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33 Best Travel Games To Play On Your Next Vacation

Posted on Published: November 13, 2020  - Last updated: January 9, 2024

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There are many reasons you may want to bring board games on the go.

Travel games are the perfect source of entertainment while you’re on a road trip , waiting for a flight, have some time to spare before dinner reservations, or are just looking for something to do that isn’t staring at a screen.

My partner and I are huge board game fans when we’re at home, so we love packing some games any time we’re travelling. Not all games are good travel games though … so I put together a list of the best games for travel.

To qualify as a travel game, it has to be either small and compact, easily malleable, or you can transfer all the pieces from the box to one convenient travel pouch.

I’ve included travel games for adults, solo games, family friendly games, party travel games, and games lasting anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours! 

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Classic Card Travel Games To Play On Vacation

Card games are no brainer travel games because they’re SUPER packable ! There isn’t much to pack, except for well… a deck of cards.  

They fit into almost any space, and can be played anywhere. You usually don’t need a large surface to play a card game like would need for a board game.

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1. A Simple Deck of Cards

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The possibilities are pretty much endless with a basic deck of cards. There’s always another card game you could play and replay.  

There are solo games like Solitaire, two-player games like Spit, and group games like Go Fish!

See the ultimate list of games you can play with a deck of cards here .

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Players : 2-10 Age : 7+ Average Game Time : Varies 45 minutes

Is there any better classic card game than UNO? This was a must bring on every family vacation.

The game is simple: everyone is trying to get rid of all their cards to win.

The only problem? You keep having to pick up cards to match specific colours and numbers. So, it may be easier said than done!  

There’s classic UNO, but these days there’s many other iterations of this family fun game.

P.S. UNO is also very similar to the classic game of Crazy Eights that you can play with any deck of cards if you don’t have UNO on hand. 

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3. Monopoly Deal

Players: 2-5 Age : 8+ Average Game Time: 15 minutes

If you like Monopoly and are upset that the board is just to big to travel with, Monopoly Deal is the ultimate alternative to turn Monopoly into one of the best games for travel! 

Monopoly Deal is a card-only version of Monopoly. It’s the same idea as the original, you’re trying to build the same colour set of properties. But instead of moving around a board, you play and pick up cards. 

It’s a lot quicker than Monopoly too, so you can play a round in 10 to 20 minutes . This makes it a game to play at the beach, before dinner reservations, or waiting for a connecting flight.

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4. mille bornes.

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Players : 2-6  Age : 7+ Average Game Time : 20 minutes

Milles Bornes is the original racing card game! I loved this card game growing up but it isn’t just for kids. It’s one of the best card travel games for adults – it’s fast paced, and unexpected!  

The object of the game is to be the first person to reach 1000 kilometers. But watch out, you don’t want to run out of gas, get a flat tire, or crash!  

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Players: 2-6 Age: 7+ Average Game Time: 20 minutes

Similar to UNO, the winner is the first person to get rid of all their cards. But, in Skip Bo, it works a bit differently. 

In Skip Bo, each player has their own draw pile and there are 4 build piles in the middle. Everyone is trying to build the piles in ascending order.

So when it’s your turn to build on the piles, the goal is to get rid of as many cards as you can.  

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Unique Card Travel Games

These next set card games are more unique, but are some of the best games for travel!

If you’re a bit more of an avid gamer, these will probably be more up your ally. Requiring a bit more strategy and a bit less luck. They resemble more of what you’re used to with board games, just with cards only! 

I’ve also included some cooperatives travel games which means you’ll be teaming up with your travel partners to win! These are perfect if you’re travelling with family and you want to avoid any sibling fights…

P.S. Interested in more cooperative board games for travelling? Check out my 10 top in my post here.

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Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Average Game time: 20-30 minutes Similar Games: The Mind

We actually bought Hanabi while travelling in Aix-en-Provence for a month and now it’s one of our go-to travel games. 

Hanabi is a very different game than what you might be use to. It’s a co-op game that teaches you how to communicate with others, without actually being able to vocalize anything.

You see, in Hanabi, you don’t get to look at your own cards, so it’s up to your teammates to tell you what to play. 

The objective of the game is to “light” 5 sets of fireworks by matching the number and colour… all without seeing your own cards.  

An alternative option to Hanabi is The Mind (see it on Amazon here ).

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7. kittens in a blender.

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Players : 2-4 Age : 6+ Average Game Time: 30 minutes

Before disregarding this game based on the title, know that no cats are harmed while playing. Although I’ll admit the subject matter is a bit dark, so perhaps this is one of those travel games for adults only…

To play Kittens In A Blender, each player has kittens they’re trying to save, while also trying to blend those of your opponent.

The winner is the player who has the least amount of kittens blended.

The best part is that you use the box it comes while playing, so all the cards stay contained.

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8. pack o games.

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Pack O Games are THE SMALLEST travel games you can find. I always throw them in my bag regardless of where I’m going, just because they’re so small.  

The downside is that although the cards themselves are small too.

The games I own also take up quite a bit of table space while playing as well.  

I own four Pack O Play: Boo, Bus, TKO, and Gym. Each one is significantly different, with varying game-time as well.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to get them in Canada. You can order them online from their website , or if you find yourself in the States, pick them up at Barnes & Noble.

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9. Codenames

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Players : 2,6, or 8 Age : 10+ Average Game Time : 15 minutes

Alternate Version : Codenames Duet, Harry Potter Codenames, Disney Codenames.

Similar (easier) Game Cross Clues  

Codenames is a bit of a trickier game to travel with, but it’s still do-able. You only need to pack 2 decks of cards, which can fit into a pouch or bag. The downside to this game is the amount of space you need to set it up. You need a decent size table to create a 5×5 grid.  

To play Codenames, you also need an even number of players . The idea is to get your partner to guess certain cards based on a one word clue you’ve given them. Watch out though, there are certain cards that will cause you to lose the game if your partner guesses it instead! 

If you’re traveling with only two players, I recommend Codenames Duet , as it’s tailored to 2 players.

There are also a few themed Codenames you can buy. For example, we own Harry Potter Codenames but there’s also Disney Codenames! What I like about Harry Potter (aside from the theme) is that they also give you different scenarios to play.

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10. The Fox In The Forest

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Players : 2 Age : 10+ Average Game Time : 30 minutes

The Fox in the Forest is what’s known as a trick-taking game . You have to play cards to take your opponents card (similar to the card game WAR, but with actual strategy).

This is a max 2 player game , so it’s the perfect travel game for couples.

There are actually two versions of this game:

The original Fox in the Forest is competitive , where you’re playing against your opponent to get the most points (cards).

They’ve also released Fox in the Forest Duet, where you’re on a team with your partner. You can’t talk to each other though, which adds a very interesting dynamic to the game.

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11. The Crew

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Players:  2-5 (best 3+ but there is a 2 player variant) Age : 10+ Average Game Time:  20 minutes

This game is AMAZING! It’s so simple, so packable, and quick to learn and play. The Crew is a limited communication and cooperative trick taking game but with an outer space theme. 

(P.S. They’ve just released a new edition The Crew Mission Deep Sea !)

That means you’re working together through different missions to win the game… but you can’t speak to each other.

The Crew changes it up by giving you different missions each time you play. You might need one person to win a specific card or maybe they can’t win any cards at all! Remember, if a person fails their mission, you’ll all fail.

A mission can take you anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. But there’s no limit to how many missions you can play in a row. 

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12. spot it.

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Players:  2-8 (best Age : 6+ Average Game Time:  5 minutes

Spot It! is an extremely compact game to travel with, perfect for any age!

The goal is to find a common symbol between two cards.

It sounds simple, but it’s fast paced, and beyond fun!

The game even comes with 5 different ways to play to change things up a bit!

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Card travel games for adults.

The next two card travel games I’d only really recommend as adults games to play on vacation due to their difficulty and subject matter.

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Players : 2-6 Age : 13+ Average Game Time : 15 minutes

Coup is a travel game of deception.

Essentially, you have to trick your opponents into believing you have a certain character cards.

Each character has a different ability that you may need to win the game, but you’re only dealt 2 cards.  

The game says you can play two players, although I don’t recommend it. It becomes very quick and not that interesting, so it’s much better at higher player counts.  

If deception games are up your alley, there’s no better travel games for adults than Coup. The only thing you will need to pack are a deck of cards and a few tokens.

You also don’t need a lot of space to set up the game.

14. The Grizzled

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Players:  2-5 (best 3+ but there is a 2 player variant) Age : 14+ Average Game Time:  30 minutes

The Grizzled  is another cooperative card game that is perfect to bring on your next trip.

This is the ultimate game for board game lovers. On the outside, it looks like a simple card game, but the game play can be quite complex.

Even though it’s such a small box, the game gives you all the complexities of a larger board game! 

The Grizzled has a WWI theme where players are friends that are working together to come home safely, but there’s a catch…. You can’t speak to each other! This makes it a very strategic game.

We’ve only ever won a handful of times! It plays best with three or more players, but we play it with two and still love it!

There’s also  an expansion you can buy  if you want even more replay-ability!

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Best Group Board Games For Travelling (& Partying!)

These next few are easy to pack travel games are perfect if you’re travelling with a bigger group. All these travel games work for 8 or more people, but some can still be played solo or in pairs. 

These are the best board games for travelling if you’re renting a cabin in the country with some friends, or going on a family vacation. 

15. Paku Paki

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Players: 2-8 Age: 8+ Average Game time: 10 minutes

Paku Paku is a whirlwind of fun in such a tiny box!

It’s the perfect game when you only have a few minutes to spare, or to ramp up the start of the evening games.

You’re rolling and passing die as fast as you possibly can because you don’t want to end up with all of them.

On top of that, if you roll the wrong thing, then you’ll have to stack a dish and hope the stack doesn’t come crashing down!

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16. sushi go (party).

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Players: 2-8 Age: 8+ Average Game time: 20 minutes

Sushi Go is a pass-and-go sushi building game! You get points for building different sushi rolls. But I said it was pass and go right, so your cards are always changing .

The person with the most points at the end wins! 

You can play this game with as little as two people, but I find it a lot more fun the more players you have.

Sushi Go Party is the same as the original Sushi Go, it just comes with a board, more cards, and let’s you play with more people. I’ve only heard good things about the Party version, and it’s the recommended game to get out of the two.

Either way, it all comes in a beautifully compact tin which makes it one of the best games for travel!

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17. Cards Against Humanity

Players : 4-20+ Age:  17+ Average Game Time:  30-90 minutes

Similar game : Joking Hazard , where you finish a comic strip instead of a sentence.   

Some advance warning, this game isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is hilarious!

You’ll be sure to have a grand time with your friends playing this game.  

The goal of the game is to answer questions, or finish sentences with the cards in your hand. You want to come up with the most ridiculous answers to win.  

This game is sure to get the party started and everyone laughing their heads off. You’ll end up with some hilarious responses, and ones that make absolutely zero sense. 

There are expansion packs you can also buy, or knock offs based on specific themes. This is another example of travel games for adults, but in this case there are more family friendly versions called Cards Against Maturity – see it on Amazon here .

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18. bananagrams.

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Players : 1-8 Age : 7+ Average Game Time:  10 minutes

Bananagrams is similar to Scrabble, only you don’t need a board, and you’re racing others to build your own crossword grid.

So, although you do need space for everyone to build their own grid, it comes in the most handy travel pouch ever – one that’s shaped like a banana!

This game is perfect for larger groups, or by yourself trying to beat your best time! 

If you are planning on playing it in a larger group, you can also pick up Bananagrams Party (see it on Amazon here ), which adds extra chaos tiles to the game to make it more interesting.

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19. 5 second rule.

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Players : 3+ Age : 10+ Average Game Time : 30 minutes

5-Second Rule is a fast paced game that is sure to stump you.

The object of the game is to answer questions in only 5 seconds . Rapid fire fun! It’s so easy to pick up and learn, so it’s perfect if you’re a bigger group! 

This game really gets you thinking! The answers people come up with when they only have 5 seconds to think will shock you! It’s a game that keeps everyone laughing the whole night long!

If you’re short on space, leave the board at home and just bring the timer with some cards! 

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20. sherlock holmes consulting detective.

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Players : 1-8 Age : 14+ Average Game Time:  90+ minutes

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a cooperative game where you’re trying to solve mysteries in London faster than Sherlock Holmes can.

We were very skeptical about this game at first but fell in LOVE!

You’re given 10 Sherlock Holmes cases to solve. Head ups, it’s very story heavy with a lot of reading. But, there’s also a lot of heated discussion and problem solving with the other players that takes place.

Keep in mind, you’ll only be able to play each scenario once (because then you’ll know the answers!).

But, I find it takes us a lot longer than they say to solve each case. Each case could last as long as 2-3 nights to play.  

You don’t have to bring the entire huge box with you either. Pack one or two case files, the map, and directory. It makes for a spooky, collaborative game night on vacation!  

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21. Table Tennis

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This game isn’t really a group game because only two people can play at once, but it is a more physically active game to bring, and you can always set up rules to play the winner.  

The pieces are packable and you can set it up on any table!

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Best Board Games On The Go That Are Easy To Pack

Everyone loves classic games like Scrabble and Battleship, but did you know there are travel-friendly versions to take with you on vacation!?

You can also turn most games into vacation games by leaving the huge box at home and packing your game contents in a pouch ( like these on Amazon ). Now it’ll fit almost anywhere! I own several pouches, of all different sizes.

22. Travel Scrabble

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Players : 2-4 Age : 8+ Average Game Time : 25 minutes

Scrabble, the classic word game! You probably wouldn’t think of Scrabble when you think of travel games. I mean, there are a lot of loose pieces!

But they actually sell a travel-friendly Scrabble. It’s the same game you know and love, building words with letters to maximize points. But it comes in a compact zip folder where you can store all the pieces. The letters also click into the board so you don’t have to worry about losing any pieces haphazardly.  

We used to play this game on our long drive to Florida from Montreal in the car!  

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23. trivial pursuit.

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The classic game of Trivial Pursuit tests your knowledge. They sell different board-less versions, plus they have a  ton of themes  for you to choose from!

If you have the original board game, you can still travel with it by leaving the board at home. Just take the cards and dice along with you to play on the go.  

We bought the Harry Potter version (of course) but they also sell Friends version and one for horror fans  …etc.. You can also buy a few based on your interests and mix and match, or build up your collection over the years!

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24. Pictionary

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Players: 4 Age: 8+ Similar: Pictionary Card Game, Pictionary Air

Pictionary is a group drawing and guessing game. You’re in teams, so you do need an even number of people to play .  

It’s one of the best games for travel because the game can be as small as you want it to be. The largest part is the box, but if you remove all the contents it becomes a pretty compact game.

We used to need to bring tons of paper when we brought this game on family vacations, but now it even comes with a dry-erase board .

They also sell a card only game  if you prefer card travel games. You build your pictures with pre-drawn cards. Or,  Pictionary Air , if you’re bringing an IPad with you on vacation. 

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Players : 4+ Age:  13+ (option for Taboo Jr with easier words)

Taboo is the opposite of Pictionary. Instead of of drawing, you have to use words. But in Taboo some words are off limits and can’t be spoken! 

The game contains a timer, cards, buzzer, and die (to select the word category). Perfect for travelling, just put it in a pouch and you’re good to go. It’s also quick to pick up and play on the whim! 

26. Battleship

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Players: 2 Age: 7+ Average Game Time : 15 minutes

The classic game of Battleship also comes in a travel-friendly compact size . This game can only be played with two people though. 

You set up your boats in the ocean and call out coordinates to try and sink your opponent’s boats.  

You want to have the last battleship standing to win the game. 

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27. the bloody inn.

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Players : 2-4 Age:  14+ Average Game Time : 30-60 minutes

You’ve probably never heard of The Bloody Inn, but it’s one of our favourite travel games.

It has the potential to be short or long making it super flexible for travel WITH. 

The theme is exactly what you’d imagine. You’re murdering guests at the hotel, and trying to get away with it (it’s also in the travel games for adults section!).

Each player is building their own deck, and trying to get the most points at the end of the game.  

It comes with a board, cards, and a few tokens. The board is quite small, so it easily fits in a small pouch, making one of the ultimate boards games on the go! 

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28. Quoridor

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Players : 2-4 Age : 8+ Average Game Time : 10 minutes Similar Games : Blokus

A bartender in Vienna recommended this game to us as it was simple to explain and the game time was relatively short.

Quoridor similar to games like chess or checkers, where the goal is to get your pawn to the other side of the board. But in Quoridor, you also have pieces to block your opponent or secure your own path to the other side.  

It’s a very interesting strategy game that can be so frustrating at times but that will keep you playing time and time again! 

You can buy the full size version, but it also comes in a lightweight travel size, making it one of the best board games for travelling! 

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Best Games For Travel – Solo Travel Games

These next few travel games are perfect if you’re a solo traveler, or you want to zone out by yourself for a bit. There are times when you want a single player game to pass the time. 

These were my top board games on the go for our 25 hour drive to Florida from Montreal. I was always in the back row of our van by myself. I’d zone out with some music and entertain myself for a few hours with these travel games.

That being said, these games also have the possibility to be played with other people. You can collaborate and think of solutions together. 

29. 20 Questions

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The goal of 20 Questions is to figure out what you’re thinking about in 20 questions or less… with only yes or no questions.

You can play this game by yourself and with others, and without any device at all. But, this game console kept me entertained for HOURS – even when no one else wanted to play.  

I’d see things on the road and would try and have the game figure out what I was thinking of. It’s surprising how many times it got the right answer!

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30. rush hour.

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I LOVE Rush Hour!

It’s a problem solving strategy game that’s small enough to travel with.  

You’re a car stuck in traffic, and you’re trying to rearrange yourself and the other cars to get to the exit.

Cards give you different scenarios to solve, increasing the difficulty as you go.  

The cards are stored away in the box, and the pieces fit on the board while you play.

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31. shape by shape.

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Shape by Shape is very similar to Rush Hour.

Instead of trying to move the pieces around to get out of traffic, you’re recreating images with shapes.

It’s way harder than it looks! You have to get all the shapes to fit together perfectly.

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Best electronic game console for travel: the nintendo switch.

If you’re interested in having a travel-friendly console, there’s none better than the Nintendo Switch (see it on Amazon here ).  

Game consoles are actually very convenient for travel. All you have to pack is the console itself, which is typically pretty small, and some games.

The games take up no space at all! They’re small SD cards, or you can buy them directly on your switch and have them pre-downloaded. 

I had a NintendoDS growing up and would take it with me on every vacation. Now, I have (well, my partner has) a Nintendo Switch and we LOVE it! It’s the only console you’ll ever need because it hooks up to the TV if you want to play with a larger group, but you can also play handheld if you’re a single player.

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32. Best Single-Player Travel Games On the Nintendo Switch

There are countless single player games for the Nintendo Switch. We buy more multi-player games to play together, but these are some of our favourite single player games on the Switch.

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33. Best Multi-Player Travel Games On the Nintendo Switch

This is what I love about the switch: the ability to pack and play by yourself and others. We’ve brought it to the country to play with friends. Nintendo sells tons of games that are perfect party games.  

For example, Mario Party, Arms, Mario Kart, Super Smash…etc. All of these also have a solo mode, but they’re the perfect party game. You can even buy classic games like  Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, and Risk for the Switch  ( U.S. link ) !

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Take Almost Any Board Games On The Go​

You can transform almost any game into a travel friendly version by buying a pouch or smaller tin to transport the contents in, as long as the board is small enough to fit inside, and there aren’t too many pieces to keep track of.

It’s the box that takes up most of the space, and they’re usually half empty! 

I’ve brought countless games on vacation by just removing them from their box and putting all the contents into a separate pouch.  

If you’re worried about bending your cards, they also sell convenient cases to keep all your cards safe in.

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Sunday 4th of June 2023

Hi, I just wanted to say that your list was amazing - it had all sorts and was so well written. I felt that I understood the gameplay and whether or not it was my kinda game!

I've just ordered The Crew thanks to your list.

Hope to read more board game recommends in the future. :)

Monday 5th of June 2023

Thanks so much for your comment - made my day to read :D I'm so glad you liked my post and recommendations. I really hope you enjoy The Crew! It's one of our favourites to bring on family vacations!

Tuesday 9th of May 2023

Very good tips - I will certainly try them out. I liked the way you shared all this information in detail.

Saturday 6th of May 2023

Awesome post! Thanks for the ideas! A couple of our family favorites are Zombie Dice and Get Bit Deluxe. Get Bit also has a regular version, but the deluxe version is in a tin that makes it more durable.

Monday 8th of May 2023

Thanks so much! I'll definitely have to check those out - I love a good game that comes in a tin for travel! Just so convenient!

LINDSAY VOEGELE

Thursday 4th of May 2023

We like to take Love Letter with us when we travel. It fits in my purse and is easy to teach to random strangers who want to play a game haha!

Hi Lindsay, I love that!!

I've seen that game in so many board game stores but have never played it! I'll have to pick it up the next time and give it a try!

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

Hi! There's a great new holiday game that should be on your list! It's called Bah Humbug!

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

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The 31 Best Travel-sized Games of 2024

Our list has brainy word teasers, multiplayer party games, and everything in between.

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Whether you’re in need of kid-friendly games for a long road trip or some cheeky party activities to break the ice with a new group of hostel friends, it’s always worth having a couple of tried-and-true games up your sleeve while on the road.

The following travel-sized games are the best options in our book. These compact card and board games are designed to take up minimal space in luggage, while still offering maximum fun during the inevitable downtime that comes with most adventures (think layovers, long hours on a train , or rainy evenings on vacation). Here are our top picks for all types of travelers.

Mattel Games World's Smallest UNO Card Game

Why We Love It: This teeny card game will fit into the smallest of handbags.

What to Consider: The ultra-compact size might not work for those with vision problems or arthritic hands.

