Classic Road Trip Games
1) Punch Buggy ( Slug a Bug)
Perhaps the most famous of the classic road trip games, Punch Buggy is sure to get everyone in the car awake, alert, and perhaps hurt. One point is awarded to the person who first correctly yells “Punch Buggy” when a Volkswagen Beetle (Bug) is present. This person then proceeds to punch the closest opponent. Misidentifying a Volkswagen Beetle results in the loss of one point and the loss of that person’s punch privilege for the next buggy they identify.
2) Stinky Pinky
Stinky Pinky (also known as Road Toad) is very simple. One passenger comes up with two words that are synonyms with two words that rhyme, for example: “smelly finger”. The remaining travelers try to guess “stinky pinky”. When deciding on your words, it’s easiest to work backwards, thinking of the rhyme set before coming up with the synonyms. In addition, it’s best to use an adjective followed by a noun. Other fun examples: “happy fruit”—“merry cherry”, “insane flower”—“crazy daisy”. In this classic road trip game, the first person to correctly identify the given combo gets to create the combo for the next round.
Boggle is a word game created by Hasbro that has an awesome travel version available for those on the go! It’s basically a timed word search. You first shake around the lettered cubes held within the center of the game’s case. Once the cubes have been sufficiently shuffled, you lock the letters into place by twisting the top of the case. You have three minutes (timed by a green light on the case) to discover and write down as many words as you find in grid of cubes. Each word is given a value based of the amount of letters it contained. Once the time is up, add up the values to determine your final score! For more details on this classic road trip game, click here.
4) Word Trail
Begin by choosing a category that has many possibilities, such as countries, candies, or famous people. The first person chooses any object within that category. The next person must choose an object that starts with the last letter of the first object. For example, a word trail for car brands would look something like, “Mercedes, Saab, Buick, Kia, Audi”. A variation of this game is played by using a person’s full name. To start, pick a name. Then use the first letter of the last name for the next play ( ex. “Sandra Bullock, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Susan Sarandon, Steve Martin, Miley Cyrus”. For this version of the game there seems to be imaginary points given to those who are able to come up with names that keep the same letter rolling!
5) A-Z Search
Another classic road trip game is the “A-Z Search”. The point of this game is to find the letters A-Z in alphabetical order. You are allowed to use any letter found outside of your car. Signs, license plates, and billboards are just a few examples of where you’ll find your letters. This game is a blast and always gets difficult for many letters. You can play as a team or as individuals in competition. If you are on a long trip and looking for a challenge, a variation of this game is when you need to find whole words that begin with the letters A-Z in alphabetical order (ex. Use “Junction” for J. “Fiji” would not count. Nor would the abbreviation “Jct.”)
6) 20 Questions
In this classic road trip game, one player is chosen to be the answerer. The answerer chooses a subject (ex. Apple, George Washington, Empire State Building) but does not reveal this subject to the others in the car. All other players are the questioners. The questioners each take turns asking a question which can be answered with a simple “Yes” or “No”. Lying is not allowed in the game! If a questioner guesses the correct answer, that questioner wins the round and becomes the answerer for the next round. If 20 questions are asked without a correct guess, then the answerer has stumped the questioners and gets to be the answerer for another round. An interesting twist would be to battle the ultimate 20 Questions machine (which can be found here). It’s a great way to add new competition and it is very difficult to beat. Seriously…try to trick it. It knows everything.
7) Two Truths and a Lie
One of the most famous classic road trip games starts with one player brainstorming three personal things about him/herself. Two of which are true, and one that is false. The player then says the three statements to the group. The other players must guess which of the three is the lie.
Grab a sheet of paper and play some hangman. One person picks a word and then tells/shows everyone else how many letters the word contains. For example, if your word is “Road Trip Game”, you would write down:
“_ _ _ _ —-_ _ _ _—- _ _ _ _”. Then the other passengers try to guess the word by selecting letters. Ex. If some one asks if the phrase contains an “R”, you would say,
“Yes, there are 2 “R”‘s”. ” R _ _ _—- _ R _ _—- _ _ _ _”. This goes on until either a) the passengers can guess the word correctly or b) the other passengers get “hung”. Here are some official travel hangman board games.
