How to keep busy during a road trip

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Road trips are a great way to see a country as you travel, and isn’t getting there supposed to be half the fun? Check out these four ways to keep fellow travelers entertained during a long car ride.

Mix tapes (Image: JinxiBoo)
Remember mix tapes? (Image: JinxiBoo)

Start with an awesome soundtrack.

Whether it’s a mix CD or Spotify playlist, the right songs can keep your fellow road trippers entertained for hours. Pick songs that are easy to sing along to — belting out your best rendition to the likes of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is half the fun. Also aim for classic songs from your youth that will spark memories and make you laugh. Need a little inspiration? Check out our ultimate travel playlist here.

Host a karaoke contest.

Speaking of music, you can inspire your road trip buddies to put their crooning abilities to the test by hosting a road trip karaoke contest. Make a playlist or CD with classic karaoke songs and have your car-mates take turns in the spotlight. How you judge the competition is up to you – you can have the driver be the judge, use a jury of your road trip peers or come up with another way to crown the winner. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even make a small badge or medal beforehand to present to the karaoke contest champion.

Corvette on the highway (Image: squeaks2569 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Corvette on the highway (Image: squeaks2569 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Road trip games

Road trips simply aren’t road trips without a healthy dose of car games. Classics like Slug Bug, I Spy and 20 Questions are reliable standbys, and you can also make road trip-themed competitions, such as who can spot the most Corvettes or license plates with the letter “Z.” You might challenge your road trip buddies to make funny sentences where each word starts with the letter from the license plate in front of you. Or you might whip out a good old fashioned Mad Lib to bring on the laughs. Get creative with your road trip games; the wackier you can make them, the more entertaining they’ll be.

Highway sign (Image: james.thompson)
Highway sign (Image: james.thompson)

Be a shutterbug

Whether it’s taking silly pictures or making even sillier videos, documenting your road trip fun will keep you entertained with fond memories for years to come. Be sure to bring your camera and video camera to add a whole new level of entertainment to your road trip.

What are your best tips for keeping your road trip buddies entertained for the long haul? Let us know in the comments!

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How to keep busy during a road trip was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.