If you’re soon to be embarking on a road trip with your better half, or you’re a digital nomad couple traversing the globe, you may well be on the lookout for some inspiration to wile away the hours! (Especially if he or she is doing the bulk of the driving).
Great road trip games for couples can provide hours of fun on long drives, making the time spent on the road more of an adventure than a chore.
Here are a few tried and tested favorites, plus some more obscure ones where you can pretty much make up your own rules as you go along!
And if you want to make it super easy on yourself, check out the ready made road trip games for couples in the third section. My husband & I have played a few of these with hilarious results!
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We’re starting with one of the most classic road trip games for couples and families alike, “I Spy.”
Players take turns being the guesser and the spy, and the game can last as long as you like or until you get bored!
As the spy, you say ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with …’ and then provide the first letter of something you can see either inside or outside the car.
The guesser must figure out what you are looking at, and can guess as many times as they like.
This road trip game for couples can be made even more interesting with a little bit of imagination.
For example instead of the first letter, the spy could say something like, “I spy with my little eye, something round and red”.
Or the spy could assign point values to certain objects, making smaller, more common ones worth fewer points and trickier ones worth more points.
You can come up with your own rules and keep score throughout your road trip, creating a friendly competition!
One of the best road trip games for couples is 20 Questions. This game can teach you a lot about each other in a fun way, and it’s easy to play on the road.
To start, one of you chooses a topic and then the other starts to ask questions about it.
For example, your partner can choose a place you’ve visited and you can come up with 20 questions about it. You can ask your partner questions about what they thought about the place, their favourite memories, and anything else you can think of.
Or to make it easier you can buy a bunch of question cards from Amazon & simply ask your partner what comes up on the cards.
This game can be an interesting way to learn more about each other while enjoying the scenery.
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It’s tough to do truth or dare when one of you is driving, so an alternative road trip game for couples is ‘truth or lies’!
To play, one person starts by making a statement about something they have done in the past, or a funny anecdote. The other person must then determine if it is the truth or not.
The guessing partner has the chance to ask their partner any further questions to make their guess more accurate, like the location or timeframe in which the anecdote happened.
If both are in agreement about the answer, then the sharer scores a point. The person with the most points at the end of the drive wins!
A simple but fun road trip game. One partner starts by naming a city, town or country. The other partner then has to name another city, town or country which starts with the ending letter of the previous name’s destination.
So for example, if your partner says ‘London’, you might say ‘Netherlands’, then they might say ‘Switzerland’ and so on.
The game continues until one or other can’t think of a place and the point is awarded to the winner. You can just play for fun or for the more competitive amongst you, for coffees, ice creams or lunch!
No road trip would be complete without a few rounds of Name That Tune!
As a couple, you can challenge each other to a sing-off by taking turns playing snippets of different songs on your phone or car stereo.
A game like this is great for couples as it tests your knowledge of one another’s music taste. To make it even more fun, you can add a points system, with the one who names the most right genres and artists out of 10 getting to choose the next stops on the road.
It’s a great way to spend a long drive learning about the music preferences of your beloved and enjoying a laugh or two.
Make sure to come up with a shortlist of songs from various genres, from classic rock or old-school punk to chart-toppers of recent years.
Taking this game a step further, you can also use popular children’s music or TV show theme songs as a source of inspiration.
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The Alphabet Game is a great way to pass the time on a road trip for couples.
To play, one partner starts by saying “I’m going on a road trip, and I’m bringing…” while naming an item that begins with the letter “A.”
The other partner then follows with an item beginning with “B,” and the back-and-forth continues until someone can’t think of an item beginning with the appropriate letter.
You can easily customize the game by specifying items that fit the theme of your road trip destination – such as “I’m going to the beach and I’m bringing an anorak” or “I’m going to the Rockies and I’m bringing a – zipper.”
Alphabet Games are also recommended for couples who struggle with communication issues, as it encourages laughs and conversations about topics that don’t necessarily have to do with the relationship. Enjoy the game!
Kiss, Marry, Kill is a classic road trip game for couples!
Start off by thinking of three people that both you and your partner know. They can be celebrities, friends or family members. Be sure to pick people you both know!
