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Car Games for Travel


Although everyone loves to take vacations traveling a long distance in a car with children can be difficult.  Simple car games are a great way to to pass time away and keep children amused during a long trip.  I have compiled a list of car games that I have played over the years with my children and they have been a great success when we travel.  Give it a try and have a great trip!


Great Craft -- Magnetic Car Tray: Learn how to make  a tray of magnetic games and drawing supplies that will keep your kids amused when you are heading out on a long road trip. Car games for travel are important to keep your children happy on the road.  Click here for details:  Car Tray

Alphabetical Trip   

This is a fun and easy car game that let's the kids use their imagination.

One person starts with the letter "A" and says, "I'm going on a trip, and I'm going to bring ____ " and names something that begins with the letter "A." The next person repeats what the first person said, and adds something that starts with a "B." The next repeats what they said, but adds a "C" item, and so on until someone can't remember the whole list. For small children, don't repeat and just let them add a new item that is the next letter of the alphabet.


Instant Messaging, Car Style

This car game will help make the travel time go by a little quicker and the kids will enjoy playing it.

Pack along a large drawing tablet and thick, black markers. Have kids make signs to send messages to other cars, such as "If you like Texans, wave!" or "Your brake light is out!"


Count to win 

Pick a theme – it can be anything.  Some examples are Tractor Trailers, Pick-up Trucks, SUVs, White Vans, Volkswagens, Billboards, Stop Signs etc… Set a timer for 30 minutes.  Start to count all the items that you find on your side of the road. The person with the most when the timer goes off is the winner.  Sounds like a fun car game right?


 I Spy  

Look around and pick an object you can see inside or outside of the car. Then give others a clue such as, "I spy with my little eye... something blue.”  Continue to give more clues until they guess the object. Every kid loves to play I Spy, so why not use it on your trip as a car game to keep them amused?


TV or DVD Player 

 A great investment for long trips is a built in TV or better yet a portable DVD player.  The portable player is better because your child can also take it on trips when you are flying.  This way they can watch movies at the airport during layovers or use it at resorts if you are out of the room and they need to be kept amused.  Just remember to bring a few good movies.  Not a car game but a necessity when you are going on a long trip with kids.


Guess Who?

Think of a friend or relative, write their name on a piece of paper, and then give a hint to help the rest of the family figure out who the mystery person may be.  For example, "It is a female".  Each person then gets a turn to ask a question to help figure out who it is.  The first person may ask “Does she wear glasses?”  You answer the question and they take a guess.  If they are not correct it goes to the next person who has a chance ask a question but if they are correct they get to select the next mystery person.  Car games for travel are a great way to help the time go by quickly because the kids are absorbed in the game and forget to ask the famous question "Are we there yet".  This is a great car game since it is about someone that they know!!


Name That Song

Each person in the car gets a turn at selecting a word and then everyone else has to see if they can come up with a song that uses the word.  The key here is that they have to sing the song!  For example:  Someone gives the word “cheeseburger”  What song has cheeseburger in it well someone in the car begins to sing Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.  You can take it a step further and then ask who the artist is who sang the song. 


Next Car is Mine

 Pick a number from 1 to 10.  Count off the number of cars that pass you based on your number.  When you reach your number check to see what “your car” happens to be.  Everyone takes a turn and then you vote to decide on who is the winner.  The winner can be the person with the nicest car or the worst car or the biggest car or the smallest car.  You decide – be creative.



Hand Held Electronic Game

If you child has a hand held video game be sure to take it along.  You may consider purchasing a new game for it prior to the trip and giving it to your child on the day of departure.  This will keep them interested and amused so be sure to take it on your trip.


Music and Headsets

Individual musical electronics with headsets is a wonderful thing to take on a trip.  Kids, especially pre-teens and teenagers, can listen to their music forever thus ticking away at travel time.


License Plate Letters

 Search for an out–of-town license plate and call out the letters on it.  Everyone takes a turn coming up with a different phrase using the letters in order as they appear on the license plate. For example if the letters were WIG the phrase could be “Watermelon is good”.  When you can't think of any more phrases then find another license plate and start again.

Car Scavenger Hunt

Kids love scavenger hunts!  So why not add it to your travel car game list and play it while driving in the car? 

CLICK HERE FOR << printable format >>  

City Scavenger Hunt Country Scavenger Hunt Suburbs Scavenger Hunt
Bus Cow Mini Van
Person on a cell phone Brown Horse School
Taxi Cab Picket Fence Gas Station
Statue or Art work Silo Fast Food Restaurant
Subway or train sign Sign with Farm or Ranch Name Car Dealer
Ladies Retail Store Tractor Playground
Book Store Pond or Lake Church
Museum Dirt Road Red Light
Billboard Country Store Bike
Hotel Mail Box Dog
Restaurant Railroad Tracks Child Playing
Theatre Stop Sign Movie Theatre
Men at work sign/ construction sign Church Post Office
Skyscraper Pick-up Truck Super Market