Family Road Trip Games: Don’t Forget to Pack These

Katherine Hill // April 21

There's only so much “I Spy” mom can handle in the car. And while I want the kids to stay distracted while we travel, I also want to avoid screen time as long as possible. Keep your little ones busy in the backseat with these road trip games–that will also have them entertained once you reach your destination. You won't get just one use out of these games, they are also perfect for a rainy day!

BONUS: Most of these games and activities are self-contained, making it easy to keep track of all the pieces.

Road Trip Games for Summer Travel

Road Trip Games: Don't Forget to Pack These for Your Family Road Trip

Classic Games

Knock Knock On-The-Go Game Pad Travel Activity Pad for Kids


  • On-the-Go Game pad is ideal for rainy days, road trips, or routine restlessness 
  • The paper cure for restless minds 
  • Pad is an easy-to-carry 6 x 9 inches, 60 perforated sheets 
  • Includes 5 different games with instructions, 12 sheets each 
  • Amusement and activities for the whole family

Mad Libs on the Road: World's Greatest Word Game


Pack your NOUN and get ready to go on an adventure with Mad Libs on the Road! With 21 "fill-in-the-blank" stories about creating car songs, spotting historical sights, and stopping at roadside diners, there's something for everyone. Play alone, in a group, or in an RV! Mad Libs are a fun family activity recommended for ages 8 to NUMBER

Regal Games Original Assorted Auto and Interstate Travel Bingo Set


This Regal Games 2 pack of card games features the Original Interstate Highway Travel Bingo Set and the Highway Hunt Card Game. The Original Interstate Highway Travel Bingo Set includes 4 reusable bingo cards with images of common things and places seen while in the car. The Highway Hunt Card Game includes 54 cards and is a scavenger hunt style game.
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Toddler Games

Kids Erasable Doodle Book Set


Road trip essential for kids - reusable drawing book set including 10 pages drawing pads and 10 color pens: 3 for coloring painting, 2 transparent page for tracing, 5 blank for free drawing. It also comes with 1 guide booklet helps children have more drawing option to improve their intelligence, imagination and drawing skills

The Purple Cow - Magnetic Travel to Go Animal Homes


  • Magnetic matching puzzle: The Purple Cow – Magnetic Animal Homes is a matching game puzzle involving animals and their homes. Have fun matching the pieces and assembling the correct pictures. 
  • Fun toys for kids : Give hours of entertainment to your kids. This kids’ game is also an ideal party favor, bag or stocking filler. 
  • Ideal for traveling : Fun kids’ game whenever you are out traveling or even in the car. This game board and pieces are magnetic. 
  • Portable & fun : Pocket sized game comes in a compact high-quality metallic tin box that conveniently fits into any pocket, travel bag or backpack.

Magnetic Drawing Board for Toddlers


  • Toddler Toys for Girls Boys- Magnetic drawing board for boys girls age of 3 4 5 6,smooth edges and the magnetic pen with a string, so kids won't lose it easily, multifunction educational learning toys 
  • Erasable Magnetic Drawing Board- Upgraded magnetic sketch pad with 4 colored zones green/blue/yellow/red, durable and smooth magnetic earser, can be earse easily
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Brain Teasers

SmartGames IQ Puzzler Pro


  • Travel-Friendly Educational Toys: IQ-Puzzler Pro features 120 challenges in 3 playing modes, including both 2D & 3D challenges. Thanks to its compact size and portable travel case, you can put this puzzle at the top of your family's travel games list. 
  • Brain Games Build Skills: Your child can build their concentration skills, problem-solving abilities, spatial insight, logic, and planning while playing with SmartGames’ board games for kids and adults. It’s so fun to play, you’ll forget they’re learning!

Magnetic Building Blocks Magic Magnetic 3D Puzzle Cubes


  • MAGIC MAGNETIC 3D CUBES - Colorful 3D cubes come in multiple shapes, the built-in magnet allows you to assenble freely the cubes into any shapes such as lion, goose, dogs, rocket, camel or any other object. Let your creativity and imagination run. 
  • DEVELOP INTELLIGENCE –An ideal educational toy, our magnetic cubes not only can help to develop ueser’ imagination and intelligence but also they can enhance users’ dexterity skills and the perception of colors further expanding the spirit of learning and exploration.

Board Games

Travel Games 4-in-1 Airplane Travel Essentials, Road Trip Essentials


  • FAMILY BOARD GAMES: Planning a family party games night? This set is a perfect addition to challenge kids with an activity that will make them slow down, think and practice their creativity and fine motor skills. Increase the parent-child interaction and promises entertainment for all family member. 
  • DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY: Whether it be the strategic thinking for the Four in a Row game, the balance and and stability necessary for the Collapso game, or the quick thinking and planning ahead, you can rest assured that all four games will provide quality play.

PlayMonster Take 'N Play Anywhere Checkers


  • FUN GAME--Use the magnetic pieces to play checkers! 
  • PERFECT FOR KIDS--Features big playing pieces that are easy for kids to use and hard for kids to lose 
  • TRAVEL FRIENDLY—Take ‘N Play Anywhere games are perfect for on the go with large pieces and magnetic game boards. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT ANYWHERE—Use at home or take in the car, to the doctor’s office, grandma’s house, or anywhere else to always have something to do!

What are your favorite road trip games for keeping your child entertained on long drives?

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About the Author

Katherine Hill

Katherine has preferred city life and the concrete jungle to life in the outdoors, but as her family has grown, she has learned the power of nature and is now the one introducing this lifestyle to her little ones. Katherine is just starting this journey into the great outdoors and can't wait to see what adventures await!