Then take turns and decide who you would “kiss”, “marry” or“kill” of the three people.
This game is a great way to get to know your partner on a deeper level, by finding out their likes, dislikes and general opinion of certain people.
It is also a great way to laugh together, as oftentimes the answers can be hilarious and out of the box.
Have your partner go first, take your turn and then discuss why you both chose these people. This can be an interesting and enlightening conversation that can provide further insight into the thoughts and opinions of your partner.
It’s important to make sure the game is kept light-hearted and meant to be fun though. This means not criticizing each other’s answers, especially with celebrities.
Put yourself in your partner’s shoes and don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy the game together and you’ll have a great time!
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Two Truths and a Lie is a classic game to play while on a road trip with your significant other.
Similar to Truth or Lies, but different, the game is simple.
Each partner takes turns telling two truths about themselves and one lie.
The other partner has to guess which is the lie.
You can make the game more interesting by adding a reward for correct guesses!
Some possible variations for two truths and a lie include guessing the truth about a destination you’ll be stopping at on your road trip, or about the people you’ll be visiting.
This game is great for getting to know more about your partner and building communication and trust. Try to make your truths and lies as creative as possible and you’ll keep each other entertained for hours!
You can even make a game out of guessing why each other lies or the meaning behind each lie. Fire up that car, grab a map, and get ready to Road Trip!
If you’re looking for an easy and fun game to spice up your road trip with your significant other, you’ve got to try “Would You Rather?” This game is sure to get you giggling, if nothing else!
All you need to do is ask your partner a “Would You Rather” question, and they have to choose between two options.
For example, you can ask, “Would you rather go skydiving or swim with dolphins?” or “Would you rather camp in a tent or sleep in a luxury hotel?”
This game provides for a lot of interesting conversations, and will definitely bring up some unexpected answers.
You can use current events, locations along your road trip, or experiences from past trips: the possibilities are endless!
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Celebrity Trivia is a great road trip game for couples. Test each other’s knowledge of famous people and entertainment with this game!
To play, one person asks a question about a celebrity and the other has to answer correctly.
You can keep score if you like or just see who knows the most. If your partner is stumped, Google is your friend!
Whenever you catch sight of a celebrity’s name or picture, ask each other questions and get to guessing!
Who knows, maybe you’ll even learn something new about each other as you go!
Don’t Yes or No is a fun and simple game that can make a long drive go by quickly.
This game involves asking questions in pairs and receiving a response other than yes or no. Players can even go so far as to make up a few of their own rules; the crazier, the better!
To start the game, one player begins the conversation with a question that their partner must answer with something other than a yes or no. This can be as outlandish as they like, but the reply must include more than one word.
For example, if one partner asks, “Do you want to go for ice cream?” the other partner must come up with a response such as, “I suppose we could stop for an ice cream” or “Chocolate fudge is my favorite!”
The conversation can go on for as many turns the couple wants, with each partner continuing to ask questions that cannot be answered with yes or no. Couples can even introduce rules like having the other partner respond with a song or using their hands to mime the answer.
Don’t Yes or No is a great game for couples to play on a road trip, as it will definitely liven up the journey!
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Word association is a classic road trip game that is perfect for couples, since it requires great communication and team work to progress.
The objective is to have both partners think of creative words that are associated with one another.
To start, one partner will begin by saying one word, then the other partner will have to come up with a word that is somehow related to the first one.
This can be a noun, verb, or adjective. The game can then continue with both partners getting their turn to give words, with the goal being to establish some sort of pattern between the two words.
For example, the two words might be related in a certain way; they might share the same root word, or be opposites of each other. After a certain number of turns, the couple can pick a new pattern to follow and repeat the game.
Besides being a fun way to keep the conversation flowing, this game is also a great way to practice valuable communication skills, such as finding the right words, listening, and understanding the other person’s perspective. With this game, couples can gain greater insight into their relationship and have a great time in the process.
The Movie Game is an entertaining road trip game for couples and great for livening up a boring drive.
Start the game by choosing a movie genre – it could be science fiction, comedy, romance or anything you fancy.
Take turns picking out a movie title from that genre, and writing it on a piece of paper that you fold up in front of you. (This is to stop cheating!)
