35+ Best Travel Games for Kids (from Toddlers to Teens!)

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Whether your family is flying in an airplane, taking a train, or embarking on a road trip, you need to keep your offspring occupied during your travels! Thankfully, many games and activities come in travel sizes to entertain kids on the go. Card games and travel board games keep minds active not only during the journey but also at restaurants and back in the hotel room. Take a look at the 35+ best travel games for kids of all ages, from toddlers, preschoolers, and grade schoolers to tweens and teenagers.

Best Travel Games for Kids from Toddlers to Teens
Best Travel Games for Kids from Toddlers to Teens (Photo credit: Depositphotos.com)

Travel Games for Toddlers (Ages 1-4+)

Roll and Play Game for Toddlers

Roll and Play Game for Toddlers

ThinkFun's Roll and Play Game provides a distraction with mindful activities. Young kids will learn counting, colors, and searching for objects. There are also cues for fun movements like waving arms or doing a dance in their car seats. (Ages 18+ months.)

Toddler Scavenger Hunt

Toddler Scavenger Hunt

Keep young children busy with a fun scavenger hunt while traveling. Although these Toddler Scavenger Hunt Cards are supposedly for the home, many of the items can easily be found while on the go. Search for simple things like a button, something blue, or a door. The ring makes it easy to keep the cards together while traveling, too. (Ages 2+.)

Montessori Sensory Board

Montessori Sensory Board

This Montessori Sensory Board provides a fun way for younger children to learn through play. It comes with an adorable, soft carrying case to keep everything organized. (Ages 1-6.)

Sesame Street On the Go Letters

Alphabet game for travel with kids

Toddlers will learn all the letters of the alphabet with the Sesame Street Elmo's On the Go Letters. This alphabet game comes with a plastic take-along case, making it a great choice for travel. (Ages 2-4.)

Travel Games for Preschoolers (Ages 2-5+)

Junior Memory Game

Junior Memory Game by Cottify

When traveling with preschoolers matching card games are a great way to go! These fun travel games for kids come in many themes and are portable. They are easily played on a flat surface like an airplane tray table.

Junior Memory Game is a simple game that comes with durable wooden cards and a convenient travel bag. (Ages 2-4.)

Disney Mini Memory Game

Disney Mini Memory Game

If your family is embarking on a Disney vacation, then buy this Disney Mini Memory Game to get children excited to meet their favorite characters. (Ages 3+.)

Flip to Win Memory Game

Melissa & Doug's Flip to Win Memory Game

This Flip to Win Memory Game by Melissa & Doug will keep memories sharp for little kids and parents. It comes with seven different themed cards like fruit, farm, and colors. (Ages 5-7.)

My First Bananagrams

My First Bananagrams

Preschoolers can learn letters and words on the go with My First Bananagrams, a junior version of the popular Bananagrams word game. (Choking hazard. Ages 4+.)

Single Player Games Book

The Amazing Kids Activity Book

Little ones will love The Amazing Kids Activity Book. It's packed with games of all sorts for single players like mazes, easy crossword puzzles, dot-to-dots, and more. (Ages 3-6.)

Wipe Clean Activity Book

Giant Activity Work Book

This Giant Activity Work Book uses a dry-erase marker and can be wiped clean for use on multiple family trips. Learn early skills while traveling, like letters of the alphabet, colors, numbers, and beyond. (Ages 2-4.)

Dry-Erase Markers

Be sure to buy additional erasable markers since they dry out quickly. (Ages 3-6.)

Guess Who Card Game

Guess Who Card Game for children

Play the Guess Who Card Game with young children to make travel time fly by. Take turns asking yes or no questions to determine your opponent's mystery person. (Ages 5+.)

I Spy

I Spy travel game

This hunt-and-seek game keeps kids engaged with the scenery during car trips. I Spy game cards ask children to find items along the route, like stop signs or something round. (Ages 4+.)

Pocket Tic Tac Toe

Pocket Tic Tac Toe travel game for kids

You don't even need a pen or piece of paper for this pocket-version of Tic Tac Toe. It provides a handy diversion while waiting in line at theme parks or museums. (Ages 4+.)

Travel Games for Grade School Kids (Ages 5-12+)

Checkers Take ‘N' Play Anywhere

Checkers Take 'N' Play Anywhere

I was obsessed with playing Checkers as a child. Now, so are my kids. Checkers Take ‘N' Play Anywhere includes magnetic pieces that stay put. This classic game allows children to jump opponents and say, “King me!” while traveling. (Ages 6+.)

