The best travel games are packable, interactive experiences that do more than simply fill down time away from home. Great travel games enhance your travel experience and your relationship with the people around you.
Travel games can be the difference between vacation disaster and vacation-to-remember during long car rides and plan-crashing weather disturbances. A good travel game must be simple enough to learn on the go, compact enough to pack away, organized enough to keep track of all pieces, and fun enough to entertain for hours (and hours). Here are some of the best:
This favorite game is available in a compact travel version with a recessed to tray to hold all the tiles and keep them from skittering away when the RV hits a wicked pothole. A simple game that’s easy to learn, Blokus employs strategy, abstract thinking, and spatial skill in a game that hooks players 5 to infinity. Each player takes a color and begins placing tiles on the board in turns. Working from their own corner, each player must place their own colored tile touching another tile of their own color only at the corners—not at the sides. The goal is to place all your tiles on the board before anyone else does.
Scrabble To Go Travel Edition
Maybe you think Scrabble wasn’t savvy enough to think about the fact that no one wants tiny tiles tossed about in your vehicle – but they were. On the slick travel version, little tiles snap into place and wait to form words in little plastic tile racks. Need to change planes in the middle of a game? The board folds shut without disturbing the tiles in place and everything zips neatly and quickly into a nylon case. The travel Scrabble game is also a must-have for Scrabble fans that are also parents of curious toddlers who may grab your game board and yank it away like magician with a tablecloth.
Boggle To Go
Boggle is another word game favorite that could be described as a random seek-and-find word puzzle. Cubes listing letters on all sides are shaken into a grid and players have three minutes to find as many words as they can in the letters than land facing up. The travel version comes with a plastic case that holds the letters inside, leaving room to shake them, but locking into place to keep them safely inside.
Chess may seem like such a common game that you’d never think to pack it to take with you, but Chess is such a universal game that you can play it almost anywhere you go. How cool is that? Stow a travel-size version of Chess in your rucksack, pull it out at any hostel or campsite or back seat of the car and let the games begin.