When you take your family on the road, especially if your road trip is extensive, being prepared with games to keep your passengers occupied is a must. Here are the top five games to play on your next road trip:

  1. The Alphabet Game. Everyone knows how to play this classic. Using road signs, players must go through the alphabet in order, picking letters out of words you can see from the car. Some people play where you can use license plate letters, but we think that is a bit too easy. The double alphabet game is a great variation. Only words that have at least two instances of one letter can count, such as always, blueberry, chicken, doodle, elephant, firefighter, and so on.

  2. The License Plate Game. Armed with a pad of paper, passengers must write down the name of each state as you see it. The goal, of course, is to be the first one to see plates from all 50 states. Nowadays an updated free printable version of the license plate game allows the kids to cross off the US states (and Canadian provinces) as they spy them. For older kids learning US geography, there is a map version showing where each license plate originated.

  3. I Spy with My Little Eye. This simple game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for hours. One person spies something either inside the car or outside, and recites the “I Spy” line, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item. Older kids can enjoy this game, too, and try to outsmart their siblings by choosing something less obvious (such as choosing a freeway sign over a hillside for “something green” for example).

  4. Fortunately/Unfortunately. Adults can really enjoy this game, as well as kids. One person starts the game off by saying "Fortunately" and mentioning something fortunate such as “Fortunately, I remembered to bring extra bottled water to drink on this trip”. The next person has to follow by saying something unfortunate about the previous situation, like “Unfortunately, there are no bathrooms for the next 50 miles”. Cycle through everyone in the car, taking turns between fortunate and unfortunate situations, until everyone has had a turn. If somebody stumbles, they get a strike. Three strikes, and you're out, and the last one standing wins the game. Make it fun by seeing who can come up with the most outrageous possibilities. Example: “Fortunately, I have never seen the Rocky Mountains before this road trip”. “Unfortunately, they were all hidden by an alien cloaking device last week”. “Fortunately, I just graduated from Star Fleet Academy with a degree in anti-cloaking technology”.

  5. I’m Going on a Picnic. This favorite game can be played with as few as two people, but it’s more fun when the whole family joins in. The first player starts the game by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing...” followed by something that begins with A, such as apples. The second player repeats what the first person said, but adds something that begins with B. She might say “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and bananas.” Continue with items beginning in C, D, and the rest of the alphabet. If someone forgets an item, they are out of the game. The last player to be able to recite all the items on the list wins.

Top 5 Games to Play on Your Next Road Trip

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