RV Camping, Family Camping
When you set out on that first mile with your family on an RV camping trip, you are already committed to heading out into the wilderness and having the time of your life. You have spent months preparing for this trip including booking the slots, buying the food, de-winterizing your RV, maintaining the running condition of it, getting time off work and so much more. The one thing that could put the biggest damper on your trip is… Boredom.
In particular, boredom on the road to your family camping destination can spark irritability, impatience and moreover fighting. With a little creativity and willingness to go along, every potential boring moment on the road can be turned into something fun.
So put away the iPods, and turn off the movie and get ready to have some fun!
1. Roadside Bingo
This game can be particularly fun because of all the uncertainties you may see on the road. Roadside bingo consists of common roadside appearances such as cattle, railroad tracks or a tractor among many other things. These bingo cards can be picked up at many different kinds of stores that offer other fun roadbound games, but it can also be very fun to create your own bingo sheets before leaving on your family camping trip. When you’re playing roadside bingo, it’s important to call out when you see something on your sheet so that everyone else can verify the appearance and mark it off of their card as well. This game is always a good time and can still be on going while playing other games
2. 50 States
50 States is a game where you compete with fellow travelers to see who spots the most geographically unique license plates. As you’re driving down the road on the way to your family RV camping spot, keep a close eye on the cars going by to pay attention to what state the license plate is going by. Just like roadside bingo, players need to call out the state of the license plate that they see so that the other riders can verify the appearance. If multiple riders call out the same license plate, you can integrate other games such as rock paper scissors to battle for the claim of the land! You can play this game for limited periods of time such as between rest stops, the complete first way or you can play for the duration of the entire trip.
3. Mad Libs
Mad libs can bring on hours of entertainment and ridiculous laughter. Mad libs books can be bought at common stores with travel entertainment and are simply short one to two paragraph stories that allows participants to fill in blanks of the stories with their choice of nouns, verbs, adjectives and so on. The person that is filling in the blanks needs to keep the plot of the story a complete secret while asking around for random input for words. You will find yourself rolling with laughter as the most absurd and hilarious stories emerge from the collaborative imaginations of the riders.
4. Road Sign Alphabet
Road Sign Alphabet is a fun game to play on the road especially while passing through bigger cities. The objective of the game is to spot letters starting from the letter “A” and move alphabetically through the alphabet and the first one to cross off all of the letters wins. This game can be altered slightly to change up the rules including stipulations such as; only one letter per sign, only one person can claim the letter and so on. This game is also another that is more long winded and can be extended throughout the duration of the trip and played.
5. I Spy.. With My Little Eye…
It’s one of the simplest ideas and yet we always seem to forget about this one. “I spy with my little eye…something….. GREEN!” It may seem childish to play such a simplistic game, but throwing a few creative edges might make the game a little more energized and full of life. Give yourself a 60 second time limit to spout out as many chances as you get. Play in teams, have your partner guess as many items as you can before time runs out and keep the score then play to a certain number or as long as you want.
With a little openness and creativity, you can foster the environment to create laughter, conversation and most importantly togetherness. Family RV camping trips can sometimes be compromised with a long drive especially for those that are closer together like in a truck pulling a fifth wheel or even a class c conversion van. These traveling games can really help a long family RV camping trip go by faster and definitely more fun.