4 Fun Family Friendly Card Games To Bring On Your Next Vacation


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My daughter loves playing both board and card games and I do try my best to make time to have a game night with her at least once a month, if not more.

Now that I am 13+ years into parenting a child with a love of such games I have discovered something, I have way more time to speak love to her in this way when we are on vacation than when we are living our daily life at home.

4 fun family friendly portable card games to bring on your next vacation

Vacations {especially camping vacations} work well for endless hours of game playing, yet in the day to day those hours get swallowed up and game night is a quick 3 rounds of Sorry played once a month.

But, have you ever tried to put a Sorry board in your carry-on? Or tried to make room for just a few board games in the already stuffed cargo space of your vehicle? Yeah…it doesn’t work well.

However, card games are small and compact and slipping one or two–or perhaps even 3–in your luggage isn’t such a big ordeal.

4 Fun Family Friendly Portable Card Games To Bring On Your Next Vacation

1. Blink

This game should really be named Don’t Blink because if you blink in Blink you are going to lose. This is a fast paced yet simple game for ages 7 and up. It is a 2 player only game. It is extremely quick, my daughter and I can play several rounds in just 30 minutes. It is a matching game where you have to match either shape, color or number.

2. Slam

If you are a scrabble fan, then you are going to love Slam. In Slam you start a round by creating a 4 letter word with cards (um…obviously not THAT kind of 4 letter word–this is a family game!) then you divided the remaining cards between those playing and the fun begins. You can change one letter of the word to make it into another word but act fast because someone else might change it before you do. This is a fast paced game until the end when people begin to run out of cards. The first to get rid of their cards wins.

My favorite part about this game is that the kids are practicing spelling and don’t even realize it. Since you do need to use simple words for this game I would recommend it for children who can manage simple words  and older children.

3. UNO

UNO can be finished quick or it can take forever depending on whose rules you play it by. Whichever rules you go by, UNO is always fun.

UNO is for children ages 7 and up and can be played with many players. Our family loves playing with a double deck. It takes longer that way but is so much fun.

4. Spot It

This game is recommended for ages 3 and up, so if you have preschoolers this is the game for you. The Spot it tin includes a list of instructions for 5 different ways to play the game so it never gets boring. It is essentially a fun game of matching that can be played in multiple ways. We have the original Spot it, but there are many different versions.

And a honorable mention…

This last game I am going to mention is not a card game but a dice game, yet it is oh-so-fun and still very portable and extremely family friendly, so I have to mention Tenzi.  My family bought the party pack that allows 7 people to play at once, but there is a smaller more travel friendly 4 player pack.

There are multiple ways to play Tenzi included in the package but if you get bored with those, you can buy the ’77 ways to play Tenzi’ card pack which is small and very portable.

What fun, family friendly card games would you add to my list?

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  1. We LOVE card games! Some of these are our favorites but I’m glad to know of new ones. Stocking stuffers for Christmas! Sharing this on my FB page for my blog. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Yes! Card games make great stocking stuffers often you can find coupons for them and combine them with sales at Christmas time.

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