50+ Ideas for Car Trip FUN!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

50+ Ideas for Car Trip FUN!

If you are looking for Road Trip activities for your summer vacation I've got you covered! Here are 50+ road trip game including free printables. This is the ULTIMATE post for family road trips!
50+ Road Trip Games & Road trip ideas

50+ FUN Activities for a Family Road trip

I’ve had lots of people ask in our planning a roadtrip, what we were planning to do with the kids in the car for 5 weeks! I think with a little planning, thinking about the kids’ needs, and a sense of humor a road trip can be an amazing opportunity to bond as a family and create priceless memories! So here are 50+ ideas for Car Trip Fun!

There are several road trip games and road trip ideas images that are clickable with additional information, how-to’s, and free printables! Don’t miss the 20+ free printable car games (a huge car resource in itself).

You’ll notice I make use of the magnetic chalkboard many times. I like bringing along multi-purpose items to maximize space and fun!

raod trip games - DIY Magnetic Puzzle  road trip games - Magnetic Foam Shape Picutres with free printable
road trip games - magnetic sticker fun  road trip games - puzzles with magnet dots
road trip games - spelling fun  planning a road trip - what to pack
road trip games - marshmallow and pretzel creations  road trip games - cereal lacing necklaces
road trip games - pizza box city  road trip games - velcro craft sticks
road trip ideas - pip cleaner creations  road trip game s- i spy bottles
road trip ideas - lacing cards  road trip game s- magnetic dress-up dolls
road trip game s- clip-on math cards  road trip games - busy bag number beading
road trip games - foile creation  road trip games - alphabet game
road trip game s- file folder games  road trip games - books
road trip ideas - fun folder   road trip ideas - snack and prize box

Games to bring to a Campsite

  • Music (to sing along together in the car: Jim Gill, Steve Green, Praise Songs, Disney)
  • Books on Cd (Disney, library picks)
  • Mad Libs
  • bubbles
  • play-doh
  • ball
  • kiddie fishing net/fish (for 19 month old)
  • flashlights (kids have their own)
  • glow sticks
  • glow bubbles
  • bean bag toss game
  • sand toys
  • bucket (for collecting sticks)
  • bug kid (for collecting bugs)

How to organize the car for a family Roadtrip

So did we really bring all these road trip games on our trip? Yep we did! All of it fit neatly in a plastic box so it didn’t take up that much room and helped keep the car organized!. Plus you have to remember we took 2 long trips this year: a 2 week Revolutionary War Trip out East and a 3 week Westward expansion / Rout 66 Roadtrip West. So this box entertained our children as we traveled from sea to shinning sea – literally! We do also have an ipad that I loaded with a couple of their favorite movies & shows, but the kids actually didn’t really touch it.  Since undoubtedly someone will ask – NO I don’t think kids need to be entertained 100% of the time! My kids are actually very self-entertaining. They can usually play by themselves doing one activity for an hour or more. And they also enjoy just looking out the window, singing songs as a family, talking, telling stories, sleeping, and talking amongst themselves. But when you spend about 150 hours driving in the car in one year you’ve got to plan for success!! =-)
There you go – hopefully that was helpful as you are planning a roadtrip & you found a new road trip ideas to make your road trips more fun and memorable. Do you have any great road trip games I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your tips & tricks too! Here are some great resources we’ve used and LOVE!
3 book bundle
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  1. Wow! 5 weeks in a car? Hats off to you guys! I don't think I would survive this long on the road with the children around! LOL I do love your ideas though. We'll be taking a few days off and some car traveling will be involved so I may need to borrow some ideas from your list! Thanks in advance!

  2. That is a great assortment of fun activities for the car. Please stop by and link this to Artsy Play Wednesday.

    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

  3. What a wonderful collection of ideas!
    Pinning it!

  4. Great ideas! We're planning a trip with our 2 year old to the beach (about a 6 hour drive), so these are going to be pretty essential! Thanks!

  5. Great tips!! Shared on facebook :)

  6. This is perfect! My MIL is planning on taking me and the kids (8, 3, and 1) from Oregon to Michigan so I can see my family and she can visit her son in South Carolina. This is a great resource and I plan on making my own travel box for the kids. Thank you!!

  7. There's no age limit on this right? So a 32 year old could do some of this stuff? I'm asking for a friend.

  8. Where can we find the information about the lacing cards? Thanks!!

  9. Some of the links aren't working for me - they just take me to the image, not the post. Help? I'd love to see your "spelling fun" ideas!

  10. People having health issues will find it too comfortable to get in touch with a vehicle hire company, as soon as they arrive in a new city, as it will help avoiding any inconvenience while going from one place to another.

  11. So many awesome ideas! Pinning for any future car trips!