A few weeks ago, our women’s ministry team took a road trip to check out a retreat venue and do some planning for next year.
We had a great time and a large part of the fun was the 3 ½ drive each way.
There’s something special about road trips, whether you’re riding with family members or taking a girls’ trip.
You’ve got to have the best road trip snacks. I’m partial to peanut M&Ms.
Some people have a preferred seat. As a kid, I used to get carsick so I always opt for the front seat if I can.
If the trip is long, road trip games are a must! Growing up we were big on road trip games and found they helped pass the time when we had kids of our own.
There’s no need to wait until your next girls’ trip to share what makes a road trip special!
The Road Trip Icebreaker Game encourages your group to share:
- Their favorite road trip snack
- Where they like to sit
- Highway and backroads preference
- Favorite road trip music
- Whether they prefer to make lots of stops or drive straight through
- Favorite road trip game
As your group shares their answers with one another, you’ll discover new things and make new connections.
Road Trip Icebreaker Game
Group size: 4 or more
Time needed: 15-20 minutes
Supplies: Road Trip Game Board and pens/pencils, printed questions cut apart, or slide
Select one way to play the game from the list below. Click the links to access the free graphic or downloadable PDFs.
5 Ways to Play the Road Trip Icebreaker Game
- Print out the questions and have people draw a question out of a bag. Click here to print.
- Print out the game board and ask each person to complete it and share their answers. Click here to print the game board.
- If the group knows each other well, collect the completed game boards, read the answers, and have the group guess who filled out each game board.
- Place the questions on a slide to project on your screen or tv and ask tables to answer according to the first letter of their first name. Click here to save and download the graphic below.
- Ask each table to complete one game board together – deciding on the best answer. Have one spokesperson from each table share the answers with the whole group.
- Road Trip Game Board – Click to download
- Road Trip Slide (above) – Click to download
- Road Trip Questions (cut apart) – Click to download
Spiritual connection ideas:
You could easily tie this game into a short lesson, testimony, or devotional on following God’s plan or will, traveling through different seasons of life, journeys, or even mission trips. You could reflect on the truth that God is always with us – we never journey alone. Maybe someone in your group has a personal story to share about God’s provision on a long road trip or experiencing the awesomeness of God through nature on a road trip.
Scripture connection ideas:
What scripture passages come to mind when you think about journeys or trips?
I’m reminded of Ruth 1:16, “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” This game would be a great introduction or segway to Ruth and Naomi’s road trip.
I also think about Jonah’s trip to Nineveh and Joseph’s journey from the pit to the palace. Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the Israelites’ 40-year journey in the wilderness. And then there’s the journey of the 10 spies into the Promised Land.
This game may loosely tie into your focus theme for your women’s ministry year. Connection or gathering would be an easy connection to make. However, please resist the urge to saturate your meeting or event with a theme – let it be a subtle thread that connects each piece while pointing women to Christ.
If time, you could ask your group to share about a favorite road trip with the others at their table.
If you have time during your event for a second game, you may wish to have each table play a road trip game.
One of our favorites is the trip packing game. Going around the circle each person adds one item to their imaginary suitcase that starts with the next letter in the alphabet, always repeating the others in the list. For example, First person: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack an apple. Second person: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack an apple and a banana. Third person: I’m going on a trip and I’m going to pack an apple, banana, and a coffee cup. And so on.
I pray God will deepen your connections as you share your road trip experiences with one another.
You may also want to read:
Icebreakers & Games (my complete list)
How to Select Icebreaker Games that Build Relationships
8 Great Team-Building Icebreaker Games
The Best Small Group Icebreaker Games
How to Determine the Best Icebreaker for Your Event
10 Things Icebreaker Games Should Not Do