Over the years my family has come up with multiple ways to conquer boring hours in the car. Maybe you are like me and like to go on trips except for the part where you spend hours in the car?
Here are 20 road trip activities for teens that are sure cure for boredom and make your road trip a blast!
1. Window Paint Your Car
Write on the car windows fun road trip things like “Grand Canyon or bust!”, the number of hours you’ve been traveling, or window paint the back windshield “honk if you live in” and list each state you have visited!
2. DIY Sticky Note Word Game
Make this super easy travel kit and play a word game with the fam!
Ask the front-seaters to call out random words from road signs, and write one on each sticky note, sticking them to the inside of your window. Then challenge yourself to create a cohesive sentence by rearranging them!
3. Sew Your Progress on a Map
This is SUCH a cute way to track your adventure! And it would be a great keepsake too!
4. Bring Pillows in the Car
Because they’re comfy, you can drift asleep whenever you want without getting a neck ache, AND whoever sees a predetermined landmark first gets to hit someone with their pillow. 😀
5. Free Souvenirs
Grab a paper napkin from restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and tourist attractions you stop at then ask a cashier, waitress, bell-hop, etc. to give their autograph. You add other journalistic details like the town, state, and date. Scrapbook the napkins in order, and they’ll tell the story of all the places you visited! Plus you just might have made someone’s day. 😉
6. Audio Books on the Road
Audible.com is the world’s largest, online library of audio books and (guess what???!!) they offer a FREE 30 day trial!!! This would be a great way to pass the time! Just sign up, download the app on your phone, pop in earbuds, and slip into a story.
7. Movies on the Go
Borrow Redbox movies, watching and returning them as you go! Brilliant, eh? Redbox.com even has a feature where you can search Box locations at your next destination!
8. DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Re-purposing empty mint tins for a road game?!! How cool is that! This magnetic, pocket-sized Tic-Tac-Toe is perfect for the road, and you can make it yourself!
9. Bring a Frisbee or Baseball to Get Exercise at Rest Stops
Some families make a game out of how fast you can get back on the road after a stop, but if the trip is really long plan for a break. Get out of the car and move a little!
10. Take a Selfie With “Now entering ______” State Signs
Do this carefully, obeying all rules of the road. 😉
Containers with mysterious contents have been hidden all over the world, and it’s your job to find one! Or two… or three…
Geocaching sounds like such a fun adventure and the perfect thing to do for a road trip!
12. Books by State
Books are awesome, even in the car! For each state you’re going to drive through, read a book based there! Before you start out on this adventure raid your local library and bring along a tote bag full of novels, or stock up your E-reader with state-specific books to read in the car!
13. Spread Laughter
Using your sticky notes, leave corny jokes all over your hotel room for the housekeepers to find. 🙂
14. Write a Daily Logbook
Pretend you are a great explorer and document your travels! Write vivid descriptions of landmarks, travel dates, weather, geography, exciting happenings, restaurant reviews… anything you find interesting. 😉
15. Try Regional Snacks and Videotape Your Reaction
These two brothers mail-order snacks from foreign countries and try them in front of a camera. You can do this sorta thing too!
This article tells what each US state has claimed as their signature snack food.
Tour snacks as you tour their states! Wait, strike that, reverse it… thank you.
16. Road Songs
Skipping five-billion songs on the radio to find just one good jam? No more, I say! Get a free, 30 day Amazon Prime trial and listen to all the music you want! As you go, create a huge playlist of your fave songs for the road.
17. Take Selfies with a Celeb!
Bring your action figure/stuffed animal across the states, posting selfies with it at landmarks along the way!
18. Visit “Little Free Libraries”
“A Little Free Library is a ‘take a book, return a book’ free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books.” –LittleFreeLibray.org
Yes, there really is such a delightful thing! My family found one by a public lake where people go to feed ducks, and we were thrilled! Wouldn’t that be an exciting way to travel the country– stopping at each Little Free Library en route using this map?!
Please just do it even if only for me!!! lol
19. “The Secret Word” Game
My siblings and I LOVE to play this game at random times! The passengers secretly pick a ‘trigger word’ or phrase that whenever the front-seaters say it, all passengers yell in chorus, “Are we there yet?!” Change up the ‘trigger phrase’ every few hours and see how long it takes them to catch on.
20. DIY Dry Erase Book
Print pictures of family members, put them in page protectors, and file them into a three-ring binder.
Then grab some dry-erase markers, and you’re ready to go! Ever wish you had curly hair? Does your brother need a missing tooth, your dad a goatee? You can draw all over the pictures, erase it, and do it again!
I hope these ideas make your road trip a lot more fun, and I’d love to know if you take me up on any of them!
What are your favorite things to do on a long road trip?