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The 5 Most Entertaining Road Trip Games

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 18, 2014

New Jersey TravelYou’ve requested some days off of work, your bags are packed, and your alarm is set for an early departure. It’s time for the classic American road trip. No matter what your destination or mode of transportation, there’s bound to be some down time as you and your family and/or friends start racking up the miles. It doesn’t even take long before the thrill of heading to your vacation spot is replaced with the monotony of watching the world pass by your window. That’s where classic road trip games come in to save the day.

While I Spy and Slug Bug are among the most well-known, they are certainly not the most engaging on a multi-hour trip. Here are the top 5 road trip games that will make the travel part of your vacation more entertaining:

Ad-Lib Storytelling – One of the oldest games around, ad-lib storytelling is perfect for long car rides because it does not require much more than your imagination. Everyone takes turns crafting a story one sentence at a time. One person may start with “Once upon a time…” and the next can throw in oddball twists and inside jokes to make the plot more ridiculous and fun.

The Alphabet Game – Have one person pick a category, such as cars, cereals, authors, or bands, and each person must name a person, place or thing in that category that begins with each letter of the alphabet. The more obscure or random the topic, the more difficult and impressive it will be to get through the whole alphabet. The beauty of this game is that it can be played over and over again with different categories.

Song Titles – For the more musical savvy, try to keep a conversation going as long as possible using only the titles of familiar songs. Start out by picking a scenario that normally gets people talking, such as a birthday party, around the office cooler, or even a first date, and try to keep the conversation as coherent and fast-paced as possible.

The Hot Seat – Each person has a chance to sit in the hot seat and must answer at least four out of five questions from the others in the car. Questions can range from silly and random to specific and personal to general knowledge. You may think you know your family members or best friends, but this is a fun way to get some surprising answers.

Twenty Questions – There’s no beating the classic game of twenty questions. One person must think of a person, place, or thing and the others must ask only twenty questions to identify the ‘mystery’ item. To make the game a little more competitive, come up with prizes for the person who gets the right answer, such as the winner has control of the radio or does not have to carry his or her luggage to and from the hotel.

It may be tempting to get lost in your smart phone or other electronic device while on the road this summer, but a vacation also means unplugging and disconnecting from the digital world for a while. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. we hope you have a happy and safe summer where ever you are headed. Why not visit our Facebook page to share your own road trip games?

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