Uno is one of those card games that everybody already knows how to play — and, if they don’t, it takes about ten seconds to learn. That makes this game an excellent addition when backpacking abroad or vacationing with family members of all ages. This option in particular stands out as it’s the “world’s smallest” version of the popular game. The tiny cards are less than three inches tall — that’s smaller than a credit card! – and can easily fit into handbags or luggage without adding any bulk, so you’ll always have an icebreaker at the ready.

The Details : 2-10 players | Ages 7+ | 0.79 x 1.97 x 2.99 inches

Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Deal Card Game

Why We Love It: This rendition allows you to play your favorite board game sans tabletop. 

What to Consider: It can be a bit tricky to catch on at first as there’s a lot of fast-paced action.

Monopoly night at home with friends and family can take you through a serious spectrum of emotions, especially if it’s been dragging on for hours. Then there’s Monopoly Deal. The travel-friendly version of Monopoly is cards only and much faster paced than the traditional board game. You’ll still buy and sell property, collect rent, and pass go as you do in classic Monopoly, but the compact card game can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. It’s also easier to play while at the airport or on a long train journey.

The Details : 2-5 players | Ages 8+ | 15 minutes | 0.75 x 3.62 x 5.63 inches

Mattel Games Skip-bo Card Game

Why We Love It: This family-friendly game is both easy to learn and quick to play.

What to Consider: The cards are a bit flimsy and could be more wear-resistant.

Is it just us or will Skip-bo always evoke childhood memories? The classic number sequencing game was huge in elementary school but was also in major rotation on our grandmother’s kitchen table. Not much has changed since then: the fast-paced card game is just as fun and easy to pick up and play now. It’s also relatively small which makes it great for popping into your carry-on or handbag. Note that although this game is designed for those ages 7 and up, it’s a ton of fun for adults as well as kids.

The Details: 2-6 players | Ages 7+ | 0.98 x 8.46 x 6 inches

Wild Card Games Backpacker: The Ultimate Travel Game

Why We Love It: It helps improve your skills as a traveler while learning about the world.

What to Consider: The instructions are quite long and tedious.

If you’re looking for a travel-themed game (and who doesn’t love a good theme?), then you’ll want to consider checking out Backpacker. The quick-moving travel card game is designed to mimic what it’s like to be on the road and all the potential triumphs and roadblocks that come with traversing the globe. We love that this game comes with actual fun facts about each destination so you still learn about the world around you even while playing close to home. The colorful cards are also visually appealing thanks to the high-quality photography and drawings on each one.

The Details : 2-6 players | Ages 12+ | 5.1 x 0.8 x 3.7 inches

Rubberneckers Everyone's Favorite Travel Game

Why We Love It: This game was specifically designed to be played during a road trip.

What to Consider: It’s not as exciting to play in rural areas.

Road trips are, in theory, a nonstop adventure — but, in practice, they can be long and exhausting. Rubberneckers was designed to put the fun back into long drives. The card game is essentially a game of reverse I Spy with prompts like “credit card logo” and “more than three people in a vehicle” designed to get everyone in the car looking out the window to earn points and win the title of the ultimate rubbernecker. We also appreciate the simple and easy-to-read language so younger kids can participate just as easily as older passengers.

The Details: 2 or more players | Ages 8+ | 3.5 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches

Mattel Phase 10 Card Game

Why We Love It: This card game is a spin-off of the popular Rummikub tile game.

What to Consider: Children may have a hard time keeping up with the rules.

Rummikub, the popular tile game, can be found in a card version with Phase 10. The object of the game is to create various sets using your cards before the other players do. This is a game that can take a while to get used to, but what better time to learn than a 6-hour layover in an airport? Kids as young as seven can play, although older ones may find the strategic element more enjoyable.

The Details: 2-6 players | Ages 7+ | 11.8 x 11.8 x 2 inches

Catan Studio Catan Board Game

Why We Love It: This modern classic is a fan favorite — and, although layered, it’s easy to teach to new players.

What to Consider: There are a fair bit of pieces to keep together while on the go.

Catan is one of those games that seems complicated at first glance, but once you get it, you get it. The strategy board game takes about an hour to play out, but can go for longer — so you’ll want to budget that time while traveling. It’s also important to keep in mind that, even though this is relatively compact and travel-friendly, it still comes with several small pieces so it’s better for playing at your hotel or Airbnb rather than on a train or at the airport.

The Details: 3-4 players | Ages 10+ | 60 minutes | 11.63 x 9.5 x 3 inches

MindWare Travel Qwirkle Game

Why We Love It: This game requires smart strategy but it’s very easy to pick up and run with.

What to Consider: Some of the colors are very similar and can be hard to decipher.

We love the travel-sized Qwirkle game: not only is it super easy to learn but it’s also relatively easy to play while on the go. We love that this option is intuitive for everyone and can easily become a go-to for families with younger kids. The colorful tiles and convenient carrying case make this one great for playing while in transit — but you’ll want to keep in mind that some of the colors (especially orange and red) are very similar and can be a bit tricky to tell apart if you’re not playing in great lighting.

The Details: 2-4 players | Ages 6+ | 30-60 minutes | 5.5 x 6 x 2 inches

Hasbro Gaming Guess Who? Grab and Go Game

Why We Love It: There are only a few pieces to this classic board game.

What to Consider: The plastic is a bit flimsy and will require careful handling.

We’ll always have a soft spot for Guess Who? considering we’ve been playing it pretty much forever. The beloved guessing game requires strategic and creative thinking, but makes a particularly good travel game because there are only a few pieces to keep track of which makes it great for playing on the go, especially on a train or plane, or even while waiting to depart. We also like that the Grab and Go size is super compact and can easily fit in a backpack or carry-on without taking up too much space.

The Details: 2 players | Ages 6+ | 1.89 x 6.26 x 9.25 inches

Sorry! Road Trip Series

Why We Love It: This tiny board game is easy to set up and play on road trips or even flights.

What to Consider: Its extremely compact size is not ideal for bumpy roads or those with arthritis.

Who said you can’t play a whole darn board game while in the car? The road trip edition of Sorry! is super simple to set up and play whether you’re in an airplane cabin or the back seat of a car. The little game is designed to fold out into a full playing board on the go and doubles as its own folding carrying case when all is said and done. We love how easy it is to put together and start playing — but keep in mind, the super tiny pieces might be tricky to play with on particularly bumpy roads. 

The Details : 2-4 players | Ages 6+ | 1.00 x 11.90 x 5.85 inches

Hasbro Gaming Travel Battleship

Why We Love It: This game is quiet and slow-paced which makes it great for playing on a plane or at the airport.

What to Consider: The numerous pieces to keep track of are somewhat inconvenient.

The Grab and Go version of Battleship is small enough to throw into your carry-on bag but large enough to engage in a comfortable game without having to squint or deal with too-small game pieces. The boards and pieces are relatively simplistic compared to the full-sized Battleship, but the idea is the same. We also like that this game is pretty slow-paced which makes it a great option for playing in more quiet spaces like on the airplane or while waiting in a lounge .

The Details : 2 players | Ages 7+ | 1.89 x 6.26 x 9.25 inches

FanVince Magnetic Folding Chess Set

Why We Love It: This sturdy, magnetic game board is perfect for playing on bumpy roads and through turbulence.

What to Consider: The individual pieces feel a little flimsy in hand.

You can’t go wrong with a classic magnetic folding chess board — it’s a travel-sized game staple, afterall. The magnetic design means you don’t have to worry about your pieces falling over while going over bumpy roads or through turbulence, which is a major plus. It’s also super convenient that the board folds into its own carrying case when not in use. Keep in mind that chess is also a very quiet game, so this is absolutely perfect for bringing on a flight with you .

The Details : 2 players | Ages 8+ | 20+ minutes | 9.45 x 9.45 x 0.69 inches

Yellow Mountain Imports Magnetic Backgammon Mini Game Set

Why We Love It: Everything sits inside a compact carrying case that's easy to pack.

What to Consider: There are a lot of small pieces involved that can fall between car or airplane seats.

Backgammon isn't as popular in the United States as other board games, but it's been around for longer than many of them. This board game involves moving your pieces to your opponent's side and then eliminating them from the other side completely. Like any new game, it takes a little time to get used to, but this is a great option on the road, especially if you're bored of chess or checkers. This game uses magnetic pieces that will stay on the board during bumpy rides, and everything can be kept in a convenient zip-up carrying case.

The Details : 2 players | Ages 5+ | 15+ minutes | 14 x 9 x 1 inches

Bananagrams Duel: Ultimate 2 Player Travel Game

Why We Love It: This new take on classic Bananagrams is even more portable than the original.

What to Consider: It’s sort of a watered down version of the grid game.

Bananagrams has always been one of our favorite travel games — like a real banana, it comes with its own carrying case! — but Bananagrams Duel makes it even more travel-friendly. The quick-paced dueling edition is themed and the letter pieces are die-like rather than tile-like, so you won’t see that sprawling word grid from the original edition. But this just means the game requires way less table space to play so you can easily play this one on an airplane tray table without running out of room.

The Details : 2 or more players | Ages 7+ | 10 minutes | 1.18 x 4.72 x 6.69 inches

Winning Moves Games Scrabble To-go Board Game

Why We Love It: The tiny version of Scrabble has snap-in letters that stay in place.

What to Consider: The scaled-down board isn’t as comfortable to use.

Nothing can really compare to Scrabble when it comes to group-friendly word games, but bringing the full-sized board on the road just isn’t practical. That’s why we’re huge fans of the Scrabble To-go board. The compact size makes it easy to throw in your bag while the snap-in letters mean you won’t have to worry about them flying off if you hit a pothole on the road or turbulence in the air. We also love that this one comes with its own carrying case to protect the board and pieces while traveling.

The Details : 2-4 players | Ages 8+ | 30-60 minutes | 10.75 x 10.25 x 6.88 inches

Mad Libs on the Road World's Greatest Word Game

Why We Love It: It’s easy, hilarious, and super portable to play in transit.

What to Consider: The paperback game pages aren’t reusable.

Whether you’re seven years old or 37, Mad Libs will never not be laugh-out-loud funny. Mad Libs on the Road in particular makes for a great travel-friendly option. The silly fill-in-the-blank stories are all about traveling, road trips, and summertime adventures. It’s especially convenient that Mad Libs are about the size of a paperback novel , meaning they won’t take up any space in your luggage. All you need is a pen and a couple of grammar-focused friends and you have all the makings for hours of laughs in the car and beyond.

The Details: 1 player or more | Ages 8+ | 5.25 x 0.2 x 8.38 inches

Ransom Notes The Ridiculous Word Magnet Party Game

Why We Love It: This game combines somewhat crude humor with strategy.

What to Consider: It’s definitely on the raunchy side.

Think of Ransom Notes as a somewhat crude hybrid between those poetry fridge magnets and Cards Against Humanity. You’ll get a prompt and your goal is to create a phrase using only magnets that’ll make some kind of sense to the reader. This ends up being downright hilarious in most cases — and we give the game major bonus points for being magnetic. All the pieces stay firmly in place, making it much easier to use en route to your destination.

The Details : 3 players or more | Ages 17+ | 30-90 minutes | 5.25 x 4 x 4 inches

Hasbro Gaming Classic Boggle Word Search Game

Why We Love It: This word game can even be enjoyed by only one player.

What to Consider: The secure travel lid can be tough to get on and off.

Boggle is going to be a major win in the eyes of Spelling Bee or Wordle fans (so watch out if you’re playing against them). The basic word game requires fast spelling and deduction skills; all you have to do to win is write down as many words as possible from the assortment of letters on the dice to earn the number one spot. It’s a whole lot of fun and takes up minimal space while in transit, too.

The Details : 1 player or more | Ages 8+ | 2.01 x 4.29 x 4.29 inches

Brass Monkey Bin-go Get Some Drinks Bingo Book

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Why We Love It: This is great for introverts and anyone who would rather observe a party a bit removed.

What to Consider: It might be awkward to whip this out in an actual bar or restaurant.

Bin-go Get Some Drinks makes any kind of night out even more interesting, especially if you’re someone who tends to observe human behavior in social settings. The somewhat snarky bingo card is packed with the weird things you’ll see in a bar (like witnessing an obvious first date or someone taking a photo of their drink for social media) and is the perfect way for people watchers to spend the night — especially if you find yourself alone in a new city and prefer to observe the crowd over fostering friends right away.

The Details: 1 player or more | Ages 21+ 

Cards Against Humanity Tiny Cards Against Humanity Game

Why We Love It: It’s a great icebreaker in a compact and cute format.

What to Consider: These cards are tiny and might be hard for some to read.

Cards Against Humanity provides instant fun, even at the most dull parties or awkward social events, since there’s just something about dirty words in absurd contexts. That’s why the miniaturized Tiny Cards Against Humanity is such a great game to keep in your back pocket while traveling, especially if you intend on staying in hostels. (Hey, you just never know when you’ll need to pull the ultimate icebreaker out of a pocket!)

The Details : 2 players or more | Ages 17+ | 30 minutes or more | 4.44 x 2.66 x 1.97 inches

All Things Equal, Inc. Loaded Questions On The Go Card Game

Why We Love It: This card game gets conversations going while still providing friendly competition.

What to Consider: There are only so many questions, so you’ll eventually run into duplicates.

All Things Equal: Loaded Questions is one of those card games that can lead to side tangents and deeper conversation if you let it — but it’s also a great way to see how well you know your friends' minds by guessing each other’s answers to given sets of questions. This game is super travel-friendly (all you need is a few pads of paper and pens) and it’s guaranteed to evoke some serious laughs and possible side conversations as well.

The Details : 4-6 players | Ages 8+ | 3.6 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches

Exploding Kittens Card Game

Why We Love It: This card game is fast, fun, and easy to learn.

What to Consider: The rules and concepts of the game are a bit basic.

Exploding Kittens garnered a lot of attention when it was first released and it’s easy to see why. The eye-catching title and cheeky illustrations make this game instantly intriguing. As it turns out, the game is a whole lot of fun for all age groups and it can be played in fifteen minutes or less which makes it a great option for waiting at your airport gate or sneaking a quick game in before heading out to dinner.

The Details : 2-5 players | Ages 7+ | 15 minutes | 4.41 x 6.38 x 1.5 inches

What Do You Meme? Shotgun!: The Card Game for Road Trips

Why We Love It: Everyone can play in the car — even the driver.

What to Consider: It’s not quite as funny as the original What Do You Meme?.

Shotgun! was conceptualized by the same folks who gave us What Do You Meme?, which means you can expect the same level of (somewhat) boundary-pushing humor. The road trip-focused card game doesn’t come with memes or visual cues, but instead uses the sights and sounds on the road as prompts. Card prompts like “first person to say which side the gas tank is on wins a point” and “first person who gets a wave from another car wins two points” will keep everyone in the car on their toes for the drive.

The Details: 2 players or more | Ages 12+ | 1-2 hours | 1.5 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches

Singing Machine Carpool Karaoke The Mic 2.0

Why We Love It: Who wouldn’t want to pretend they’re starring in an episode of Carpool Karaoke?

What to Consider: The Bluetooth setting could be higher quality.

The Carpool Karaoke Machine was designed to make road trips a whole lot more fun. The karaoke microphone pairs with your car’s Bluetooth in order to provide a surround sound experience for all passengers involved (whether that’s good or bad, we’re not sure). The microphone can also be used with your smartphone for DIY karaoke parties at your Airbnb or hotel room — you’ll just want to be mindful of the noise levels.

The Details : 1 player or more | 3.6 x 2.1 x 10.6 inches

Cardinal Cinco Linko

Why We Love It: This is essentially an elevated version of tic-tac-toe, so anyone can pick it up quickly.

What to Consider: The tiles aren't magnetic, so they may slide around during bumpy rides.

Up to four players can enjoy this simple (but competitive) game that involves trying to stack five tiles in a row before another player stops you, similar to tic-tac-toe. The game itself is easy to get into with minimal practice and great for kids and adults alike. We also love that it's built for travel — the waterproof pieces can be stacked and clipped onto a bag during transportation.

The Details : 2-4 players | 2.8 x 8 x 2.8 inches

Hasbro Gaming Connect 4

Why We Love It: This game is simple to pick up on.

What to Consider: There are a ton of little pieces involved.

We love Connect Four — it’s a classic for a reason! The simple game is great for little ones who are still practicing spatial recognition, but honestly, it’s just as fun for adults as well. The game is relatively small (it’s less than 12 inches in length) which is enough room for little fingers to easily use but still small enough to pop into a backpack. Keep in mind, though: there are a number of little coin-sized pieces that come with this game, and they can get messy in the car.

The Details : 2 players | Ages 6+ | 20 minutes | 1.6 x 10.51 x 10.984 inches

Winning Moves Games Pass the Pigs

Why We Love It: This cheeky game is all about tumbling — it was essentially made for turbulence.

What to Consider: The game might become repetitive in smaller groups.

Pass the Pigs is hilariously simple, but there’s something about it that is so much fun. The game includes two pig dice, a dice cup, and a pig scoring guide with a scorepad. The aim of the game is to get as many points as possible by rolling the pigs into different positions like the “snouter” or the “sider.” The best part is that this game was literally made to be thrown around so even if you’re dealing with turbulence you don’t have to worry about your pieces tumbling over.

The Details : 2-7 players | Ages 7+ | 1.75 x 4 x 8.5 inches

Briarpatch I Spy Travel Card Game

Why We Love It: This game is a quiet option to play on the plane.

What to Consider: The game is somewhat solitary; not the best for groups of kids.

The travel-sized version of the classic I Spy children’s book provides endless hours of concentration and focus. The stunning visuals are entertaining in and of themselves but having to hunt for the hidden images makes it even more enjoyable. We also like that it can be played solitary and offers something relatively quiet to play while on the airplane or in other spaces where gameplay banter might not be appropriate.

The Details : 1 player or more | Ages 4+ | 0.75 x 3.75 x 5.75 inches

Taco vs. Burrito LLC Taco vs. Burrito Card Game

Why We Love It: This game was created by a kid for other kids.

What to Consider: The instructions on some cards are a little confusing.

Cheeky graphic-focused card games have become pretty popular over the past few years, but we’re still major fans of Taco vs. Burrito. It’s worth noting that the colorful (and super successful) card game was created by a seven-year-old boy with other kids in mind, but it’s just as fun for adults. The basic gameplay is easy to learn and games can be played within 15 minutes — but the action cards are quick to spice things up and add a strategic layer to the game.

The Details : 2-4 players | Ages 6+ | 15 minutes | 7 x 5 x 2 inches

Tricky Riddles for Smart Kids: 333 Difficult But Fun Riddles And Brain Teasers For Kids And Families

Why We Love It: This pack of riddles creates conversation and fosters further curiosity.

What to Consider: There are only about 300 riddles, so the deck might eventually become repetitive.

Kids who love brain teasers will get a kick out of this colorful collection of riddles designed to stump and foster curiosity. The deck is small and easy to transport (it’s about the size of a novel), but it’s packed with hundreds of riddles for kids to work through. The only thing we don’t love is that, while the deck does include lots of options, kids who are keen to work through one after another may deplete them rather quickly.

The Details : 1 player or more | 8-12 | 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

PlayMonster Take 'n' Play Anywhere Bingo

Why We Love It: Young kids will have fun and work their brains at this matching game.

What to Consider: The marker pieces don't have the strongest magnets.

It can be hard to find games that kids, especially young ones, will find interesting for more than a few minutes at a time. This bingo game might be just what you're looking for — little ones will have fun spinning the spinner (a game in itself) and then using magnetic markers to match the corresponding animals on the board. And as long as your kids are good at taking turns, it can be played by multiple people at once.

The Details : 1 player or more | Ages 4+ | 6.7 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches

Tips for Buying Travel-sized Games

Factor in the needed space.

You’ll want to consider the space required for your chosen game(s) and decide how much luggage space you’re able to offer up. This is where miniature grab-and-go board games and card games will come in handy. Prioritizing card games and smaller games that don’t require a board means you can more easily play your games on the move. If you need a table or flat surface for your game, playing while seated at the terminal or on a train may not be practical.

Figure out the game time

You’ll want an idea of how much time a game takes before deciding to pack it. Card games tend to be faster-paced than board games, and most can be completed in 15-30 minutes. Board games and party games can last a lot longer, continuing for up to two hours in certain cases. This can be great for lazy days at the hotel or Airbnb, but might not be the most practical for passing time at the train station.

Consider player ages

Think of the ages of the players you anticipate sharing games with. If you’re planning a backpacking trip and plan to spend time playing games at your hostel, you’ll probably be safe with just about any card or board game. If you’re meeting up with your family for a vacation, you might want to choose games that are suitable for all ages. Note that some games can be altered to be more PG by removing certain cards or phrases, but it’s best to double-check to ensure everyone in your group can participate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What games are ideal for traveling.

The right games for your travels will greatly depend on what kind of travel you’re doing ( road trip games vary greatly from late-night adult-only games, for example). But, no matter what style of travel you’re up to, you’ll want to look for games that are small enough to easily fit in your luggage without being imposing. Opt for games that don’t have many loose pieces or take up too much space when in use. Card games are your best bet if you anticipate playing on the road frequently, but travel-sized board games can also work (especially if they come in a magnetic format).

Are there travel-sized board games?

Yes! There are plenty of travel-sized board games available and many come with their own carrying case or magnetic material that further simplifies the overall travel experience. You won’t find every single board game available in a travel size, but you’ll definitely be able to find the classics from Hasbro like Clue , Monopoly , and more .

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For this article, Travel + Leisure contributor Kaitlyn McInnis used her experience as a travel writer and former lifestyle editor as well as her own research to curate a list of the best travel-sized games available.