The other person has to guess the movie by asking yes or no questions. For example, perhaps you chose ‘epic romance’ and wrote “Titanic” on the piece of paper.
Your partner could ask, “does the movie include a boat?” or “Does it feature Leonardo DiCaprio?”.
For each right answer, the guesser is awarded a point. Then switch to the other person and keep playing until you reach the best of 3 or the best of 5.
The Movie Game is a fun game for couples as it forces them to think quickly, plus it also helps improve your trivia skills.
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This is one of the most popular road trip games for couples. One person selects a song and then turns off the volume on the radio or their phone.
The other person has to try to guess the song by singing it, humming it, or just describing the song. This game will continue until the other person correctly guesses the song or gives-up after five guesses.
This classic game is always a fun way to pass time and make the ride more enjoyable. All you need to do is pick a person, place, or thing, and then act out the selection.
The other person has to guess the selection. This is a great way to practice your acting and facial expressions!
But be careful if you’re driving!
This is a great game to help practice your spelling skills. One person will start off by saying a random word, and then the other person has to spell it out.
If the person spells the word correctly, they earn a point. To make this game more challenging, the person that spells out the right word can select a harder one for the next turn.
Try this one on for size;
Song Talk is a great way to keep the conversation going during a long road trip.
In this game, each partner takes turns playing a song of their choice and then discussing why it has significance to them.
All topics are open to discussion, ranging from memories of a past trip to the feeling of connection to a certain artist. This game can be helpful for couples that may have different opinions on music.
This is a great opportunity to share some of your innermost feelings with your partner.
For example emotional songs might open up honest conversations about emotions and relationships, while upbeat songs might evoke positive memories or funny stories from your past.
This is both a fun game & a potential bonding experience. Enjoy!
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Car Bingo is a super fun road trip game!
All you need is a road trip bingo game sheet that you can print out online, purchase from Amazon or make your own.
Before the game starts, each couple chooses a row, column, or diagonal line they want to play and agree on the prizes. Like who drives next, who pays for lunch or who gets a big sloppy kiss!
During the road trip, every time one of you sees something on the bingo sheet, you cross it off your game card.
If you get a bingo, the game is over and you can claim your prize.
Guess Who is a great game for couples to play on the road. This two-player game involves guessing the identity of a mystery person based on a series of questions. To play Guess Who, each player selects a mystery person, and the other player must try to determine that person’s identity by getting as close as possible through yes-or-no questions.
This game is perfect for couples on a long drive, as it’s easy to set up and can be played with almost any kind of person or object.
To start the game, one partner thinks of a well known person or someone you both know. To stop any cheating they can write the name of that person on a piece of paper or a note app.
Then the guesser asks obvious questions, such as “Is this person a movie star?”, “Are they your best friend?” or “Does this person call you everyday?” until they narrow down the options and can make a good guess. If they guess correctly, they win the point. If they give up, you win the point!
Keep going, taking turns until someone wins, or you get bored!
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“Never Have I Ever” is usually a drinking game reserved for a group of friends on a night out, but you can adapt it to a road trip game with your partner.
The idea is that one person states something they have never done, and those who have done it must raise their hands. All those with their hands up take a “drink”.
Instead while in the car, one partner starts by saying “Never Have I Ever X” and if the other partner has done it, they can have a sweet or a chip, or some kind of treat and tell their story!
If they haven’t done it you can discuss whether it’s something you want to do together and add it to your bucket list!
Some examples of “Never Have I Ever” statements might be: “never have I ever visited a foreign country”; “never have I ever seen an opera”; or “never have I ever won something significant”.
Make sure to think of as many fun and lighthearted questions as possible.
The Naming Game is an enjoyable and creative road trip game for couples. The idea is to take turns coming up with a creative and unique name of an object that combines two words.
For example, a stoplight could become a “stoplightnin’” or a tree could be a “treelight.”
Take turns pondering and coming up with imaginative ideas by combining words that form a whole new object. When playing the Naming Game, set rules or “odds” that need to be followed to ensure you’re both on the same page.
For example, if the first person decides on “showermirror”, the other player must then come up with an object that starts with the same letter as the last letter of “showermirror” – like “ranchbowl.”
