Planning to drive to La Jolla for your upcoming trip? A road trip can be exciting, but long hours on the road can also become tiring and even stressful, especially if you’re traveling with kids. You want to keep everyone entertained, but you don’t want to slow the trip down by making constant stops, and you might not be able to afford a car with a video player. Besides, the best road trip entertainment is the kind of road trip entertainment that connects everyone.
Here are some classic and completely free road trip games that will make you grateful for the company you have on your trip:
Before and After
Word games are popular choices for any road trip. All that’s required is company and a sharp mind. Before and after is a game that anyone can play, so it’s great if you have kids or if you’re traveling with a group of friends. The first person starts with a word, say, “Circus.” Since “circus” ends with s, the next person must come up with a word that begins with s.
You can apply a theme — favorite books or movies, or maybe things you’re looking forward to about your upcoming trip! If you want to make it more competitive, give each person a set amount of time to choose their word before they’re eliminated.
While You Were Sleeping
This is a great game for a mischievous group of road trippers, especially if you’re spending long hours on the road. For this game to begin, one of the passengers in the car must fall asleep and stay asleep for at least five minutes. After that point, the other passengers in the car begin to create a story, taking turns to add to the story as they go around. When the sleeping passenger wakes up, everyone who crafted the story must try to convince them that it’s true.
You can keep score, with each awake passenger getting a point if they pull it off and the previously sleeping passenger getting the collected points of each passenger if they don’t believe it. The next round begins when the next passenger falls asleep. However, this can be tricky since after the first round, the sleeper will know about the game.
Did You Hear That?
If you struggle to keep “While You Were Sleeping” fresh after the first round, “Did You Hear That?” may keep you on your toes. The first person starts with a statement: “Did you hear that _____?” It can be based in pop culture, current events, or simply your own experiences. Their opponent must guess if it’s true or not. They can also follow with “Tell me more” to get context clues before guessing whether or not the news is true.
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