Classic Children's Card Games for Kids

Think Fun Children's Card Games

Purchase this darling pack of four children's card games that includes old-fashioned favorites like Crazy Eights, Hearts, Old Maid, and Animal Rummy. Each comes with its own set of directions. The colorful pictures make learning a new card game easier and more fun for kids. (Ages 4+)

Themed Deck of Cards

Harry Potter Playing Cards

A simple deck of cards makes a great travel game for the whole family. I always keep a deck in my purse to keep my family content and communicating at restaurants, on airplanes, and beyond. Choose a themed deck to up the fun factor on your next family vacation. (Ages 4+.)

Dog Lover's Playing Cards

Themed Card Options for Families

UNO with Travel Tin

Travel UNO

UNO is an enjoyable and easy classic card game for all ages. Get this UNO deck with travel tin for the entire family. (Ages 7+.)

Waterproof UNO

UNO Splash travel game for beach vacations

Headed to the beach or pool? Buy UNO Splash for a waterproof way to play! (Ages 7+.)

Pop-O-Matic Trouble Travel Game

Pop-O-Matic Trouble Travel Game

With stay-put game pieces and its own handy travel case, the Pop-O-Matic Trouble Travel Game makes a good choice for travel. Although kids love to pop the game die roller, this easy game can be noisy so it's probably best for car trips and family time at your vacation rental home or hotel. (Ages 8+.)

Hasbro's Grab & Go Board Games

Hasbro's Grab & Go Board Tavel Games for Kids

For even more fun, get four family travel games in one easy-to-pack case. Hasbro's Family Grab & Go Variety Pack Bundle contains popular portable games including Clue, Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Connect 4. (Ages 8+.)

Mad Libs

Vacation Mad Libs

A round of Mad Libs spurs creativity and lots of giggles. Review grammar basics while creating silly stories from family members' picks of adjectives, nouns, adverbs, and more. Even the driver can play along during family road trips! (Ages 8+.)

Mickey Mouse Mad Libs for Disney vacations

Mad Libs Vacation Versions

Travel Bingo

Travel Bingo

Great for a long car ride, Auto Bingo keeps kids engaged while they search for common road trip items. Flip the shutter-slide windows shut when your family finds fun things like a horse, fire truck, or road signs. (Ages 5+.)

License Plate Game

License Plate Game

The License Plate Game has long been one of the best road trip games. Keep track of licenses spotted during long trips with a License Plate Travel Bingo Set. (Ages 5+.)

Keep track of license plates spotted from every state in the USA during a long drive with Melissa & Doug's License Plate Game.

You Gotta Be Kidding

You Gotta Be Kidding travel game for kids

Everyone can get in on the hilarity with You Gotta Be Kidding. This game of “would you rather” poses all sorts of silly questions. Example: Would you rather drink liquid found leaking from a garbage can -OR- chew on a hairy clump found between the cushions of an old couch? All ages can't help but laugh while playing this travel game for kids. (Ages 7+.)

Rubik's Cube

Rubik's Cube single player game

Scramble the colors of a Rubik's Cube before giving it to your children. If they solve the puzzle, then they earn a prize (like choosing where to stop for lunch). (Ages 8+.)

Speed cube

A classic cube works fine for newbies but kids seeking a bigger challenge will want a speed cube. These are easier to manipulate quickly for timed play.

Travel Games for Tweens and Teens (Ages 8-19+)

Magnetic Chess Set

Magnetic Chess Set for Travel with kids

Strategy games like chess keep minds sharp while traveling. Magnetic travel games are fabulous because game pieces stay in place, even at a windy beach or on a bumpy car ride. This inexpensive magnetic travel chess game comes with blingy gold and silver pieces.

What's the appropriate age for chess? Bobby Fischer learned to play chess at age 6 from his big sister. Kids can learn even earlier if they show interest!

Backgammon Set with Leatherette Case

Travel Backgammon Set with Leatherette Case

When I was 15, I spent two weeks in Greece with one of my best friends and her big Greek family. My teen friend and I spent every single day at the beach swimming, talking, flirting with boys, and playing round after round of Backgammon.

As a parent, I'd rather my teenagers spend time playing backgammon than flirting! This Backgammon Set with Leatherette Case is a great way to keep teens occupied while traveling. (Ages 14+.)