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For a conversation starter: Hive Pocket

Small enough to play on an airplane tray table, Hive Pocket is the shrunken travel-friendly version of Hive, a two-player strategy game that takes inspiration from chess. Even though the game has very few rules to learn ( you can read them here ), travel writer Sebastian Modak calls Hive Pocket “a pretty cutthroat brain-burner” and a “surefire conversation starter” that’s great for making friends on the road. It’s such a hit, Modak has brought it along to at least three continents.

For the solo traveler: Box One

If you’re traveling alone or are the only one in the group feeling up for a game, behold Box One. Described as an “ever-evolving game of trivia, codes, puzzles, and discovery” and sold exclusively at Target, Box One was created by actor Harris based on his interest in immersive theater and escape rooms. Kenny Malone, a co-host for NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast, was so delighted by Box One’s whimsical twists and turns and secret gadgets that, despite it being a one-person game, he wound up pulling in his whole family to get involved. The game is on the clunky side, so it’s not for the carry-on-only crowd, but it’s totally doable if you have space in your car on a road trip. Harris told the Strategist that it’s “tricky to describe without revealing everything,” so we won’t get too into the rules , but know that it takes about an hour to play.

For the beach: Molkky

Mölkky is a Finnish wooden throwing game you can play out in the elements, making it great for camping, cabins in the woods and beach rentals. Mölkky comes with 12 wooden pins and a bigger throwing pin. Players take turns trying to knock over pins, and the first to 50 points wins ( here are the official rules ). Aja Frost, co-founder of the Platonic Love newsletter, says her friend group is obsessed with the easy-to-learn game. Despite it being a lightly physical activity, being good at other hand-eye sports doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be good at Mölkky, which levels the playing field.

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To impress Italians: Scopa

A card game that dates back hundreds of years, Scopa was invented in Italy but has passionate fans around the world. Pull out a deck in public, and expect to attract some Italians, says Marissa Burkett, a strategy consultant who lives in Paris and often travels for work. “It’s competitive and loud and lovely,” she said. “I always have it in my purse.” The “trick-taking” game is typically played with two people with the goal of winning a number of points determined at the beginning of the round. (A common goal is 21.) “It’s easy to learn but hard to be good at, so you can welcome new people easily into the game,” Burkett said. You can read more about the rules here .

For the word nerds: Quiddler

Less formal than Scrabble and easier to pack, Quiddler is a game for word lovers and bookworms. The goal of the game is to come up with words with all of the letters you’re distributed. Points are scored by the value of your cards, the length of your words and how many words you come up with. ( More on the ru les here .) Fans of the game like that it’s addictive and easy for newcomers to pick up, making it good for rowdy groups. You can play with up to eight people, and if you want to practice on your own so you can beat your friends later, it can also be played solo.

For tots under 4: First Orchard

When toys and books stop impressing your little one and you’re not ready to pull out the tablet, try My Very First Games: First Orchard . Recommended for kids 2 to 3, it’s a toddler-approved version of the board game Orchard , wherein players work together to pick fruit from trees before a raven does. By The Way travel reporter Hannah Sampson says her 2-year-old loves the board game, but it’s fun for grown-ups, too. It’s great for teaching children about organization and taking turns.

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For chaos: Dutch Blitz

Created by a German immigrant who relocated to Pennsylvania Dutch country, Dutch Blitz is a card game described by fans as fast, competitive and chaotic: There are no turns, and everyone plays at once. You’ll need to read a little to get the rules (or watch this tutorial ), but think of it as part solitaire, part Nerts . The original game is good for up to four players, but you can buy an expansion pack to play with even more.

For a couple’s trip: Bananagrams

Writer and pie maker Erika Dahlby and her husband, Zach, love Bananagrams so much that they took it on their honeymoon to Europe. Fortunately, it didn’t take up too much room in their luggage. The game comes in a banana-shaped bag about the size of a toiletry kit. The rules are easy: Empty the banana bag of its tiles, each of which is printed with a letter, and place each face down. Dole them out according to how many people are playing (up to eight) and race to use them all to make words on their own grid. Here’s more on how to play .

For the multigenerational trip: Monopoly Deal

Monopoly takes an eternity to play; Monopoly Deal is the opposite of that. While still real-estate-themed, this quick-playing card game can blow by in 15 minutes and can get so heated that you’ll want to play back-to-back games, says Meredith Carey, deputy editor at Tripadvisor. The gist is to get three sets of buildings, while trying not to let other players steal from or bankrupt you in the process. ( Here are the full rules .) It’s recommended for players 8 and older, and can be played with two to five people (although Carey has had fun playing with up to six).

For big laughs: Telestrations

Think telephone meets Pictionary, and you get Telestrations . You don’t have to be a good drawer to play; in fact, the worse you are, the funnier it is, says By The Way editor Amanda Finnegan . Every person gets an erasable pad and begins drawing a word picked from a card. (Everyone is drawing a different word.) The pad then gets passed to the person next to you, and they have to guess what you drew. This gets repeated in the circle, alternating between drawing and guessing, until your pad returns to you — and the end result is usually nowhere close to what you originally drew. Finnegan says her family is still talking about drawings and guesses during beach trips years ago.

More travel tips

Vacation planning: Start with a strategy to maximize days off by taking PTO around holidays. Experts recommend taking multiple short trips for peak happiness . Want to take an ambitious trip? Here are 12 destinations to try this year — without crowds.

Cheap flights: Follow our best advice for scoring low airfare , including setting flight price alerts and subscribing to deal newsletters. If you’re set on an expensive getaway, here’s a plan to save up without straining your credit limit.

Airport chaos: We’ve got advice for every scenario , from canceled flights to lost luggage . Stuck at the rental car counter? These tips can speed up the process. And following these 52 rules of flying should make the experience better for everyone.

Expert advice: Our By The Way Concierge solves readers’ dilemmas , including whether it’s okay to ditch a partner at security, or what happens if you get caught flying with weed . Submit your question here . Or you could look to the gurus: Lonely Planet and Rick Steves .

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17 Boredom-Busting Games to Play on a Bus

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A long bus ride can be one of the most iconic ways to experience a road trip, or it can be a tedious gauntlet through long hours with nothing to do. You can make sure your next bus trip is a blast with these games to play on a bus! 

You’ll not want to miss the bus on these 18 exciting games. 

1. Play I Spy

Alright, we know, this is one of those classic games to play on a bus that everyone has heard of, but have you ever really dug into it? 

I Spy has a lot of versatility. It’s not just that one-dimensional game you remember from your childhood. This is a game that you can mix up and cut loose with. Try adding time limits, creating I Spy themes, or just killing some time with a class road game. 

You probably know the rules, but all you need to do to play this game is pick something you and your friends can see and have them guess until they get it right. You’ll say, “I spy something that…” and add a clever clue that gives a subtle hint about what you’re looking at. 

The key to playing this game as an adult is to focus on those clever hints. That’s where the fun is! 

Was I Spy a little too basic? Let’s mix things up with some other road games. 

2. Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse doesn’t have the most appealing name, but it is an excellent game for stretching your artistic muscles when you’re stuck on a long bus ride. 

You play traditional Exquisite Corpse by starting part of a drawing and having your travel partner draw the next section. The goal is to create something together without compromising on your style. 

You don’t have to draw to play Exquisite Corpse. You can play this game with music, poetry, writing short stories, or any creative output. 

If you and your travel partner are artsy, Exquisite Corpse is the game you’ve been missing. 

3. Grab a Deck of Cards

There’s something about playing cards that just reminds you of the open road. They’re sold at every gas station and truck stop across the country—and you used to even get them for free as promotional items from travel companies! 

Playing cards unlock countless games. You can try Solitaire when getting some solo time, War or Slaps for something a little silly, or even play some poker with a friendly wager or two. 

It never hurts to have a deck of cards on hand. If you’re the spontaneous social type, a deck of cards is a great way to bring new travel friends into your circle. 

Are playing cards not high-tech enough for you? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. 

4. Try Out Some Nintendo Switch Games! 

The best games to play on a bus take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to keep your eyes on the road when riding the bus! 

The Nintendo Switch offers plenty of variety, including two-player puzzle games, action, and RPGs with compelling stories. You can even download classic Super Nintendo video games and enjoy nostalgia while on the road. The Switch has games for kids as well as adults, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to find the right game for you. 

5. 20 Questions 

 20 Questions is one of those games that just has plenty of versatility. Let’s look at a few ways to enjoy this game while riding the bus.

You play 20 Questions by assigning one person to be “it.” That person thinks of a person, place, or thing, and everyone else has 20 questions to narrow down their guess and get it right.

You can spice up 20 Questions by making it themed, personal, or romantic. It all depends on who you’re traveling with. 

Like many road games, this game is best played in short bursts. You want to mix up these classic road games so you don’t burn out on any one game. 

6. Would You Rather

Would you rather is another excellent game to play while riding on the bus with someone you know.

The goal of this game is to give someone a ridiculous and near impossible choice between two options. You can ask them to pick between their favorite hobbies, a million dollars or perfect health, or anything else you can think of!

This is also a great game for getting to know someone new. It’s the perfect icebreaker for couples and helps you explore topics that matter to the people you travel with. 

7. Mini Board Games 

Mini magnetic board games are fun games to play on a bus, but they are also adorable. They also make great keepsakes from your bus-based journey. 

This is another game that lets you take advantage of the fact that you’re not driving the bus. You and your travel companions can enjoy Scrabble, chess, checkers, or mini Monopoly.

There are travel-sized versions of just about every board game out there. Throw one of these in your bag, and you’ll hardly notice the extra space it takes up. Besides, it will generate way more fun than you might expect. 

8. Among Us

Some of the best travel games are ones that keep you connected to the people back home.

Among Us is an app-based game available for Android and iOS. While playing this game, you will need a steady data connection, but most buses now have Wi-Fi.

In Among Us, you take control of one of the residents of a space station. All of you have to complete your daily tasks, including keeping the space station repaired and operational. However, one of you is secretly a traitor looking to destroy the space station and everyone on it.

It’s a fun game of hijinks, tactics, and light-hearted fun. 

You can play with your friends if there’s just a handful of you together on the bus or if you are looking to stay connected with friends and family a world away. 

9. Travel Scavenger Hunt 

One of the most fun things you can do when heading out on your trip is to set up a scavenger hunt.

You need to do some planning ahead of time for this game. Think about some interesting or challenging items you and your travel companions can hunt down on the road together. 

These can be bus tickets, wrappers from regional snacks, or just about anything you might be able to scavenge up on a bus ride.

Here’s a tip for setting up a scavenger hunt. Come up with a low-stakes prize for the winner, which could be anything from a Starbucks gift card to a coupon for a free back massage. 

10. Trivia Apps! 

Playing trivia games on the road used to mean taking several decks of cards with questions and answers on them. However, now your phone is full of game apps to keep you entertained on your bus ride.

There are trivia apps like Popcorn Trivia, SongPop, and countless others. These let you play trivia games based on movies, music, and even history with your travel partner. 

Don’t get caught thinking these games are trivial; they are some of the fun games to play on a bus! 

Related Post: Best Road Trip Game Apps

11. Travel Bingo

Here’s another exciting game that takes a little preparation before you hit the road.

You can set up a travel bingo game for everyone you will be on the road with. This bingo game can be full of fun inside jokes, sites along the way, and all the ups and downs of traveling on a bus.

Travel bingo is a great way to add a little lightheartedness to some of the challenges of taking a bus ride. Why not lean into these awkward moments and add a square on your travel bingo card for awkward bus smells or sitting next to someone who snores?

The winner of travel bingo can get a little prize, but there’s no prize greater than the satisfaction of being the travel bingo champion. 

Related Post: Free Downloadable Road Trip Bingo Cards

12. Escape Room in a Box 

Escape rooms are all the rage, but you don’t have to travel to a physical location to play one. You can enjoy an escape room while you’re actively traveling.

You’ve got plenty of options for picking up an escape room in a box. There are elaborate packaged escape rooms that cost hundreds of dollars and a travel-friendly escape room in box editions that can easily fit in your pocket.

Scale up your escape room in a box according to how many players you will have. Some smaller escape rooms in box games are an excellent choice for couples or people traveling with just a few adults. 

More Road Trip Entertainment Options: Best Attention-Grabbing Audiobooks for a Road Trip Best Podcasts to Help Time Fly on a Road Trip Road Trip Questions for Couples

13. Bus Stop Gourmet 

There are plenty of travel games about embracing the unique and sometimes weird cuisine you can find while on the road.

The goal of this game is to make the most of the limited culinary options you have at your average bus stop. Players should be given a budget and are challenged to come up with the most exciting meal they can think of.

Imagine you’re on a Food Network competition show, but all you can do is create a fine dining experience using a bus stop convenience store and a few fast food diners.

This is a great game to help people think outside the box and not get stuck snacking on the same pre-packaged chips for the entire ride. 

14. Fictionary  

We’re picking our next game from a time before buses even existed. 

Fictionary started hundreds of years ago with the Victorians in England. 

This word game is all about obscure words and the definitions that they “should” have. Play works like this. 

One player picks an obscure word that few people know, like “mycorrhizal” or “sozzled.” Everyone else writes down their made-up definitions. Whoever gets the most laughs wins!

16. The Blind Date Game 

Here’s one of the games to play on a bus that’s great for couples.

To play the Blind Date Game, you and your partner need to write down ten activities you would love to do during your bus ride together. Try to get an even number from each person.

Then, roll the dice to pick an activity randomly. You’ll take turns rolling the dice and crossing off activities as they’re completed.

This is a great way to share each other’s interests and hobbies. The Blind Date Game also ensures that both of you are getting a turn deciding how you spend this quality time together. 

17. Workout with Fitness Dice

You can feel a little cramped after getting stuck on the bus for too long, but this is where fitness dice comes in.

All you need to do is roll the dice and do whatever easy workout pops up. These are simple workouts like squats, jumping jacks, or push-ups. 

This is great for getting the blood moving and having a little fun when you reach the next bus stop. 

What Should You Play Next? 

Which of our games to play on a bus will be the first you break out on your next trip?

Are you going with the classic I Spy, or are you planning to bring all your mini travel games? Whether you’re a die-hard digital gamer or just your average couple looking to have something more to do on the road, these 17 bus games will make sure you never run out of fun on your next trip. 

If you’re on board with our travel games, check out our other articles for the best travel tips and tricks! 

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GOGO Charters

10 Really Fun Games To Play On A Charter Bus

As you travel for your field trip, church retreat, sports event, or corporate team-building trip , you’ll understandably find yourself restless and bored during your time on the bus. The long hours, slow WiFi, and cramped seating can frustrate even the most patient of us, and if you’re traveling with children, the frustration can grow even more. At GOGO Charters, we prioritize your comfort and safety, so every bus is equipped with WiFi and plush seating, and every driver is trained to accommodate all necessary stops for your leisure and comfort. Still, no one is too old to enjoy a fun game—especially one that will engage your entire group.

Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends in New York City, admiring the skyline in Chicago , or taking your school group to a museum in San Francisco , you’ll want to see our quintessential list of games to play on your journey. Instead of listening to music or playing games on your phone, bond with your fellow travelers and stave off boredom with these 10 classic games.

The best part? Pen, paper, cards, or your imagination are all you need to play with your group. Whether you’re reading this before or during your bus trip, you will find a game here for every kind of traveler.

You’ll need a deck of cards to play this classic, easy game. With a coach’s comfortable seating, you can spread out as needed.

Never played War before? We’ve got you covered. Here are the basic rules:

  • The goal of the game is to eventually win all of the cards. The rankings of the cards are as follows: A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. Ace trumps all and 2 trumps nothing.
  • Mix it up a bit; shuffle the cards to get an even play.
  • Split the cards in half between you and your partner. Make sure the cards are faced down. Neither you nor your partner should be able to see your cards.
  • One, two, three… flip over the card that is on the top of your deck. The player with the higher card wins the round and takes both cards to add to their hand.
  • Have the same card when you flipped it over? This means war. Place three more cards face down on your seat out of your deck. Flip over a fourth card. Whoever has the higher card wins all cards from the round. If you do not have enough cards to play War, the player must turn their last card face-up.
  • Play until one of you wins the entire deck.

#2. I Spy, We All Spy

This classic game will be an excellent way to pass time. Look out the expansive windows of your coach and pinpoint something to describe. Say, “I spy with my little eye… “ And watch your group scramble to catch what you described! As the bus drives past, your group will feel especially pressured to identify the item before it disappears.

Spice up the game by keeping score. Whoever gets it right will be the first to step off the bus every time you make a stop.

#3. Tic Tac Toe

How many X’s and O’s can you get in a straight line? Paper and pen are the only things you need for this game. Play 5 to 10 rounds and keep score with a friend. Add some stakes by betting that the loser will buy ice cream once you arrive to your destination.

#4. Would You Rather

Need to break the ice between you and the person next to you? This is a game you can play with a stranger or a friend you have known for years, but it’s equally fun every time!

Choose a partner and ask each other a series of questions where you must pick between two different scenarios. For example, you might ask, “Would you rather eat a rotten egg or jump in a pool full of worms?” The grosser, the better. Not answering is not an option.

#5. License Plate

A slower, more relaxing game, this one will appeal to the more mellow members of your group. The rules are simple: Gather a partner, look out your coach’s window, and note the license plates that drive by.

With this game, you have the freedom to make your own rules. For example, you and your partner might look for plates that begin with a certain letter, end with a certain number, or hail from a specific state. Another alternative is to see if you can gather all 50 states. Compete and see who manages to do it first!

#6. Say Your ABC’s

Start with “A.” Look out the window and search for a sign, building, landmark, or item that begins with that letter. Move through the alphabet until you reach “Z.” This game will keep your mind engaged while you enjoy the scenery.

#7. Hangman

Though you’ll be surrounded by technology during your ride, why not try an old-fashioned game of Hangman? All you need is a partner, a pen, and a piece of paper for this tried-and-true game. Here are the rules:

  • Think of a word or phrase. Draw the number of empty slots required to write that phrase.
  • Your partner will try to guess the phrase letter-by-letter. Each time your partner guesses wrong, add a line to your hangman.
  • If your partner doesn’t guess correctly by the time your hangman is hanging, they lose!

It may sound simple, but it can get competitive. Add some stakes by betting on snacks or drinks. Whoever loses has to buy their partner their favorite snack upon arrival at your destination.

#8. Name that Tune

Rocking out to your favorite tunes is essential to a successful road trip. To master this game, play a song on your phone or computer and try to stump your group. Whoever guesses correctly will get their turn playing an unknown song. Try and see if you’ll guess it correctly!

Sharing music isn’t only a fun way to enjoy your time on the bus–it’s also a way to showcase your interests and musical taste. Warning: this game is extremely fun and may cause impulsive dance moves.

#9. Geography Lesson

Ready to test your geography skills? Impress your group with your geographic knowledge and prowess. List the capital of every state in the U.S, then move on to countries around the world.

Want to spice it up even more? If you’re traveling across multiple states, try and name all the cities in the current state you are in. Good luck!

#10. Tell me a Story, Please

To play this game, gather a group of four or five friends on the bus. Have a person start off a story with 4 words. The next person adds 4 more words. Then the next person after that. Add some pressure by adding a time limit during each turn. Set parameters to the story to heighten the stakes; the story might have a theme, be set in a specific place, or occur in a certain time period.

Your game could look something like this:

Person 1: “Once upon a time…”

Person 2: “…we went to the…”

Person 3: “…Grand Canyon and we…”

Person 4: “…sang many campfire songs…”

Don’t be shy and ramp up the creativity. See how long you can go before someone gets stumped!

Games for Any Type of Group

Whether you’re diving into one of these 10 activities or playing a more modern game such as Cards Against Humanity , take full advantage of your time on the bus by engaging with your fellow travelers. A charter bus, shuttle, or minibus rental from GOGO Charters will ensure that you have enough space and comfort to play these games, so call us today at 1-855-826-6770 for a free, no-obligation quote and for live customer support.

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23 Fun Road Trip Games for Adults That Make Car Travel Enjoyable

Make time fly by faster than that maniac in the left lane with these road trip games for adults.

Samantha Leal is a food, travel, and lifestyle writer with over a decade of experience in print and digital media. Highlights: * Editorial intern at Glamour and Elegant Bride * Managing editor at Abroad View Magazine * Assistant editor at The Nest * Deputy editor at Latina.com * Senior web editor at Marie Claire * Freelance writer at Real Simple, InStyle.com , Glamour.com , and TeenVogue.com , among others * Currently the deputy editor of Well+Good.

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Road trips are fun—at least, in theory. But after a couple of hours of music, podcasts, and "I'm just going to take a quick nap while you drive," things can quickly turn boring. Sometimes you can adapt party games for the car, but they don't always translate to sitting in a moving metal box.

That's where these road trip games come in. "I Spy" may have kept your attention when you were young—impressive, given that you had the attention span of a goldfish—but this list of car-ride games up the ante a bit. Pick a few adult-worthy road trip games for your next long ride.

Spin a Story From the Past

Think of this as "Who can lie better?" One player begins by telling a story about their past, and players have to guess whether they're telling the truth or spinning a tale.

Each guesser gets two follow-up questions, and then it's time for an answer. Every correct answer is two points, and the first player to 10 wins. (The loser has to reveal a super-embarrassing story.)

While the traditional license plate game involves finding a plate from each of the 50 states (yawn), this competition involves finding a license plate with random letters and creating a word with those letters. For example, if the license plate is YMT23, the answer could be "Yosemite".

Think of it as Road Trip Scrabble, but instead of taking turns, just yell when you see one and come up with a word. Other players can challenge by creating a longer word with those same letters.

To up the stakes, stipulate that the letters must be in the exact order to make the word and can't be scrambled. Award two points for each winning answer and two extra points for anyone who spots a vanity plate. The winner is the first to reach 10 points.

Explain a Movie Plot Badly

This party game also works when you're trapped in a car. One player thinks of a movie and explains its plot in a way that is factual and terrible, and the other players have to guess.

