Games We Love To Take Away
Whether you’re in a caravan sheltering from the rain or a Greek taverna staying out of the sun, card games are great fun on holiday. Everyone is relaxed and there’s time to fill. Good holiday games must fit easily in your suitcase and be age appropriate for the whole family. Here’s Ten Top Games to take on holiday.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Dobble
Dobble is the best-selling card game on Amazon. Now also available in a waterproof version so you can play on the beach. Every card has one matching picture. Your task is to find them. It’s tricky because the pictures are different sizes. A great game to play with kids because there’s no advantage for adults. There are other mini-games you can play with the same pack. This is our well-used Dobble set.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Bananagrams
You deal out the tiles (21 each if you’re 2-4 players) and start using them to make inter-connecting words. You can swap your tiles and pick up more when someone runs out. The winner is the first to use all their tiles. It’s great fun and educational at the same time but there’s definitely a knack to it.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Uno
Uno is a classic card game. The idea is to put down all your cards by matching them by colour or number with the top card on the deck. But you might also have to pick up cards or pass them around. The winner is the first to get rid of all their cards. You have to shout UNO when you only have one left because this might influence how your opponents play their hands.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – GUBS
We were given GUBS by American relatives but you can buy it in the UK. Not many people have heard of it but it’s one of our family’s favourites. The idea is to collect and save these little creatures called GUBS. There are many actions and events that happen with the turn of a card. The player with the most GUBS when the G, U, B cards come out of the pack (which could happen any time in the game) is the winner. It does take some time to learn all the different cards but is a very exciting game.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Kastles
We came across Kastles via Thomas Cook and their quest to find the best games to take on holiday. It reminded us of GUBs (see above) which is one of our favourite ever card games. The aim is to use your weapons to break down the walls of your opponents’ castles and can be played with 2 or 4 players. Like GUBs, the play can change on the turn of a card so it’s exciting and unpredictable. With brilliant illustrations, it’s just the right size to pack in your luggage.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Rat A Tat Cat
Our children are a bit older now so it’s a while since we took Rat A Tat Cat on holiday. You have to take and dump numbered cards with the goal of having the lowest total when someone shouts “Rat A Tat Cat”. It’s a good way to teach children about basic maths and probability.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Go Sushi
One of our newest holiday games. Unlike other card games, you pass your entire hand round (minus one card you want to keep) each go. There are points for getting the most or least of certain cards, and for pairs and triples. It doesn’t take long to learn and it’s a nice quick game because each hand only takes about five minutes.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Logo Lite
Logo is one of our all-time favourite board games. This is the Lite or Travel version. We love Logo because it has something for everyone – the kids are up on the more current brands and the adults can help out with the slighter older products.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Sort It Out Mini
Sort It Out is such a great game. You get given a list of things and have to sort them in a particular order. It’s quite tricky. We find working in adult/child teams is the most fun. I was thrilled to see it is also available in this mini version. I feel this is going to be one of our top games for taking on holiday.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a must-have card game. It’s like a cat version of Russian Roulette. Players draw cards until someone gets an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Randomise
Randomise is a bit like Pictionary but you could be asked to draw, act or describe random things. It’s only the size of a couple of packs of cards so nicely portable. Lots of variety and loads of laughs.
PS – See also our page on Family Games
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