Everyone knows that when they travel in a car on vacation that it can be quite a challenge because it can turn into a disaster quickly. This is generally caused from sheer boredom. Everyone including the kids are going to get bored if you haven't prepared for the long trip. So before you go on your family vacation by car it's a good idea to have a plan that includes a variety of different road trip games.
One such game is the 50 states game. What you do with this game is have a list of the 50 states printed out for each person in the car who is playing. The object of the game is to cross of each state on the list when they see a license plate that has the state name on it. You can play as individuals or work in teams. You should also consider some sort of prize for the winner. The winner of course is the first person or team to cross off all of the 50 states first.
Another game is to play a road trip bingo game. You can buy roadside bingo cards or you can make them yourself and print them out. Each card will need to have pictures of things that you might see while you are driving and put them into bingo rows, just like an ordinary bingo card. Then instruct everyone to mark off the items as they see them and to call bingo when they get four in a row. You can make up several different ones so that the game can be played several times.
Another good game is the Alphabet game. You play this game by finding all the letters of the alphabet in order by taking letters off of the different road signs and license plates of different cars and trucks. Continue this game until the first person has found all 26 letters.
You can also play what is called the Trip game. This is where you have one person start off by saying they are taking a trip and then add word or two like “with a toothbrush” and then the next player needs to take that sentence and include the first person's word and then add their word and continue doing this until there is someone who can no longer remember how the sentence started.
You can also do a scavenger hunt in the car as well. Make sure to print out a copy of all the items that everyone needs to find while driving in the car. Give everyone a copy of their own and then instruct them to mark off all the items on the list that they happen to see while driving down the road. Whoever marks off all of their items on their list is the winner.
You can also have everyone take different license plate numbers and try to make words and sentences out of the letters that are on the plates. For example if someone had a plate that read ELD 123 someone might say “Everyone Loves Dogs”. The fun part is trying to see how many different phrases you can come up with and who can come up with the most or the funniest.