Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

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What has saved car trips from chaos and boredom for decades? A road trip scavenger hunt, of course. With these four free printable game boards, you can keep the travel scavenger hunt tradition going and have fun, too.

I know because I grew up as a military child, served myself in the military and am now married to an active duty military member. So you can imagine the days and days I’ve spent driving across the country (and then back again).

top image of black road with white stripe and bottom image of 4 scavenger hunt game boards with title text in between reading Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

I grew up as a military child driving all around the country with just an AM radio and spotty reception. I drove from California to Arkansas by myself with a 2-year old and a 5-year old and only a cassette tape deck for entertainment.

I have tens of thousands of road trip miles experience of finding ways to keep everyone happy and entertained on long car trips. (We can talk about the tens of thousands of air miles experience I have as a child and keeping children entertained on a plane another time).

It really is possible to keep everyone entertained on a road trip and you can even build wonderful memories together at the same time.

What to Do Together in the Car on a Road Trip

The key to surviving in the car on a road trip is to prepare. If you’re going to be trapped together in a small space for a long time, it’s important to find things that you can share together, enjoy together, and create memories together with.

4 brightly colored road trip scavenger hunt game boards

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

  • To get your free copy of the scavenger hunt, sign up for our free weekly newsletter and immediately access the free scavenger hunt plus 125+ printables and automations in the VIP Resources Library.
  • You can print the game cards on computer paper, but I recommend card stock paper because it holds up much better to the reality of a road trip and to the excitement of the scavenger hunt.
  • If you’d like to be able to use the scavenger hunt sheets over and over again, you can laminate them with this affordable and easy-to-use laminator. I’ve shared about how I use a lamintator to make daily routine cards for my children.
  • Print these Road Trip Scavenger Hunt game cards as many times as you’d like for your personal use.

How to Print This Scavenger Hunt Game

Expert Tips for Printables

How do I access the free road trip scavenger hunt?

Fill in the form above. When you submit the form, you will immediately be sent an email from Organized 31 with a link to the VIP Resources Library, including detailed instructions on how to access your printable. If you can’t find the welcome email after 3-4 minutes, check your spam folder. If you have any difficulty, you can email me and I’ll help you resolved any problems.

How do I print the pdf file?

The pdf usually opens right up when you click on the link in the VIP Resources Library. When that happens, simply right click on the pdf and either print or save the document to your device.

If the pdf does not pop up for you, you’ll most likely find it in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is located on your computer.

I’m worried about wasting printer ink – what can I do?

Most printers offer you the option to print in greyscale which is in black and white.

You can also look for the option to print in draft or economy mode. This usually means that the sheet is printed out with less ink. It still looks great and is a good way to print in color but use less ink.

How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?

You can print these pdf files as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.

How to Play this Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

  • Establish if the children are playing as individuals or as teams.
    • If you have children of different ages playing, consider pairing younger children with older children or an adult so that all the children can play.
    • You can even play as one team with everyone searching for the items on one road trip scavenger hunt game board together.
  • Establish if the players are required to find every item on the game board or if they are to find as many as they can in a set period of time.
    • Since you’ll be in the car for a long time, you can pause the game and pick it back up later in the trip, if you’d like.
  • Look over the list of items on the scavenger hunt boards. If you don’t expect to see all of them on the route you’re taking for your road trip, you can play the Road Trip Scavenger Hunt game like you play Bingo, which means finding all the items in a row or column to win.

If your family enjoys scavenger hunts, check out my Big Bundle of 20 scavenger hunts for children and families.

collage of brightly colored scavenger hunt game boards
  • Decide if you’re playing for bragging rights or a prize.
    • If you choose to play for prizes, you can bring small prizes or be creative with other prize options.
      • You can have the prize be something like choosing the next audio book or the next song to play.
      • The prize can also be choosing where to eat lunch or first choice of beds at the hotel.
  • Since the scenery changes mile by mile, you can use these same road trip scavenger hunt game boards over and over again and the game will be new each time.

Scavenger Hunts are so much fun to play and share together. If you enjoy family games, you have to check out the more than 20 scavenger hunt ideas I’ve created for both children and adults. Yes, I’ve created even more since this image was designed!

For more travel tips and ideas from my tens of thousands of miles of travel experience:

Pin for later so you can find this Road Trip Scavenger Hunt for your next trip.

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