Last updated February 2, 2020
Road trips are an amazing way to create new memories with your friends and family. When you’re exploring awesome new places with the people you care about, what’s not to love? But on the flip side, that usually means looong hours in the car and those can get old fast. So next time you find yourself on the road for hours at a time, instead of pulling out your phone try having some with each other instead! After all, that’s why you’re on your road trip in the first place, isn’t it? To help get the laughter started, here are some of our favourite adult road trip games.
Adult road trip games you’ll love
1. Sorry I’m Late
The best road trip games are easy to understand and uncomplicated. “Sorry I’m Late” is basically a guess-the-movie game. You say “sorry I’m late” and then give an excuse for your tardiness. The one catch is that your excuse has to be the plot of a movie. Your friends can ask questions and the first person to guess the movie wins.
This is a great game for movie buffs. I have a hard time with this game because I’m not super into pop-culture, but it’s still a lot of fun and great for a laugh!
For example: “Sorry I’m late, I had to convince my mom to not take me for a lover.” The movie? Back to the Future.
2. Explain a Movie Plot Really Badly
Here’s another great road trip game for all you movie lovers. Just as the name suggests, this game is all about explaining a movie plot terribly and making your buddies guess the movie. The worse the description, the funnier!
For example: “Boy is friend-zoned hard, but finally gets the girl after stealing a tooth.” The movie? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
3. Movie + TV Connections
This game will test your TV and movie knowledge (apparently I’m on a real movie kick with these road trip games). If you know lots of obscure movies, you’ll probably kick-ass at this game. I won’t lie, I’m terrible at it.
Start with a movie and one of your friends has to name another that’s somehow connected to it. Actors, directors, producers, soundtracks, etc all count as a connection. The only catch is that you can’t name the same movie twice and you have to know the connection. Wild guessing won’t help you win this game! You can, however, use the same connection multiple times. The game goes on until someone screws up a connection.
If you want to make the game harder, the connections can only be with people who have coupled up (either in the movie or real life).
4. Six Degrees of Separation (aka the Bacon Game)
Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is connected through six or fewer relationships. This game is actually quite similar to Movie/TV Connections. In this adult road trip game, you name two people from TV and your friends have to find a connection between the two in six or fewer steps.
If you need some help confirming those connections (like I do!), The Oracle of Bacon is a great resource. Despite the name, you don’t only have to compare people with Kevin Bacon.
5. Three Words
If you and your friends aren’t into guessing random things or aren’t so great with movies, this adult road trip game might be more up your alley. It’s super easy and can keep you entertained for hours!
The rules are simple: Everyone in the car takes turns saying three words to create a story, going in order until you have a great story! If that’s too easy, you can spice up the game by making specific words off-limits. What happens if someone says the off-limit word is up to you…
6. Text a Stranger
This adult road trip game is very similar to Three Words but adds an extra element of surprise. And it can get hilarious. If you’re traveling somewhere that charges you to send a text, though, you’ll probably want to avoid this game.
Instead of telling a story amongst yourself, each person adds three words to a text message. Once the text is done, either choose a random person from your phone (preferably someone who doesn’t have your number) or choose a completely random number! As you can imagine, this can get pretty funny! Just don’t be a dick.
7. Fake Facts
This game is just 100% crazy. All you do is make up the craziest, most outlandish facts you can and try to convince your friends it’s real! To make it even better, don’t let them know what you’re up to. Your friends and family will be off guard and more likely to believe you.
We once convinced my grandma that the holes in the rocks at Capitol Reef were from deer hitting the rock with their antlers!
8. While You Were Asleep
We all have that one friend who falls asleep on the road (that might be me…). All you need to do is wait for that person to fall asleep and come up with a funny (but still believable) story with everyone that’s still awake.
Once Mr Sleepyhead wakes up, tell your story! Everyone should take turns adding details, without going too over the top. If your sleeper doesn’t catch on, don’t tell them what’s happening until you’ve reached your destination! Or never tell them…
9. The Letter Game
It’s like eye-spy, but better. Way better.
In this adult road trip game, you pick a random letter and everyone has to look for words outside of the car that start with the letter. Road signs, businesses, and license plates are great places to start. To get a point, you need to find a unique word (no repeats). You can even make certain types of words worth extra points. For example, words that include swear or sex words can be worth two or even three points!
10. The Humming Game
This adult road trip game will test your song knowledge and musical skills… or lack thereof!
You take turns humming a song and your friends have to guess it. Your group can decide if you have to know both the song and the artist or just the song. The first to five (or however many you want) wins!
11. The Name Game
The brains on your road trip will love this game! It can get surprisingly hard.
Choose a category such as animals, vegetables, cities, etc. You name something in that category (ex: Vancouver). Your friend then has to name a city that same starts with the last letter of the previous city (ex: Revelstoke, then Edmonton). If a city starts and ends with the same letter (ex: Nelson), switch directions! The round ends when you can’t think of another city and the point goes to the last person to successfully name a city.
12. Never Have I Ever…
This game never gets old and actually works really well for road trips.
Someone in the car starts by saying “Never have I ever…” followed by a simple statement. Anyone that’s done that action has to take a bite of a donut or other food. For a dirtier, adult version, you can remove clothing. Just no drinking or getting totally naked — you’re in public, people!
13. Fictional Families
Let your imagination run wild with this fun adult road trip game! All you have to do is take a good look at the people inside a car beside you. Then create a backstory about the people you just checked out. Who are they seeing? What’s their deepest, darkest secret? Why are they traveling?
Some really funny stories get invented!
This is the ultimate battle between optimists and pessimists — at least as far as road trip games are concerned.
The rules are easy enough: you start the story by saying “fortunately” and stating something fortunate that’s happened. Your friend keeps the story going, but says “unfortunately” instead. And back and forth it goes until the story is so ridiculous everyone’s killing themselves laughing!
For example: “Fortunately, this was my first time seeing the ocean! Unfortunately, it was being attacked by a giant alien. But fortunately, I brushed up on my alien-invading movies last week. Unfortunately, I fell asleep during them and don’t remember how to win.”
15. License Plate Game with a Twist
This is a great adult road trip game because it takes what’s usually considered a kid’s game (the classic license plate game) and gives it a good ol’ twist. Instead of simply counting the license plates you find, you have to make a word using the license plate’s sequential letters. The person with the longest (or dirtiest) word wins.
For example: K4N 9G7 = Kissing
You get the idea! Talking and laughing are the best ways to pass the time… and to learn a bit about your car mates. Do you have a favorite adult road trip game? Please share in the comments!