When I was a kid, we vacationed in a series of Griswold-worthy road trips. Each was complete with side trips to see local “largest ball of twine” style landmarks and random unscheduled detours, all in our wood paneled Buick station wagon with luggage on top. Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, Philadelphia, Hershey PA, Myrtle Beach, Disney, and every Midwestern destination between…we did them all.
Confession: Some of those road trips I remember more than the vacation destination itself.
We played the license plate game, and searched for the letters of the alphabet, but our favorite was always Travel Bingo. There would be a new list each trip, filled with some old favorites and more new items to find. The only problem was that in the early road trip years, my sister couldn’t read yet. So before we could start, I had to sketch little pictures of each one. Pure torture for a kid waiting to play!
It also would have been great if Mom could draw. But her genius in making staring out a car window into a fun game makes up for it.
In the spirit of the traditional family road trip, I made a Printable Travel Bingo game for kids in those younger age groups to play along with older siblings and parents. I included pictures for pre-readers, and added labels for kids beginning to connect words together. Just download and print as many as you need. Find just one row or the whole sheet, depending on the length of your trip.
For those with older kids, I have a separate Printable Travel Scavenger Hunt for tweens and teens. A little sillier (and a wee bit icky), it’s a fun way to convince them to turn off the electronics for a while and join in the family fun. Note: in our version of the game, each person finds his/her own item on the list, and finds must be verified by another passenger. It lets us all use the same sheet, and keeps everyone honest. (More on the rules we use in the tween post.)
I hope you enjoy our traditional travel bingo, and wish you a bunch of silly family road trip memories!
Need more printables? See all Free Printables from Carla Schauer Designs.
Thanks for stopping by!