Road trips are so much fun, but they can also be a bit boring after you have been driving for hours. I am leaving in a week for the biggest road trip of my life and I am a kid at heart so I love games and challenges. Of course, I have prepared some activities for us that I thought I would share with you. Pinterest was a big help in finding ideas and some are games we used to play in the car when I was a kid. I hope you have lots of fun in you travels.
1. Movies Playlist
This one we play all the time and it is very easy to bring along on a trip. All you need to do is download a bunch of songs form movies onto your iPod or cell phone. Just don’t forget to bring the answers with you! Once in the car, just plug your phone in the speakers and put your playlist on shuffle. Then have fun with your friends or family guessing what movie it is from and singing along. If you want to turn it into a competition, go ahead and count the points. 1 point for guessing the movie, 5 for remembering what scene the song was in. I personally have all the songs from almost all the Disney movies as well as songs from Grease, Singing in the Rain, Titanic, Star Wars, Rocky, Pitch Perfect, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, High School Musical, The Bodyguard, Hairspray, Mamma Mia and a bunch of others!
2. Look for Logos
This is a game I have seen often on Pinterest so I decided to make my own. You basically put a bunch of pictures of logos you can find on your trip and every time you see one while on the road, you cross it. The goal is to complete the whole page. I did a little research on popular California restaurants and shops and put their logos on the page and printed it. I have some of everything: fastfood chains like McDonalds and In-N-Out, shops like Hollister, Macy’s and Nike, attractions like Disneyland and Madame Tussaud, Highways and state parks. Enough for some I Spy during the trip.
3. License plates from all states and provinces
All you need for this one is a map of the United States with the name of every state or a map of Canada with the name of all the provinces. Then, while driving or walking during your trip, just look at the license plates of the cars around you and try to find one for every state or province. It is usually very easy to find four or five, but the far away states are a lot harder.
Update: We found 31, including Hawaii, New Jersey and Florida :)
4. Sorry I'm Late Game
We used to play this game all the time during thunderstorms when I was a lifeguard. You start by saying “Sorry I'm late…” and then your excuse for being late will be the summary of a movie. The others have to guess what movie it is. So let’s say you chose The Lion King, you can say “Sorry I'm late, but my dad was killed and I thought it was my fault so I ran away in the jungle, leaving my family’s kingdom to my mean uncle.” And the other people have to correctly guess The Lion King. If you have a vast movie repertoire, you can play this game for hours.
5. The Name Game
That’s another fun one we used to play during thunderstorms. So you start the game with a name, for example, Marie-Ève Boivin. Now, you take the first letter of the last name (B) and you have to find a name that starts with that letter. When you find a name that starts with that letter, for example, Benjamin Franklin, you keep going until you can’t find a name that has never been said before. It has to be the name of someone famous, so no names of friends or family members (unless they are famous). After a while it becomes very difficult!
6. Conversation Starters
So I basically wrote questions on some pieces of paper and put them in a small bag. If we run out of things to do, we can just pick one and try to answer it and explain our answers. There are all kinds of questions like: If you had a superpower, what would it be? If you could travel anywhere in the world what are three places where you would go? What was the best gift you ever received? Etc.
7. The Alphabet Game
This one is common and we used to play all the time when I was a kid. You just pick a topic (states, food, brands, boy names, girl names, Disney character etc) and find something that corresponds to the topic for every letter in the alphabet. Depending on the topic there won’t be something for every letter, but the goal is to try! Also be imaginative with your topics: it can be ice cream flavors, Harry Potter characters, things you can drink, restaurants, names of people you know, etc. The only limit is your imagination!
8. The Picture Bucket List
I LOVE taking pictures and I thought it would be a good way to make the drive go by faster if we had picture stops planned along the way and all along our trip. For now, I have 50 pictures planned, but we might add some as we go along or in the next week and I will post the results when we come back. Some are icons of California; others are just silly pictures or things that we will see on the way or even some food.
I don’t know if we will get to play all of these games or conquer all of these challenges, but we are in for a fun drive! Just one more week! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram (@myjourneytoadventure) and Facebook (My Journey To Adventure) add me for pictures and updates of our trip. I will post as often as possible as we go along! Also, if you have game ideas or picture spots please comment below, I want to know!
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