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It’s a sunny day and you are going on a long car ride with your family, friends, or colleagues and you are wondering how to make it a memorable long ride for everyone – a long car ride can be uninteresting and awkward when there are no activities – relax! You’ve met this article just in time and you are about to have the best long rides of your entire life with this list of things to do on a long car ride.  

As you take a break from work and your busy life to go on a long ride will family, friends, or colleagues, this list of things to do on a long car ride will give you a bonding time with your spouse, kids, friends or colleagues – I mean you need that bond to be able to work effectively together, it will help you stay relaxed, concentrate and enjoy the ride, it will be so much fun that you won’t even know when you have gotten to your destination.

If your long road trip is for a vacation, check out this printable vacation packing list to ensure you do not miss important items before embarking on your journey. We also made a guide on how to enjoy a vacation for you. 

List of Things to do on a Long Car Ride

There are many things to do on a long car ride, including reading magazines or books, listening to music or podcasts, watching TV shows or movies on Netflix, and working on your phone. It’s important to find something that you enjoy so that the trip will be more enjoyable. Additionally, it can help pass the time if you alternate between different activities every few minutes.


Here is a comprehensive guide on things to do on long road trips especially when you’re traveling with family or friends:

See a Netflix series

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Netflix is an American subscription streaming service with a lot of interesting and quality series for both kids and adults, so if you are traveling with your kids you might want to pick a series that they will enjoy. Seeing a movie on a road trip is fun, it helps you escape into a fun fantasy land on your screen. You can use your DVD player or smartphone/Ipad. it is better to use headphones or AirPods so everyone can enjoy the movie without having to strain their ears.

Play Road Trips Games

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Playing road trip games can turn any trip into an interesting and memorable one, during road trip games you get to laugh so hard and bond with one another. It is one of the best ways to pass time and create memories with loved ones. 

Listen to your favorite songs and sing along 

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This is one of the fun things to do while traveling, you can even play the “complete the lyrics” game with it, it is also a way to listen to new artists as you listen to your colleague’s or friend’s playlists. It can be a bonding time for you and your family as you sing your family playlist and get to know your kids’ favorite artists.

Listen to a podcast

Listening to educative podcasts on a long car ride is a way to while away time and also learn something new. You can listen to a comedy podcast or a true crime podcast. This will be thrilling and educational. You can also form a discussion forum after each podcast episode to learn and share your thoughts with each other.

Have Deep Conversation 

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It’s time to get to know each other deeply, i know you say to each other every day but how often do you listen to each other, it can be very awkward at first but slowly y’all will start sharing deeply personal things with each other. You can start by asking questions that will make your friends open up, questions such as; what is the best thing that happened to you this year? It is the best way to know more about your family and bond with them.

Have a Car Picnic

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What is a long car ride without a picnic? Find a perfect location, maybe a place where you can enjoy the view of the mountains or by the lake. take a break and enjoy some snacks and lunch in the trunk of the car, this will make your trip less tiring and more fun. It will also relieve the driver of his stress and give him some time to join in the games and bonding. Play music/games as you snack. 

Listen to an Audiobook

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Do you have a book that you’ve always wanted to share with your family, now is the time to share it. Listen to an audiobook as you enjoy the long ride through nature. This way everyone in the car including the driver can learn a thing or two and enjoy the fun family time.

Have a Long Around Your Environment

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Take a moment to enjoy nature. Stop to have a look around your environment. You can stop by any local tourist attractions and enjoy the view. This will give your kid time to run around, stretch their body and get ready for the remaining part of the trip. You will also learn a new thing.

Read a Book  

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Reading a book is one fun thing to do on a long car ride. Reading a novel or magazine will keep you and your family entertained throughout your trip. Reading a book everyone is interested in will bring about interesting conversations and can make the trip fun. If you are not able to carry enough hard copies, you can download some on eReader. Books of many things, a unicorn rescue society series, are interesting books for kids. The novel on the road is a very good distraction for a road trip.

Document your journey

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Documenting your trip and getting everyone to participate in taking pictures of places you pass through. Take pictures of local tourist attractions, hills, and mountains, the restaurants you stopped by. Filming your games, everything you do on your long car ride is fun plus it helps you keep these exciting memories of places you have been to and things you have done with your family.

Learn a New Language

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Learning a new language is something to do on a long car ride, you can learn on Duolingo. Another fun way to do this is by watching a movie in another language with a subtitle. is possible to learn a new language while driving? Of course, you can by listening to an audio teaching of this language.

Take a Rest

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Take a break and rest your head. Long trips are not only for watching movies and playing around, sometimes, but sleeping is also what you need to stay energized throughout your trip.  Put your kids to sleep so you can have some time to rest too before you get to your destination. The driver can also enjoy silent moment and concentrate on getting to your destination.

Play Games on your mobile phone

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Another fun thing to do on a long ride is to play games on your mobile phone. You can even make this a challenge by gifting the first person to get to the next level.  You can play Pokemon GO,  candy crush, subway surfer, call of duty, and hearthstone. These are addictive games that can distract you from the long trip. Use your headset while playing to avoid distracting the driver. 

Snack on

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What is a long car ride without snacks like avocado toast and granola bars to fill up your stomach and enjoy your trip? Snacking keeps your kids energetic and excited. here are some snacks you can pack for a long car ride; popcorn – you can enjoy this with movies or audiobooks, beef jerky, boiled eggs, string cheese, grapes, and carrots.


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Yes, sometimes, the best way to enjoy a long ride is to meditate and concentrate on yourself. Meditating on a long ride allows you to enjoy nature and enjoy time with yourself especially when you are traveling alone. Take some time to relax in a soothing environment and meditate, this could be all you need to stay connected and focused on your long trip.

Final thoughts

Going on a long ride with friends and family without a clue of things to do can make the trip too long and boring, it can even make everyone sad and tired before you get to your destination. Ever heard the adage “it is the journey that matters not the destination”? That is exactly why we created a list of 15 fun things you can do on a long car ride to keep you excited and thrilled throughout your trip.

You don’t want to miss out on fun things to bring on a vacation as you pack for your trip. 

When you’re on a long car ride, there are plenty of things to do to keep yourself entertained. You can listen to music, read books or magazines, take pictures and videos, play games, or work on your laptop. However, one of the best ways to pass the time is by building something with your hands. This could be anything from a simple project like making jewelry ornaments to more complex projects like building an elaborate toy house out of wood pieces. This building activity is especially fulfilling for kids. By doing something creative while you’re stuck in traffic Valley will never seem so long!

Hi there! I'm Enema OJ, a travel enthusiast who loves exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Through my blog and social media, I share travel tips and experiences with a focus on responsible and sustainable tourism. Apart from traveling for the most part of the year, I enjoy doing search engine optimization and other digital marketing activities like content writing and blogging. Let's connect and inspire each other to have our own adventures!

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