Road Trip Games For Adults
Before the days of smartphones and tablets, people used road trip games to have fun in the car during long journeys. Instead of being glued to a screen, you can learn more about your friends or family and create some fantastic new memories. They are a great way to stay occupied and share a few laughs while on the road! To help you get started, here are a few of the best road trip games for adults.
Never Have I Ever…
This classic game also works well for car trips. A person in the car makes a simple a statement starting with “Never have I ever…” and anyone who has ever done that action in their life must take a bit of a donut. Play continues around the car in a clockwise direction.
Six Degrees of Separation
Six degrees of separation is a theory that everyone in the world is connected via six or less relationships. In this game, one person names two different film or television stars and the other people in the car must try to find a link between the two in six steps or less. For example, you might say William Shatner and Hale Berry.
They are linked by:
William Shatner starred in Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock starred in Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman starred in Australia with Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman starred in X-Men with Halle Berry!
This game is great fun for people of all ages. Have a passenger think of a person, place, or object. The other passengers then have 21 questions to find out what they are thinking of. Questions should only be asked once. The questioner who correctly guesses what the person thought of gets to start the next round.
Don’t Say It!
This is a simple game that tests the memory of players during a long car ride. Pick 5 common words that passengers are not allowed to say during the journey. They should be common words used when traveling like “arrive”, “look” or “car”. Whenever a person says one of the five words they are penalized in some way — either they donate a coin to the “road trip snacks fund” or they have to perform an annoying task like filling the car with petrol or running an errand.
This is a great game to get your imagination going during the car ride. Simply pick out a vehicle that is sharing the road with you and have everyone take a good look at the occupants. Everyone should then collaborate to give these people an imaginary back story based on how they look, what kind of car they drive and how they are dressed. Some really funny backstories can be invented!
This is a great game if everyone in the car loves music. It is started by one passenger singing a line from a well-known song. The next person must connect the last word from that lyric to another song. For example
“Love, love me do, you know I love you…” (The Beatles)
“…Give love a bad name…” (Bon Jovi)
“…That’s not my name, that’s not my name!” (The Ting Tings)
Would You Rather
Another simple and funny road trip game that will help the time go faster. Simply think of two strange or disgusting activities and ask your fellow passengers which one they would prefer to perform. For example, “Would you rather have no arms or no legs?” Everyone should put some thought into their responses and have a couple of funny reasons why they made the choice.
The Movie Game
This is a great game for people who love movie trivia. It starts by a person mentioning the name of a random actor. The next person has to answer with a film that this actor starred in. The next person has to answer with the name of another actor who starred in the film and so on. The key to winning is thinking of obscure movies and actors. If someone gets an answer wrong, they are out of the game until the next round. For example: “Sean Bean” — “Game of Thrones” — “Lena Headley” — “Judge Dredd” — “Karl Urban” — “Star Trek”
This game requires a bit of creativity, but it can be quite fun for adults to play. The first person thinks of something fortunate about the trips or what has happened that day. It can be something true or something fictional. The next person must follow it up with some unfortunate event tied to the first event. For example:
“Fortunately, we are going to arrive at our destination sooner than expected!”
“Unfortunately, it has been invaded by the Chinese military”
“Fortunately, we all like Chinese food!”
“Unfortunately, they have no fortune cookies”
In this game, participants have to call out “Padiddle” every time they see a vehicle with a headlight out. The last one to say padiddle has to do something for the other person. In the couples version of the game, this might be to give them a kiss or give them a neck massage.
This game involves one person in the group being asked five questions by anyone else in the car. The person in the hot seat has to answer at least 4 out of the 5 questions.
As you drive across the country, you will keep finding new (and unusual) radio stations with some interesting and entertaining content. Radio roulette involves randomly choosing a new radio station every 10 minutes so you get to hear what is out there. You might find yourself listening to everything from smooth 80s jazz through to evangelical Christian radio!
Explain a film plot badly
This is another fun game for film buffs! In this game, one person explains the plot of a film very badly and the other passengers attempt to guess which film it is. For example “A boy befriends a bearded hermit and two gay robots, goes into space, snogs his sister and kills his dad”. Know the answer? Star Wars! Here’s another one — “Bloke punches himself. Encourages others to punch him. Leaves his job. Shaves his head. Bad influence on Meatloaf”. That’s right, it is Fight Club!
So try a few of the above road trip games for adults — you’ll be surprised by how fun the journey becomes! Want more road trip games? Check out our bonus list of 35 family road trip games.