pagosa Springs we played all these games to keep entertained and to make the car trip more enjoyable! Thanks for the comment! It’s always nice to hear from you! Michele

  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    4 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you Jack Lee! I tried to add enough information to make the car games interesting yet easy to play! I appreciate your comment!

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    Jack Lee 

    4 months ago from Yorktown NY

    Very nice. Informative. Good job.

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    Bill Holland 

    4 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Great article although my first reaction was "What's a vacation?" We haven't been on one in eight years. lol

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