This past week, I hit the dusty trail and drove from Austin to San Diego. We drove straight through, which is not for the faint of heart! With all those hours in the car, we needed something to break up the boredom. So before we hit the road, I spent a lot of quality time preparing some road trip games.
- Wine (Hey, eventually you will get somewhere you can drink it!)
- Beer (You have to cover all taste palates)
- A bottle opener/corkscrew (This was one of the first prizes awarded)
- Starbucks Via
- Glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces (night driving fun!)
- A car air freshener (We ended up with “Black Ice” which was a horrible combination of nasty smelling men’s cologne. We tried to hide it in someone’s bag for the drive home, but it was quickly discovered!)
- Scope brush ups (For that I’ve-been-in-a-car-all-night taste in your mouth)
- Beef Jerky
- Mini Oreos
- A manicure buffing block
- American Flags
- Fancy Chocolate
- Wipes (Disasters will happen, whoever wins this might be your best friend)
I know, I know, it’s a lot of prizes – but I had a lot of games! When I set out to plan my games, everything I found was geared toward little kids. Bingo and various license plate games are popular, but I needed something for an older audience. So here is what I ended up with:
- Bingo (this was a flop, just don’t play it)
- Name that Tune
- National Geographic Geography Bee US Edition
- National Geographic Geography Bee World Edition
- US Citizenship Test Questions
Bobby Bones Show style Name That Tune (NTT) was, by far, everyone’s favorite game. The rules are simple:
- Say your name to buzz in
- One point for naming the artist of the song
- One point for naming the song title
- Three points for guessing the theme
- If you have already guessed the theme or a song, you cannot buzz in again
- Person with the most points wins
Seven songs are played for 30 seconds from the beginning of the song. Players can buzz in at any time. If all the songs are played and no one has guessed the theme, the moderator will read out the song titles and artists and give players 30 seconds to guess the theme. This game concept shamelessly stolen from the Bobby Bones Show, go here to listen to podcasts of them playing the game.
The themes ranged from super easy to more difficult. I used playlists in iTunes to pick music from my collection to make the games. Here are the themes and songs I came up with:
Songs about Road Trips
- Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
- Surfin’ Safari by The Beach Boys
- Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty
- Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
- On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
- The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles
- Everyday is a Winding Road by Sheryl Crow
Songs with Baby in the Title
- Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
- Baby I need Your Loving by the Four Tops
- Baby Come Back by Player
- My Baby Blue by the Dave Matthews Band
- Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
- Baby Boy by Beyoncé Knowles
- ….Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
Songs About California
- Route 66 by Nat King Cole
- California Gurls by Katy Perry
- Get Back by the Beatles
- Hotel California by the Eagles
- California Girls by The Beach Boys
- California Soul (Diplo / Mad Decent Remix) by Marlena Shaw & Diplo
- California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
Songs with USA or America in the Title of the Song, Artist Name or As the Name of the Album
- Move Along by The All-American Rejects
- Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
- We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad
- Surfin’ U.S.A. by the Beach Boys
- Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
- I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
- American Boy by Estelle
Song Title or Artist with Kiss in the Name
- Then He Kissed Me by the Crystals
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by U2
- Rock and Roll All Nite by Kiss
- Kiss the Girl by Samuel e. Wright
- I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
- Kiss by Prince
- A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong
One Hit Wonders
- Tainted Love by Soft Cell
- I Try by Macy Gray
- Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
- My Sharona by The Knack
- Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
- Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
- Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Artists (or at least one band member) Who are Dead
- (Sittin’ on) The Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding
- Burning Love by Elvis Presley
- I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
- Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
- Hot Stuff by Donner Summer
- Rehab by Amy Winehouse
- Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees
I have Vanilla Ice in my music collection.
Don’t lie, I bet you do too!
For the geography quizzes, I pulled questions from National Geographic and I found the US citizenship questions via about.com
National Geographic Geography Bee USA Edition
1. Which state has a climate suitable for growing citrus fruits—California or Maine?
2. Which is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States?
3. Name the mountain range that extends from Maine to Georgia
4. Which of these territories is not administered by the U.S.?
B. Northern Mariana Islands
C. Falkland Islands
D. American Samoa
E. Howland Island
Answer: C. The Falkland Islands
5. This state is nicknamed the “Old Line State” or the “Free State”
6. America’s most famous horse race is held each year in Louisville, located in this state.
7. In Florida and the West Indies, a small low-lying island usually made up of coral or sand is known by what term?
8. “With God, All Things Are Possible” is the motto of which midwestern state that is home to Cuyahoga Valley National Park?
9 About how many islands are part of the Florida Keys archipelago?
Answer: C. 1700
10. What is the approximate population of Oregon?
A. 6.1 million
B. 5.2 million
C 4.4 million
D. 3.8 million
Answer: D. 3.8 Million
National Geographic Geography Bee World Edition
1. Which country has the world’s largest Muslim population?
2. The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?
3. How many countries border the Mediterranean Sea?
Answer: C. 21
4. Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country’s manufactured goods?
5. To visit the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of Persia, you would have to travel to what present-day country?
6. Lyon, the capital of Roman Gaul, is found in the eastern region of which country?
7. Which country recently reinforced security barriers along its border with Yemen in an effort to stop illegal immigration?
Answer: Saudi Arabia
8. In March President Obama attended the Nuclear Security Summit in this Asian Capital city located on the Han river.
9. Tswana is a Bantu language spoken by the largest ethnic group in which country?
10. Cameron Bay has served as a naval base France, Japan, The United States, the former Soviet Union. Cameron Bay is located in which country?
US Citizenship Test Questions
1. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
Answer: We the People
2. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
Answer: twenty-seven (27)
3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
Answer: four hundred thirty-five (435)
4. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
Answer: the Speaker of the House
5. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
Answer: Secretary of Agriculture
Answer: Secretary of Commerce
Answer: Secretary of Defense
Answer: Secretary of Education
Answer: Secretary of Energy
Answer: Secretary of Health and Human Services
Answer: Secretary of Homeland Security
Answer: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Answer: Secretary of Interior
Answer: Secretary of State
Answer: Secretary of Transportation
Answer: Secretary of Treasury
Answer: Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs
Answer: Secretary of Labor
Answer: Attorney General
6. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
Answer: John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
7. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is onepower of the federal government?
Answer: to print money
Answer: to declare war
Answer: to create an army
Answer: to make treaties
8. When was the Constitution written?
9. Who was President during World War I?
Answer: (Woodrow) Wilson
10. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
Answer: World War II
So how about that for your next road trip?! And we discovered if you don’t finish all the games on the road, these can all be converted into excellent drinking games when you arrive at your destination. I sincerely hope that my grandmother didn’t read down this far Happy road tripping!