What are the best games for travel? The ones you will play!

I spent many trips packing more complicated games like Ticket to Ride or Catan – they never came out of the car. These family favorite games are just too complicated to easily whip out and play. And they’re definitely too complicated to easily teach to new friends and family.

Moms and Dads, I know what you’re thinking. “I have to take some school books. What if they forget ‘xyz’.” Remember that there is always some learning that can be gotten through fun games; we just have to change the way we’re looking at it. Sometimes, you just have to change your viewpoint to see gameschool as a family priority.

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Playing Dominoes with Memma When Visiting
Playing Dominoes with Memma When Visiting

Think small. Small boxes don’t take up much space in a bag and are less likely to be smashed.

Great for a group, try to get the lowest score. This is similar to the card game Golf. Math and fun.

Think Uno but different. This one is easy to join in, start, and explain. Great for all ages.

Here’s a family favorite in a tiny box. It goes with us many places. Warning: this one might count as math.

Family favorite for all ages! This comes in a bag – extra bonus for easy transport.

A great group game to get older family members willing to play. Uno meets Rummy.

Great game for littles! The Disney appeal is for all ages, but it’s so simple that the youngest can play.

With quick five minute games, go head to head matching colors and shapes.

Who can pass up tossing little pigs? There’s a reason this one has been around for a while! It’s easy enough for all ages.

Get this double set because everyone else will join in. Like the classic Nerts, it’s like competitive Solitaire.

Don’t just take games for the group. These multi-purpose games are also good for some alone time.

Forget the TV series, fall in love with Jamie and Claire with the words of these Outlander tomes. Audio is the only way here because the narrator is fabulous and her accents are amazing. You’ll be hooked.

Time travel. History. Magic. Vampires. Love. I’ve always said it’s like Harry Potter for grown ups. I might have listened to the Discovery of Witches set multiple times thanks to the fabulous narrations.


Bring the laughs to the crowd.

Get ready for laughing and table slapping and all over silliness. Teenage groups love it and anyone can join in. This one is fun!

Throw some of these cards in a big bag, and giggle your way through a game with a large group. Good for all ages.


This one is worth the box. Get the family size so everyone can join as you combine “telephone” with pictionary. Hilarious.


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Grab some of these games, throw a few in your luggage, and plan for some hotel room fun while you’re away from home.

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