Brilliant Travel Games
Here’s our pick of the top games to take on holiday in 2019. Whether you’re in a caravan sheltering from the rain or a Greek taverna staying out of the sun, travel games are great fun on holiday. Everyone is relaxed and there’s time to fill. Good holiday games and travel games must fit easily in your suitcase and be age-appropriate for the whole family. Here’s Fifteen Top Games to take on holiday in 2019. Some are brand new, some are classic card, travel and mini-games. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Dobble
Dobble is the best-selling card game on Amazon and ultimate travel game. 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. Original Dobble is suitable for ages 6+ although there is also a Junior version for younger children aged 4+ together with other specific Dobbles including Star Wars Dobble.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Uno
We love playing Uno on holiday. 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. The deluxe version below has the option to create a tournament which we feel would work really well over the course of a week or two-week holiday. We also like the tin that accompanies the Deluxe version because it keeps the cards neat – ours are a bit hard to get back in the box, especially if you’ve been playing on the beach. Suitable for ages 7+ but there is a junior Uno too.
New for 2019 is Uno Flip, which we’ve got on our list of Must Have Toys for this year. This is an exciting twist on the game where you can play the Flip card and all the other cards, including the draw pile, get flipped over. Our family will be taking this away this year.
Soundiculous is from UK games company Gamely, the creators of Randomise. Players have to make and guess the sounds on the card to win points. There are Easy, Medium and Hard cards which makes it a great choice for families. Comes in a compact box so works well for travel too. Age range 8+.
This is a new card game we got for Christmas which will be coming on holiday with us this year. You have to spot the differences in the rainbow cards to build your own rainbow. It’s easy to play for younger kids and the rainbow theme is super-cute.
Top Games To Take On Holiday– Dino Dump Game
Also from Big Potato games is Dino Dump, a fast-moving card game for ages 6+. It combines dinosaurs with poo and includes stinky stickers! Perfect for all dinosaur fans.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Bananagrams
One of our all-time family favourites which we still play. You deal out the tiles (21 each if you’re 2-4 players) and start using them to make inter-connecting words. There’s options to 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. Squeezes easily in to holiday luggage.
Family Games 2019 – Peach Snaps
Colour matching card game for ages 6+. Quick play to keep everyone involved. Great game to take on holiday.
New last year from Ideal, Slam It is a fast-paced card game which lovers of Dobble and Uno will enjoy.
Top Games To Take On Holiday – Go Sushi
We’ve had Go Sushi for a couple of years now and still love playing it. 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. It’s more about brands and products than just logos. We love Logo because it has something for everyone. This is the travel or lite version – still as exciting, just smaller!
New pattern matching card game that you play in pairs. According to the product details on Amazon: “if ninjas played card games like ‘Snap’, it would probably be a lot like this”.
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. A great size for travel and holidays.
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.
Harry Potter Lex Go
From Waddington’s, this is fast-paced educational word game with a magical twist for ages 8+. A good travel game for Potter fans.
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 for travel. Lots of variety and loads of laughs.
PS – See also our page on Family Games which has many more fantastic games including board games.
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