10 BEST TRAVEL GAMES FOR TAKING ON THE ROAD-PANERGY
1. SPOT IT!
Test your focus and perception by picking out matching pairs in a packable canister of 55 cards that are simply illustrated for young players, but have subtle differences that test your powers of observation.
2. TRAVEL SCAVENGER HUNT
Keep your passengers busy on long drives with a scavenger hunt for 54 things you’re likely to see along the highway. Take turns drawing cards and matching the drawing on the card (like a yellow car or a restaurant) to what you see along your route. You can’t discard your card until you’ve found a match. The first person to discard all their cards wins. Extend the game with expansion packs for smells (like a skunk) and sounds (like a siren) that you find along the way.
3. THE LICENSE PLATE GAME
There are several variations to this game, and to play, all you need to give your kids is a piece of paper and something to write with. One version is to have your kids write down the alphabet and cross out or circle the letters as they see them on passing plates. The first one to get all 26 letters wins.
4. DR. SEUSS CAT IN THE HAT
Young fans of the classic Dr. Seuss character will love drawing cards with pictures of their favorite cartoon character and following the card instructions. On your turn, flip over three cards and act them out in sequence in this comical twist on charades for children three and up.
6. KIDS ON STAGE CHARADES
Take turns drawing from a deck of 100 cards and acting out a description of the animals, objects, and actions to get your teammates to guess what your card says. Kids as young as three can play this simplified version of adult charades.
7. TABLETOP CURLING
If your family got into the curling craze during the last winter Olympics, they’re going to love this compact and portable tabletop version of the sport. Sweep miniature curling stones across the game board and into the target to score points for your team. Play as many rounds as you like, with the highest-scoring team declaring victory at the end. The whole things rolls up into a compact box for storage when you’re finished.
8. MAD LIBS
This famous fill-in-the-blank word game has been around since the 1950s. While you can still play with paper and pen, Mad Libs have evolved into a travel-friendly app that you can download to your phone for hours of word play on the road or at your campsite.
9. STORY TIME
Playing this game is simple and can result in some hilarious nonsense. Someone starts telling a random story, and each player takes turns adding a line or two. It is best played in rapid-fire mode, where the object is to talk immediately when it is your turn without taking time to think about the direction the story is heading.
Become a 19th-century novelist to earn points and win this deck-building word game. Players can team up and work together to battle literary opponents and reach the 60-point finish line first.