9) Audio Books
Pick a book for the entire car to listen to. Click here for a great list of book recommendations.
Road Trip Games For Kids
1) Criminal Sketch Artist
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Appoint a witness to describe the characteristics of the “criminal”. Example characteristics: Big nose, spiked hair, pink high heels, etc.–be creative! Have the remaining players attempt to draw the “criminal” based on the description. See what they come up with for their sketches and compare the results! A variation of this game would be to describe a known character such as Cinderella or Sully from Monster’s Inc.
2) Buried Treasure
Fill a 2-liter bottle or a similar plastic container about ¾ with birdseed, sand, rice, or even cereal. Next, place small household objects like marbles, paperclips, toy figurines, etc. inside of the bottle. Be sure to keep track of how many objects you put in! Then, most importantly, seal the bottle tightly that way you don’t get rice or seed all over your car. Now your kids can shake the container and try to find all of the treasures you “buried” in the bottle. If you’ve got a long trip ahead of you, have them guess what the objects are. Once they’ve found everything on the list, reward them with a prize, like choosing the music for the next hour or letting them decide the next road trip games for kids to play.
3) Magnetic Board Games
Numerous board games come in magnetic versions designed specifically for those who want to play while traveling. The boards are usually in a metal case, and the pieces contain magnets that stick to the board. This way your children can play their favorite games and you don’t have to worry about losing the pieces. Below are our favorite magnetic road trip games for kids:
4) I’m Going to the Moon
This alphabet-based memory road trip game is great for kids of all ages! Plus you don’t need a game board or any materials. The game can be played with as few as two players, but is best when the entire car participates. To start, the first player says “I’m going to the Moon and I’m bringing…” followed by something that begins with the letter “A”, for example “Alligators”. The second player then repeats what the first person said, but then adds something that begins with “B”. So he/she might say, “I’m going to the moon and I’m bringing “A” “Alligators” and “B” “Basketballs”. And so on with C, D, E, and the rest of the alphabet. If someone forgets an item, he/she is out. Feel free to give hints to younger players. The last player to be able to recite all the items on the list wins.
If you’ve never heard of the Akinator app, you are in for a real treat! Akinator is a genie that can guess nearly any real person or character you are thinking of in 20 questions or less. Kids can try their favorite characters from movies, TV series’, and books. However, the genie will also guess characters from more mature shows, movies, etc, so this app will keep parents entertained as well. You can try out the Akinator on the internet here before purchasing it in itunes here. It’s creepy how smart this thing is. Akinator is nearly impossible to stump!
6) Rest Area Olympic Games
While stopped for bathroom or rest breaks, get your kids to exert some energy. Bring some sports gear in your car for the road trip. Footballs, frisbees, and tennis balls don’t take up a lot of space, and they can get the entire family active. If your car is packed to capacity and you cant fit any sports equipment, make up your own game. For example, have your kids race from picnic table to picnic table, or play a game of “Tag You’re It” with them. Getting everyone to exercise will help make your driver more alert, and it will help calm down your kids (Maybe it’ll calm them down so much that they’ll sleep for an hour or so). That will certainly give you some peace and quiet!
7) Road Trip Bingo
Similar to regular bingo, Road Trip Bingo is played by giving a bingo card out to each participant, but unlike normal bingo, each space in the grid contains a specific landmark object (ex. a stop sign, a McDonald’s logo, etc.) rather than a number. If you are looking for a more personalized card, blank bingo grids can also be found online. Note: Be sure to make each card unique ensuring that there are no multi-winners.
8) Window Art
If you are willing to let your kids deface the inside of your car (temporarily of course!) Crayola offers a washable window marker that will occupy the attention of your young artists. The markers can be found cheaply here.
9) Buzz Word
At the start of the road trip, the passengers decide on a word deemed “off limits”. Each passenger starts out with an equal amount of play “money” (mini candy bars or chocolate gold coins work well!). Throughout the duration of the road trip, passengers call out other passengers for using the “off limit” word. The road tripper who says the “off limit” word must pay the person who notices one of their candies. We suggest using common words such as “car”, “bathroom”, “song”, or “mom” so that the “off limits” word is said more frequently, thus keeping this road trip games for kids more interesting!