The first player to guess correctly gets a point. If no one guesses correctly, the plot explainer gets a point. Our favorite: "Girl can't commit. Loses cat." (Yep, Breakfast at Tiffany's !)

Essentially the Same Movie

In another film-related game, a player starts by naming a movie. The next player has to name another movie that has the same basic plot. For example, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, or No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits .

Players continue to take turns naming flicks with essentially the same narrative until someone gets stumped—the last person to come up with a film that fits wins. Start with your favorite kid movies if you're having trouble thinking of movie plots.

Radio Roulette

This is essentially a road trip game of Name That Tune. Flip among radio stations until you hear a song (presets work best), and let it play for 15 seconds. Players are challenged to name that song and its artist, earning one point for each, with an extra point for naming its album. The first one to reach 15 points wins.

You know Mad Libs, that hilarious word game that solicits nouns, adjectives, and verbs from players to create an imaginative narrative. If you plan ahead, you can access a free printable Funny Mad Libs For Adults  to take with you on the road. (Don't forget to bring a pen!)

If you're not a fan of pre-technology, whip out a smartphone and play WordLibs online for free, with no app or downloads required. You can even create your own stories!

Fortunately, Unfortunately

To start this storytelling game, one player makes a declarative statement that begins with "Fortunately..." For example, "Fortunately, on this highway, we will soon pass a cool roadside attraction." The next player must follow up with an "unfortunately" statement such as "Unfortunately, the attraction is a giant booger."

The subsequent player must give a "fortunately" statement, and so on as you go from player to player. Switch from "fortunately" to "unfortunately" statements until everyone runs out of steam.

Snack the Rainbow

Along your road trip route, plan to stop at seven gas stations. At each station, find a snack that's a specific color of the rainbow. (Remember, it's ROYGBIV!) You can only get one snack item per gas station.

Famous Names

For this road trip game, someone starts by saying the first and last names of a famous person. The next player must name another famous person whose first name starts with the first letter of the previous celebrity's last name.

For example, Justin Bieber leads to Billy Crystal. Billy Crystal leads to Catherine O'Hara. Catherine O'Hara leads to Owen Wilson, and so on. If a player is stumped, they're out, and the group moves on to the next player.

Road Sign Alphabet Game

Each player must find a word on a road sign that starts with the letter A, then a word that starts with B, and so on through the alphabet. Once a player has claimed a word, the other players can't use that word. Whoever gets to the end of the alphabet first wins.

Road Trip Trivia

For each city you pass through on your trip, designate one person to be the "expert" about that city's population, industry, dining establishments, and anything it might be known for. The expert can use their smartphone, but guessers cannot.

As you pass through each city, the expert asks trivia questions that other players guess the answers to. Examples are, "How many people live in Scranton?" and "Which fast food restaurant does Cedar Key have five of?"

Road Trip Bingo

Road trip bingo is always a crowd-pleaser. Before you leave, you can create your own paper bingo cards or print road trip Bingo cards for free to distribute to each player.

If you make your own, consider a theme of fast food restaurants (McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A, KFC), gas stations (BP, Shell, Texaco), or types of cars (Honda Civic, Subaru Outback, Toyota Tacoma). Whichever you choose, make sure there are enough markers or stickers for everyone to mark their cards.

Guess the Time

Look up which cities you'll be passing through on the way to your final destination, and have everyone in the car guess the exact time you'll arrive at each one. (The use of map apps are prohibited.) For example, what time does your car pass the sign that says "Entering Sacramento"? The player whose guess is the closest wins that round.

Someone chooses a category, such as movies, sweet treats, or flowers. The first player must name something in that category that starts with the letter A. The second player has the letter B, and so on.

For example, if the category is flowers, the first player might say "amaryllis." The second person might say "begonia." The third person might say " carnation ," and so on. Be sure to choose the categories based on the players' knowledge base. (If no one in the car is interested in gardening, flowers might not be the best category.)

The Price is Right

Based on the TV game show, each player guesses the price for regular unleaded gas at the next gas station you see. Whoever gets the price to the nearest tenth gets a point. When it's time to stop for gas, the player with the least number of points buys snacks for everyone.

Guess the Song

For Guess the Song, one player sings or says lyrics to a song, and the other players must name the title of that song. Stating the lyrics in a monotone makes the game harder.

For example, someone says, "And he's long gone when he's next to me. And I realize the blame is on me." The winner is whoever correctly names the song's title, Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble."

Players must name the exact title. So, if a player says, "I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In," that answer is wrong, and someone else gets a chance to name the exact title.

Guess the Quote

One player looks up a famous quote on their smartphone and reads it to the other the players, who must name the person (or fictional character) who uttered it. The quote could be from a famous speech, like "Give me liberty or give me death!" (Patrick Henry) or a movie, like "There's no place like home," (Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz ).

While You Were Sleeping

This is a group game to play when one or two passengers are taking a nap. While they're sleeping, the rest of the passengers work together to create a story about something the sleepers missed.

For example, you all spotted a famous person who was stopped by the side of the road with a flat tire. The celebrity lets you hold their dog, eat some of their delicious snacks, and so on. Storytellers collectively agree on the specific, weird details for optimal believability. Too bad you didn't take any photos!

Who's Most Likely to...?

For this fun road trip game, someone starts by asking the question, "Who in this car is most likely to...?" The other players have 3 seconds to name the person that fits the statement best.

Players take turns asking a new question. Here are some possibilities:

  • Who is most likely to answer the phone at 3 am?
  • Who is most likely to throw their friend a surprise party?
  • Who is most likely to give you a nickname?

If you have trouble thinking up questions, visit teambuilding.com for a list of dozens of them that'll keep you asking and answering for miles.

Triple Threat

In Triple Threat, someone starts in the role of the judge by saying three random words, and each player has to tell a story using those three words. The player who thought up the best story, according to the judge, wins. The winner becomes the judge for the next round, offering the next trio of random words, and the game continues.

20 Questions

This classic guessing game easily adapts to a road trip. It starts with a player thinking of a person, place, or thing. The other players take turns asking yes-or-no questions to determine what they're thinking about.

Whoever guesses correctly gets a point, but if no one guesses after 20 questions, the originator gets a point. Make sure someone is keeping track of the number of questions.

Spot the Car

This road trip game is similar to I Spy and keeps everyone's eyes on the road. One player names a particular type of vehicle—like a double tractor-trailer, RV, or a Ram pickup—and players compete to be the first to see one and score a point. For a variation, consider non-vehicle items like signs or landscape items.

Scavenger Hunt

This activity works as well in a car as it does out of one and demands much less legwork. If you're a planner, create your own list ahead of time based on what you expect to see along your drive. If not, print out a generic list for free . Either way, make a copy for each player, and whoever has seen (checked off) the most list items wins.

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Most Entertaining Games to Play While Traveling on A Charter Bus

Charter bus trips can be fun and exciting, but they can also get pretty boring. Playing games is one of the best ways to keep everyone engaged and entertained while on a long bus ride. It's also an excellent way for people who may not know each other to get better acquainted by getting into some lighthearted competition. Below we are going to share some of our favorite games that are perfect for playing while riding on a charter bus so that everyone can enjoy their trip as much as possible.

Multi-Player Mobile Phone Games

Long gone are the days where you have to bring along bulky board games while traveling. Now you can play some of the most popular games on your mobile phone and the best part is that you can play with others.

Here are some traditional games you can play on your phone:

There are so many mobile games that you can play with others so check the App Store or Google Play for more options.

The Movie Game

This game is simple, but can be a lot of fun! It works like this: one person names a famous actor/actress and one other player has to name five movies that the person has been in. If the player can't name five movies, they are out of the game. The last bus rider left in the game wins!

Two Truths and a Lie

This bus trip game is perfect for people who want to get to know each other better. It's simple – each bus rider takes turns sharing two truths about themselves and one lie. The other bus riders try to guess which one of the three statements is the lie.

You might be used to playing trivia games in bars or at home with friends, but they can also be a lot of fun on a bus trip.  If you are traveling with a large group, split everyone up into teams so that the game is more competitive. You can have trivia games for all different types of subject matter – movies, music, science, etc.

Name the Capital

Name the  Capital is a game that can be played by all ages. The goal of the game is to see who can name as many capitals of countries as possible in a set amount of time. This is a great game for people who are new to geography or those who want to brush up on their knowledge.

Name that tune

The name that tune game is perfect for people who have great memories. The goal of this bus ride activity is to see how many songs you can name in 30 seconds or less.  If you can't think of a song, you can pass and the next person in line goes.  You can keep track of the number of songs you get correct and see who comes out on top at the end of the bus ride.

Karaoke is typically a solo activity, but it can be a lot more fun when you do it with a group. If your bus has a built-in entertainment system, queue up some of your favorite karaoke songs and have a sing-off! You might be surprised by how talented some of your bus mates are.

Spelling Competition

Having a spelling competition is a great way to test people's spelling skills and have some fun at the same time. The person who can spell the most words correctly in a set amount of time wins.  This bus trip game is perfect for people who like friendly competition.

Everyone on the bus (who wants to play) gets to invent one silly rule, like “every time we pass a semi-truck everyone has to say the word truck ” or “whenever I take off my shoe (hopefully it doesn't smell) everyone else has to touch their nose”. Each time a rule is followed, everyone but the last participant to figure it out earns a point. The person with the fewest points when you arrive at your destination loses.

Tic Tac Toe

Tic tac toe is a classic game that's great for passing the time. It's also a game that allows you to interact with those around you, which is ideal since bus trips can be long and sometimes boring. It's also a game that can be played by all ages.

This is a classic road trip game that can be played by all ages, and it's another great way to be in the present as you have to be constantly aware of your surroundings. The objective of this game is for one bus rider to look around and spy something. It can be anything inside or something outside of the bus. Once they've spotted it, the other bus riders will take turns guessing what's being spied until someone guesses correctly.

Bus trips can be long and oftentimes boring, but there are plenty of games you can play to keep everyone engaged. Two Truths and a Lie is perfect for getting to know your fellow bus riders better while Karaoke or Spelling Competitions are great if you're competitive. Tic Tac Toe is also ideal for interacting with other passengers on the bus who may otherwise pass time in silence. Finally, I Spy provides an opportunity to get out into the world around you by constantly noticing what's happening inside or outside of the bus.  With these games in your arsenal, your next bus trip is sure to be a lot of fun!

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Games that will make your long road journeys entertaining.

Traveling by road in India is a time-consuming affair. While you could enjoy it initially, constantly staring out of your window won’t help much. Since you are pretty much stuck on a commute for at least a good few hours. You might as well make it fun. However, if you are traveling by bus with your friends, we have your back. Here is a list of games for a bus trip with friends.

Choose your category and you’re good to go!

Would you rather- games for a bus trip with friends

Question Games

Get to know your closest buddies as no one else can. Not to mention these question games can help you know what your friend thinks, what are their secrets, and what kind of equation you share with your friend circle. 

  • Would you rather: Give your friends circle alternatives and ask them to choose anyone out of the following. 
  • Never have I ever: Ask people strange questions and the one who would have done that strange thing takes a shot or sip of a drink. 
  • 20 questions: You or someone has to think of something and keep it to yourself or themselves. The group will try to ask 20 questions based on what they think you or another member of the group is thinking. 
  • Kiss, marry, avoid: Ask everyone turn by turn about who would they kiss, marry or avoid amongst the group and get ready for some controversial answers.
  • Pick one out of the two: Ask someone to pick one out of the two options you give them. 
  • What if: Put people in scary weird or strange situations and know what option would they choose that would be favourable to them. 
  • Riddles: Instead of telling everyone directly, give them strange similarities to guess the right thing. 
  • Guess the object: Similar to riddles but applicable to objects ask your friends in a cringe way about day to day objects. 
  • Who am I?: These could be based on anyone be it cartoons, movie characters, politicians, celebrities. Etc

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UNO- games for a bus trip with friends

Card and Chit games

All you need for these games is a few sheets of paper and a pen. While in the case of card games a deck of cards, a stack of UNO , and guess games could be done using pictures on phone.

  • UNO:   UNO is a unique card game different from the normal card deck. Match the numbers or colours of the card and the person with only one card remaining says uno. If the person puts the last card down too, the person wins.
  • The normal cards deck: Playing cards can be fun in a bus journey. Just shuffle, distribute, and play!
  • Do as I say: This is a chit game where chits have certain instructions written. The person who picks the chit will have to perform the task in the chit.
  • Who’s the culprit: Originally a 4 player game, players have to pick a chit each and one of the chits has culprit written over it. The culprit has to silently kill someone by tapping on them. But the person they kill is a police inspector in their chit the culprit loses. The police have to find who the culprit is by guessing.
  • Dumb charades: The chits have movies written over them and the one who picks has to enact the movie while other guesses without saying a word.
  • Guess the actor or actress: Similar to dumb charades , these hits have names of actors or actresses and the one who picks has to enact them while others guess.
  • Give a famous campaign from the party you get: A game of politics, your chit would have the name of a political party. You have to say a jingle or slogan by the party while others guess which party it is.
  • Pictionary: One person holds a pluck card on their forehead and doesn’t see it while the other sees it and tries to enact it for the one holding it to understand. This pluck card only has a picture on it.
  • Bingo: The traditional number game where the one who cancels all the numbers called out in a row or column wins.
  • Pick an object from someone without them noticing: This is more like stealing but only for fun. Pick the object mentioned in the chit and the one who picks all objects wins.

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Antakshari- games for a bus trip with friends

Singing and song-based games

Who doesn’t like a good melodious round with a few laughs on bad notes? With this in mind these are the best games for a bus trip with friends.

  • Antakshari: Players sing from the last letter of the song where the first person who sings ends it.
  • Guess the tune: A person hums a tune and other people guess the song.
  • Do the hook step of one player whispers a song in the ear of another and that player performs the hook step. Everyone else is supposed to guess the hook step.
  • Name two same-named songs: A person has to come up with two songs. They have to share the same name or have the same word in common.
  • Name one original remake of the song: As the name suggests the person has to find a remake of the original song too.
  • Guess the ad jingle: for eg: Ting ting ting ting is the jingle for Britannia. The Player has to sing while others guess.
  • Pass the parcel: Everyone has to pass the parcel when the music is on and when it stops the person with the parcel is punished. Punishments are singing or dancing or saying a joke etc.
  • Complete the conversation in songs: One person starts with a random sentence of a song and then everyone else adds up a new song and continues for it to make sense.
  • Complete the lyrics: One person sings the lyrics to a song everyone adds up the lyrics of the same song turn by turn.
  • Who is the singer: One-person plays or sings the song and everyone has to guess who the singer is.

KBC-  Kaun Banega Crorepati

Movie Trivia and Quiz Games

This is your chance to redeem yourself as a true Bollywood enthusiast and lover. However, you may not be on Koffee with Karan but you can have an experience with your friends, choose these games for a bus trip with friends!

  •  Kaun Banega Crorepati: You may not win a crore but can win this general knowledge-based quiz. The person who asks questions with ask an MCQ and you have to pick one right option out of 4.
  • How well do you know your favourite?: You will be asked 10 questions based on your or your friend’s favourite actor and actress by your friends.
  • How well do you know this movie?: You will be asked 10 questions based on your or your friends favourite movie.
  • Name the actor or actress and describe their character and let people guess the name of the character: The friend circle will have to guess their on screen character name based on what you enact or hints you give.
  • A place and movie: You will give a place and your circle will tell you a movie shot in that locality.
  • Name the directors film: Ask your friends to name 5 movies by famous Bollywood directors.
  • Quote a dialogue and guess the film: You could quote multiple dialogues.
  • Pop quiz on kapoors: Each person can take turns to ask and answer questions on the most loved family in the show business.
  • Walk the talk: Walk down the aisle of your bus by enacting a celebrities body language and let people guess.
  • Read a book as a celebrity and let people guess the actor: You could use their voice, their style, etc.

Koffee with Karan

Fastest first and rapid games

Everything gets intense when you don’t let people give a lot of thought to their answers. However, these rapid games will leave you wanting more.

  • First things first: One person will ask you about random things and you have to tell them the first thing that comes to your mind.
  • Chain game: First you pick a category like sports, movies, etc. Then you start with one person saying one thing related to it. The next person says another related term but from the last letter of the term that the person before them used.
  • I spy: This one’s about giving people vague hints of what it could be. While they guess what exactly you must’ve seen around.
  • Call and ask the person to say hey karan it’s me: 2 people have to make 3 calls to someone who is not on the bus and ask them to say hey karan it’s me. Yes live your dreams.
  • Koffee with Karan rapid fire: How can we forget this epic game. You will be asked weird questions related to your personal life and preferences. You have to answer rapidly.
  • Say the opposite: You have to give antonyms to the words the person in front of you says.
  • Don’t say yes no or maybe: Questions that have these answers but you have to answer avoid these rhetorics. 
  • Alphabet game: One person starts with a word with A and other continues with a related word but with B and so on.
  • 2 truths and 1 lie: You will be asked 3 questions and you however, have to say which 2 are true facts and which 1 is false.
  • Build a story: In a chit you will be given a context to start building a story. The first person gives a sentence; and the rest keep building a story by adding more sentences.

We hope you have so many games for your next bus trip with friends. Long journeys will never be boring again. Entertainment is always an option and the best company knows how to keep themselves entertained. 

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Top 10 Travel Games: The Best Road Trip Games for Adults

Traveling is a blast, but let’s be real, long journeys can test our patience. If you’re on the road with kids or family, you know the struggle of the endless “are we there yet?” questions. That’s where road trip games swoop in to save the day! But guess what? Adults can get bored too. Of course you know that. So, to keep the trip from turning into a snooze-fest, let’s load up on some awesome travel game ideas!

What are road trip games?

Road trip games are travel games you play to make time go by faster. They can stimulate your memory, jolt your creativity and implicate one, two or more people. H ere’s why fun road trip games make it worth putting your phone down during the journey:

  • They’ll help you bond with your travel buddies.
  • They’ll occupy your mind with something else than passive entertainment (such as social media or streaming).
  • They’ll make time pass by so much faster.
  • They’ll most likely make you laugh (which is good for your health!).
  • You’ll pay more attention to the scenery and notice things you would have never seen, what with your head riveted on your smartphone screen.

So, which are the best road trip games?

Here are our top 10 favorite road trip games for adults. The cool thing is they work as bus travel games or car games, and you can even take some ideas with you for a plane or train ride.

#1 Best classic travel game: the I spy road trip game

Although you may have played this game when you were small, we’re pretty sure you’ll still enjoy it! The I spy road trip game. It is one of our favorites because it forces you to look around and search for rarities or detail. Remember how it goes? It’s quite simple.

The goal of this classic travel game is to guess what object or thing the spy has in mind!

  • Designate one person to be the spy.
  • The spy starts the game by finding something they can see out the window, in the bus or vehicle—and says, “I spy with my little eye, something that…”. 
  • Take note that the spy cannot change objects during the game.
  • “Something that starts with the letter ___.” Giving out the first letter is the most common way to play the game—and the hardest for people to guess.
  • “Something that is the colour ___.” A colour clue is more commonly used if playing with kids, since it makes the guessing easier.
  • Another variant is to give out other clues in relation to shape, composition, texture, material, weight or height. But again, this makes the guessing game easier.
  • “Is it larger than a bus?”—to which the spy could answer “yes” or “no”.
  • “Is it a tree?”
  • The spy can answer “yes” if the guess is accurate—or with “hot” (close) or “cold” (not close) to give indications whereas to how close that guess was to the spied object. 
  • If the guessing game has been going for a while, the spy can encourage the other players to guess again and give more precise feedback, by responding with “warm” (closer but not close) or “freezing” (totally off-topic).
  • Each player takes a turn asking a question or taking a guess and the first person who guesses the correct object wins the game. 
  • For the next round, the winner becomes the spy!

Number of Players

You need at least two players to Play I Spy… No maximum!

#2 Best travel board game: road trip bingo for adults

Who doesn’t like bingo? The cool thing about travel bingo is that there are at least two ways to play when you’re on the road—so if you don’t have a pen and paper handy or if you haven’t thought ahead and purchased a card game, you can still play. 

Travel Bingo Game with a list

Equipment needed: pen and paper.

Make sure you have a pen and paper handy. First, solicit everyone’s help to make an exhaustive list of car brands. Then, look out the window and shout (or whisper if you’re on a bus!) BINGO every time you spot a brand that is on the list! Keep count of your findings! The first player to find every brand on the list wins the game. 

Travel Bingo Cards

Equipment needed: travel bingo cards & a pen for each player.

If you like to plan ahead, you’ll love this version of road trip bingo. To play, print out several cards in advance (several websites offer downloadable bingo cards for free!) and simply set up in the bus to play with your friends, just like a normal bingo game! The goal? Checking off items as you see them in your surroundings (hence, the pen) until all the items are checked in one same row of your card… at which point you can discreetly scream, “BINGO!”

#3 Best long drive game: the license plate travel game

With the license plate travel game, you can step up the game and increase the difficulty level as you get better at it. And, if you’re on the road for a long time, this road trip game will definitely provide entertainment for a while. 

The Easy Licence Plate Game 

The easy version of the license plate travel game is to interpret the letters for each license plate you see from your window. Depending on which state or province you travel through, this could be more or less challenging. For instance:

  • BN2 Y679 could stand for Barry Never Yells
  • 2848 EB could stand for Early Bird

The Licence Plate Travel Game: Expert Version

If you want to step it up a notch, you could incorporate numbers too, and interpret the full license plate. The interpretation could go something like this:

  • C84 0UV could stand for Catherine Ate (8) Four Ugly Vermicelli  

License Plate Search

If you get bored with the first two versions of this road trip game, you can change it up and turn your licence plate game into a competition! The goal? To find the most licence plates from different states. To play this last version of the game, you’ll need a pen and paper to jot down your states!

