The Best Games for Long Car Journeys
Keeping a stock of good games for car journeys can be a trip saver. Piling into the car and heading out on holiday can be an exciting time… until everyone realises how long they need to be in the car for. It’s not uncommon for kids and adults alike to get bored when there’s nothing but tarmac and traffic to look at.
If like us, you’d rather keep the conversation alive, avoid everyone diving into their phone or tablet and prevent the cries of “are we nearly there yet?” from the kids, why not try out some of our tried and tested car games?
The Alphabet Game
Like a few of the games on our list, you can make this one as hard or as easy as you need depending on who’s playing. This isn’t a road-side spotting game, but a category game. Choose a category (the more specific, the harder the game) and, starting at A and working down to Z, name things from that category. You can work as a team or challenge each other to complete a category as quickly as you can.
If you need some inspiration, some good categories include zoo animals, pop bands, food and cars.
This is a quintessentially British game and is perfect for when you’re winding through small towns and villages.
The game requires at least two players who take it in turns to be ‘batting’ or ‘in’. When a player is batting, they count up the number of legs that the subject of the pub’s sign has. For example, ‘The Swan’ would score two points whereas the ‘The Fox and Hounds’ would score 12. When the pub name contains an unspecified plural, it’s always assumed that there are two, so ‘The Fox and Hounds’ has three sets of four legs. Inanimate objects score zero points. The player who is batting switches every time you see a pub with ‘arms’ or ‘head’ in the name, for example, ‘The King’s Arms’.
The game is over when the journey is over and the player with the highest score wins!
The Name Game
This classic game tests your pop-culture knowledge. Choose a famous person and give their full name. The next person picks another famous person whose first name starts with the same letter as the first person’s second name.
For example, the first person picks ‘Harry Kane’ and so the second person chooses ‘Katy Perry’. If someone says a name where both names start with the same letter, for example, ‘Ryan Reynolds’, then the order of play flips.
If a person can’t give a name, then they’re out. The last person standing is the winner!
Would You Rather?
This one can be changed to suit the people playing. All you need to do is ask one or all of your fellow passengers, what they would rather?
If playing with kids, you can ask fun questions like, ‘Would they rather be friends with Buzz Lightyear or Lightning McQueen?’ Or ‘would they rather be able to fly or run super-fast?’ If playing with adults, you can always play it for laughs and ask questions where neither option is particularly attractive. For example, ‘Would they rather have feet for hands or hands for feet?’ Remember that choosing ‘both’ or ‘neither’ isn’t an option!
It’s not really possible to win or lose this game, so long as everyone stays interested, the game can go on for as long as you like.
Fortunately / Unfortunately
A game of improvised storytelling created through the balancing of optimism and pessimism. Starting with a simple statement, the next player responds with an unfortunate twist on the first statement. The next with a fortunate twist on that statement, and so on.
For example: Starting with ‘a family were driving in a car to go on holiday.’ The next person adds, ‘Unfortunately the kids were really bored.’ Then the next person goes with ‘fortunately they had a great list of car games to keep them occupied!’
This is a great way to get those creative brains working and improvised comedy groups and drama schools use a similar technique to come up with new routines. The story can start sensibly and go in outlandish directions or start silly and get even more so. The only limit is your creativity!
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