Holidays are all about spending quality time together, either with your family, partner or friends. And we all know there’s nothing better than everyone getting into a fun game or two on your hotel room balcony or by the pool. But which holiday games should you be packing this year? Here are a few of my favourite games to take on holiday, all of which are small enough to fit in your suitcase.
Without a doubt, this has to be one of my favourite games to take away with me. It’s small, fun and competitive, whether you play in a big group or with just two of you. Following the rules of the colourful deck of cards, the aim is to get rid of all of your cards before your opponents; not forgetting to shout ‘UNO’ when you have just one left.
A relatively new one for me, but quickly becoming a contender for the top spot, Dobble is fast-paced and hilarious. Like a more complex game of Snap, players have to be the quickest to spot the matching picture that connects their card with the up-turned card on the middle pile, and quickly placing it down in order to be the first to get rid of all their hand.
Deck of cards
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned deck of cards, leaving you with endless possibilities of games to play. Take Dobble back to basics and play a traditional game of Snap; use your best poker face to Chase the Ace; or even challenge the kids to build the best house of cards that they can manage, without the sea breeze making it tumble.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE GAMES
Travel Trivial Pursuit
A scaled-down version of the ever-popular board game, this is a great one to have with you in case of any rainy afternoons on holiday. Put your general knowledge to the test and work your way around the board, correctly answering as many questions as possible. The aim of the game is to be the first to collect a coloured wedge for each question category.
The Chase Card Game
Is anyone else as obsessed with The Chase as I am? If so, you’ll love this compact card game that allows you to play your favourite TV quiz show while on holiday. Do your best to outwit the chaser in a bid to win the most cash, just make sure you don’t get caught! The game contains over 120 general knowledge questions; enough to keep the whole family entertained.
Worldly Wise Travellers Trivia
An incredibly simple concept, but great if you love learning lots about the places you’re visiting. This game contains 80 quiz cards containing travel general knowledge questions. It’s then up to you how you’d like the game to work. Personally, I like to take it in turns to have someone ask the group the question, then whoever gets it right keeps the card. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end.
THE BEST OF THE REST
How well can you bluff your nearest and dearest? With Balderdash, it’s okay to tell a little fib or two. In fact, the better you are at it, the more likely you are to win! All you have to do is be the best at making up a whacky answer to questions about words, people, initials, films and law and fool everyone into believing yours is the correct answer.
Mr & Mrs Pocket Edition
This is a strong favourite among my friends and I, and you don’t necessarily have to be a couple in order to play either. It’s just as much fun seeing how well you know your friends and family too. Take this game on holiday with you and have fun quizzing everyone on how well they know each other and playing the competitive paddle round together. Just no arguments, okay?
This classic is still as popular as ever and is an easy one to play, no matter where you are. You could even play it on the plane to pass the time. Get creative and race to draw as many words as you can, while your teammates try and guess the word from your arty masterpiece. Why not change it up a little and draw words associated to where you are on holiday?
Not all games need to come in a box or feature a pack of cards. Sometimes it’s best to go back to basics, especially while in the sun on holiday. Make the most of being by the coast in a beautiful country and pack a kite in your suitcase. See who can keep it in flight with the sea breeze for the longest and make sure you get some great photos while you’re at it.
Frisbees are meant to be played on the beach. I mean, where else can you freely get such distance on your throw? (Obviously making sure the coast is clear!) You can while away hours playing back and forth with your partner or, better yet, getting the whole family involved. Which are you best at? Throwing or catching?
Bat and ball
There are so many fun varieties of this can you can play on holiday, either with wooden bats, the ones that go ‘BOING’ when you hit them, or (my personal favourite) the ones where you throw the ball and then catch it with a Velcro mitt. And what’s great about these types of games is you can play them on the sand, in the pool or even in the sea.
What holiday games do you love to take away with you? Have I missed your favourite off the list? Let me know in the comments below.