Anyone can get worn out after travelling for long periods. One efficient way of getting some relaxation while you’re on the move is by playing a game or two.

However, most of the games we love such as shuffleboard tables are impossible to travel with.

Whether you are at the airport waiting for your next connecting flight, or if you are taking a break from behind the wheel, try out one of these travel-friendly games.

  1. Magnetic Board Games

Magnetic board games are the ultimate travel buddy. First off, magnetic board games pack small because they are designed to take up very little room in your luggage. The other advantage is that you can play these games even when in a moving car or aircraft and a sudden bump or turbulence won’t disrupt your board setup.

The strong magnets ensure that you aren’t likely to lose any pieces so you might as well consider this a one-off purchase. What’s your poison? Chess? Checkers? Ludo? Scrabble? Backgammon? Whatever game you are into, you can bet there’s a magnetic travel option.

  1. Travel Hangman

This handy version of the timeless game allows kids to readily play hangman when they’re on the move. You don’t even need to scour for a pen and paper which you probably packed away at the bottom of your suitcase.

Travel hangman comes with a self-storing dry-erase marker, an erasable whiteboard and an eraser. The letter tiles and the hangman parts are all fixed to the board using an elastic band. You simply flip a particular tile up or down to either ‘draw’ the hangman or to reveal the incorrectly guessed letters.

  1. LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic tac toe is one of the most versatile, impromptu games ever. You can play it on the sidewalk using chalk, on the beach sand or restaurant napkins. The options are endless. So why not grab a couple of Legos and turn them into a game of tic tac toe?

Besides, if you are travelling to a country where there might be a language barrier, then this would be the perfect travel game to take with you. Is there any other game that’s easier to understand than tic tac toe? I don’t think so.

  1. Dark Stories

If your family is into mystery stories, then Dark Stories will make for an entertaining car ride. Besides, this is among the rare games where even the driver can participate without getting distracted from the road. Additionally, the game is so small you can fit it in your purse or pocket, whipping it out anywhere and anytime for a little family bonding time.

The game comes as a pack containing 50 cards. Each card has a mystery which can only be solved using yes/no questions. To make it even eerier, all mysteries in this game come from real crimes cases.

  1. Uno

How would this list be complete without mentioning this age-old game? Uno is a classic when it comes to travel games, and it has competently stood the test of time. It’s an easy game to learn and hardly takes up any room in your luggage.

Kids and adults alike can pick up this game in no time, with very little explanation involved. Better yet, 2-10 people can play using a single pack of Uno making it an ideal game when travelling as a large group, or if you want to make a few friends after arriving at your destination.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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