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17 Family Road Trip Games You’re Going To Want To Try Now!

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Tis’ the season of travel, that time of year where we hit the open road for long car rides to Grandma’s or other relatives for the holidays. Thank goodness for built-in DVD players that make traveling with kids much more bearable.

But let me ask you a question. Do you remember when you were a kid, and long trips were filled with fun road trip games? I remember the miles seemed to fly by as my family and I traveled in our old trusty station wagon. We played game after game and time passed quickly as the miles trudged on.

This year I thought I would bring back the classics and introduce new family road trip games to make this time of travel and family vacation time throughout the year much more fun! Are you in?

Family in car enjoying family road trip games. They seem cozy and happy together.
Let’s bring back getting to know one another on road trips!

Let’s start with some of the tried and true road trip classics. The ones we all grew up playing but maybe have forgotten. These games require nothing. So they are easy to play on the fly, with no prep work.

The Best Old-School Road Trip Games

  • Eye spy with my little eye – I spy is a great game for younger kids.
  • License Plate Game – Can you find license plates from all the different states
  • Quiet Game – Pull this one out when you need a little peace and quiet for a bit. The first person to speak is out!
  • Letters of The Alphabet Game – Try and find something to represent each letter of the alphabet, going in alphabetical order!
  • Slug Bug or Punch Buggy- A classic road trip game searching for the Volkswagen beetle!
  • American Flags – See who can spot the most.
  • Hot Seat – The person in the “hot seat” has to answer questions from all the other players – this is a fun way to get to know each other better!
  • Movie Game – Quote movie lines and see if your fellow passengers can guess the movie!
  • Name Game – Have each member write out names of famous people, and then draw the characters from a jar and give clues until the name is guessed.
  • Start – Stop Game. One person is designated as the start/stop person. The first player starts the story and tells a part of the story until the stop/start person says “STOP” then the second player picks up with the story where the last player left off. These stories can get pretty zany.

With a bit of planning ahead, the following road trip games can add diversity to long car rides. The best way to make the miles fly is to break things up, here are some fun ways to do just that.

Fun Road Trip Activities To Bring Along

If you want to mix things up and encourage lively conversation with the whole family, you’ll want to play this road trip jar game I created on your next family road trip!

Photo of paper questions to print for the family road trip games - road trip jar.
The Road Trip Jar Game!

How To Play The Road Trip Jar Game

How it works: – Print out the FREE questions and activities. There are over 100 things. Cut out each line as a separate slip of paper. Once all the questions and activities are cut up into little pieces, place them in a jar or Tupperware. Each family member takes a turn choosing a slip of paper; they either answer the question on the slip of paper or lead the other family members in the activity specified! This game is excellent for older kids as well as younger kids. It is designed to be fun for the entire family!

This post was initially created in 2013 when I first started blogging. We have played this game on road trips for the last eight years, and we always have a good time! There is a reason this game has been shared over 13k times! I am always amazed at how much we learn a lot about our kids each time we play. And I am always amazed by the lack of fighting and general happiness that fills our vehicle when we play. No one complains about how much further or so and so is bugging me. We enjoy playing our game together! We have so much fun!

My son kept getting questions about what he loves best about our family and what he wishes we did more of as a family and his answer was always “Family Hugs”…It melted my heart!! It was adorable – So prepare yourself for fun moments that will melt your heart! 

So get to playing and print out this fun road trip game and give it a try!! You might learn a thing or two about your family members and enjoy the break from the DVD and screen time.

Honestly, my kids could play this game for hours! This game even works great for short trips.

I think my kids responded so well to this game and continue to do so because it allows them to engage with you and spend some quality time with you – which kids crave! The greatest gift we can give our kids is our time, and what better time and place to do so than when you are all strapped into a car for hours on end together. 

My kids always ask when we get to play the road trip game again, even if we are driving around town… I told them we’d play it only for special occasions and longer drives. {Making a “special” game gives it even more clout!}

For more ways to curve the drama on road trips make sure and check out my 7 Tips For A Drama FREE Road Trip post.

What do you do to entertain your kiddos for long drives?

I would love to hear from you and what you think of our lineup of family road trip games! How many of the above list of road trip games has your family played? I hope you have as much fun with these road trip car games as we have!

Happy Travels!

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14 Comments

  1. Awesome idea, Andie! Pinning this- our next few weekends are already booked with driving trips and this will make them better no doubt! Your family togetherness is inspiring 🙂

  2. Amy Graham says:

    What a great list! I love this!<br />

  3. Brilliant! We have a big car ride coming up, so this is timely. 🙂

  4. Really a great idea toi keep them busy.This is really a tough thing to go on a road trip with kids. Recently We went on a road trip in Ireland. We took a <a href="https://www.dan-dooley.ie/car-rental-hire-dublin-airport.htm" rel="nofollow">Dublin airport car hire</a>. After that we left for cork. In the whole way kids were so much frustrating. This is good to this kind of games for them. Thanks…

  5. The Educational Tourist says:

    What a fantastic idea for a road trip! You can easily use a different container, too, like an envelope so it is lightweight and easy to carry on an airplane trip. Thanks for sharing!

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    I’ve pinned your great idea!

  6. thank you for sharing! this looks like a winner! will try it out this weekend 🙂

  7. This is so fun… I am in the process of making our family road trip jar with your questions and activities. I am curious though…on the “Jinx” slip what happened when they pulled that one from the jar? Did that just mean their turn was skipped?
    Thanks!! I am thinking this will be really helpful with a 10 hour trip we are taking this month.

    1. It’s just a classic game of jinx – so the person who drew it can’t talk until someone slips and says their name. 🙂

  8. Getting ready to go on a road trip with my sister and her two kids (ages 3 and 11). I love this idea for my 11 yeqr old niece! I will let you know if we have as much fun as I think we will with it, but our vacation isn’t until July 2017.

  9. What a great idea. We have a long plane ride coming up with 7 children. This will be a huge help! Thanks for posting.

  10. This is such a great idea! On our last road trip the kids had way too much screen time. So looking for some alternatives for the next one.

  11. 5 stars
    This couldn’t be more perfect!! We love taking trips as a family & the car rides can become brutal! My kids will love these!

  12. Allyson Zea says:

    My kids love playing games in the car! I can’t wait to share these on our next trip!

  13. LBarbara Shure says:

    5 stars
    Such great ideas! I just sent these to my sister in law who is visiting for Thanksgiving!

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