Fun Games to Play on Cross Country Trips

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.

Fun Games to Play With Dogs Indoors

Whether it is snowing or sunshine your dog needs entertainment on a daily basis. You should take the time to give your pet enough exercise and mental stimulation to keep him occupied all day. By including some fun activities, it is possible to keep your dog in good shape both physically and mentally. There are plenty of games that you can play with your dog based on how much time you have available and how much space you have in your house. If outdoor conditions are not perfect for being outside inside games will work.

Hide and seek

The dog’s imagination can be well stimulated through the hide and seek game. You can play this game with your dog and you will both enjoy it. In order to get your dog used to this game, you should hide in locations that are easy for your dog to find you in the beginning.

You can guide the dog slowly by calling its name (if needed in the beginning). As soon as the dog reaches your hiding spot, give it hugs and kisses so that it will be excited to play the game again. With hide and seek, you can have endless hours of play and fun.

Training your dog

When you are indoors, you should devote some time for training. By going through some training exercises, you can bond with your dog. Having a well trained dog in your home is great and for a large dog it is a must. Work on sit and down stay exercises, these are very import to establish you as the master

Tug of war

This is a game that most dogs really enjoy. Keep in mind that during the game the dog should always allow you to win the tug item. Allowing the dog to win can create some aggression with certain dogs and remember that children should never play tug of war with the dog.

Retrieving

Retrieving or fetching is something that most dogs enjoy, of course some more than others. Using a squeaky toy, tennis ball or even a knotted rope throw it down a hall way and have your dog bring it back. Warning, some dogs will do this for hours. Of course there are dog that won’t do it at all.

Retrieving is a great way to exercise your dog and build a bond between the two of you at the same time.

I hope this article will help you have fun with your dog.

Road Trip Games – Fun Games to Play For Long Car Rides

So you’ve bought a nice car and love driving it but when you’re going on a long journey it can become quite boring, especially when you’re driving on a motorway.

Most of these games will be for the benefit of the passengers and not for the driver, as he or she has to concentrate on keeping control of the car. But with your friends or family being kept entertained it is one less worry for the driver.

Here are some of my favorite games for a long road trip.

Counting Animal Life

This is mainly for the kids. Whenever they see an animal such as a sheep, cow or horse they can mark it on a score sheet.

You can make it more interesting by asking them to say something about that animal when they spot it. For example when they see a cow, they might say it’s where milk comes from.

Doing just this will be too simple apart from the very young children but you can change it so they can only mark down and talk about particular types of animals such as birds.

Spot the License Plates

This game is something everyone can play. You’ll first of all need to make a list of all the areas in your country that have different license plates. For example if you live in the US then the list would include Arizona, Maine, Iowa, Texas etc.

Each person has a turn and when they see a license plate for an area of the country that hasn’t been found yet, they will mark it down and get a point. It’s a good idea to have a time limit, so if they can’t find a new type of plate within the given time then they will have to pass onto the next person and they will not receive a point.

The Unknown Star

This is one of the games where the driver can actually take part, as long as they obviously keep their eyes and mind on the road.

Someone will think of a famous film or TV star. The other people in the car take turns to ask one question about the star. The person who knows the star has to answer yes or no.

For example someone might think of Robert De Niro. Someone else might ask “Has the star won an Oscar?” The person would answer yes.

From these yes or no answers, the players can start to build some best guesses to whom the star is.

When someone thinks they know the answer, they can say but if they’re wrong then they’re booted out of that particular game.

You can also use the same idea for other games such as thinking of films or types of cars.