Through this game, think outside the box and explore creative concepts and ideas that you can share with each other that may inspire a project you’re working on or provide insight on an everyday object you’ve taken for granted.
Have fun, be creative, and see where this game takes you!
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The classic car ride game, “This or That” is a great road trip game for couples.
It’s simple to play, but can give rise to interesting conversations and debates.
To start, one person will ask a “this or that” question, such as “Do you prefer tacos or burritos?”
The other person must choose one of the two options. They can elaborate on their answer, but it’s not necessary.
The opponent will then get a chance to answer the same question, continuing back and forth between the couple.
This game can cover topics like books, movies, cuisine, cars, and more.
There is no set structure for the length of the game, so couples can take as much time as they want to contemplate each answer.
“This or That” is one of the more fun road trip games for couples and can help two people get to know each other better in a lighthearted way.
True confessions is a fun way to pass the time on a long road trip.
In the game, one partner will share something that the other partner didn’t know about them. (If there is anything – I’m a bit of an open book in my relationship!)
It could be something from the past, a guilty pleasure, or a funny quirk. The other partner can then take a guess and see if their partner reveals the truth. This game can be fun and lighthearted, or it can get deeper, depending on the couple’s comfort level.
It could be as silly as, “I once got stuck in a tree!”, or as serious as, “I’ve always wanted to move to a different country.” Regardless, it can be a great way to get to know each other more while on the road.
True confessions can also give couples the chance to ask each other questions that are difficult to ask, and talk about topics that they may not bring up in everyday conversation. It could give insight and clarity on things that weren’t as clear before, and also deepen their understanding of each other.
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We all love a good tale and it’s even better when you share it with someone else.
Storytelling is a great way to keep things fun on a road trip and while it is important to listen to your partner, you can also take turns recounting stories.
Storytelling can range from tales of your childhood to stories about the places you are visiting.
You can even come up with silly stories together, telling a sentence each until the tale is complete.
Road Trip Games for Couples are all about creating shared experiences, so this can be a great way to break up long hours in the car and keep you both engaged with each other, while creating some hilarious moments along the way.
This is a game that takes various forms depending on which version you want to play.
- Read a plate and make up a word game – Example JFD 70 might be – Jolly Fat Dad ate 70 pies
- How many different license plates do you see on your travels – you can use different styles, colors, countries, states etc.
But my favorite is the – ‘guess where the plate is from’ game.
You might be road tripping through the US, so you can guess the state. If you’re traveling through Europe, you can guess the country. Even here in Thailand, I try to guess the province by reading the Thai words on the plates (yep I’m sometimes that bored!)
Use social media to help you research the right answers and have fun!
The Compliment Game encourages couples to give positive feedback to each other and motivates them to focus on the positives in their relationship.
To begin the game, one person starts by giving a compliment to their partner. The partner then responds with a compliment of their own which leads to an alternating exchange of compliments.
The goal of the game is to see how long you can go without repeating a compliment.
The game also allows couples to focus on areas of their relationship they may overlook, as finding new compliments each time encourages players to dig deep into their partner’s best qualities.
This game beautifully showcases the appreciation and gratitude you have for each other and supports your goal of having a happy and exciting road trip. It’s a fun and lighthearted way to share compliments and make the most out of your shared travel experience.
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This is a bit of a random game, but remember that bright yellow tesla you recently saw or that turquoise blue sedan?
Yep that’s what I’m talking about. If you’re on a road trip in quite a busy area, this is more fun as you see more cars and can spot the truly odd colored ones.
If you’re driving across Australia, this could actually take days to just spot one, so choose your environment!
For an extra challenge, see if you can find unusual objects or natural phenomena in odd colors also. This can be things like the color of the sky or walls of a building passing in the background.
This game is all about experimentation and coming up with creative phrases. One person starts a sentence or phrase, and the other person has to finish it with their own special style and spin.
You can come up with phrases such as “I love you because…” or “I wish we could…”. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and have fun with this game.
Another popular game if you’re on a road trip in the US, is to name the states that you pass by. One partner can name the state and then give the other partner a hint as to which state is next.