#4 Most poetic road trip game — the rhymes travel game

You’re a poet and you know it? This game is for you! Rhyme away as the road rolls by, playing this fun rhymes road trip game.

Find the most words that rhyme.

  • The first player comes up with a one-syllable word and says it out loud.
  • Then, the second player has three seconds to come up with a one-syllable word that rhymes with the first word. 
  • Watch out, you can’t repeat the same word twice!

For example:

  • The first person says “sea”.
  • The second person says, “pee”.
  • The third person says “she”.

If a person hesitates for more than four seconds, they are eliminated. The last person standing wins. If the game is too easy for you, you can also play with two-syllable, three-syllable and more words!

Although it’s often more fun when you’re playing with four or more people, you can still play if you’re traveling as a duo!

#5 Best verbal games to play—the many versions of the alphabet travel game

There are several ways to play the alphabet game! If the road you are travelling is full of signs (cityscape) or is really stimulating visually, you might want to play the version where the goal is to find objects, words or buildings in your surroundings. If not, you’ll want to pick themes. 

The goal of the alphabet game is to find words for every letter in the alphabet, from A to Z.

Version A: Picking out stuff around you

  • Start with the letter A and work your way down to Z.
  • A, for Animal
  • C, for City
  • One word cannot be repeated twice.
  • The first player to call out a word that begins with Z wins the game!

Version B: Picking out a theme

This version of the Alphabet Travel Game works if you’re traveling with friends and some of you can see too well out of the window.

Decide on a theme with your travel buddies. To make it fun, think of unconventional themes, such as “partying”, “body parts” or “travel destinations”.

  • A for Arizona
  • B for Buffalo
  • C for California
  • Words cannot be repeated and players who can’t come up with a word are disqualified. 
  • The first one to make it to Z wins!

This game works starting with two people but can be played in a larger group, too. The more, the merrier!

#6 Best fortune telling game: the superlatives game

The superlatives game is really cool to play if you’re traveling with a group of old friends. What with your history and the diversity of profiles, you’re sure to laugh a lot!

The goal is to find a person to fit every superlative category.

  • Most likely to invest in a Ponzi Scheme
  • Most likely to get food poisoning
  • Then, for each item in the list, vote for which friend fits the bill most.

Equipment : You’ll need a pen and paper to make a list of superlatives.

It’s the most fun to play this game if you’re at least four people traveling together—and ideally 6 to 8!

#7 Best game to test your limits: the “would you rather” game

The Would You Rather Game can be funny, super gross — or both! And if you really want to get the most out of this travel game, ask players to justify their choices. Interesting debates will take place — and you’ll surely have a good laugh.

The goal is to stump other players by giving them an impossible choice.

  • Each player takes a turn asking a “Would you rather” question.
  • Think of incredibly funny and try to make the choice so difficult that the other players won’t be able to decide. 
  • Read a few tough questions to inspire you.
  • Every other player has to answer the question.
  • If a player can’t answer, they are disqualified. 

Equipment : You don’t need any specific equipment to play the game per se, but you can purchase Would you rather cards .

The more people play, the more fun you’ll have! At least two players are needed.

#8 Best game to play devil’s advocate: the fortunately/unfortunately trip game

This travel game will encourage you to think outside the box and awaken your optimistic or pessimistic side. Quite simple to play, it can lead to some exciting dialogues! And, if you’re feeling a little frisky, you can launch the first “fortunately” in an absurd or daring direction.

The Goal of the Fortunately/Unfortunately Game is to build a story from beginning to end, by alternating optimistic and pessimistic statements.

  • The first player starts with making a “fortunately” statement.
  • The next player has to reply with an “unfortunately” statement.
  • And so on, until the story reaches a conclusion.
  • The first player says: “Fortunately, the bus was on time.”
  • The second player says: “Unfortunately, we took the wrong one.”
  • And so on, alternating with “fortunately” and “unfortunately”.

This game can involve two or more people. If there are only two of you though, we recommend imposing the “fortunately” statements to the most pessimistic person!

#9 Best word game: the “related words” travel game

This word game encourages your brain to make links between things and words. If you play with a couple of friends, you’ll quickly notice that some are really good at looping back to their initial idea, while others get distracted easily. If you’re one of the latter, you can secretly practice playing the related words game on your own time to become better at finding links and looping back!

The Goal of the Related Words Travel Game is to make the quickest link between words to loop back to your initial word.

  • To launch the game, a starting word is chosen.
  • All participants then think of words that relate to this first word.
  • The player with the shortest list of words looping back to the initial word wins the game.
  • The starting word could be: “bus”.
  • Player #1 could make the following list: “bus, travel, walk, hostel, restaurant, sleep, bus”.
  • Player #2 could do: “bus, bus driver, bus station, passenger, bus tickets, bus”
  • In this case, Player #2 would be the winner, since he only used 4 words (vs. 5 for Player #1) to loop back to the word “bus”.

Equipment : y ou can play this game by using only your memory, but sometimes it’s easier to make a list and count the number of words using a pen and paper.

Although the game becomes more interesting when three or four people chip in, you can manage with only two players.

#10 Most shocking travel game: the Never Have I Ever Game

The goal of the Never Have I Ever game is to guess if the statements are true or false. And of course, to try and surprise your friends with the most shocking true statements!

  • Each participant starts off with their 10 fingers up.
  • One by one, each player makes a statement that starts with “Never Have I Ever”. For instance, this could go something like: “Never Have I Ever eaten a frog” or “Never Have I Ever jumped from a plane”.
  • All the other players who have done this thing take one finger down. So obviously, the point is to come up with crazy or funny things your friends may have done—but you haven’t.
  • If you wish, you can ask the players who have put a finger down to tell their back story—you might hear some pretty interesting things!
  • The last person to have any fingers up wins the game.

The game requires at least two people, but there is no maximum number of players. It’s more fun if there are at least five or six people playing, to get a good rhythm going.

Now that you know how to entertain yourself and your friends on your next road trip, visit Busbud and book your bus tickets!

Nice list, i love most of the games. Sometimes when i am bored i open this website and play bus games all ride long!

You forgot to mention the best gangster game! The best game for road trip for me is Ace Gangster 2 game .

I like the story game you shared where we alternate with statements of “fortunately” and “unfortunately.” I’m helping to find a charter bus service to handle the tour for my son’s school group next year. These tips should help everyone have fun on the bus, so I’m excited to use them when the time comes!

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Best Travel Games – Entertainment on the Go

Travel inherently means downtime. There’s waiting for transport to depart, the relocating bit, and a myriad of other periods of time when you can’t do much more than wait. How do you fill this time? You could impatiently look at your watch, stare into space, read a book – or enjoy your time by playing a travel game!

There are a whole host of travel games out there, and whatever your tastes you’re sure to find one that meets your needs! Whether you’re looking for the top travel size games for adults or maybe something for the kids, we’ve got it all covered.

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  • Best pick travel game – Bananagrams
  • Best travel board game – Travel Monopoly
  • Best travel card game – Exploding Kittens
  • Best travel games for adults – Cards Against Humanity
  • Best travel game for couples – The Date Game That’s Actually Fun
  • Best travel games for flights – Boggle
  • Best travel games for road trips – Battleship Grab & Go
  • Best travel games for families – Dobble
  • Best travel game for kids – Pass the Pigs
  • Best travel game for pre-schoolers – Buckle Toy Bizzy
  • Best travel game for 2 people – Connect 4 Grab & Go
  • Best travel game for groups – Farkle

Bananagrams

Bananagrams

  • Price > $13.99
  • > Lightweight
  • > Needs just 2 players

Travel Monopoly

Travel Monopoly

  • Price > $9.99
  • > Self-adhesive board
  • > Up to six players

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens

  • Price > $20
  • > Easy to understand rules
  • > Small to pack

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

  • Price > $29
  • > Strictly for adults
  • > 4-20 players

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The Date Game That’s Actually Fun

  • Price > $14.59
  • > Includes all you need to play
  • > Best played as a couple

Boggle

  • Price > $16.99
  • > All the parts kept in a carry case
  • > Can be played for just 3 minutes

Battleship Grab & Go

Battleship Grab & Go

  • > No need to pass tokens between players
  • > Travel friendly

Dobble

  • Price > $12.86
  • > Game for almost all ages
  • > Metal carry tin

Pass the Pigs

Pass the Pigs

  • Price > $20.99
  • > Doesn’t require adult supervision
  • > Simple to understand

Buckle Toy Bizzy

Buckle Toy Bizzy

  • Price > $17.99
  • > Specifically designed for pre-school children
  • > Educational

Connect 4 Grab & Go

Connect 4 Grab & Go

  • Price > $12.99
  • > Easy to set up

Farkle

  • Price > $7.99
  • > Perfect for large groups
  • > Games can be varied in length

Of course, we all know what the king of all games is, yes that’s right Chess. But I am going to presume you’ve all got your travel c hess set packed and ready to go and you’re looking for a accompaniment!

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Bananagrams

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Bananagrams is a firm favorite for those in the know, is easy to set up and play anywhere, and adds little weight to your kid’s backpack . A word-based game, it consists of 144 Scrabble-like letter tiles, with some doled out to players and the rest left in a central ‘bunch’. The aim of the game is to use up all your tiles in creating interconnecting words – rather like a crossword grid. There are no turns to be taken, but each player working on their own grid as quickly as possible, making it a fast-paced and very addictive game. Requiring just two players, it’s also possible to play with anyone from reading age upwards.

  • Lightweight
  • Needs just 2 players
  • From reading age upwards
  • Tiles could get lost
  • Can’t be played alone
  • Not for pre-schoolers

Is Bananagrams for me?

If you’re looking for a travel game that’s going to keep you entertained without needing a large amount of baggage space, Bananagrams could be for you! Scrabble fans and lovers of word games will definitely enjoy games, which at a minimum of five minutes in length, can be played at almost any time!

Our team swear by Bananagrams for their trips as they find it to be super fun, engaging, educational and most importantly, it weighs hardly anything and takes up no room at all in their bags. They also love how simple the game is to play and pick up too.

Travel Monopoly

Travel Monopoly plays in exactly the same way as standard Monopoly, and the world’s favorite board game needs very little introduction! The small board folds in half so that the entire game takes up not much more space than a paperback book, and doesn’t weigh much more either (just 300g in fact), while a ‘self-adhesive’ board ensure counters don’t fall about the place at the first elbow nudge or spot of turbulence on an aircraft. With enough miniature versions of the traditional player pieces to make this a six-player game (with a minimum of two), it’s ideal for families, while the average game time of 45 minutes makes it a great distraction for airport waits.

  • Self-adhesive board
  • Up to six players
  • Playing time of around 45 minutes
  • Minimum 2 players
  • Small cards/pieces could get lost
  • Age range of 8+

Is Travel Monopoly for me?

Long waits and long journeys don’t need to feel like purgatory with Travel Monopoly in hand. Its 45-minute average playing time will see the time pass all the quicker, while the self-adhesive board helps the counters stay in place however bumpy the journey might be!

Our team are split on whether Monopoly is a good idea on a trip or not! They love the mini set up which plays pretty much the same as the bigger version and packs down pretty light. Some of them just wonder if it might cause a mid-flight emergency landing if things kick off!

Exploding Kittens

Adored by those who have played it, Exploding Kittens is as whimsical as its name might suggest. A rapid-fire card game, the aim is to avoid picking an exploding kitten from the stack of face-down cards, while action cards add to the peril by giving sneak peeks and mixing up the pack in various ways. No bigger than a pack of playing cards (out of the box), Exploding Kittens is perhaps one of the easiest games to take traveling. It’s suitable for 2-5 players of more or less any age, with each individual game lasting around 15 minutes.

  • Quick to play
  • Easy to understand rules
  • Small to pack
  • Family-friendly
  • Not for single players
  • Maximum 5 players
  • Cards could get lost
  • Games last 15 minutes

Is Exploding Kittens for me?

A quick action family-friendly card game if ever there was one, Exploding Kittens so wonderfully bizarre, kids will love it, while the easy-to-understand rules mean even grandma and granddad can get involved! Small and lightweight too, this is an easy travel game to slip into a pocket for those times you need a little entertainment.

Exploding Kittens is a big hit amongst the team and they love how fun and easy to play it is. The game is also super light and portable meaning it can fit into pretty much any backpack without adding any extra weight. They also like how the playing area for the game is really compact too meaning you could play it on train or plane trays.

Cards Against Humanity

Certainly not a travel game for the kiddos, Cards Against Humanity at its best is rude, offensive, and potentially libellous too. So how’s it work? It’s simple really. The dealer reads out an incomplete phrase, which each player tries to complete in turn using words found on cards they’ve been dealt in a hand. It’s the dealer who decides the winner of each round, meaning the winner can be the most outrageous, most poetical, or most polite. A game for up to 20 players, it soon develops a party atmosphere! It’s one of the best adult travel games for sure.

  • Strictly for adults
  • Simple rules
  • 4-20 players
  • Easy to pack
  • Requires a minimum 4 players
  • Not for the easily offended!
  • Not for public areas either!
  • Game time of around 45 minutes

Is Cards Against Humanity for me?

Definitely not if you’re under 18 or easily offended, but taking that into account, Cards Against Humanity is what could be defined as a right-rollicking travel game, made all the better by the fact you can get up to 20 people playing at the same time.

Our team loves Cards Against Humanity and rate it as one of their best travel games for adults. The game is perfect for getting out at the hostel and breaking the ice. The only drawback is that the game is a little heavier compared to some of the others on the list. But it’s probably the most fun!

group games while travelling

The premise of The Date Game That’s Actually Fun is pretty simple – the 330 questions are intended to test how well you know your partner! Though we can see how this could well lead to an argument or two, it’s also a great way of getting to know your other half better and passing the dead time of travel.

The Date Game That’s Actually Fun comes with everything you need to play the game on the move, with 2 dice and 75 prompt cards, across six different categories so you can really get to know your other half.

  • Get to know your partner better
  • Includes all you need to play
  • Best played as a couple
  • Number of questions limits playability
  • Good for couples getting to know each other
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Could lead to arguments!

Is The Date Game That’s Actually Fun for me?

Certainly a travel game given its pocket size and weight, The Date Game That’s Actually Fun is a fun way for a couple to pass the time, or for hen/bachelorette groups, in particular, to get the party started. Hopefully, you know your partner well enough that it doesn’t lead to angry recriminations!

Our team felt this was also one of their favourite travel games for adults and kids alike with the addition of the different categories questions. They felt it was perfect for a bit of fun on the road especially when there is only the two of you.

Boggle

The travel version of this word game is just as easy to play on an aircraft as the original is to play at home. Give the box a quick shake to mix up and settle the letter-inscribed dice within, open up the box, and turn over the sand timer. Each player must then create as many words as they can from the revealed letters, akin to a word search. Obscure words are best, since (infuriatingly) any word spotted by more than one player doesn’t count! But what’s great about this game is that you can play it for as little or as much time as you like (each round lasts just two minutes or so), and can even play alone!

  • All the parts kept in a carry case
  • Can be played for just 3 minutes
  • Can be played with one player
  • Infinite number of players
  • Dice shaking could irritate other passengers
  • Carry case lid isn’t hinged
  • No note paper included

Is Boggle for me?

If you enjoy word searches or other travel games such as Bananagrams, you’re going to enjoy Boggle too! Ideal for a flight because of its compact size and simple gameplay, it also has an almost infinite number of letter combinations, that will keep you busy for hours!

Our team feel this is their best game for travel if the size is one of your main concerns. They love how compact and light the game is with all the parts also being super hard-wearing. They also love that the game itself takes up hardly any room in use and uses the box as its playing area.

Battleship Grab & Go

Battleship Grab & Go

What makes Battleship Grab & Go so good for road trips? Well, it one of the few travel games that don’t require either a communal aspect (a deck of cards or bag of letter tiles) or the need to pass tokens between players. For anyone who doesn’t already know, this two-player (or two-team) game links guesswork with skill to track down the coordinates of each ship in the other player’s navy. The two playing trays are designed in such a way that pegs are firmly placed and can’t get shaken out of place whatever road obstacles you might come across!

  • No ‘communal aspect’
  • No need to pass tokens between players
  • Travel-friendly
  • Easy to play
  • For two players/teams
  • For ages 7+
  • Pegs a little fiddly

Is Battleship Grab & Go for me?

Road trips mean plenty of time in the confines of a vehicle where it’s difficult to reach a communal pile of cards or letters, and can be hard to pass tokens between players too! Battleship Grab & Go has no need for these game aspects, and is specifically designed for use on the road!

Battleship is an absolute classic and our team loves it! Many of them have fond memories of playing it as kids. The team liked that this edition was made from durable materials and included two self-enclosed playing boards that keep all the pieces organised.

Dobble

A card-based travel game aimed at children but still very playable by adults, there’s little to have to carry with Dobble, making it a great option for families who already have more than enough baggage with them! Essentially a version of ‘snap’ built for the twenty-first century, five different games can be played with the 55 card Dobble pack. The most basic sees players reveal one card at a time, in an attempt to match images between cards – each one has 8 different images of various sizes to make it extra tricky! The player with the most cards at the end of the pack wins!

  • Game for almost all ages
  • 2-8 players
  • Metal carry tin
  • Not suitable for pre-schoolers
  • Cannot be played alone
  • Game time of 10 minutes
  • Won’t help teach literacy

Is Dobble for me?

This fun, fast, and sometimes raucous travel game can be played by anyone in the family old enough to be able to recognize different images (with another version available for younger children too). Educational and enjoyable to play, Dobble is a marvellous way of having fun as a family!

Our team are big fans of Dobble, especially for games nights in the hostel. They love that it comes in a metal box that keeps the cards safe when it’s thrown in their packs. The only thing they did say is that this game can get pretty energetic and rowdy, so maybe not ideal for enclosed spaces!

Pass the Pigs

If you’re after a game that the kids can play on their own without the supervision or input of a tired-out adult, reach for Pass the Pigs! Based on the traditional game of ‘pigs’ that uses the roll of a pair of dice to determine points, this version sees kids drop small model pigs (that they’ll love in any case) onto the playing board, which is made up of several squares which can take or give points. The trick is knowing when to stop or play on (all down to luck of course), which keeps the game fresh and risky time after time!

  • Doesn’t require adult supervision
  • Simple to understand
  • Very small to pack
  • 2-4 players
  • For reading age kids
  • Game time of 30 minutes
  • Pigs could get lost

Is Pass the Pigs for me?

The lack of a skill requirement means Pass the Pigs is suitable for a child of just about any age (although the board does include some writing). It’s also one of those games where you can leave them to it for a few minutes without supervision. It’s also small to pack and weighs very little, making it a good choice for traveling families!

The team felt this was a super fun game, especially for kids. They like that the pieces are made from durable and hard-wearing material and their box is strong enough to cope with the rigours of travel. They did feel it could get a bit tedious for the adults after a while though.

Buckle Toy Bizzy

Specifically designed to be attractive to pre-schoolers, the upper side of the Buckle Toy Bizzle is decorated with a bright and cheerful face, while the underside has tabs for numbers 1 to 5 which lift up to reveal a series of stitched animals. Stretching out from this soft central section are 6 colorful child-friendly buckles of different sorts to help develop a pre-schoolers motor, cognitive, and problem-solving skills without even realizing it. A zip pocket gives a further reason why the child would love to have this around, while its 6 x 6 inch size and fabric construction makes it very easy to travel with, however far you’re heading.

  • Specifically designed for pre-school children
  • Brightly colored
  • Educational
  • Small in size
  • For 1-4 years of age
  • For one player
  • No alternate games to play
  • Small danger of catching skin in clips

Is Buckle Toy Bizzy for me?

Good, educational travel toys for pre-schoolers are difficult to come by, and let’s face it, if you intend on traveling you definitely need something to keep these young minds occupied! Brightly colored, and with little extras such as the hidden animals, Bizzy could be your child’s favorite for months to come.

The team felt this toy was super well made, which is essential when it comes to something designed for toddlers! The game is small and light enough to fit easily inside a backpack whilst offering a surprising amount of different colours, numbers, textures and noises to keep the little ones distracted! They also love that you can attach it to a backpack or the back of a seat too.

Connect 4 Grab & Go

Connect 4 Grab & Go

Even if the name of Connect 4 doesn’t ring a bell right away, we suspect you’ll soon recognize its bright blue plastic frame and red and yellow counters. Connect 4 Grab & Go is the same as the original game, but smaller in size and with handy attached trays in which to place the counters. If you don’t immediately remember how to play, you’re simply trying to drop the counters into the frame in such a way that the result is a line of four consecutive counters of the same color – a little like an expanded version of noughts and crosses.

  • Smaller version of a favourite
  • Simple to play
  • Easy to set up
  • For just two players
  • Counters can get lost
  • Little variation in the game
  • Playing time of 10 minutes

Is Connect 4 Grab & Go for me?

This simple, near vintage, travel game is easy to set up and perhaps even easier to play. With an average playing time of 10 minutes, it can be brought out even during short waits, while you’ll be surprised how addictive a game it can become!

Our team felt this was one of the best travel games for 2 adults or kids. This classic game is easy to get the hang of and offers hours of fun! The travel edition is super small and being plastic it’s both light and hard-wearing.

Farkle

Finding a travel game suitable for a larger group would be difficult if it wasn’t for Farkle. Best described as the dice game Yahtzee built into a larger game, it can be played by an almost limitless number of players due to the fact each person takes turns shaking the six dice. With only specific dice combinations giving a player points nothing is guaranteed, while everything can be lost if you hit the Farkle combination. The winner is simply the person who reaches the winning points margin first – and as this can be as large or as small as you want, games can fit into whatever time you have free!

  • Perfect for large groups
  • Made in the UK
  • Games can be varied in length
  • Dice can get lost
  • For ages 8+
  • No skill required
  • Dice quite small

Is Farkle for me?

