Before smartphones, tablets and other smart gadgets, those long road trips were often more boring and exhausting endeavors rather than fun. The challenge with these long trips was to find a way to banish backseat boredom and have fun during the trip. While these smart devices are giving us a perfect solution to this problem, they tend to make us anti-social and, honestly, we all need a break from them.
If you decided to keep your hands off your smart gadgets this road trip and give your brain a break, then you will need to prepare a repertoire of offline travel games and activities. Whether your flight got delayed or you’re just about to cover a huge distance on the road, playing road trip games with your fellow travelers can make the time go faster.
Not a fan of games? No problem. You can prepare yourself a list of road trip questions that you can bring up anytime boredom starts taking over. For many adults, this is a more adult-ish traveling activity than games. But the thing is, not all games are about catching Pokemons and shooting ballons. Most of these road trip games are verbal and brain-teasing. If you check out some of the games I’ve listed below and think about it, there is only a thin line between car ride trivia questions and games.
The playlist you’ve especially created for this trip is already repeating the songs after an hour of driving. The snacks are gone. You took no travel board games with you. Someone is already asking “Are we there yet?”. It’s getting boring. And then, you come up with this brilliant idea and you say “Hey, guys. You know what we can do right now? Play some road trip games!”. Be prepared to see someone rolling their eyes, but no worries, once you present your travel game ideas and start playing, they all will be entertained.
Games To Play In The Car
Next time your heart says “Hop in your car and hit the road”, make sure you have your repertoire of fun driving games ready. Oh, wait. You don’t have to do that, because I’ve already listed some of the best games to play in the car for your next road trip. With no further ado, here is the list.
Finding objects has never been funnier. You probably remember playing “I Spy” in your classroom back in your childhood, but that doesn’t make it a childish game or less of a good road trip game. In case your memory of this game has faded, let me remind you how to play it. It starts off by one person saying “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and describes an object that is in the car. Then, the other players in the car try to guess what object do you have in mind. To make the game more dynamic, limit each person to 3 guesses. The person who guesses the object is next to spy an item.
21 Questions Game
21 Questions is a popular social game with a tendency to get you closer to each other through simple asking and answering questions. Except for bringing you closer, this game has no specific goal. To start this game, all of you need is to be comfortable enough around each other to answer the most difficult, embarrassing, and personal questions. Choose the first player to answer 21 questions randomly and in turns, every other player should pose a question to that player. You can ask any sort of questions, unless you rule out a specific topic at the beginning of the game. This game will make your road trip seem like it’s only been five minutes long. Need ideas? We got you!
Rock, Paper, Scissors
“Rock, Paper, Scissors” is yet another classic game we’ve all played at some point. This 2-player game is played with hands, so if you’re traveling with your car, I would not recommend you to play with the driver and let them focus on the road. It is as simple as it gets. There are three forms you can choose to make with your hand: rock, a normal fist, and it beats scissors, a fist with the index and the middle finger forming a V-form, and it beats paper, a flat hand, which beats the rock (wait, whaat?). To play Rock, Paper, Scisorrs, both players swing their fists down on each of the three words they say together “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. After the third beat (scissors), each player makes one of the three forms.
Would You Rather Questions
This popular party game also makes a great road trip game, as it has tendency to open discussions that will engage you into hours of talking. The Would You Rather game is utterly simple yet fun. To start the game, one (randomly chosen) player asks another (randomly chosen) player a question in the form of “would you rather … than …”. After they answer to an awkward, embarrassing question and, well, you laugh at them, they ask another player a question and so on. “Both”, “neither” and “another question please” are options not allowed. Feel free to make it as weird, awkward, horrible, and hilarious as possible.
Never Have I Ever…
If you’re living for the moment, you have nothing to fear. If you have nothing to fear, you have no excuse for refusing to play “Never Have I Ever”. This classic of a social game may have ruined many relationships and many friendships (wild guess), but the number of friendships established and strengthened during the game is at least a hundred times higher. To play this game in a car, bus, train, or an airplane, you only need to find a replacement for the punishment (drinking) part. I’d suggest something light, such as buying snacks at the next gas station. All the other rules are the same: one makes a confession, whether truthful or not, and whoever else has done the same, should buy snacks for all at your next stop.
There are many ways you can entertain yourselves by playing various games with license plates. As with everything else in my life, I’d always choose something where creativity is the main ingredient. In my favorite version of License Plates, each player needs to look at license plates on the road and decode each of their letters. For example, if you see POP100, that could mean Pineapple On Pizza is 100% acceptable. If you don’t like this version, how about hitting your friends whenever you spot an out-of-state license plate? You can’t say no to this one, can you?
How about another game for your trip that requires creativity? Fortunately/Unfortunately can be one of your favorite games you’ll be playing on all of your road trips in the future, because when played with the right attitude and the right players, it can make your trip pass faster. To begin, one of you thinks of something fortunate about the road trip or something fortunate that has happened that day. Although it can be either something true or fictional, I think saying truths is much more interesting. Then, the next person needs to say something unfortunate about the first event. For example:
“Fortunately, I love driving my car.”
“Unfortunately, the road trip is 8-hours long.”
Explain a Film Plot as Worst as You Can
You may be doing it wrong all your life, but now your bad film plot explanations are finally required. If you’re all movie fans, take advantage of it and turn it into a game. First, choose one player to start explaining a well-known movie, such as Avengers. The challenge is to find a famous movie they haven’t seen and describe it as worst as you can. In turns, every player takes a guess and whoever guesses correctly, describes a film plot next. For example, “Hamlet with Lions, but better than Hamlet. There’s singing too.” Ring any bells? It’s Lion King! You can find other awesome ideas on Twitter by using #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly.
Beat the System. The Global Positioning System
Everyone who’s ever relied on their GPS to get from one to another destination knows how inviting is to try and beat that precisely calculated required time to get to our destination. I myself try to beat the GPS when traveling to a city in the same country (I hope a police officer won’t read this). Speeding is not only illegal and can get you in a real trouble with the law, but it is also dangerous. But you don’t have to drive like Michael Schumacher to beat the GPS. Just drive 5-10 more miles per hour than the sign says and you’ll succeed.
Name the Car
The list wouldn’t feel complete if I didn’t include the classic road trip game, or the original game for traveling, if you will. As its name suggests, you simply try and name every car on the opposite lane of the road you see. The goal is to guess the most cars. To do so, you need to ID cars from as far away as possible and beat your friends. If you’re into cars, it will be easy for you, as you can ID a car by its front lights. Although it seems utterly simple and dull, this game can provide a whole lot more fun than its simple philosophy promises.