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10 Road Trip Games for College Students & Adults


You’ve driven just a few miles down the road, and the novelty of the License Plate Road Trip Game has already worn off. What’s a wanderlust-heavy group of college pals to do: listen to an Armchair Expert podcast and browse reddit? Meh. Inject some much-needed energy into your travels by adding these alternative road trip games into your repertoire. The rules of these road trip games don’t matter, and the points are made up, but they’re fun anyways. So, have at ‘em.

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Did You Hear…?

Truth or lie? Fact or fiction? Fake news or faker news? Your knowledge of current events, pop culture, and dumb facts will come in handy when playing “Did You Hear…?” on a road trip.

How to play:

  1. One person starts by stating a fact, which can be true or false. (“Did you hear? Someone found a real Pet Semetary just east of Douglas Lake!”). This fact can be fact or fake.
  2. Any one person in the group can challenge this statement. (“Nah, that’s fake.”)
  3. A point is awarded to the challenger if they’re correct.
  4. A point is docked from the challenger’s total if they’re incorrect.
  5. The first person to earn 10 points wins an already-snapped-into Slim Jim.

6 Degrees of Bacon

Any film buffs in the house? Take a stab at the classic “6 Degrees of Bacon” road trip game.

How to play:

  1. Someone starts by naming an actor or actress, living or dead. (“Kevin Bacon.”)
  2. Moving clockwise around the cabin, the next person must name a movie that actor or actress is in, followed by another actor or actress from that same movie. (“Kevin Bacon was in Footloose with John Lithgow.”)
  3. Repeat until someone names a film featuring the original actor or actress. (“Jennifer Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.”)
  4. Only 1 movie and actor or actress can be named during each game cycle.
  5. The first to connect the dots wins a slab of farm-fresh bacon.

Battle of the Songs

You may know your TV theme songs like the back of your hand, but how are you with themed songs?

How to play:

  1. One person chooses a theme for the group. (“Ponies.”)
  2. Everyone takes turns streaming a song that’s based on that theme. (“’Goodbye Horses’ by Q Lazzarus.”)
  3. Once all songs have been played, everyone votes on their favorite.
  4. The winner is awarded a hand-me-down, autographed Milli Vanilli record.

Hide the Verb

If you need an entertaining road trip game to [lotion], definitely consider [lotioning] “Hide the Verb.” Once you’ve [lotioned] this game, you’ll never look back.

How to [lotion]:

  1. Choose a contestant. They must close their eyes and cover their ears.
  2. All other passengers will agree upon which verb to replace with another word. (“’Play’ will now be ‘Lotion.’”)
  3. Everyone throws out tricky sentences with that replaced word, and the contestant must attempt to figure out the original verb. (“Y’all ready to [lotion]?”)
  4. Contestants can ask up to 20 questions before making a guess. (“Can the original verb also be a noun?”)
  5. One point is awarded if they guess correctly.
  6. Winners are given a lifetime supply of Coconut-Macadamia-Almond Body Butter.

Who Am I?

“Who Am I?,” the road trip game that lets you figuratively walk in someone else’s shoes!

How to play:

  1. Have one player choose a person in history, keeping their identity secret. (“Brett ‘The Hitman’ Hart.”)
  2. All other players can ask questions in order to name that famous figure. (“Are you alive or dead?”)
  3. After each question is answered, the starting player must give a clue about the mystery person, in the form of a fact. (“My famous move was ‘The Sharpshooter.’”)
  4. The first to guess the correct historical figure wins a round-trip ticket to the year 1994.

Potent Quotables

How well do you know famous quotes and the quoters who quoted those quotes? “I’ll take ‘Potent Quotables’ for $200, Alex.”

How to play:

  1. One person recites a famous quote for everyone else to guess. (“That’s just, like, your opinion, man.”)
  2. Whoever can name the quote’s origin and speaker receives 1 point. (“The Dude said that.”)
  3. The first player to 20 points receives an old VHS of Starman.

Hum a Tune

Anyone can guess a song that’s sung, but what about a song that’s hummed? Practice your lip-trumpet sounds with this surprisingly funny road trip game.

How to play:

  1. Pick a song.
  2. Hum the song’s chorus or most recognizable part.
  3. One point is awarded to the person who guesses correctly.
  4. The first player to 323 points is awarded a nap.

Speak Out

If you’ve ever wanted to be The Swedish Chef from The Muppets, now’s your chance. Bring the crazy-fun game, Speak Out, on your next trip.

How to play:

  1. Insert the mouthpiece and cry on the inside as everyone laughs at you.
  2. Pick a card and speak the phrase.
  3. People guess what you’re trying to say.
  4. Each player who guesses 5 correct phrases will receive a free dental exam performed by my brother-in-law, Jerry. (Give him a chance — he’s a great guy.)

Observe and Blart: Mall Cop Report

The goal of this road trip activity is to name two movies with the same general plot. Work collaboratively, because teamwork makes the dream work, especially when you’re longing to sleep in your own bed.

How to play:

  1. Begin by naming a movie. (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”)
  2. Collectively, your group will try to identify another film that could be confused with the original movie. (“Observe and Report.”)
  3. If anyone can name a third movie, they win a security-guard Halloween costume.

The 5-7-5 Haiku-Off

This cramped summertime / A lost, sweaty toot shudders / The Rogue be stanky. A masterpiece it is not, but you try to write a better haiku on the fly.

How to play:

  1. Everyone follows the 5-7-5 rule to create their own haiku poem.
  2. Keep it themed. (“All haikus must be about this road trip.”)
  3. No points are given out in this road trip game, but the best poets will feel a sense of superiority, which is a win in and of itself.

What say you all? Do you have any other fun, interesting, and unique games to play on road trips? Now’s the time to let the world know by leaving your idea in a comment.

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