10) Who Are They?
Peek into other cars to see who’s in them. Try to tell their story. Who are they? Where are they coming from? Where are they going? Why are they driving so quickly?! Maybe they are astronauts just on their way to the station where they will depart to the moon for the first time… or maybe they are on a road trip playing road trip games for kids just like you! Your kids will have a blast inventing these stories and you will probably enjoy hearing the crazy stories they come up with.
11) Show No Teeth
The infamous road trip game for kids, “Show no teeth” can double as a way to quite down your kids for a little bit of time if they are getting to loud. It starts with a chant: “Chinese torture has begun. No more laughing. No more fun. If you show your teeth or tongue, you are OUT!” Once the chant has been said, everyone in the car must keep his or her mouth completely shut. Anyone who shows his or her teeth or tongue is out. Unfortunately, the silence usually doesn’t last very long because the game usually causes the giggles.
Get 3 X/O’s in a row and you win! First to 10 wins. Click here for a “take anywhere” version.
13) Rock Paper Scissors
If you are really bored, play some rock paper scissors. In this road trip games for kids, two players square off head-to-head. You have three options: rock, paper, or scissors. Rock crushes scissors but gets covered by paper. Scissor cuts paper but gets crushed by rock. Paper covers rock but gets cut by scissors. Play to 10.
Road Trip Games For Adults
1) Polar Bear
Our first of many road trip games for adults is sure to create excitement and laughter on your drive. Polar Bear is best played when it is cold outside. First, all passengers must strip down to their underwear—drivers be careful! Once everyone is undressed, roll all the windows down, open the sunroof, and blast the air conditioning. The last person to remain undressed wins the game. Use Caution! If weather conditions are extreme and players are too competitive, someone may get hurt playing this top road trip games for adults.
2) Real Money Mobile Poker
You can now play REAL MONEY poker online using your smartphone on Bovada Poker. This game takes the cake for being one of our most exciting and perhaps profitable road trip games for adults. You can play in games for as low as $0.25 that award the winner more than $10,000! Why pay for your own gas when you can just have someone else fund it for you 😉 ? Click here to sign up!
3) Cards Against Humanity – YOU WONT BELIEVE THIS GAME!
One of our favorite road trip games for adults, Cards Against Humanity is the disturbing cousin of Apples to Apples. This game is for those with a twisted sense of humor, and it will have you rolling around in your seat. We can’t recommend a better game to get you laughing. Check this out!
There are 550 playing cards in this game (which is way more than enough to begin with), but if you’d like even more cards, check out the expansion packs recently released (Each have 112 new cards):
4) The Worst Case Scenario Card Game
Do you know how to catch a fish without a rod or how to cross a piranha-infested river? How about the best way to survive a fall onto subway tracks? Originally a board game, The Worst Case Scenario Card Game has released an awesome travel edition. The point of this fun road trip game is to test your knowledge of survival techniques in varied (basic and obscure) scenarios. The game is filled with interesting, funny, and practical information. It is sure to add to the adventure of your trip and possibly save your life one day!
5) Would You Rather
Would you rather is a classic road trip game that asks one simple question, “Would your rather ____ or ____ ?” Often times the question is extremely difficult to answer because both options seem equally dreadful or equally awesome. The game can be played using your imagination to come up with scenarios, but if you’re looking for some inspiration there are many versions of “would you rather” books and games. These books are filled with hundreds of tough questions. If you’re looking for a naughty version of the game, the Would you Rather Sex Edition and the Would you Rather Dirty Version are fantastic road trip games for adults only! One question is reads, “Would you rather have an orgasm once every ten seconds, or once every ten years?” Below are links to multiple versions.
- Would You Rather? Pocket Travel Version Twisted, Sick, and Wrong
- Would You Rather? Absolutely Absurd Dilemmas to PonderWould You Rather?
