The Ten Best Travel Games For Children

Ten travel games to get your kids off their phones - and maybe even talking to one another

Ten Travel Games to Get Your Kids Off Their Phones and Maybe Even Talking to One Another

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This is a guest post from mother of three Alex Freeman, who tells us how she avoids those "are we nearly there yet?" moments with ten screen-free travel games that all the family will love.

Here are the ten best travel games for both girls and boys which will keep them entertained in the car, on a train or on a plane.

All these games are screen-free so that you can make road trips a breeze with travel games for kids and adults to play together whether your children are toddlers or teens or anything in between.

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  1. Uno
  2. Brilliantly straightforward, Uno can easily be understood by any school age child, but is still fun for the parents. Colours, numbers and symbols must be matched and cards got rid of; there are a few twists, to make it more interesting.

  3. Travel Trivial Pursuit
  4. There are lots of travel versions of the popular board game including this Doctor Who Trivial Pursuit quiz game as well as James Bond, Wildlife and even Beatles themed versions. Of course there are several general knowledge versions as well.

  5. Top Trumps
  6. Dozens of versions of Top Trumps are now available, featuring everything from Doctor Who and Marvel Universe to Horrible Histories and Peppa Pig, there is a Top Trumps set to match any childs ability and interests from about age 4. Available everywhere.

  7. Travel Chess
  8. Children from about age 6 can start to learn chess, a game that will last them a lifetime. Check out the magnetic and electronic versions that are available on

  9. Bananagrams Zip-It
  10. Recommended from age 8 and loved by adults too, Bananagrams Zip-It is a scrabble type game which will get everyone thinking and using their literacy skills. Perfect for small spaces such as aircraft tables.

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  11. Travel Cluedo
  12. This handy version of old favourite Cluedo will delight a new generation of players. A murder has been committed and it is up to you to use deduction to solve the mystery. Recommended from age 8 and available from

  13. A Pack of Cards
  14. Recently voted the best game for all ages for value and flexibility; very young children can use them for snap, and their repertoire of games can grow with them. Hundreds of different versions are available with appealing designs on them or familiar characters instead of the usual picture cards: for younger children giant size cards are available.

  15. Pit
  16. Everyone can be a commodity broker with Pit, a fun but easy card game. Trade cards with other plyers to corner the market. Can be enjoyed by all ages from 6 to adult. Available from

  17. Rummikub Travel Game
  18. Played like the card game gin rummy, Rummikub is a game which uses numbered tiles which must be got rid of by creating a run or a set of three the same. It comes in a handy travel pack.

  19. Bohnanza
  20. Bohnanza is a game which is for older children and adults, as it is recommended from age 12. Cards show different types of beans which must be planted to earn gold. Some varieties earn more than others, so you must plan carefully and trade unwanted bean cards. A game to get everyone thinking.

Related: Top Tips For Travelling With Children

About the Author: Alex Freeman is a freelance writer specialising in parenting and family topics and can be contacted via eParenting.

About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!

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