Road trip games are always a fun way for passengers of any age to pass time in the car. Fun car games include Road Sign Bingo, the License Plate Game, Questions and Answers, and, of course, a road trip scavenger hunt!
Road trip scavenger hunts are a fun way to keep everyone in the car engaged! Just print off a list of things to see on a road trip, have everyone keep a copy and keep their eyes peeled, and then award points for who sees the most and who sees what first.
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How to Play a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
- Make a list. Make a list of things you think you’ll see on your car trip. It can be as easy (a stop sign, a hotel bed, a VW Bug), as hard (a pressed penny machine, a Sinclair dinosaur), or as specific (the Wall Drug Dinosaur, a billboard for 75cent ice cream) as you’d like! Tailor your items to your own trip (including details of destinations that are on your road trip itinerary) or use the free printable PDFs below!
- Set up a point system. Set points for each item. It can be the same 10 point award for every item or you can mix it up giving different totals to different items, depending on how hard they might be to find. You can even use a scaled-point system where the first person to see something gets 10 points, the next 9, and so on.
- Play! Whenever a passenger sees something on the list they have to announce it and then can cross it off the list. Some items everyone can get credit for (there’s only one world’s largest cow after all) but other more common items (like a yield sign, a red car, a bridge) go to the first person to see it.
- Add it up. At the end of the road trip add up everyone’s points. Whoever has the most points wins! What they win is up to you. It can be anything from a physical prize, the biggest hotel bed on the last night, or choice of where to stop for lunch.
- Use cell phone cameras and a vacation hashtag (#SmithFamilyRoadTripScavengerHunt) to keep track of everyone’s finds.
- Use instant cameras to document your items and keep them in a photo album or a road trip scrapbook.
Free Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printables
Free Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printable Game Sheet
Print a copy of this sheet for everyone in the car to play a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt.
Photo Scrap Book Sheet
Create a photo scrap book of your finds by printing out photo sheets to use with an instant camera. Tape or glue your instant photos to these pages and mark them with the finder’s name, the item, and the day and time the spotted the item!
Blank Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Printable
Download this blank road trip game sheet to customize your own.