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Things To Do On A Road Trip

Updated on April 4, 2013

Need Some Ideas For A Long Boring Road Trip?

Never fear, we're hear to help the miles roll by. Sure, everyone knows the usual stuff. Sing songs (please NO, not "Down By The Bay" agaaaain). Play I-see-something(insert-color-here) game. But, we're going to do better than the usual stand buys here.

I guess playing tag is fun in a moving car, but it's already been done (see video below). Let's try a few more original items. There also license plate bingo. Yee haw, I got bingo Ma! See who can get the most people to wave at them as you pass other cars.

Electronic gadgets are absolutely essential on a long road trip. Even if you don't have kids with you. You can watch movies, play games, listen to music, and even surf the web, if you have mobile access. Hey, how about bring a video camera along, and make a video doing goofy things on your trip. Kinda like the two jokers in the video below.

I know this may sound archaic, but you could bring along a few books to read. You could even try using one of those Kindle things from Amazon for reading in electronic form. Audio books for the car can be kinda cool. Make sure, it's a good story everyone will like. Could be tricky with different age groups on board.

There's also the old duct tape on the tires trip I read about. Put everyone's name on a piece, and stick them to the outside of the tire. Every time you stop, the name closest to the road wins a prize. Make up the prizes as you go along. Kids will love this one.

Me personally, I like the game of tag. Oh, just watch the video, you'll know what I mean.

On the road again . . .

Road Trip Gear - You may not need these, but you know you really want them ;)

Sure, you don't really need all this stuff to go on a road trip, but things are going to be a lot more fun if you can find room for a few little spontaneous extras. after all we are talking about a road trip here. And if your driving anywhere in North America, then it's inevitable that you'll run across miles and miles of nothing but farms, wheat fields, and cows. Way more cows everyone your life. So, indulge a little spend a couple bucks and pick a few of these little trinkets.

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways

While it's true, that part of the adventure to taking a road trip, is not knowing exactly where you're going, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to have a guide who's been there before to show you the away. Think of it as cheating just a little bit. But now that this book is in its sixth edition, you can be sure it'll have all kinds of interesting attractions and roadside curiosities you can check out. It's guaranteed, to make the road trip that much more fun. You can even get a Kindle edition of.

 
Road Trip (Unrated Edition)
Road Trip (Unrated Edition)

By the inclusion of this movie, I'mnot suggesting in any way shape or form, that you attempt any of the crazy stunts detailed wherein on your road trip, but, you may get some inspiration for a few tamer ones. At the very least, it's bound to kill a couple of hours during that long stretch of open file field in the Midwest with no fun card games to play. And, since everyone travels with laptops, iPads and other assorted screens it would be crazy not to have a few good movies to watch on the ride.

 
Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game
Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game

What could be more fun than a card game in the car disguised as a scavenger hunt? Sure, you could strap the kids to the laptop or cell phone, and let them amuse themselves that way. But, some of the old-fashioned games are just as fun as well. With this one, you use the cards to identify different objects that have to be found outside the car window while you are driving along. It combines a little real human interaction into the game so everyone can play at once. Except of course for the driver ;

 
Road Trip
Road Trip

What could be more fun on a road trip then reading a book about being a road trip? I know, the thought of being trapped inside a moving vehicle with people closely related to you, tends to terrify some. But for others, it's a major adventure heading out on the open road and just driving wherever your destination takes you. While this book is definitely geared to the younger crowd, I'm sure parents of all ages will get a kick out of reading it to their kids.

 

Road Trip Screens

Don't be a fuddy-duddy, and ban electronic screens from your car trip. They can be half the fun. Phones, iPads and laptops are what your parents wish they would've had when they took you on those long trips. Not to mention, having a GPS screen on board answers that age old question "Are we there yet?" only to be followed by it's ever popular sequel "When will we get there?" .

Road Trip Things To Do - Instructional Video - Only 3 things to do? I think they forgot one.

The 4th best thing to do on a road trip, is of course to make a video of yourselves finding something to do a road trip. Josh & Ross put a hilarious spin on the 3 best things to do on a road trip. Which everyone knows is 1. Learn a language, 2.Play a game, and 3. Sing a song. Pretty funny stuff.

Funny Road Trip Poster

Something to stick on your wall so people think your cool

Click on picture for larger image, or to buy the poster.

Really Lame Things To Do On A Road Trip - Well, maybe not to lame . . . but at least you can plan ahead.

Planning a road trip may seem a little like an oxymoron, since I always thought of road trips as being pretty spontaneous. But, hey that's me. I suppose at least having some since of where your going can help. Leave the crazy spontaneous stuff for when you're actually on the road I guess.Really Lame Things To Do On A Road Trip

Well, maybe not to lame . . . but at least you can plan ahead.

Planning a road trip may seem a little like an oxymoron, since I always thought of road trips as being pretty spontaneous. But, hey that's me. I suppose at least having some since of where your going can help. Leave the crazy spontaneous stuff for when you're actually on the road I guess.

The journey is my home --- Muriel Rukeyser

Go ahead, tell me your funniest / saddest / most boring road trip story. We've all got one, and now you need to share it. C'mon don't be shy . . . you know you want to. Don't worry, we promise not to tell anyone . . . promise ;-)

What Have You Done On A Road Trip? - I'm sure there was something fun (and legal) . . . family forum here ;)

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      cmeverything 4 years ago

      You should play the animal game! Each person in the car takes it in turns to say an animal with each letter. Each letter continues till someone can't think of anything. They gain a point - the one with the most points loses!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I acctualy STILL play this game.

      You pick a sign (e.g. B&B). Then see you can find the most of those. It dosent have to be a sign, it can be any category. Like animals, or vehicles.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      In America we used to play the license plate game. You do this by finding license plates on cars from as many states as you can.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we always played the alphabet game, each person has to find a word on a sign or building starting with a then b then c and so on.. you can't use the same one another player used and the first one all the way through wins

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I use to play "custard car" with the boys were smaller, the first one to see a yellow car won!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      one time we played a game in the back of my van to see who could throw trash the farthest

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: LOL

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Have safe sex.... Sex inside a moving vehicle is not safe, you could hit you head against a door....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: id love being with u in the car

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dirty girl tsk tsk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Flash people when you are at stop lights ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: There are seat belts on a bus?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like playing the lisene plate game its fun but i mostly sleep because imma never drive on a roadd trip:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      have sex

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dose anyone have any ideas for when your the only person on the road trip?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chinese firetruck is a game that you can only play when there isn't anyone else on the road. Every time you stop at a stop sign or a traffic light, everyone in the car jumps out of the car and switches spots- including the driver.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I sang on a a very long car trip... the whole time... it drove my mom and older sister crazy, but my little sis and i had fun! "The seatbelts on the bus go... " ya.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like the idea of makin goofy videos and waving to ppl! thnx 4 tha ideas!

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I love the duct tape on the tire game. Never heard of that one.

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