This game can help pass time and also help you understand the various geographical regions of the United States. However, depending on where you’re driving it could take forever, so some alternatives include;
- Name the biggest cities in this state
- Name the Governor of the state we’re driving through
- Name all the states!
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Similar to word association but with a twist, word formation will test your literacy skills!
One partner will say the beginning of a word, such as “tele” and the other person has to come up with words associated with it. Examples can include “telephone”, “teleportation”, “television”, and so on.
The more words you can think of the more points you get!
31. Trick Taking Card Games
Trick taking games can provide hours of card game fun. In Hearts, the objective is to avoid accumulating points by steering clear of certain penalty cards, like the Hearts and the Queen of Spades. In Spades, players aim to win a certain number of tricks based on their bids, working either individually or with a partner.
Both games are excellent for road trips as they are engaging, encourage strategic thinking, and can be easily played with a single deck of cards. Probably best played when taking a break, camping overnight or lunching on route!
So Cards are a great way to skip shallow conversation and dive straight into the deep end.
If you think you know everything about your partner, think again! So Cards will ask questions you may never have thought off, eliciting responses from your partner you will definitely not have heard before!
Each deck comes with 52 question cards, 2 blanks, and 2 rule cards. It’s the perfect size to fit in your pocket or purse, making it an ideal road trip game for couples.
Use them to get closer with your partner and learn new things about them. The cards are designed to spark connections and encourage deeper conversations.
33. Carpool Chaos
Carpool Chaos includes 160 large, action-packed cards with games, challenges, hypothetical situations and all sorts.
If you’re looking for some fantastic prompts for road trip games and challenges this games pack is for you!
Plus, the box fits perfectly in the seat back pocket or door, making it easy to take on the road with you wherever you go.
34. License Plate Bingo
A ready made version of the License plate game, if you’re traveling through the US, this is a fab road trip game!
This set includes 4 reusable bingo cards. The cards each have finger tip shutter windows, which you’ll use to mark off your squares as you spot license plates from different states.
Whether you’re on a cross-country road trip or just driving to the beach, the License Plate Travel Bingo Set is a great way to make the journey more fun.
35. Road Trip Trivia
If you want to test your trivia skills this Travel Trivia Game is for you!
This fun and easy game is perfect for couples on road trips and for anyone who wants to learn more about interesting destinations around the world.
With 80 questions featuring multiple choice game play and bonus facts, this game is sure to wile away the hours, while teaching you a thing or two!
Got a ‘know it all’ husband who always wins trivial pursuits and happens to be driving? Just make up the answers and tell him he’s wrong (he can’t drive and check! 😉)
36. Travel Puzzles / Riddles
Think Outside The Box is the perfect game for couples road trips!
Not only is it entertaining, but it also boosts your creativity and makes time fly. The portable size makes it great for on-the-go, and the simple gameplay and rules make it easy to pick up and play.
You will hear 40 stories with unexpected endings. Asking Yes/No questions only, try to restore the chain of events and find out what happened in the story. There will be 3 clues to use if you reach a dead end. The puzzles are challenging yet fun, and will require thinking outside the box to find creative solutions.
37. Shotgun Road Trip Game
This hilarious card game is great for couples road trips.
To play, one player is nominated as the card reader, and they will read the cards aloud. The other players must then respond to the prompt on the card. The game can be played until you reach your destination or until you stop for fast food… whichever comes first!
Shotgun contains 200 cards, a drawstring pouch for easy storage, and instructions. So, whether you’re on a long road trip or just looking for something to keep you entertained, Shotgun is sure to deliver plenty of laughs.
Road Trip Games for Couples – Summary
There’s no need to sit in silence or sleep all the way to a destination when you have all these options at your fingertips.
Road trip games for couples offer a great way to break up the monotony of a road trip and inject some fun and playfulness into your journey.
Whether you’re a competitive couple who love a good challenge or an easy-going pair who just want to pass the time, these games are sure to bring some much-needed entertainment.
Plus some of them will kick start some deeper conversations and you may learn things about each other which bring you even closer!
Now that you’ve explored some of the best Road Trip Games for Couples, get ready to make some lasting memories and have a blast on your next adventure!