Road trips are totally the best way to travel if you want to get the most sightseeing accomplished on your vacation. You can see and experience the towns and history at your own pace.
Remember when a road trip meant divided car seat territories and cranked necks from boring landscapes? Today kids have tablets and video games and in-car DVD players – they don’t know what “bored” really is.
On your next road trip as a family, I challenge you to turn off the electronic gadgets and play some road games you remember as a child. Playing these games can help create lasting memories for the kids, bring you closer together as a family, and help you enjoy the small details of your trip.
Best Road Trip Games For Kids
These are my favorite road trip games from when I was a kid. Please, in the comments, tell me what your favorite games where!
1. Sign Alphabet
As you drive past signs on the highway or see cars, try to find the letters of the alphabet. The person that “collects” all the letters to Z wins! Every player keeps track of their own progress. So as you pass a sign that says “Landmark” you can say “A!” Make it more challenging by saying you cannot use the same sign twice.
2. License plate BINGO
First, download this free printable from Making of a Mom. Then, as you pass cars, mark off which states you see. The first person to get a complete row wins!
3. Packing my suitcase game
This is a game that stretches your memory. The first person says one item they will pack in their suitcase. The 2nd person repeats that item and adds an item to it. This goes on just like this through everyone in the car. The first person to forget an item is “out” and the last person able to say all the items wins!
You can make variations – list items alphabetically or numerically (1 apple, 2 shoes, etc).
Depending on the creativity of the travelers, this game can last a short time or even a few hours or more!
One person starts the story, then the next person continues it. Every takes turns and laughs at how ridiculous the story becomes!
5. I- Spy
You cannot forget this game! I loved playing “I spy” as a little girl. Remember how it goes? “I spy with my little eyes, something BLUE!” then everyone has to guess what that person “sees.” The first person to guess gets to pick and be the spy.
iMom has a free I Spy printable if you want to shake this game up a bit!
More Road Trip Games For Kids
These are just a few of my favorites. Share yours! What are some other games you play with your kids on long car rides?