- SEX Edition: Ludicrously Lustful Dilemmas to Ponder
- Would You Rather? The Dirty Version
6) What’s Yours Like? – The Game That Tells It Like It Is
Everyone but the person in the hot seat knows what the word is. Ex. “Swimsuit” Now everyone describes “what theirs is like”. “You can barely see mine”, “I like to get mine wet”, or “I like mine tight”. The player in the hot seat then has to guess what the word is. This game is sure to make someone uncomfortable! Check it out.
7) Adult HedBanz Game
With a card strapped to your forehead, everyone knows “Who You Are” except you! See for yourself.
8) Strip Padiddle
One of the classic road trip games for adults is Strip Padiddle. A padiddle is a vehicle with a burnt out head light or taillight. When a padiddle is spotted, all passengers must hit the ceiling of the car. The last person to hit the ceiling must take off one article of clothing. FYI, each sock/shoe is considered a separate piece of clothing. Note: you can always remove the stripping portion of the game!
9) Never Have I Ever
In Never Have I Ever, players take turns saying “never have I ever…” statements. A few examples: “never have I ever skinny dipped”, “never have I ever pulled an all-nighter”, “never have I ever kissed a girl”. The statements must be true. Each player starts with five fingers up. Once a statement is said, everyone who has done those things must put a finger down. Who ever puts all their fingers down first loses. Although the game can be played innocently, it often turns scandalous!
10) Dirty Minds – The Game Of Naughty Clues
In this road trip games for adults, the dirtier your mind, the worse you will do. All answers are clean…but they sure don’t sound like it! Check it out.
11) Adult on Board: Travel Games for Adults
A variety of “fun and mentally invigorating” road trip games for adults. Test your knowledge now! Click here to purchase this game.
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13) The Swear Jar
At the start of the road trip, the passengers decide on a word deemed “off limits”. Throughout the duration of the road trip, passengers call out other passengers for using the “off limit” word. Tally each violation of the game’s “off limit” word. The passenger who says the “off limit” word the most by the end of the road trip must buy everyone else a round of drinks or whatever they have agreed on. Punishing the game’s loser will make the game more interesting! Make sure to use a common word so that passengers will have trouble. We suggest using words such as: car, bathroom, song, or any overly used swear word.
14) Chinese Fire Drill
This is a road trip games for adults classic. When you are stopped at a red light, the driver announces a “Chinese fire drill” and all passengers must exit the car and run a lap, choosing a new seat to return to (including the driver). In addition to an exciting game, Chinese fire drill is a quick way to switch drivers when you are in a hurry or don’t feel like stopping at a rest stop. Make sure to look out for cops and oncoming traffic.
15) Interrogation Room
Each person in the car takes turn being “interrogated” (questioned) by the other passengers in the car. First, one passenger is deemed “the victim”. Next, the other passengers of the car come up with 5 questions to ask the victim. But here’s the catch, the victim can reject/veto ONE of the 5 questions. You cannot ask the same person the same question twice. Everyone must be the “victim” at least once.
16) Audio Books
Sometimes the best car ride games for adults aren’t games at all.. Listening to an audio book on your road trip is a good way to entertain everyone on a long drive. Pick an audio book for everyone to listen to through your car speakers! Click here for some good book recommendations.
17) Rubik’s Cube
Put your brain to the test, learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Play with this device until you get each side to contain the same color. Once you get the 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube down, try the 4 x 4 Rubik’s Cube….Or the 5 x 5! P.S. Don’t Rubik’s and drive!
18) 15 Puzzle
Rearrange the tiles so that they are in order. Click here for cheap 15 puzzles.
19) Triangle Peg Game
The original brain teaser. try and jump your way down to only a single peg remaining! Here are some nice boards.
20) Classic Road Trip Games
As crazy as it may seem, some times the best road trip games for adults may be a game you used to play when you were a kid. Oh, the nostalgia! Click here to view our classic road trip games.
21) Photo Competition
This “road trip games for adults”requires everyone to bring a camera (whether it be an HD or a disposable). Then each contestant must agree on a set time or distance limit. Each person with a camera must take only 1 picture before the time/distance has passed. Compare the photo compilation after the trip. Whoever has the better album gets a free lunch.
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