If you’re looking for a game that can absorb almost any number of players (simply use more than one score sheet for larger groups – or draw your own) and doesn’t require skill or any complicated rules (we’re looking at you, Monopoly) Farkle is probably the game for you!

The team rate this game highly for travelling with it being so small and light. Another bonus for solo travellers or couples is that it works well with one or two people which is pretty rare, even rarer is that equally, you can play it with a big group. The team also feel the replayability is much bigger than many other games on the list.

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Codenames

Reading the instructions and you might think Codenames is the most complicated travel game ever invented, but get stuck in and you’ll soon realize it’s not as difficult as it at first sounds! The aim of the game is to uncover all of each team’s secret agents, hidden within a field of possibles that includes ordinary bystanders and a very deadly assassin. But really, this is a game of word association, with clues given by a spymaster to their team linked in some way to the agents they are looking for. With so many combinations possible, you can play this game almost endlessly, with different combinations of team members making for very different results!

  • Simple at heart
  • Close to a traditional board game (without the board)
  • Can be played almost endlessly
  • Better with 4+ players

Is Codenames for me?

If you’re looking for a travel game that involves a little more skill and thought than the simple chance of something like Farkle, go for Codenames! This competitive and fun travel game will have you second-guessing every word given by your spymaster in the attempt to identify your undercover agents.

Codenames is one of my personal favourite games, I love how frustrating and fun it is anticipating your partners answer or trying to find a tenuous link between the cards! The game consists of just cards so it’s easy to take out of the box as we have and throw it in a sandwich bag for your travels. It lays flat and weight almost nothing. However, the game does need more room than a plane tray usually affords.

Catan

The traditional stylings of the box might not look much, but bear with us, for Catan is a big hit with everyone that plays it! Credited with igniting the recent craze for board games, Catan requires skill, strategy, and a little bit of cooperation between players too. The ultimate aim is to reach ten victory points and to do this each player begins building their own settlement through farming, trading, and other choices. Along the way, each player needs to watch out for the robber, who stops development of the settlements he’s landed on!

  • Almost infinite playing board
  • Suitable for all the family
  • Games last around an hour
  • Not simply luck
  • Requires space for the board
  • Just 3-4 players
  • Lots of small parts

Is Catan for me?

Want something more than a travel game of chance and luck? Catan meets this need, with its requirement for careful consideration and strategy. It also emphasizes the need for cooperation, which is great for children and has an almost infinite playing board thanks to its jigsaw-like setup.

Catan is a classic and it’s one of my favourite games. The full-sized edition, whilst a surefire hit in the hostels, might just be a little on the large and heavy side unless you’re travelling in a car or campervan. However, there are smaller versions available where two players can play too.

Sequence Travel Edition

Sequence Travel Edition

Made for travel, Sequence Travel Edition combines the basic premise of a number of games including Connect4 and poker into one large board-based travel game. The board has cleverly been placed within the lid of the plastic carry case of this travel edition and pegs that slot into holes replace the traditional chips used so that players don’t lose their place. Even the cards used in a miniature pack for travel, while the game itself is simple enough that children will be readily able to play. So what’s it all about? Fundamentally, it’s about connecting up a sequence of 5 cards in various ways that will keep your mind busy over and over again!

  • Special travel edition
  • Can be played by children
  • Pegs can be a little fiddly
  • Two-player version

Is Sequence Travel Edition for me?

Those who have played the full-sized version of Sequence might be a little unimpressed by the Travel Edition, however, for a game that will keep children and adults entertained for half an hour or more, we still rate Sequence Travel Edition as a fine travel game!

Our team felt this was a pretty fun little game that impressed them with its clever design where it was played inside its own plastic container. It meant it was compact and light and keeping all the various parts together wasn’t an issue. Most importantly, it could also be played easily on a plane, train or bus tray table.

Qwirkle Travel

Qwirkle Travel

The colorful playing pieces of Qwirkle Travel play rather like dominoes on steroids. The aim is to place connecting tiles next to each other, but instead of tiles comprising numbers, they are of various shapes and colors. An orange square can be placed next to a red square, which can be followed by a red circle, for instance. And to make it slightly more complicated, each color can only appear in a row once! The winner of each round is the player that has put down the most tiles, in the most rows, so some strategy is needed too.

  • Travel version of the popular game
  • Good for children and adults to play together
  • One of the heavier games on our list
  • For just 2-4 players
  • Lots of small pieces to lose

Is Qwirkle Travel for me?

Easy to understand, but requiring enough strategy to keep players entertained, Qwirkle Travel is family fun at its very best. Though it can be a rapid-fire game, the thought required also means a game can last 45 minutes – an ideal length of time for many travel experiences.

Our team loves that this is one of those simple yet complex games where you can really get stuck in and engaged in the game. It really passes the time well on long trips with the level of concentration needed! They also feel that the bag and pieces are pretty robust too and like that it can be played with 2 people.

Top Trumps Wonders of the World

Top Trumps Wonders of the World

If you don’t already know how Top Trumps works, where have you been? Nothing to do with the 45 th president of the United States (that we know of), the Top Trumps deck of cards is divided among the players, who try and beat the other players by besting them on one of the card’s selected categories. What makes the Wonders of the World version particularly relevant to travel is its world theme, with plenty of intriguing facts to keep everyone paying attention while the game goes on. And that game goes on right up until the time when one player holds all the cards!

  • Games can last as little as 2 minutes
  • Easy to travel with
  • Great for kids
  • Travel themed
  • Limited number of cards
  • Best with 4 players

Is Top Trumps Wonders of the World for me?

A particularly good choice if you’re looking to drill some useful facts about the world into your children without them realizing it (such as the height of Mount Everest), Top Trumps Wonders of the World is also easy to travel with, and argument free – since all the facts are written down! Perfect!

Top Trumps has been a hit with me and my partner since we first met each other as teenagers! We’ve collected heaps of different versions but of course, as avid travellers, this version is a firm favourite. The game is simple, filled with interesting facts and fun to play. The cards take up hardly any room and the plastic case keeps them in good condition on the road.

Unstable Unicorns

Unstable Unicorns

The Exploding Kittens for the millennial age, Unstable Unicorns is as barmy a card-based game as they come! How does a player go about winning? By building up a powerful unicorn army of course! And you can’t do this without a little bit (alright, a lot) of friendly betrayal of the other players, seeing to the destruction of their own unicorn armies. With wonderfully vibrant imagery and an unpredictability no other travel game can match, Unstable Unicorns definitely belongs to the ‘once tried never forgotten’ list of travel games!

  • Great design
  • Ridiculously unpredictable
  • Up to 8 can play
  • 30-45 minutes playing time
  • For ages 14+
  • Higher price point
  • Requires table space

Is Unstable Unicorns for me?

A great way to spend some quality time with your teens, or just a group of friends, Unstable Unicorns is like no other card-based game you will ever have come across. Quirky, cute, and evilly vicious in equal turn, up to 8 can play, with games lasting right up to 45 minutes.

Our team absolutely loves this game from the hilarious illustrations to the cunning gameplay, it’s got it all! It’s a huge hit at the hostel and really gets everyone interacting and having fun from the off. They also like that there are various different versions and expansion packs too so the game has huge replayability.

Mille Bornes

Mille Bornes

With a strapline of ‘the classic racing game,’ you can know a little of what to expect from this card-based travel game. A Monopoly for cars, players need to fill up on petrol, avoid accidents, and block the progress of other players to reach the end of the 1000-mile journey. Ironically perhaps, this is actually an incredibly fast-paced game, so pay attention! It’s also very easy to learn the rules, so you’ll be up to speed (pardon the pun) and playing before you know it!

  • Travel version of a classic travel game
  • Easy to understand
  • Cards can be lost
  • High price point

Is Mille Bornes for me?

Looking for an alternative to Monopoly? Mille Bornes fills that niche, without the need for a board. The resulting card-based game is a classic, particularly in its birthplace of France. Nothing gets classic status without reason, so why not splash out and try Mille Bornes for yourself?

Our team love the unique premise of this game and felt it offered something pretty different compared to most card games out there. The retro metal packaging was also great for travellers because it was still pretty light but made sure all the pieces stayed together and undamaged whilst in their backpacks.

Uno

Another classic travel game is Uno. Developed in the early 1970s, it is as fresh today as when it was first invented, which says a lot about the simple elegance of this card game. Using a specially printed pack of 108 cards, the majority of which comprise a color and number, the basic aim is to be the first player to shed all their cards through picking up and putting down cards based on what’s face up in a central pile. It’s a little more complex than that, with skips and wild cards among other features, and the need to shout ‘Uno!’ not when you’ve won, but when you have a single card left in your hand!

  • A classic game
  • 2-10 players
  • 45 minute game time

Is Uno for me?

Uno rapidly becomes addictive, which is exactly what you should be looking for in a travel game when you have a lot of dead time to fill up without getting bored! Lightweight and easy to pack, and suitable for everyone from the age of seven upwards, your career as an Uno champion could start today!

Uno! What can we say, it’s a classic and a game all of our team needed no introduction to! I think we’ve all got a traumatic Uno story, ending up with a stack of cards just a few rounds after forgetting to shout “Uno”! But no one can deny the fun of this simple but tactical game that packs down super small and light.

OK Play

An award-winning family strategy game, OK Play is durable, waterproof (being plastic), and a good size for travel, although the small counters might be troublesome for some families to keep hold of. Once you’ve chosen your particular color of tiles – held neatly on their own stack until they are needed – it’s simply a matter of placing down one tile at a time until one of the players manages to sneak in a row of five counters in the horizonal, vertical, or diagonal. Recommended for children from the age of 8 upwards, four different color stacks of counters make it suitable for 2-4 players.

  • Award-winning
  • Designed for travel
  • Counters could get lost
  • Requires a playing table
  • For only 2-4 players
  • Slightly awkward shape for packing

Is OK Play for me?

This counter game is so easy to play you won’t bore children with a long list of rules and regulations, yet at the same time is flexible enough to allow continued development of the skills and strategies required to make it a success as a player. Its durability and waterproof nature also help to make it an all-around good family travel game!

This game was new to most of our testers but they really loved how simple, fast-paced and addictive it was. They also felt when it came to travel games, this one was probably the most perfectly designed. It was super compact, so light and really hard to break!

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Now, you  could spend a fat chunk of $$$ on the WRONG present for someone. Wrong size hiking boots, wrong fit backpack, wrong shape sleeping bag… As any adventurer will tell you, gear is a personal choice.

So give the adventurer in your life the gift of convenience: buy them an REI Co-op gift card!  REI is The Broke Backpacker’s retailer of choice for ALL things outdoors, and an REI gift card is the perfect present you can buy from them. And then you won’t have to keep the receipt. 😉

What makes a game the best travel game for you, your family, and your friends? Here are some helpful hints and tips to guide you!

Packability

You’re probably already struggling to fit everything you want to take into your baggage, particularly if traveling as a family, so you don’t want to be carrying around a travel game that is either large in size, or overly heavy. Thankfully, these days the manufacturers have caught the hint, producing dedicated travel versions of many popular games, with Monopoly one of them.

Are you looking for a travel game that will entertain just a couple of people, have a group of adults enthralled, keep children busy during dead time, or maybe one that’s suitable for families? We’ve highlighted the age range each game is aimed at in our reviews, to make this really obvious for you!

Number of players

There’s no point getting a travel game that’s at its best with six players if there are only ever going to be two or you! Likewise, don’t get a game for two if you know the average number of players is going to be greater than this. Follow these simple rules together with our reviews, and you’ll find the best travel game for you!

There is no perfect or exact science when it comes to testing out travel gear, but when it comes to picking the best travel games, we’ve got plenty of experience between us!

Whenever we test a piece of gear, one of our team takes it out for a spin and puts it through its paces. When it came to travel games things were no different in our eyes, we just added in a few extra details.

So, we looked initially at how well-made the game is and whether it would stand up to the rigours of being thrown into a backpack every day. Then we accessed things like weight, size, packability as well as ease of set up and most importantly, gameplay!

Finally, we also take into account how much each item costs – when it came to picking out the best games for traveling, we also weighted up whether we felt each one was worth the price. We judged the more expensive items more harshly than the cheaper games as we expected to get more for our money.

Still have some questions about the best games for travel? No problem! We’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions below. Here’s what people usually want to know:

What are the best travel games for long car-rides?

Battleship Grab & Go is a great option for long car rides or road trips. The two playing trays are designed in such a way that pegs are firmly placed and can’t get shaken out of place whatever road obstacles you might come across!

What is the best board travel game?

Travel Monopoly might cause one or the other family war, but it’s the best board game on the market.

What are the best games for families or a group of friends?

There are many great group travel games, but Farkle and Dobble are the best ones. They’re perfect for all ages and all types of travelling.

What is the easiest travel game?

Connect 4 Grab & Go is simple and fast to learn, however, it requires one or the other brain cells.

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29 Exciting Games To Play On A Road Trip With Friends & Family

Fill your trip with fun and laughter by playing these fun and interesting games.

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The word “road trip” conjures up images of fun with friends and family, “chill out” tunes, and plenty of time pass and gossip. So, get your list of games to play on a road trip prepared before heading out. The truth is, long journeys can be boring and tiring, despite the adventure and exploration that awaits. Whether you are playing “Who am I?” with the kids or putting crazy “would you rather” scenarios on the table, these road trip games will have everyone laughing. Check out the bunch of fun games to play for your next road trip below.

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Fun Road Trip Games For Kids In The Car

If you are on a family vacation and want to keep your kids’ minds occupied in the car, check out these road trip games for kids to have a memorable time.

This group activity is ideal to play in the car for kids during a road trip. We can all recall spotting something with our small eyes that our siblings couldn’t have guessed.

For those who require a revision of the rules, one person discreetly spies something that others can see but won’t immediately guess. Keep in mind that the object must be visible for some time. The player says, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” and delivers a hint – color, initial letter, or shape of the item. The other participants will ask yes-no questions until someone makes the right guess.

2. Who Am I?

Who am I? is another all-time favorite game that encourages kids to put on their detective hats and use logical reasoning.

Whoever begins the game imagines an animal or person. The other participants take turns asking questions to figure out who or what that person is.  Players can ask anything that can be answered with a yes or no. They will then have to come up with an answer with the help of clues from the answers.

A fun way to play this game is to form teams. Each team can ask a defined number of questions. They get a maximum of three chances to guess the right answer. This increases the challenge level while teaching kids how to collaborate.

3. Don’t Say It

Here’s a tip to make a long ride more exciting. This road trip game for kids will keep them awake and on their toes throughout the ride. Players (or creative parents) can come up with 3-5 words or phrases that are forbidden for the rest of the trip or until an event occurs. At the end of the ride, the player with the lowest penalty wins.

4. I Packed My Bag

Whether or not your children are old enough to pack their luggage, they will have to do so in this game. This memory game produces large lists of packed objects. The kids will choose an imaginary vacation spot and take turns stating, “I packed my bag and in it is…” and adding an item after reciting what has already been said by other players in the correct order.

5. A Treasure Hunt

Scavenger hunt, like ‘I spy’, involves spotting objects . Prepare a list of riches for the youngsters to find or spot along the way while you travel. The person who finds all of the objects first wins. You can keep track of the score on a piece of paper.

6. 20 Questions To Ponder

It sometimes seems like the questions never end, especially with younger children. An exciting and fun method to get it out of their system is by asking them 20 questions. You may have played it before, but here’s a quick refresher – one player imagines a person, location, or thing, and the others take turns asking yes-or-no questions. They get a guess as to what, where, or who it is after each question. The players lose if they don’t solve the guessing game after 20 questions.

7. Restaurant Race

In this game, everyone selects a popular fast-food chain, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonald’s. The objective is to accumulate the most points by identifying their chosen restaurant on billboards, exit markers, Food and Fuel signs, or hearing it mentioned on the radio. No one in the car is allowed to say the names of the franchises. Set a predetermined time limit, for example, 20 minutes, and tally up the points at the end to determine the winner.

8. Counting Cows

Every time you spot a cow during your journey, let out a cheerful “Cow!” or even a playful “Moo!” The twist here is that the first person to spot the cow and exclaim the word gets a point, but they can’t repeat it for the same cow on the trip. The child with the most points at the end of the journey becomes the victorious cow-spotting champion. It’s a fun and engaging way to keep kids entertained during car rides while also encouraging their observational skills.

9. Word Link Challenge

In this engaging word game, players take turns building a chain of related words. The game begins with the first player stating a random word aloud. The next player must swiftly respond with a word that is associated with the previous one. This pattern continues as players take turns, creating a chain of associated words. For instance, if the starting word is ‘pizza’, the chain might progress like this – pizza, toppings,pepperoni, and so on. However, there are a few rules to keep in mind: The game ends if someone takes too long to provide an answer, offers a word with an unclear association, or repeats a word that has already been used in the chain. The challenge lies in keeping the chain going while coming up with creative and related words.

10. Secret Place Discovery

In this engaging activity, one participant takes on the role of the “navigator.” The navigator examines a road map and selects a discreet location, such as a small town, village, or river, without pointing it out on the map. The navigator then announces the name of this hidden destination. Now, the challenge begins! Another player, known as the ‘explorer’, has to search the map and pinpoint the secret place based on the name revealed by the navigator. It’s a fun and educational way to test your geographical knowledge and map-reading skills. You can add in a 30-second time limit to amp up the excitement.

11. Sweet And Sour

This exciting game is perfect for kids to enjoy during a road trip. Each player takes turns waving at passengers in nearby cars. If the occupants of the other car wave back, it means they are ‘sweet’ and the player waving earns a point. However, if the people in the car don’t wave back, they are deemed ‘sour’ and no points are awarded. The goal is to see which player reaches ten points the fastest.

12. Animal Name Game

This game kicks off with one player naming an animal. The next person has to come up with another animal name that starts with the last letter of the previous animal mentioned. For instance, if the game starts with ‘tiger’, the next player might say ‘rabbit’ and the game continues from there. But, if anyone repeats an animal name, they are disqualified.

13. What Color Is It?

This delightful game is perfect for young children! One kid picks an object based on a color, say the clouds. The next kid tries to guess the color correctly by suggesting another object of the same color, say the Moon. Each kid takes a turn to suggest an object until the round is up or someone suggests an obviously wrong object. Once the round is up, all the children have to blurt out the color at the same time. Each kid takes a turn to pick a color and start a new round.

Family time can be fun with some cool and exciting car games to play on a road trip. You can enjoy the games listed in the next section with your entire family, including kids, elders, and youngsters. Scroll down to take a look.

Best Road Trip Games For Family

1. game of the alphabets.

Players attempt to find words beginning with each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. You can choose to play in teams, with each player building on the group’s progress, or individually, with each person working through their alphabet.

When players find their next word, they scream out the letter and the word so that everyone can keep track. Some players follow the rule that all the players must return to ‘A’ if they see a graveyard.

2. Guess The Song

Turn on the radio or shuffle your Spotify, radio channel, or CD player. The first person to scream out the song’s name as soon as the music begins will win.

3. The Infinite Word Game

In this fun game for a family road trip, one person begins with a word of their choice. The other players will say a word that begins with the initial letter. What’s the catch? Every time a player says a word, a letter is added to the starting sequence. So, the players cannot use a word that has already been named. Let’s see how far you can go with a bit of cooperation! (Hint: don’t start with long words.)

4. The Trail Of Words

The rules of this game are simple. Players take turns naming compound words that begin with the last word of the previous compound word. For example, the series would go like this: animal barn – barnyard – yardstick – stick figure…and so on.

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5. I’m Going on a Picnic

The first player begins by stating, “For our picnic, I will pack…” and then mentions one item starting with the letter ‘A’ like ‘apricots’. The second player then repeats the sentence, including the first item, and adds a new item starting with the letter ‘B’ like ‘bamboo sticks’. The challenge is to continue this pattern, with each player reciting the entire list of items in alphabetical order and adding a new item corresponding to the next letter of the alphabet. The ultimate goal is to see who can remember and recite the longest list of items in the correct alphabetical sequence.

6. Alphabet Hunt

The quest begins with the letter ‘A’. The goal is to spot and call out each letter sequentially by finding them on road signs, license plates, billboards, and any other passing objects. The first person to successfully navigate through the entire alphabet in order emerges as the victor. You can place this game with numbers too.

7. Categories

In this engaging game, select a wide-ranging category, such as cities, movie titles, or dinner foods. Players then take turns naming items within that chosen category, but with a twist – they must do so in alphabetical order. For instance, if the category is countries, the game could go in this order – Albania, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, and so on. The catch: is that if a player fails to provide their answer within a 10-second time limit or doesn’t correctly proceed down the alphabet, they are eliminated from the game.

Games To Play On A Road Trip With Friends

1. two truths and a lie.

This game is fun for both old and new friends and is one of the best games to play in the car with friends, depending on the truths and lies you choose to tell about your life. Three statements are made by each player, one of which is a lie. The others have to figure out which statement is a lie. You can be delicate in your mixture of truth and fantasy, retell a former incident that your co-travelers were a part of, and include one small lie.

2. Never Have I Ever

This is probably the most revealing of all the games to play on a road trip with friends. Players take turns saying things that begin with the phrase “never have I ever…” The rest then make guesses as to whether or not the assertion is true. The more rounds you play, the funnier the statements become.

3. While You Were Sleeping

When people start falling asleep on a long car trip, it is the best time to play this game. After ensuring that the person is fast asleep, players make up a story about what happened while sleeping. Everyone awake contributes to the story. When the person gets up, others try to persuade them with their fabricated story. Whoever breaks character first or is discovered speaking a false story gets a dare to perform or a penalty work.

4. Retell A Story From The Past

Consider this a game of “who can lie better?” One player begins by narrating an incident about their life, which can include dating stories. Other players have to guess if the person is telling the truth or fabricating a story. Each player is given two follow-up questions, which they can use to guess whether the story is true or false. Finally, the loser has to reveal an actual, embarrassing incident of their life.

