Fun And Games - The Best Road Trip Games For Kids Of All Ages

Ready to play? We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite road trip games! There are lots of games that don’t require any cards, boards, or pieces, which are ideal for passing the miles where everyone can participate, including the driver. We’ve got a few of those below. But mostly we wanted to highlight some space-saving card and board games that fit perfectly into an overhead cupboard in a camper van, so that backseat riders can play while on the road, or for fun at the campsite!

Take bananagrams on your next GoCamp Adventure. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Take bananagrams on your next GoCamp Adventure. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Best Road Trip Games For Little Kids

  • gofindit (age 3+): A new game every time you open the bag. This game is an outdoor scavenger hunt, where games can last from two minutes, to all day, and the game changes with every new place you park or camp!

  • “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing …” (age 4+): This word and memory game is great for practicing the alphabet and memory skills! Each person takes a turn saying one thing that they’ll bring on the picnic, starting with the letter “a”, like “I’m going on a camping trip and I’m bringing an apple!” and then the next person continues with the letter “b”, but they have to remember the word from the person before, like, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing an apple and bread!” And then on through the alphabet until someone can’t remember one of the picnic items!

  • Toasted Or Roasted (age 6+): This is a simple and fun draw and discard card game that’s easy for young readers to learn. “The kids’ favorite!! We must have played this multiple times a day. All of the pieces were fun and interactive, it was easy to understand and held everyone’s attention. I think we need to get it for our camping box!” - Natalie G., GoCamper

A game of Toasted or Roasted in camp. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

A game of Toasted or Roasted in camp. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Best Road Trip Games For Bigger Kids

  • UNO, Wilderness Version (age 7+): Played the same as classic UNO, but the cards in this edition feature a colorful wilderness theme.

  • Bananagrams (age 7+): This word-building game is a-peeling because it’s super portable, it can have multiple players, and it comes in a banana-shaped bag!

  • Exploding Kittens (age 7+): Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. If the sound of childrens’ (or your own) laughter is a roadtrip soundtrack you enjoy, then add this “kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” to your card game stash.

Juniper and Miles discover the back of the van is a perfect spot for cards. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Juniper and Miles discover the back of the van is a perfect spot for cards. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Best Road Trip Games For The Biggest Kids Of All

  • While you were sleeping …: Honestly, kids of all ages can play this one. But it seems to get extra hilarious when you have a camper van with four adults and one of them nods off. While that person slumbers, the other passengers take turns making up a story, adding a sentence at a time. When the snoozing friend wakes up, the others try to convince them that the story is true by sharing their sentence that they contributed to the story. If the unaware friend figures out it’s all a sham while someone shares their part of the story, that person loses a point. For every storyteller who makes it through their part of the story, they earn a point. If the friend believes the whole story, all the storytellers get a point. If the story isn’t believed at all, the sleeping friend is the winner!

  • Cards Against Humanity: Obviously.

  • CATAN - Traveler: When you’ve parked in that perfect camping spot and you just want to chill for the evening, settling in to some Settlers of Catan with friends is downright dreamy. This travel edition is smartly-designed so small pieces are contained or pegged down. So even a breezy beach evening won’t blow away your chances at building your perfect settlement.

This looks like the perfect place to settle. A big thank you to our game testers Natalie, Lyf, Juniper and Miles. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

This looks like the perfect place to settle. A big thank you to our game testers Natalie, Lyf, Juniper and Miles. Photo by Natalie Gildersleeve.

Each GoCamp camper van is road trip-ready with all the essentials you’ll need for a van life adventure of your own. Many vans even have some of these games stocked and ready for you to play! We’ll make sure you know exactly what to expect with your GoCamp ride, down to the bedding, card games, and cooking ware that’s provided. So all you’ll need to pack are your clothes, your groceries, and maybe an expansion deck for Cards Against Humanity …