16 Things to do on a Family Road Trip

If you’re like a lot of other parents that like to take family road trips, you know how tough it can be to keep your kids entertained for the duration of their trip. They always want to know how much longer they have in the car and when they’re finally going to get to the destination. If you want to have a much better experience while on a family road trip, you need to find some fun things to do! The following information provided below is going to be perfect for you and will make it a great trip.

Things To Do For A Short Family Road Trip (1-3 Hours)

Auto Bingo

This is a great way to keep your kids busy in the car without them really bothering you and continuing to ask if you’re there yet. Auto bingo cards can be downloaded from plenty of places on the Internet (like Pinterest) or you can buy some bingo cards and bring them with you on the road. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy and it is a relatively quiet came to keep it peaceful!


This is a classic game that can really be played anywhere but is one of the best games to play on the road because it offers so many more opportunities. If you want, you can let your kids play with items that are just in the car but if you want to make it a challenge, you can expand to items outside of the car. Be careful! Make sure the item you spy outside isn’t going to be gone by time the person guesses what it was!

Coloring Books

Another classic and something that is going to keep the kids busy for a long time. If you give your kids a coloring book that is going to interest them as well as a plethora of coloring utensils such as crayons, markers and colored pencils, you can keep them busy for a while! Encourage the kids to color pictures for their friends and family so that they have a reason to keep going.

License Plate Games

Depending on what your children like and how old they are, the license plate game is a great way to make sure that your kids pay attention to their surroundings and the cars during a family road trip! You can print out a list of all the different states and have your kids look for a license plate from that state. Once they find it, you can have them cross it off your list and they can keep going until they find the majority of them!

Car Color Bingo

If the license plate game is a little too complicated for your kids, then you can try the car color bingo because it is so much easier and teaches your kids to look for their colors. You can print out car color bingo sheets that have the colors arranged in a board already so that your kids can play bingo using that sheet. If not, you can make your own list of colors and go from there.

Things To Do For A Medium Family Road Trip (4-6 Hours)

family road tripMagnet Board On The Go

By taking an old cookie sheet with you on the go, you instantly have a magnet board that your kids can play with! You can load it up with a ton of different magnets so that you are able to use the ones that is best for your kids. If they’re learning the alphabet, you can have the kids spell some words and have them show you how well they are doing.  You can find a bunch of kid-friendly word magnet collections on Amazon.

Aluminum Foil Sculptures

This is something that some parents are hesitant to do but it can be a really cool way to let your kids express their creativity on the road! By giving your kids some aluminum foil sheets, you can encourage them to build different statues, sculptures and figures of anything they want to! This is an awesome way to help make sure that your kids get the most of their creativity and they’ll even be able to build some cool stuff!

Family Road Trip Activity Binder

If you want to have full control over what your kids are doing and you want to make sure that they have plenty of activities to keep them busy, then you can create an activity binder for them to keep them entertained! Give each kid a three-ring binder and some different art supplies and they have plenty of things to keep them busy on the road. Plus it’s a great way to personalize it to your children’s needs!

Sticker Books

Depending on what your kids like and what they want to do, a sticker book is a great way to keep your kids entertained at all times because it’s a great way for your kids to show off their art side. You can give kids different stickers that they like to have such as their favorite characters or cartoons. They can then use those stickers in a variety of different ways to have some fun.

Travel Treat Box

This is a great option if you have kids that often complain about how hungry they are when you’re on the road. Nobody wants to stop every half hour to get some food no matter how bad your kid is complaining. By coming up with a travel treat box, you can give your kids plenty of snacks and food items along the way to keep them satisfied instead of continually asking if they can get food.

Things To Do For Long Family Road Trip (6+ Hours)

Use Glow Sticks

If you’re going on a long family road trip, then chances are good that you are going to be traveling at night for some portion of your trip. If this is the case, you can use glow sticks to help keep your kids entertained. They’ll enjoy the necklaces, bracelets and other glow sticks that they can play with and it will keep them busy and out of your hair!

DVD Case Art Kit

Similar to the activity book that was mentioned above, this is a great way to give an activity kit all-in-one so that you don’t have to worry about them losing different things and carrying a couple different things with them. By re-purposing an old DVD case kit, you can add the paper on one side and the art supplies on the other side for an all-in-one kit to keep them busy.

Dollar Store Toys

This is a great way to keep your kids entertained and anticipating what you do next on the trip. Before you leave, stop at a dollar store and buy a bunch of toys that your kids are going to like. Wrap them up and put them into a bin and allow your children to open a new one every single hour. This will be a great choice for long road trips because the toys will keep them busy and they’ll anxiously await the next toy! Be careful though, because the kids might bug you to open the next toy!


Yeah, you guys are a family. But isn’t it possible there is something that you don’t know about each other? This is a great way to have some fun and maybe even learn something new about your family! Create some cool questionnaires and give the chance for each family member to answer as many questions as they want. Of course, make sure the questions are fun and entertaining so you don’t get bored with the game.

Scavenger Hunts

This is another neat game that you can play and it allows your kids to be very observant throughout the whole car ride, which is most likely going to keep them pretty quiet at the same time. Depending on where you are going and what you want your kids to look for, try and create a scavenger hunt with some items that the kids will see on their way. To add even more fun, add some sort of an incentive to try and reward the kid that wins!

Disposable Camera

This might be one of the more pricey options on the list but it is going to be a really neat thing for your kids to do for your entire road trip. If you buy them inexpensive disposable cameras, they can document their entire trip and then you can develop the photos in the camera so that your child can have a complete copy of the trip through their eyes. Encourage the kids to take pictures of the things they want to and let them have as much fun as they want!  (If your kids already have a smart phones, then you don’t have to worry about the disposable camera.)


As you can see, there are a ton of great ways to keep your kids busy for any family road trip length that you are going to take! While they are divided based on the length of the trip, remember that any of these tips can probably be used for any road trip! Make sure you tailor each activity to your child’s needs and give them plenty of these games to make sure they have fun throughout the entire trip!