Road trips are my fav! There’s not much that says ‘travel’ and ‘adventure’ like hopping into a car or truck and heading out onto the open road for a week – or maybe even a couple of weeks. But like books and movies, even really good road trips can get a bit tedious at times. That‘s why we all need to keep some road trip boredom busters in our back pockets.
Aside from the regular checklists for cross-country road trips, ensure that you invest in great SNACKS. I’ve said it before . . . “It doesn’t matter how old you are, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 10-year-old was given $100”. Nobody but my mother would disagree with that.
If you have adults and children in the same vehicle, consider the following games and activities to pass the time.
How about the “Husband Cemetery” in Somerset, PA? Or ‘Hell’ Michigan? Or ‘Climax’ Michigan? Or ‘Speed Limit 37 1/2’ near Boron, CA? Or ‘Going to Jail Sale’? Or ‘Dead People Things for Sale’?
When we were kids, there were no vanity plates, so we just counted state plates. Personalized plates make the license plate game way more interesting. My favorite has always been a Mercedes Sport with the plate ‘WAS HIS’.
I’M GOING ON A PICNIC. . .
This game can be played by people of all ages. I’m going on a picnic (to a concert, to the beach) and this is what I need to take . . .
MAKE A MOVIE
Today almost everyone has a cell phone. Encourage your children to video parts of their road trip. When you get home, put all the clips together for a mash-up movie.
NAME THAT TUNE
Split up into teams or go it alone. Award points to the person who guesses the most tunes or the one who gets the answer the quickest.
An old favorite in our family, we played this car game every time we hit the road. “I spy with my little eye, something that is . . .” You can even concentrate on things outside the vehicle, but you have to be quick.
A game for people of all ages, this is a list-making game. ‘Five things you can’t take in the bathtub . . .’ Adults who don’t know each other well will find these boredom busters interesting:
Not unlike ‘Table Topics’ in Toastmasters, this game encourages one person to talk about a specific topic for two minutes – or maybe longer.
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE
One person is ‘it’ and tells two true things about themselves and one lie. The other people in the vehicle have to guess which is which.
FIVE-MINUTE MYSTERY BOOK
This requires a bit of planning ahead to bring a ‘Five-Minute Mystery Book’ with you.
What have been your most successful road trip boredom busters? Post a comment. We’d love to hear from you.