Are you busy planning an upcoming road trip? Are you doing all your research to ensure your itinerary hits all the highlights, attractions, and stops along the way? Do you want to be sure that the road trip goes off without a hitch? Planning will of course help ensure there are no surprises, but it’s important to recognize that there will be downtime wherein you’re not on the road and not in the car. There will be overnight stops, and even stops during the day to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and just relax. With that in mind, you may want to leave the house prepared with some fun games to play on your road trip. To help you out, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some great games that you can pack.
Don’t Leave without a Deck of Cards
One of the most basic things you’ll want to throw in your bag is a pack of cards. Just that one pack of cards makes it possible to play a huge variety of games – both kid and adult friendly. You don’t have to worry about extra pieces, a gameboard, or needing all kinds of space to set the game up. Cards are versatile and entertaining.
Some of the most popular card games you can play include:
Try the Game of Cornhole
Maybe you’re looking for a new game to play so that it doesn’t feel like the same old, same old. If that’s the case, you can get a cornhole board and see what the fuss is all about. Cornhole is a bean bag toss style game where you throw bags filled with corn (they look like bean bags), at a wooden board that has holes in it. The idea is to get the bag to land in one of the holes. You’ll be playing until the first person gets 21 points, taking turns back and forth with the tosses.
The game requires no complicated set up, there aren’t tons of pieces to pack in the car, and it can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. Enjoy a one-on-one match, or you can play in pairs so four people can play at any one time. Another great bonus with this game is that all ages can play, so it entertains adults and kids.
Themed Bingo Games
If you’re going on a road trip with your family, consider playing some online free bingo games. Or a traditional bingo game; these are great for kids and adults alike! Download the bingo cards and use them to make up a road-trip game. Choose different themes and images from highways, landmarks, wildlife, and more. You can print them out in advance to keep them busy and entertained throughout the trip. You can even print several sheets at one time to play several different versions at the same time.
Travel Sized Boardgames – Bring the Fun on the Go
If you happen to have a favorite family boardgame, or a couple, try picking up the travel-sized version of it before you depart. These tend to be smaller, more compact and may even be magnetized so that you don’t lose small pieces. Some of the best ones for road trips that are available in travel sizes include Connect 4, Scrabble, Battleship, Monopoly, and Guess Who.
The License Plate Game – a Classic Must-Play Game
No road trip is complete without at least one round of the license plate game. In this game, you need to look at a license plate that goes by and write down the state or country that they are from. The goal is to get as many different states or countries within a set timeframe. That could be a portion of the day’s drive, the full day’s drive, or the entire length of the road trip. All passengers in the vehicle can play, and all they need is a pencil/pen and a pad of paper.
If you’re worried about getting restless and bored on your road trip, these travel games are an excellent idea. They are all easy to pack and play, and can keep you entertained for hours at a time.