The best games to play on a road trip
Road trips can get boring, but they don't have to be.
Instead of having every member of the group looking at a different screen, put down those phones and tablets and spice up the drive by playing some hilarious car games instead — and no, we don't mean "I spy with my little eye."
Here are some of the best games to play on a road trip that will keep everyone entertained for hours.
"Who are they?"
Every person in the car must pick a nearby car on the road and have someone make up a story about them. The options are endless! The person with the most creative story wins.
"Soft drink challenge"
*WARNING: COULD PROLONG TRIP* Next time you stop to get refreshments, buy a big pack of your favorite soft drink. You and your opponents have to match each other can for can, or bottle for bottle. The first one to cave for a bathroom break loses — just make sure to alert fellow passengers in advance before things get messy.
"The Battle of the Bands"
Think you have the best music taste out of anyone in the car? Battle it out with your fellow road trippers to see who has the best song for every occasion. For example, one person suggests a theme, like 90s hip-hop, or breakup song, and two contestants have one minute to pick their favorite song in that category. Once the songs are chosen, the contestants take turns playing them for the car. After listening to both songs, fellow passengers decide which one they liked best. In the end, whoever wins the most rounds, wins the game, and the title of "best taste in music."
"Did you hear that…?"
Test your knowledge about the latest juicy pop-culture gossip (or news) with this tricky game. Start by asking, “Did you hear that ______ happened?” It could have either happened or not, but your opponent must guess whether your statement is or isn't true. If your opponent correctly guesses that it didn’t happen, they get two points. If they incorrectly guess it didn’t happen, however, you steal one point and gain two additional points. If your opponent asks, “Tell me more,” points double at the end of the statement.
"Cows on my side!"
This simple game is sure to have the car filled with laughter. To get a point, all you have to do is scream, “Cows on my side!” every time you see a cow on your side of the car. If you see a cow on the other side of the car, simply scream, "Cows on your side!" If you call, “Cows on your side,” before the person on the other side can, you steal one of their points. If you see a cemetery, yell, "Ghost cow!" and you steal all the other side's points.
Another great game for cow lovers: every time you drive by a pasture of cows, slow down and let out your best and loudest "moo!" You get a point for every cow that turns to look at you, and half a point for any other animal that turns to look.
"Never have I ever"
You'll learn a lot about your car mates with this classic tell-all game. Everyone must hold up 10 fingers (except the driver, of course) and passengers must go around saying something they've never done before. If other passengers in the car have done it, they must put down one finger. Whoever is out of fingers first, loses.
"I have, but I bet you haven't"
Opposite to "Never have I ever," "I have, but I bet you haven't" is a game where you say things you have done before. You start with 10 fingers up, and if fellow passengers haven't done whatever it is before, they put a finger down. The last person with fingers remaining wins.
"Regional food master"
Each time you stop at a gas station, everyone must find a local snack to try. The snack must be created within the region of the stop. Whoever has the most snacks by the end of the trip wins!
"The swear jar"
Pick a word you commonly say on a road trip such as "bathroom," "gas station," or the name of the destination. Every time a passenger says that word, they must put a dollar in the car console. Try to trick people into saying the word. The money accumulated can go towards paying for gas or snacks along the way.
"Speak in song"
Try to carry on a conversation by only using the titles or lyrics from songs. You'll probably want to bust out and sing, but no singing allowed!
"The steamy game"
This game is simple, but hilarious. RVs have some pretty weird names, so every time you see one you must say the word "steamy" before its name. You are guaranteed to get some funny combos.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: This is what Bernie Madoff's life is like in prison