5. Padiddle

If you are traveling during the night, here’s a fun game to keep everyone engaged and awake. As you drive along, keep an eye out for cars with only one working headlight. When you spot such a vehicle, enthusiastically call out “padiddle”. The player who’s the quickest to shout it out is the winner.

6. Kiss, Marry, Avoid

In this lighthearted game, participants take turns mentioning the names of three individuals, whether they are people they know or famous personalities. The challenge lies in the other players deciding which of the three they would prefer to show affection to, commit to in marriage, and avoid.

7. Telephone

One player takes on the role of the storyteller. The storyteller begins by whispering a story to another player in the car. This second player then whispers the same story, attempting to recreate it as accurately as possible, to another person and they continue the cycle. The relay of whispers continues until it reaches the last person in the car. This final participant then loudly shares the story with everyone. The result is often a humorous and unexpected twist on the original tale, leading to laughter and amusement.

8. Tunnels And Bridge

Whenever your vehicle goes under a tunnel or over a bridge, involve everyone in the car by having them hold their breath. The player who can hold their breath the longest while passing under these structures wins a point. Throughout the trip, keep a tally of the points. Determine the ultimate winner when you reach your destination based on the accumulated points.

9. Hot-Seat

Each passenger in the car takes a turn being in the ‘hot seat’, while the other players ask them intriguing or playful questions. The ‘hot seater’ has the power to veto one question that they prefer not to answer, but they must respond to the remaining questions. As the game progresses, challenge yourselves by making the questions progressively more difficult with each round, adding an element of excitement and intrigue to your journey. It’s a fantastic way to get to know each other better and test your creativity in crafting intriguing questions during your car ride.

Infographic: What To Pack For A Road Trip

Indeed, road trips are all fun and games. But you must remember that you would be on the road for long hours, which would require packing various trip essentials.

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Road trips are adventurous and amazing, but the long hours on the road can make anyone feel bored when conversations dry up and the music starts to feel too loud. That is why you need to be prepared with ideas for fun games to play on a road trip. Keep note of the road trip games for kids like I spy, Who am I?, I packed my bag, etc., to keep the kids entertained – because who wants bored and cranky kids in the car? Take your pick of games like two truths-one lie, while you were sleeping, the game of the alphabet, etc., and have a blast together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are road trip games fun?

Yes, road trip games are fun because everyone is having fun, strengthening their bond, and making new memories together.

How do you make a solo road trip fun with games?

If you are on a solo road trip and happen to cross paths with friendly strangers, games are a great way to make friends with them. You can play Never Have I Ever, Who Am I, or 20 Questions to create a bond with your fellow passengers.

Can electronic devices be used for games on a road trip?

Yes, you can use electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and handheld gaming devices to play games on a road trip.

Can games be adapted for different age groups?

Yes, you can theme it according to the age of the children on the trip. For example, you can go for simpler word games if you have younger kids.

Are there any games we can play while driving?

Even though drivers must focus on driving to ensure safety, they can participate in games that do not require them to take their hands off the wheels or their eyes off the road. Simple word games, storytelling games, guess the song, etc., are some games that the driver can participate in.

Can games help to reduce travel-related stress?

Long travels can be stressful, and games help ease the travel pressure and improve the bonding between the travelers. It can also help to fight boredom.

Are there any games to educate children during a road trip?

The “Alphabet Game”, “ 20 Questions,” and “I Spy” are educational games that can impart knowledge while traveling.

What are some road trip games that can be played solo?

You can play crossword puzzles, sudoku, and word search solo. You can also play solo games like solitaire, jigsaw puzzle, minesweeper, and chess on your tablet or smartphone.

How can technology be incorporated into road trip games, such as GPS or social media?

Nowadays, everyone has a smartphone, and you can play interesting games like geocaching, road trip bingo, and social media challenge games to keep the travel duration interesting.

Key Takeaways

  • Playing games during a road trip adds extra fun to the journey and makes the trip memorable.
  • The Guess The Song game is one of the most amazing games to play during a road trip.
  • Get everyone involved in the games and have a good time together while traveling without getting bored.

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Let’s get ready for the best road trip ever! The following video takes you through the best road trip games to keep you entertained on your journey.

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The best 15+ travel games for your phone that work offline

January 3, 2023 by Karen Turner 4 Comments

As someone with limited data, I’m always astounded how few apps work well offline and without data. I’m often toying with a new phone app that I can play while on the road.  After far too many apps that I’ve burned through during a long bus ride, I’ve asked my fellow bloggers for their favorite travel game apps for iPhone and Android that work perfectly offline, so even if you’re on a long plane ride, you can still enjoy playing on your phone!  I’ve tried to focus this list on thought-provoking games for your phone that challenge your mind, rather than games that just keep you busy (as they’re addictive).

  • Monument Valley

Don’t Starve

Plague inc..

  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Alto’s Adventure

Reigns: Her Majesty

Old man’s journey, the escapists.

  • Life is Strange

Lumosity: Train of Thought

Hit the light.

It’s good to note that not all of these apps are free and I strongly recommend buying a power bank if you’ll be playing a lot of travel games during your trip on your phone.  Games can really kill your battery, especially when the screen is bright.

group games while travelling

  • 1.1 Monument Valley (and its sequels)
  • 1.2 Device6
  • 1.3 Don’t Starve
  • 1.4 80 days
  • 1.5 Plague Inc.
  • 1.6 Crossword
  • 1.7 Heads Up
  • 1.8 Leo’s Fortune
  • 1.9 Alto’s Adventure
  • 1.10 Blackbar
  • 1.11 Broken Age
  • 1.12 Solitaired
  • 1.13 Reigns: Her Majesty
  • 1.14 Old Man’s Journey
  • 1.15 The Escapists
  • 1.16 Life Is Strange
  • 1.17 Framed
  • 1.18 Lumosity: Train of Thought
  • 1.19 Hearts
  • 1.20 Wordescapes
  • 1.21 Solitaire Bliss
  • 1.22 Hit the Light
  • 1.23 Minesweeper
  • 1.24 What’s your favorite travel game on your phone?

The best game apps for travel for iPhone and Android

Monument valley (and its sequels).

Monument valley is a beautiful game for your phone, perfect for a relaxing train ride! This offline app is known for its beautiful design.

From the moment I discovered this game in House of Cards, I was addicted to this elegant game. Its beautiful Escher-like concept together with its clever puzzles make it a joy to play.  I’ve bought the sequels as well. It has the feel of a puzzle game without the strain of doing a puzzle.     (My husband is begging me for a turn!)

Buy for iPhone / Android

Device6 is a clever and unique game only for iPhones. For game lovers who are looking for different and mind-bending, try out this game. It integrates literature with fantasy and puzzles. We don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Buy for iPhone

If you are looking for something to keep you occupied during an 8-hour flight, look no further than “Don’t Starve”. In its essence, Don’t Starve is a wilderness survival game. Your character is dropped in an unfamiliar wasteland and your task is, quite simply, not to die.

Unlike most other games today, Don’t Starve doesn’t come with a tutorial which means it’s 100% up to you to figure out how to play this game. It is challenging and engaging. You need to be strategic and creative.

You’ll need to figure out how to feed yourself, how to defend yourself against enemies, and how to find shelter. If you die, you will have to start over from scratch and the world you find may be entirely different from the previous.

Challenge yourself and see how long you can survive. With my best efforts, I haven’t made it past 8 days yet! It may be a paid game, but it is worth every cent and works perfectly without an internet connection! Just be warned, it’s almost impossible to put down 😉  – Jacky

Screenshot from 80 days, a fun text-based choose your own adventure game that can be played for hours offline or on an airplane!

I love this choose-your-own adventure game where you try to help your character get around the world.  Along the way, your character will get into all sorts of trouble (of course). 

Maybe it’s my love of travel, but I have an intense love for the Victorian steampunk world full of delight, splendor, and laughs.  It’s fun to play this with a friend sitting next to you–and you’ll not want to put this game down.

Ever dream of destroying the human race?  Want to destroy the human race without being labeled a mass murderer?  Try Plague Inc.  Plague Inc. is a strategy game where you become a small microbe and get to infect people around the world.  The goal is to spread quickly and kill of the humans before they notice and decide to start creating a cure.

This game is a major time killer.  The standard game has four different microbes you can become at 4 difficulty levels. Each microbe has different characteristics.  The different levels can make the game easy or hard.  Each game is different and that’s not just due to the microbe or difficulty level. 

You have to evolve your microbe.  How you chose to affect the humans can vary.  Do you go for the quick kill or a long drawn-out illness?  Should you start your illness in a populated country or one of the more remote islands of the world?   I love that each game takes less than 30 minutes and I am always experimenting new ways to destroy the world.  – Jennifer

group games while travelling

This free app with a reasonable subscription to the New York Times Crossword is so worth it if you’re into crosswords. The Saturday and Sunday crosswords are my favorite although they’re generally the hardest. It’s especially fun to do it with a loved one as you can debate on who has the correct answer to the clue!

Before a plane ride, just remember to hit download on all the crosswords that you want to be downloaded for the flight–and you should be entertained for hours.  (This is even easier to use on a tablet.)

Heads Up was the perfect game to play as a group or pair when time was moving slower than a sloth getting out of bed on a Sunday. The premise is simple: one person holds their phone to their forehead while the rest of the group try to describe or act out the word on the screen. When they guess correctly, the player tilts the phone to get a new word described. While there doesn’t always need to be a “winner”, of course the person with the most correct guesses does the best!

There’s plenty to enjoy about the game; it doesn’t require much prior knowledge, involves everyone in a group, you can play as little or as long as you like, and often any language differences can add an element of hilarity to the game.

As a game that doesn’t invite too much serious competitiveness or over-challenging tasks, it’s a great way to have a laugh with new and old friends. I have extremely fond memories of this game from my travels, I associate it with meeting new people from all sorts of cultures, making great memories, and learning a thing or two about my acting and describing skills! – Suzy

Leo’s Fortune

Guide a green fluffball with a mustache through progressively more difficult levels of cliffs, forests, gears, levers, deserts, and more. Leo tells you his sad story as you try and help him recover his gold. His expressive eyes and fluffiness are so well-animated, it makes flinging him up on a branch that much more rewarding.

The developers spent some money on the voiceover for this game, and it shows, I genuinely missed Leo when I finished it! You will want headphones for this one to get the full experience. Lovers of platformers will particularly enjoy this game. – Erin

Alto’s Adventure

I’ve played this one off and on for years, as it’s a classic side-scrolling jumping game and perfect for killing time in short bursts. Alto is a snowboarder, and you’re attempting to get as far as you can while avoiding rocks, reindeer, posts and other obstacles.

There’s the added fun of trying to incorporate flips and tricks, and board sliding bunting. You eventually unlock other skiers with different skills too. It’s beautifully animated, with a minimalistic aesthetic, as you’re seeing pretty much everything in silhouette. I find it fun for short periods, but I don’t have a particularly obsessive gaming personality. Some people play this for hours! -Erin

Screenshot of Blackbar, one of the best travel games for iPhone. #travel

This short, but fun game is great for puzzle lovers who are looking for something different.  The game is about censorship in its various forms–and it requires that you use your sleuthing skills to figure out the story behind the actions.

Buy on Google Play Store / iTunes Store

I got sucked into this point-and-click puzzle game so quickly.  Despite the childish drawings that made me initially doubt if this was for adults, this story-based game with two different characters has an engaging plot line and interesting puzzles.

I found the story very beautiful and funny.  I didn’t want to stop playing this one, so consider buying this prior to a long international flight if you’re into puzzle games.

Buy for iPhone & Android

Solitaired stands out as an exceptional online platform for card game enthusiasts, offering a wide variety of solitaire games and related card games, all accessible directly from your web browser or through their Google Play app. The website features an intuitive user interface, making it easy for players to navigate through different games and find their preferred version of solitaire making it perfect for travel. Whether you’re on a long flight, train ride, or just waiting around, the app provides a fantastic way to pass the time and enjoy classic card and board game action.

Download for Android or visit their mobile-friendly desktop site

Screenshot from Reigns: Her Majesty, one of the most fun phone games to play offline without wifi!

A Tinder-like decision-making game, Reigns: Her Majesty puts in the place of the Queen in the center of an imaginary royal court, with many decisions to make.

Some are hilarious, like how to put up with your annoying husband, and others are about how to rule your kingdom. You have to walk the line between antagonizing your subjects too much and inspiring too much love –– either extreme will get you killed!

The writing here is witty, funny, and barbed, poking fun at the ways women are caught between impossible choices. It won a BAFTA award for best game, and I’m not surprised. This one can be played in short bursts or you can sink into an hour-long binge, it’s that good. – Erin

Beautiful screenshot of Old Man's Journey, one of the best travel games for your phone that work offline! #travel #gaming

Old Man’s Journey is a thoughtful puzzle game where an old man looks back on his life and his memories. It’s subtle, beautifully drawn, and with dynamics that I haven’t seen in many games before this.  I found the whole experience very calming, even when I was frustrated with not getting to the next level.

Break your pixellated character out of prison! This game has won several awards, and for good reason. Incorporating an old-school gaming aesthetic with a bit of crafting and the occasional round of whacking people over the head with makeshift weapons, this game is more complicated than it first appears.

There are several ways to break out of any given prison level –– from causing full-scale riots to digging tunnels to making disguises. It’s compelling enough to entertain you during a long boring train ride, but quick enough to make a short wait entertaining. -Erin

Get for iPhone or Android

Life Is Strange

Life is Strange is a choose-your-own adventure game that is closer to a movie that you get to direct yourself.  It’s emotionally gripping, cinematic, and with a poignant story.  It’s fairly long, so you’ll get a lot of use out of it for a low cost (think how much you’d pay for a movie).  My husband and I spent  days playing this game together.

Get for iPhone only at the moment.

Screenshot of Framed, one of the best travel games that work without data. #travel #gaming

Framed is an amazing concept of an app where you create and rearrange comic panels in an attempt to help your spy succeed.  The gameplay is a bit fast, but it’s a blast to play and you’ll lose track of time while playing Framed. 

The animation of Framed is hand drawn and the music just adds another piece.  I’d consider it the perfect travel game for a long wait at the airport–although you shouldn’t get too invested in it. 😉

Get for iPhone / Android

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Lumosity is an app featuring a variety of games that reportedly train your brain to become more agile in different ways. The free version of the app serves up three games from a collection each day for your brain workout. You can play each game as often as you want during the day. I love most of the games I have played so far, but my favorite by far is Train of Thought.

Train of Thought i s Lumosity’s most popular brain game. It has reportedly been played over half-a-billion times since it was launched in 2013. I am not surprised at all…Train of Thought is both addictive and aggravating like the best games always are!

So, how does it work? The game features a screen with a bunch of train stations in different colors, with tracks connecting each station to a starting point. When you are ready, trains are released onto the track from the start point one by one, and the goal is to throw switches correctly and in time for each train to head into its home station. 

It sounds simple…but it gets progressively more difficult with each level. On a recent ten-hour flight to Europe, I spent every waking minute playing it (and I barely slept!), but I still could not crack my current level of 11.  – Dhara

Get for iPhone & Android

The objective of Hearts is to accumulate as few penalty points as possible throughout the game, with players striving to avoid taking tricks that contain any Hearts or the Queen of Spades. In this trick-taking game, strategic planning and careful consideration of each move are essential, as players attempt to navigate through the intricacies of each round to maintain a low score. For those on the move, the online version available at hearts.land offers a convenient and engaging way to enjoy this classic card game, making it a great travel companion for entertainment during journeys.

Visit their mobile-friendly desktop site

Wordescapes

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Who doesn’t enjoy a word game?! I love Wordescapes because it keeps my mind working especially when I’m on a long flight or connection and the internet is not available. Or simply when I’m working and need a break.

The app works this way, you have box tables like the ones in Scrabble, and you will get a set of letters where you need to create words that fit on the number of boxes. If you create a word that is not needed in the table box, it will go as a bonus word.

Every level have 16 set of games, once you finish every level you get free coins. Coins can be used as a “hint” when you are stuck. This app is completely free and the words will be in English. – Mary  

Solitaire Bliss

Solitaire Bliss is a gaming platform offering a wide array of solitaire and related card games, catering to a diverse range of preferences with an easy to use interface and high-quality graphics. The site features a vast selection of game variations, customization options, tutorials, score tracking, and is optimized for mobile devices, making it a fantastic travel companion.

These features collectively ensure an engaging and convenient gaming experience, accessible anywhere, making Solitaire Bliss a top choice for solitaire enthusiasts on the go.

Download for Android & Iphone

Hit the Lights is a fun Breakout style phone app that can be played offline or while you're on a plane!

This game is the millennial take on Breakout (Bueller?). This fun game with a sleek design is fun to better played offline as the ads are far less of a nuisance. That said, if you love to cheat, you can watch the ads for additional ways to break the lights. I’ve found it delightfully addictive and fun to play late at night due to the dark colors.

I need to add the honorable mention of Board Game Arena , which works only online. This free platform with premium options features 100+ favorite board games digitized. You need to be online and at the time of editing, the app is still in Beta mode (and is best on a tablet/laptop). Still, I absolutely loved playing King of Tokyo and Ticket to Ride against strangers on my last train ride.

Minesweeper

Minesweeper is a timeless puzzle game where players navigate a grid filled with hidden mines, using numerical clues to safely reveal empty spaces and flag the mines. The game requires logical thinking and a sharp eye, as one wrong click could trigger a mine and end the game. At Play Minesweeper , you can enjoy this classic game through a user-friendly interface, with varying levels of difficulty to suit different skill levels. Its quick and engaging gameplay makes Minesweeper an excellent choice for traveling, providing entertainment during long journeys or waits without needing a continuous internet connection.

What’s your favorite travel game on your phone?

Looking for the best travel games that work offline? 15+ fun games for iPhone and Android that you'll want to play during your travels or on a long plane ride! #travel #gaming #games #apps

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New Yorker–born and raised. Currently living in the Hague, the Netherlands after stints in Paris and Amsterdam. Lover of travel, adventure, nature, city, dresses, and cats.

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I recently found a new game that is totally addictive! It’s called MixedUp Max and is a magic squares type of game – you can select different pictures and different shuffle levels and then slide rows and columns to re-arrange back to the original picture! There’s a free version but I’m not a fan of ads so went for the paid for version, and best of all, it can be played without internet access so I’ve been using it on my plane and train trips!

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Really like Pictoword. I play this everytime I travel. There are ads that give out coins but if you’re offline it disables the ads. No free coins, but no ads either: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pictoword-fun-new-word-games/id600674056?mt=8

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23 Best Party Games for Any Celebration

They're so much fun for everyone!

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But with so many options out there, how do you choose the best games for your party? First, consider the group's dynamic and the setting. Are you looking for something light and silly to get everyone laughing? Or maybe you want more challenging games that bring out a little friendly competition. You should also decide whether you need something quick and easy to set up (such as picnic games and beach games ) or if you're looking for a more elaborate game that can keep everyone entertained for hours (like backyard games and indoor party games).

On this list, you'll find the best party games for any celebration. From timeless classics like charades and telephone to more modern activities like name that tune and Hot Ones, there are ideas for everyone to enjoy. You'll also find plenty of picks for adults like 20 questions, as well as games that cater to the kiddos like musical chairs and iSpy. You might even use these games at holiday parties! Think: Friendsgiving games , Christmas games , Easter games , Halloween games , and more! No matter the occasion, they're fun for everyone. So, read on to get the party started!

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Get ready to see how low you can go! To play limbo, set up a horizontal bar at a manageable height. Participants will take turns passing under the bar by bending backwards without touching it or falling. After each successful round, lower the bar incrementally to increase the challenge! Continue the game until only one person can clear the bar.

20 Questions

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This classic guessing game involves one player thinking of a person, place, or thing while the other players try to guess what they've chosen by asking 20 yes-or-no questions. Each answer helps narrow down the possibilities until the object is identified or the question limit is reached.

Musical Chairs

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An oldie but a goodie! Players will walk in a circle around a set of chairs while music plays. When the music stops, everyone rushes to find a seat. But there's a catch! There are always fewer chairs than players. The one left standing is out, and another chair is removed. The game continues until only one player remains!

Never Have I Ever

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For a game that guarantees plenty of laughs, try your hands at this! Gathered in a circle, guests will each raise one hand while one person announces something they've never done by saying "Never have I ever..." Examples are: "Never have I ever traveled abroad" or "Never have I ever eaten caviar." Other guests who have done that thing will put a finger down. Go around until someone has no more fingers up on their hand. They’re out and the last person left standing is the winner.

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You'll need a deck of cards and some spare spoons (enough to match the number of players minus one) for this one. Everyone will sit in a circle with the spoons in the middle, then each player is dealt four cards. The dealer picks a card from the deck, keeps it or passes it to the next player, and then discards a card. Players continue passing cards quickly around the circle. When a player collects four of the same cards, they grab a spoon from the center. Once a player grabs a spoon, everyone else must make a mad dash to grab one, too. The player left without a spoon is out of the game. This continues until only one player with one spoon is left standing.

SHOP PLAYING CARDS

Heads Up 7 Up

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This classic classroom game translates well to parties, too! Gather everyone up and choose one person to be the "caller." The rest of the players will sit with their heads down and eyes closed. The caller then walks around the room, tapping seven people on the shoulder. After being tapped, they'll put their thumbs up. Once everyone has been chosen, the caller announces, "Heads up, seven up!" Everyone raised their heads, and those who were tapped try to guess who the caller is. Whoever guesses correctly becomes the caller.

Name That Tune

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Someone will need to double as a DJ to get this game going. They'll turn on a song (nostalgic throwback songs are always a hit) and see which guest can guess the artist and name of the song the quickest. Play as many rounds as you want and keep score to determine a winner at the end!

