10 Games For Your Next Road Trip

Ah, the road trip game. Staple of family vacations since families were taking vacations. But, let’s face it, you can only play 20 Questions, I Spy, and the License Plate Game for so long before you need some fresh entertainment. Leave that to me, and this list of my ten favorite travel games.

There’s Something You Don’t See Everyday

I’ll start the list off with this one, because it’s a great long trip game. The point of the game is simple: find something off the wall, funny, or just plain bizarre along the way. When you find your thing, turn to a co-traveler and tell them, “There’s something you don’t see everyday.” Just choose wisely, though, because after picking one, you’re not allowed to switch. Have someone keep track of everyone’s oddity, and once everyone has one, vote on a winner.


Another great game to get rolling early in the trip. Before leaving, get enough miniature bottles of Tabasco sauce for everyone. (You can get them for under a buck each on their website, if you can’t find them locally.) Now, everyone on the trip is an assassin, attempting to do away with everyone else using their bottle of Tabasco as poison. Just a drip left in unattended food will do the trick. The small bottles force you to be frugal with your attempts, and prevent anyone from outright ruining someone’s meal by pouring a large bottle of hot sauce all over it.

I Don’t Want To Eat

Speaking of eating, everyone has faced the difficulty of picking a place to eat while traveling. Usually, everyone’s favorite restaurant is “It doesn’t matter, wherever you want.” As a fun game, and a great way to pick lunch, I suggest playing this game. When you come to a sign advertising one or more restaurants, have everyone in the car, either in turn or as a group, eliminate at least one restaurant with a statement of “I don’t want to eat…” and a reason why. (For example, you could eliminate Olive Garden by I don’t want to eat Italian; no future Italian restaurants would even need to be considered.) Soon you will find a place that no one truly has any objection with, and you can get down to eating.

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