On long road trips, boredom can strike at any second. It’s not that the destination or attractions along the way aren’t exciting, but that the country is so vast you’ll encounter stretches with no scenery or even cell phone reception. To combat this, there are several games you can play that will entertain people of all ages. The next time you’re on a road trip, don’t forget about these five.
1. A to Z
One of the most fun games you can play on the road is A to Z. Anyone who knows the alphabet has a shot at winning. To start, everyone is at A. As you’re driving, you have to find road signs, billboards, or license plates that start with the letter A. Once you find one, you do the same for B, C, D, and so on. Once a person calls out their sign, no one else can take it. Don’t fret if you fall behind early. X, Q, and Z pose threats that can have your opponents stuck long enough for you to catch up.
2. The Movie Game
If you have a car full of movie buffs, the Movie Game is an essential part of any lengthy journey. The first person starts the game by choosing an actor. Then the next participant says a movie they were in. The following person then names an actor from that movie, and the game continues. If you miss an actor or a movie, you’re out for the next round. You keep playing until one person garners the title of “Ultimate Movie Buff.”
Another great game for adults is Categories, which showcases your ability to think on the fly. To play, the driver starts by picking a category. The next person has five seconds to think of something that’s in that category, and play continues until someone blurts out a wrong answer or goes past the five-second mark. For example, if someone says candy bars, you could say Snickers, Milky Way, Payday, and keep going until someone falters. Repeating an answer also counts as a loss.
4. The License Plate Game
This educational game gives you the chance to pick out as many states as you can while you’re on a road trip. To begin play, start naming license plates you see on the interstate. In-state licenses are easy to find, but when find out-of-state plates, make sure to let everyone know. Once you’ve identified one, no other participant can repeat that state. To make it more challenging, try to go alphabetically. You might need a full list of the states if that’s the game plan.
5. 20 Questions
This classic game has probably been around as long as people have taken road trips. The game begins when someone in the car picks a person, place, or thing. The other occupants then have 20 yes/no questions to figure out what it is. It’s super simple yet challenging.
Although these games seem relatively straightforward and perhaps even a bit mundane, they can provide hours of fun for everyone involved. With these in tow, you can stave off boredom on the road.