A car ride is what you make it. A long trip can be stressful and overwhelming, but it can also be fun. And this free scavenger hunt for road trips printable is here to help!
I remember taking so many road trips growing up and playing I Spy, Punch Buggy, or just searching for different license plates.
It made passing the time so much easier, especially in the days before phones and screens!
A scavenger hunt to play during a road trip is a great way to pass the time in the car with young children.
Even better, the whole family can play! Scavenger hunts can easily be customized for any age group, from toddlers to teens!
Use this fun PDF printable on your next family road trip!
Not only will they keep kids occupied and entertained, but they’re also a great way to have some quality family time and even offer some education along the way.
Classic Scavenger Hunt Checklist
Use our free printable road trip scavenger hunt list for a classic version to play.
Have your child mark off items on the list as they find (see) them. If you’re traveling with younger kids that don’t know as many words, have everyone work together to find the items!
Some other items to add in addition to this list may include road signs, a gas station, a cow, traffic lights, and so on.
Anything that’s fairly common to see on a long car ride is a great addition to your scavenger hunt!
Speaking cars and car games, you should also take a look at our free color by number pages with different types of cool cars!
Printable Scavenger Hunt For Road Trips PDF
Get ready to have some much fun on your next road trip! Just print the pdf file and use a pen or a pencil to mark each specific item you see.
We recommend laminating this checklist to protect it and keep it for repeated use!
Other Ideas For Road Trip Games
Road Trip Bingo
Like the classic scavenger hunt, road trip bingo is just in a bingo format. Again, depending on your kids’ ages, you can do it with or without pictures.
Photos are more fun, but if you also want your kids to work on word recognition, using the text version may be a fun way to make it educational.
The first person to see the item is who gets to mark it off on their board. The first person to get bingo (five in a row) wins!
Road Trip I Spy
Family games like an I Spy scavenger hunt for your long car trip are a boredom buster! Have a friendly competition with family.
To play, you say, “I spy with my little eye something that begins with A.” The best part is that you don’t need a printable checklist, but you can make your own too!
Then everyone looks outside the car and guesses the thing they can spot that starts with the letter A.
Do the entire alphabet and then tally up how many each person got. Or don’t keep the score at all! It’s entirely up to what works best for you and your family.
You also don’t have to play it as an alphabet game. You can also use different colors (“I Spy with my little eye something red”) or other descriptors.
And if your kids enjoy I Spy games, check out our I Spy Ocean printables.
License Plate Scavenger Hunt
You can play the license plate game with or without a printable list.
The goal is to find as many different license plates from different states as possible. This may be more exciting for teenagers or adults.
Or, to make it more accessible for younger kids, play this fun game as a family and look for the license plates together.
If you have a long drive, chances are you might be able to see all of them!
Vehicle Scavenger Hunt
In this travel scavenger hunt game, players have to spot different types of vehicles on the road.
This works for kids of all ages, and young kids may even learn some new words this way.
You can include all types of vehicles, even bicycles, airplanes, or tractors.
If you want to make it more difficult, you can have a list of cars by model.
Another variation would be to have kids hunt for different color vehicles.
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