Travel games and entertainment for kids
Tackle boredom in the air, on the road and any other way you like to travel with portable tech, toys and fun games perfect for long journeys.
Got a long car journey coming up? Dreading the thought of having to keep the kids entertained for hours? Technology isn't the only way - keep boredom at bay by engaging them in some classic car games that everyone can enjoy.
Six games to play in the car
- Word association - someone starts with a word, and the next person has to say a word related to the previous one e.g. toys > fun > happy.
- Number plate phrases - taking the last 3 letters of number plates around you, make the best, most obscure or funny phrase. Then the whole car decides whose is best.
- I spy - choose something you can see and say 'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with...' stating the letter the object you've chosen begins with. The person who guesses it correctly begins the next round.
- Would you rather? - choose two options to pit against each other e.g. would you rather eat a tin of cold beans or bathe in them? It's more fun if you choose options that the person answering wouldn't do normally.
- The quiet game - if the kids are getting too noisy, ask who can stay quiet the longest. The one who does wins.
- Twenty questions - one person thinks of a famous person or character and then the rest of the passengers have 20 questions to try and guess who it is. Only questions that can be answered yes or no are allowed.
Travel games for kids
Whether you're embarking on a long road trip or flying overseas, these travel-friendly games and activities will help pass the time.
Long car journeys are normally an argument waiting to happen, whether that's between adults, kids or both. Try to avoid the stress, tears and tantrums by thinking ahead.
Planning a road trip
Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for your journey.
- Plan your route (and a few back ups) before setting off even if you will be using a sat nav.
- Plan in regular stops to break up the driving and prevent children from becoming restless from sitting still for too long.
- Stock up on food and drink for the car to prevent any 'I'm hungry' or 'I'm thirsty' wails. And pack more than you think you'll need just in case you get stuck in any traffic.
- Make sure you've got a charger in the car to avoid any breakdowns caused by electronics running out of battery.
- If you're driving in Europe, familiarise yourself with the rules of the road of the country you're travelling to (or travelling through) and ensure you have all of the documents and car kit you need for those countries too.
Road trip essentials
From sat navs to power banks and travel pillows, we've got everything you need to make the trip go smoothly.
Travelling with baby
Check out our top tips for travelling with an infant.