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Also known as Assassin, Werewolf, or Village, this interactive whodunit game is always a great time. Here are the basics: a narrator will tell a dramatic tale of good and bad guys, assigning roles such as mafia/assassin, villager, police officer, and doctor to anonymous participating guests. The goal is for the group to successfully guess who the mafia is, while the mafia's goal is to take out other players without getting caught. You can find detailed instructions here .

Minute to Win It Games

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Ever seen this old TV game show? Similarly, guests at your party can participate in fun mental or physical challenges that they have to complete in under a minute. Ideas include cup stacking, sorting a bowl of candies by color, picking up Cheerios with a toothpick, and so many more. You might even provide prizes for the big winners!

Post It Note Game

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Grab some sticky notes and get ready to giggle! For this one, each person will write down a celebrity, character, animal, or other object on a post-it, then stick it to the forehead of another player without revealing what it says. Players will then take turns asking yes-or-no questions to determine what's written on their own face!

SHOP STICKY NOTES

Bobbing for Apples

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First things first, prepare for soggy faces and lots of laughter! Though usually played around fall and Halloween, this game is fun for all times. Just fill a tub with water and add several apples. Players will take turns trying to grab an apple with only their mouths. Whoever succeeds is deemed the winner!

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

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There's a reason this delightful game has been played for years and years! Simply blindfold the participants, spin them around gently, and let them try to stick the tail onto the poster of the donkey. The player who gets closest to the correct spot wins! You can also switch out the donkey for any other animal or object to match the theme of your event.

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It hardly gets more classic than charades! This tried-and-true game can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. For those who need a refresher, have everyone write down concepts, animals, movies, people, shows, and more to act out. Divide into teams, then one person will act out something drawn from the assortment while their team members guess what it is. When time is up, switch teams and repeat. You can add time limits, scoring systems, or other rules as desired.

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Based on the TV show, "Hot Ones," this new game is sure to bring the heat to your upcoming celebrations! Here's how it works: guests will take turns answering challenging questions while eating increasingly spicy wings. Each round, the questions get tougher, and the sauces get hotter. Just be sure to have some milk on hand!

Egg and Spoon Race

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Here's an idea that's perfect for your next picnic! To play, each participant is given a spoon and an egg, with the goal being to balance the egg on the spoon and race from one point to another without dropping it. The first person to cross the finish line with their egg wins. Remember: slow and steady wins the race!

SHOP WOODEN SPOONS

Two Truths and a Lie

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How well do you know your guests? Well, you're about to find out! One by one, each player will share two fun facts and a lie about themselves without revealing which is true and which is false. Other players will have to guess which is the lie! This one also works as a fun icebreaker.

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Everyone's favorite cookie is the center of this challenge! And with so many fun Oreo flavors out there, you can even choose one to match the occasion! As for the rules, each player will tilt their head back and balance a cookie on their forehead. On the count of three, everyone will race to get their cookie from its current spot to their mouths, without using their hands. The first to eat their Oreo is the winner.

Superlatives

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Played best with a group of close friends or family, this game involves asking the crowd fun questions such as "Who is most likely to win a reality show," or "Who is the most likely to sleep through an earthquake?" After each question, on the count of three, everyone in the group will point to the person they think takes the title!

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To answer the call of this classic game, gather everyone in a circle, then have the starting player choose a phrase to whisper in the ear of the person to the right of them. That person will then whisper what they heard to the person to their right. This chain continues until the phrase reaches the final person in the circle who will share what they heard. It's often not at all how it started! Amp up the challenge by playing music in the background, too.

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If you don't already have the Twister game, it's easy to DIY your own mat and spinner. Once that's ready to go, spread out the mat and spin the spinner to determine which body part goes where. Adults and kids alike will have so much fun watching everyone get into hilariously contorted and wobbly positions.

SHOP TWISTER

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15 Family Games For Outdoors Everyone Will Love

I f there’s something that keeps our group entertained, outdoors, and off of screens, it’s playing one of the family games for outdoors listed below. Whether we’re RV camping for the weekend, having a family dinner at home, or hosting friends over at our place, playing one of the outdoor games for families keeps everyone smiling.  

The games listed below are different than toy RV campers or camping gifts for kids . Those are specific to children and not necessarily getting the entire family playing together like the backyard family games in this post. Instead, these are great outdoor games to play with the entire family. 

Bonus! I’ve also added links to where you can purchase these games online.

If you want to know about these fantastic outdoor games for families, continue reading.

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15 Fun Outdoor Games For Families

Disc toss game.

One of the classic outdoor family games is the disc toss game . It’s a game of throwing a Frisbee or disc back and forth. You can play the game with any number of people, but it works best with four players in two teams.

Using a beach ball instead of the Frisbee can make it easier for your younger kiddos. Plus, many other variations of this game make it even more fun.

Water Balloon Game

During the hot summer days, playing a water balloon game is the perfect way to cool off and an easy yard games for family. Buy these reusable water balloons to save on mess and make it quick and easy to fill them and reuse them!

To make it really fun, divide your family into two teams and set boundaries so the other team does not get wet. Then, have each team toss as many balloons as possible onto their opponent’s side without crossing the boundary line.

Note, when filling up the balloons, fill each equally. Also, the less water in the balloons, the more difficult it is to pop!

Corn Hole – Bean Bag Toss Game

Bean bag toss is one of the most popular outdoor games for families. It’s often called ‘corn hole’ and found at many Airbnbs, hotels, and people’s backyards. 

It’s an easy game that everyone can play, and it gets even more exciting as the adults and kids become more competitive. All you need is this bean bag toss game set from Amazon !

Capture the Flag Game

Capture the Flag has been around for ages and is still exciting to play! It’s an old-fashioned, fun family outdoor game that’s great for any family gathering or just to play with your kids in the backyard or at a campground when trying to find some fun camping activities for kids . You only need to bring these flags .

To play, divide your family into two teams and place a flag on each side of the field or even forest. The objective is for each team to try to capture the other’s flag without getting caught by members of the opposite team. You can also set up boundaries or obstacles if needed!

You can get this set of flags on Amazon , or you can DIY your own!

Giant Inflatable Bowling

A not-so-traditional yet fun outdoor family game is giant inflatable bowling . This game is perfect for all ages and a great way to get everyone together in the summertime. Think about a typical bowling setup, but this time with a giant inflatable bowling ball and pins.

It’s easy to set up, and you can even purchase the set from Amazon ! It’s also portable enough to bring along when camping or on vacation.

Giant Jenga

Giant jenga is another classic game that’s always been a hit in our family. This is one of the outdoor games for family time on our backyard patio while hanging out around our fire pit. Usually, Tony and I use our campfire accessories to stoke the fire while the kids play Jenga, but we’ve play with time a few times as well. 

It is so much fun and will keep even the teens entertained. You can add extra twists, like guessing which color block would be pulled out or placing certain items on top of the stack as you build.

I know what you’re thinking: this could be a dangerous game. But it doesn’t have to be!

Before teaming up with a good rope , make sure there will be a balance of strength. You can also put a limit on the number of people who are allowed to join in.

If it’s summer, you could play tug-of-war in a lake or pool! It’ll be an epic battle of strength and strategies that’ll keep everyone laughing.

Giant Tic Tac Toe

Who doesn’t like tic tac toe? This is another one of the family yard games that can be adapted to a larger scale. This easy-to-store large Tic Tac Toe game is perfect to bring to a backyard BBQ or potluck. 

Water Slide Races

I recently found this slip and splash slide with 3 bodyboards, perfect for summer backyard family games ideas. Hook it up to your garden hose, and get ready to get wet. 

Your kids will have lots of fun with this game as they race each other down the slide.

Portable Pickleball

Pickleball is becoming such a popular game to play not only for retired friends but for kids and families too. If you have a flat driveway, boardwalk, or access to an unused tennis court, then this portable pickleball net and set would be a perfect fame for your outdoor family. 

It’s becoming one of the more popular family outdoor games because it’s competitive, yet easier to do than tennis.

Hula Hoop or Ring Toss Game

This is one of my favorite outdoor games for family time, as everyone can play. The ring toss game is simple for the littles and still keeps the older ones entertained. 

You can make it more challenging by creating different levels of difficulty. For example, each level could be from a further distance away or include additional obstacles such as hurdles or walls.

Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course for the whole family in the backyard. All you need are some objects around the house, yard, or campground such as boxes, camping chairs, hula hoops, etc. 

Or, if you want to go all out and have some trees in your backyard, you can get this ultimate ninja warrior course to set up and hang from your trees. Even your teens will love this!

Sack races are old-fashioned traditional games that everyone will enjoy. It’s also an excellent way to get the whole family moving.

You’ll need burlap bags or these fun reusable sacks made just for this game. Have everyone line up at the starting line and race towards a finish line! Adding obstacles along the way can make it even more fun.

Have you heard of the popular Spike Ball game ? It’s a fun game that can be played with 4 people around the circular net on the ground. You spike the ball back and forth, a bit like volleyball, but downward. Many families and teens play it at the beach, but it’s a great backyard game. 

Scavenger Hunt Game

When our kids were young, they loved going on scavenger hunts! I’ve written this Disney Scavenger Hunt Clues blog post because it was so much fun to surprise them about our upcoming Disney trip using a scavenger hunt.

This outdoor fun family games is perfect for any age and can be played outdoors and indoors. What’s great is that you can customize it however you like! All you need is a list of items and a time limit. Then, your kids will be off running around to find all the items on the list within the given time.

As parents, be creative with it and make it educational, too. You can even get crafty by making a list of items that have certain shapes or colors.

If you’re looking for more outdoor game ideas, consider checking out our list of outdoor camping activities for kids blog post. We’ve included a whole selection of fun activities for all ages, so you’re sure to find something for family!

Let us know your favorite game to play with your family outdoors! We’d love to hear from you. Have fun playing, and stay safe, everyone!

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If there’s something that keeps our group entertained, outdoors, and off of screens, it’s playing one of the family games for outdoors listed below. Whether we’re RV camping for the weekend, having a family dinner at home, or hosting friends over at our place, playing one of the outdoor games for families keeps everyone smiling.   ... Read more

10 Great Games to Play Online With Friends and Family

By ellen gutoskey | jun 8, 2023, 2:44 pm edt.

It's not about winning—or is it?

In the internet age, you don’t all need to be in the same room to enjoy a group game . From virtual trivia to titles that test your artistic skills, here are 10 fun and funny games you can play from afar with your go-to game night crew.

Table Of Contents

1. charades, 2. codenames, 3. among us, 6. gartic phone, 7. quiplash, 10. scrabble.

For virtual charades, forgo the bowl filled with paper slips in favor of an online word generator. Random Word Generator lets you choose the number of the words and the difficulty level. With GetCharadesIdeas , you can select certain categories; and there are even separate generators for kid-friendly and Christmas-themed terms.

Codenames is a word association board game that involves dividing into two teams and trying to guess which codenames on the board belong to your team’s spies. Basically, there’s a spymaster on each team who has all the answers, and they suggest words that’ll help their teammates uncover their own spies. To play the online version , just create a room , send the link to your friends, and hop on Zoom to strategize in real time.

In Among Us, up to 15 players (who don’t all have to access the game via the same platform) try to accomplish a bunch of tasks so their spaceship can take off—while one or more imposters try to kill everyone on board. If the imposters outnumber the other crew members at any point, the game is over. If you ID the imposters or complete all your take-off tasks first, you win. Learn more and download it here .

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Whether you’re taking it easy on your favorite out-of-town niece or ruthlessly making your far-flung BFF draw four, UNO! can be just as fun when you’re playing over video-chat. Learn more and download the app for iOS or Android here .

Kahoot! is a great platform for educators who want to post online quizzes for their students—or even host live quiz sessions—and it’s also a fantastic way for you to get a weekly trivia tradition going among friends. A basic Kahoot! account is free and allows you to host a trivia game with up to 10 people. There are tons of existing quizzes to choose from, which you can filter by subject and grade level, or you can create your own. Once your quiz is ready to go, you’ll be given a number code to send to the other players, who can enter it at Kahoot.it or through the Kahoot! app . Your friends will submit their answers on their own devices, but the questions will pop up on your (the host’s) screen, so you’ll also need to video chat with your friends and share your screen with them.

Gartic Phone , which you can play with a select group by logging in to Discord or Twitch, is a fun fusion of telephone and Pictionary where everyone wins. The first person in the chain comes up with a sentence, which the next person draws; the third person guesses the sentence based on the image, and the fourth person then has to illustrate that sentence. The pattern continues until everyone’s had a turn—and you get to laugh and laugh at how far off everyone was from the original sentence. There are also a number of variations you can choose within the game, which you can learn about here .

Similar to Kahoot!, Quiplash involves sending your friends a code (which they’ll enter at Jackbox.TV ) and then sharing your screen with them via video chat so they can see the prompts and submit their responses on their own devices. Players are given a silly prompt—"an inventive way to get rid of head lice," for example—which they answer in the goofiest, most creative way possible. Two answers are then anonymously displayed on the screen, and the other players vote for their favorite. Quiplash costs $10 on Amazon , accommodates three to eight players, and guarantees at least a few laughing fits. (Jackbox has a variety of other hilarious games available for individual purchase or in party packs, which you can check out here .)

Skribbl is essentially digital Pictionary —and since players have to draw with their fingers rather than actual writing utensils, it might be even harder to recognize what any given object actually is. In other words, you’ll probably end up giggling a lot. To start a game, head to Skribbl.io and click “Create private room.” There, you’ll get to decide how many rounds you’re playing and how long each turn is (i.e. how many seconds each drawing session lasts), and you can even enter a list of custom words for the system to choose from. Then, copy the link to your private room and send it to however many friends you’d like to invite. When it’s your turn, you’ll pick a word from three options and begin drawing it on your own screen. Other players will see your work on their screens and submit their guesses in a chat box along the right side.

From the makers of Heads Up! comes Psych!, a free game where you try to outsmart your friends by making up fake answers to real trivia questions in categories about animals, entertainment, and more. You don’t need to share your screen in order to play, but video-chatting with your friends during the game will give it a more authentic game-night atmosphere. Learn more and download the app here .

You can definitely get your Scrabble fix with the Scrabble GO app , but there’s also a desktop version of the game that you can play with up to three friends through Pogo.com . After you and your buddies all create free accounts, head to your account page, hit “Friends” in the top menu bar, and enter your friends’ screen names to create a friends list. Then, when you start a Scrabble game , you can add your friends to your game.

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  1. 20 Fun Games To Play On The Bus (Endless Laughs)

    1. Movie Game. Players: A group of 2 or more. Family Friendly: Yes. Supplies: Just you and a friend! How To Play: The first player comes up with a movie. The second player must then name an actor/actress in that movie. The next player then names another movie that the actor/actress is in.

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    3. Monopoly Deal. Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Average Game Time: 15 minutes. If you like Monopoly and are upset that the board is just to big to travel with, Monopoly Deal is the ultimate alternative to turn Monopoly into one of the best games for travel! Monopoly Deal is a card-only version of Monopoly.

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    These 41 road trip games to play in the car will keep you entertained for hours. Work your way through this awesome list of fun car games to play while traveling to your destination. These car games for kids and adults will provide laughter and entertainment for the entire journey! Planning a road trip can be tiresome. Entertain everyone using ...

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    The opposing team can ask the person 20 different questions, but the person can only answer by saying yes or no. Whoever guesses correctly gets a point. Word Games. These games can be played with just about any size of group on any kind of bus rental. They require no preparation and no paper, just enthusiasm. Chain Game.

  7. 17 Boredom-Busting Games to Play on a Bus

    Some of the best travel games are ones that keep you connected to the people back home. Among Us is an app-based game available for Android and iOS. While playing this game, you will need a steady data connection, but most buses now have Wi-Fi. In Among Us, you take control of one of the residents of a space station.

  8. 10 Games to Play with a Group on a Charter Bus

    If you're traveling across multiple states, try and name all the cities in the current state you are in. Good luck! #10. Tell me a Story, Please. To play this game, gather a group of four or five friends on the bus. Have a person start off a story with 4 words. The next person adds 4 more words.

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    The Rule Game. The Rule Game can be pretty fun if you're the one who makes the rule, and quite a challenge if you're the one trying to guess what the rule is. The rule-maker chooses a real or imaginary place name consisting of one to three words. "Green Grass Valley," is an example. The place name indicates the rule.

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    Radio Roulette. This is essentially a road trip game of Name That Tune. Flip among radio stations until you hear a song (presets work best), and let it play for 15 seconds. Players are challenged to name that song and its artist, earning one point for each, with an extra point for naming its album.

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    Bus trips can be long and oftentimes boring, but there are plenty of games you can play to keep everyone engaged. Two Truths and a Lie is perfect for getting to know your fellow bus riders better while Karaoke or Spelling Competitions are great if you're competitive. Tic Tac Toe is also ideal for interacting with other passengers on the bus who ...

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    This game requires three people in the car. Participants pick their choice of best song for a given category and play it to the judge, who then picks a winner. A fun road trip game for adults if you're traveling as a group! How To Play. Choose a music category such as "best songs to dance to".

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    The game itself flips open with its own ocean grid that sets the stage for an overwater battle of epic proportions. The game also has storage inside so users can save their pegs and avoid losing ...

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    20 Questions is a classic game that has always been a favorite game to play on a bus - and it just never gets old. The way to play this game is to think of an object or person in your head. Be careful not to reveal what you thought of in your head. Meanwhile, your opponents ask you a series of questions, 20 to be exact, answerable by yes or ...

  15. List of 50 Games For a Bus Trip with Friends

    Games that will make your long road journeys entertaining. Traveling by road in India is a time-consuming affair. While you could enjoy it initially, constantly staring out of your window won't help much. Since you are pretty much stuck on a commute for at least a good few hours. You might as well make it fun.

  16. 49 best travel games for adults (tips by travellers, updated 2023)

    Travel games of course! You can find them in all different names and shapes: some are played with cards, some with dice, and some just by exchanging words. Oh and don't forget the drinking games! I've decided to bundle these travel games for adults into one article. My friends Joost and Samuel enjoying a travel game called Bananagrams.

  17. Top 10 Best Road Trip Games

    Player #1 could make the following list: "bus, travel, walk, hostel, restaurant, sleep, bus". Player #2 could do: "bus, bus driver, bus station, passenger, bus tickets, bus". In this case, Player #2 would be the winner, since he only used 4 words (vs. 5 for Player #1) to loop back to the word "bus".

  18. 20+ Fun Family Road Trip Games To Play In The Car

    Spot the Car Road Trip Game. Printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt. 16. License Plate Game. The license plate game is another popular road trip activity, it's basically a type of scavenger hunt based on the number plates of passing cars, however, there are a few different ways to play.

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    License Plate Alphabet Game. Use license plates to complete the alphabet from A to Z. This is a great game for young kids who are reinforcing their ability to recite the alphabet. You can also collect double or triple letters from license plates - perfect for older kids. Road Trip Word Games. Word Rhyming.

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    Then, the participants of this fun bus games will tick the items as soon as they see them. The first one to fill their sheet will be entitled to a prize. Scavenger hunt: Similar to the previous one. The difference is that people can have a list of items to scavenge each one only once. This way, the first person to complete the list will be the ...

  21. 16 Road Trip Games for Adults That Are Actually Fun

    When you've eaten all of the road trip snacks you packed and have slept until there's no way it's possible for you to be tired, take turns guessing the time you'll arrive at your final destination. Whoever guessed the right time (or the closest to it), is the winner. 12 / 17. Daisy Daisy/Shutterstock.

  22. 21 Best Travel Games (for Your Next Trip in 2024)

    Best travel games for flights - Boggle. Best travel games for road trips - Battleship Grab & Go. Best travel games for families - Dobble. Best travel game for kids - Pass the Pigs. Best travel game for pre-schoolers - Buckle Toy Bizzy. Best travel game for 2 people - Connect 4 Grab & Go. Best travel game for groups - Farkle.

  23. 29 Exciting Games To Play On A Road Trip With Friends & Family

    7. Restaurant Race. In this game, everyone selects a popular fast-food chain, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonald's. The objective is to accumulate the most points by identifying their chosen restaurant on billboards, exit markers, Food and Fuel signs, or hearing it mentioned on the radio.

  24. 30 Road Trip Games

    Alphabet Game. This is a game to play when you know there will be a lot of signs and billboards along the way. Starting with "A" and so on, players will find words on the route that start with each letter of the alphabet. You can play with the letters in order, or you can cross them off as you see them.

  25. The best 15+ travel games for your phone that work offline

    I've tried to focus this list on thought-provoking games for your phone that challenge your mind, rather than games that just keep you busy (as they're addictive). Monument Valley. Device6. Don't Starve. 80 Days. Plague Inc. Crossword. Heads Up. Leo's Fortune.

  26. 21 Best Road Trip Games to Play in the Car for Kids in 2023

    10. Triple Threat. Next on the list of road trip games to play on car rides is the Triple Threat. Here, the adults must choose three nouns, like "plate," "monkey" and "snow," for example. The kids have to create a story that includes all three things. Be warned: things will get very silly, very fast. 11.

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    This game is a great way to pass the time while traveling, and it's perfect for families, couples, and groups. The questions are fun and engaging, and they are designed to spark interesting ...

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    Twister. If you don't already have the Twister game, it's easy to DIY your own mat and spinner. Once that's ready to go, spread out the mat and spin the spinner to determine which body part goes where. Adults and kids alike will have so much fun watching everyone get into hilariously contorted and wobbly positions.

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    Buy Water Balloon Game. Bean bag toss is one of the most popular outdoor games for families. It's often called 'corn hole' and found at many Airbnbs, hotels, and people's backyards. It's ...

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    9. Psych! 10. Scrabble. 1. Charades. For virtual charades, forgo the bowl filled with paper slips in favor of an online word generator. Random Word Generator lets you choose the number of the ...