Last updated May 10, 2020
Road trips are probably my absolute favourite way to travel. I love everything about them, from gathering all of my gear, to planning it, to finally hitting the open road and knowing I’m in for an adventure and a half. Some of my best travel memories are thanks to road trips, so it’s not really surprising I love them so much.
But, even me, the road trip junkie, has to admit that they do come with long, long hours of driving that can get old real fast. So next time you find yourself getting a little bored, instead of pulling our your phone, give these games a try! After all, aren’t you on that road trip to have a great time with your travel buddies? To help squash that boredom and add some laughter, I’ve gathered a few of my favourite adult road trip games.
Adult road trip games you’ll love
If you think road trip games are a little childish, just give them a chance. Games are an amazing way to pass the time and create those memories you’ll cherish years from now. Besides, these aren’t boring ass kid games. We’re not gonna play eye-spy or bingo over here. Well, maybe. But with a twist.
1. Don’t Say It!
Some of the best road trip games are super simple. Don’t Say It is a slow burn and is sure to entertain (and maybe annoy) everyone on your trip. At the start of your day, pick a few common traveling words like “road”, “car”, or “tourists” that are off limits. Since they’re pretty normal words, someone’s bound to say them and when they do, they get penalized (after five strikes). The fun part is choosing their punishment. We’ve made people fill the tank, ask for directions, or use the bathroom last. Basically things you don’t wanna do.
2. Hot Seat
It’s time for a grill down. In Hot Seat, one person is asked three to five questions by everyone else. The person in the hot seat has to answer all the questions truthfully, otherwise they have to contribute to the snack fund (or whatever else you decide).
3. The Snack Game
I looove this road trip game! Why? Because you can really only play it on road trips. Every time you go to the grocery store or stop for gas, you have to scour the shelves for the strangest / coolest food or drinks you can find. My family has way too much fun wandering the aisles of Walmart finding chocolate marshmellows or squeeze cheese. The locals always think we’re nuts, but it’s a blast.
4. Did You Hear That?
This adult road trip game is perfect for those of you that are up on your pop culture or recent events. It’s basically a game of fact or fiction and the whole point is to fool your buddies. You start by asking “Did you hear that…?” and your opponent says either “That didn’t happen” or “Tell me more”. Here’s how the points work:
- If your opponent calls you out on your shit correctly, they get a point.
- If they incorrectly call you out, you get a point.
- If they say “tell me more”, points double at the end of your story.
Up to you what the winner gets! I’m partial to snacks, but that’s just me.
5. Left, Right, or Straight?
If you’re not in a rush, this is such a fun game to explore a little more. Every time you come to an intersection, the passengers tell the driver which direction to go — left, right or straight! Another option is to pre-select your choices and see what happens! I love this simple game because we always get to go on a little adventure. We’ve even done it here at home to just go for a drive!
6. Sorry I’m Late
I love adult road trip games that are easy 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.
7. 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!
8. 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!
9. 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…
10. 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. Raise five fingers and for every actions you’ve done, lower one. Everyone that’s “out” contributes to the snack fund and the winner gets a snack at the next gas station.
11. 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 a nighttime (or tunnel) adult road trip game. Every time you pass a car with a headlight out, yell padiddle and slap the car’s ceiling! The last person to yell and slap loses — and for a dirtier version, they have to lose a piece of clothing. It’s like strip poker.
13. One Minute
In One Minute, someone chooses a topic and everyone else has to talk about it for a whole minute. No pauses, ums, or repeating yourself! The topic choice can make this a pretty dirty adult road trip game.
This is a great way of getting to know your fellow road trippers! It’s disguised as a game, but it’s actually a whole lot more. Start by asking one another easy questions, but as time wears on you can get into deeper and more personal questions.
15. Guess Who (Travel Edition)
We all know the game Guess Who, right? Good news is you can easily play it from the car without any board game pieces! To give it a bit of a travel-theme, choose travel destinations like National Parks, countries, or road trip routes. Your buddies get ten guesses to figure out your pick.
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!