RV road trips can be long. Really long. So long that some road trippers (and their kids) can start dreading the journey before you ever pull out of the driveway. No longer! These seven thrilling travel games keep the mind nimble as you ride the road…and keep riding…never stopping.
7. Alphabet Highway
Using storefronts, billboards and road signs, use the letters to piece together the alphabet (in the right order, of course). Signs are only valid for one letter at a time, and the sign must pass that player’s side of the RV (if you’re the driver, focus on anything that you pass to the right). For example: the Applebee’s sign counts for the letter A, the state sign for Arizona earns a point for the letter Z, and a detour sign will work for the letter D. Don’t worry: in the case of the detour we have six other travel games up our sleeves.
6. Collect the license plates
This travel game is for teams or solo players to find as many out-of-state license plates as possible. Once someone claims an out-of-state plate, that state is off limits. Restart the list every time you turn off the RV, or raise the difficulty by keeping the same list all vacation trip long. Special points for license plates from Alaska or Hawaii.
5. Counting Crows
An easy game to make even the youngest road warriors squawk. Players count as many crows as they can that are visible on their side of the car. To pump up the difficulty, if you pass a cemetery on your side of the car, other players can yell the phrase “your crows are buried” to make you start back at zero. Using distractions to make your opponents miss crows or cemeteries is highly encouraged. The team or player with the most crows at the end of the trip wins.
4. Guess the Distance
Pick an object or building along the road and ask everyone in the RV to guess how far away that object is. Use a GPS or the odometer to figure out the distance. Take turns picking the next thing to measure.
3. The Green Game
When you’re sitting in traffic, look for a hybrid vehicle, like a Toyota Prius or a Honda Insight. Once you find one, use a stopwatch to count off 45 seconds to search for another hybrid vehicle. If you find two hybrids in 45 seconds, you’re in an eco-friendly town. Count how many eco-friendly towns you pass through along your trip.
Ghost is to spelling as Horse is to basketball. One player starts by saying a letter out loud. In clockwise order around the RV, other players take turns adding letters on to the original letter, trying to spell the longest word possible. If a player is unable to add any more letters onto the word, that round is over, and the player receives a letter from the word G-H-O-S-T. When a player spells ghost, that player is out of the game. The winner is the last un-ghostly speller in the RV.
This is a fun contest for anyone who knows pop-culture. Players go one-by-one around the RV naming two drastically different people that share either their first or last name. Example: former First Lady Barbra Bush and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush (Bush and Bush = same name. Get it?). The player to find the pair of names with the least in common wins giggles and high-fives.