3-in-1 Chess Checkers Backgammon Set

3-in-1 Chess Checkers Backgammon Set for Teens

Get more bang for your travel buck with a 3-in-1 Chess Checkers Backgammon Set. It includes three of the best games for teens. Plus, all the pieces are magnetic for travel. The best part? Everything is easily carried within one convenient case.

Loaded Questions On The Go

Loaded Questions On the Go Travel Game for Teens

Get older kids talking (and laughing!) during a long journey with this Loaded Questions On the Go travel game. It's full of fun queries like, “What super power is not very super?” and, “Whose voice can you best imitate?” There are no right or wrong answers! (Ages 8+.)

Loaded Questions On the Go Junior Travel Game for Children

Purchase the Loaded Questions Junior On the Go game to play with younger siblings. (Ages 6+.)


Bananagrams travel game for teenagers

Competitive wordsmiths will dig Bananagrams. During this timed game, players must make words by rearranging tiled letters. It's like Scrabble on speed. I love the compact cloth banana-shaped carrying case.

Since it requires a flat playing surface and involves lots of jostling that might not be appreciated on airplanes, I recommend playing Bananagrams for family fun at the dinner table while on vacation.

The manufacturer recommends this great game for ages 7+, but I'd go with 9+. Or, get My First Bananagrams, included under the Preschoolers section.

Apples To Apples On The Go

Apples To Apples On The Go travel game for older kids

My triplet niece and nephews loved playing Apples to Apples board game when they were tweens. Similar to the original, the travel version encourages creativity and conversation for adults and kids of all ages. Apples to Apples On The Go is a portable version of the popular board game. (Ages 12+.)

Scrabble to Go

Scrabble to Go travel game for kids

Keep teens off electronic devices with an engaging game like Scrabble to Go. This set comes with a game board, letter tiles, no-spill letter trays, and even a scorepad. It's all contained within a small zippered case. (Ages 8+.)


Yahtzee dice game

This loud but fun dice game provides a fun way to gather as a family for competitive play in the hotel room or vacation home after a day of touring. Yahtzee is easy enough for younger siblings but still engaging for teenagers. (Ages 8+.)

20 Questions

20 Questions travel game for all ages

Stump your travel mates with this game of mystery, mind, and logic. Players must guess the person, place, or thing within 20 Questions. (Ages 8+.)

unplugged road trip activities for kids
Discover more unplugged road trip activities for kids (Photo credit: Depositphotos.com)

Learn More Tips for Traveling with Kids

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From sticker books and lacing boards to bead kits and sand toys, check out the best travel toys for kids!

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Best Travel Games for Kids of All Ages

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Which of these family travel games have you played? Do you recommend any additional travel games for kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Shelly P says

    I just found Rubber Neckers for our up and coming trip with 4 kids of various ages. Looks like fun for any age

  2. I can confirm that chess are a great idea. Magnetic board is very useful, but you don’t need to play all game during the travel or even use a board. Chess diagrams are always a great idea to practice strategy moves or solve movement problems and better memorize. Book by Maksim Aksanov is a great choice. Of course it’s avaliable in electronic format, so you can have it on your phone or tablet.

  3. Flyingkids says

    These are cool travel games. Love them!

  4. jemidiochel @ Baguio City Guide says

    Very helpful! Thanks for these tips 😀 Now I know how to keep my munchin busy whenever we’re off to travel since it’s not a good thing to always let her watch on my smartphone.. I bet she’ll love the matching game because she loves books with pictures as well 😀

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      So glad you like our picks for travel games for kids! I hope your little one loves her matching game!

  5. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    These look fun! I bet my kids will love these!

  6. This post is perfect for my family. We travel a ton and I’m always looking for new ways to entertain the family.

  7. Janis @MommyBlogExpert says

    These are all great games for trips, for sure. But our family favorite is Bananagrams! Our whole family can play that one for hours on end.

  8. Lisa Bristol says

    I have a few games we keep just for the car that way the kids do not get bored of them. Now that the kids are a little older they like to bring their Nintendo DS with them in the car.

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    I am always looking for new games for our next road trip. I will have to pick up a few of these. My Son will love them.

  10. These are all great travel games. Battleship is another one we used to play while we traveled.

  11. These are great ideas. I really love the Write and Wipe games. They would make great gifts!

  12. I love having games like this on hand for when we travel. We need new games since the kids are getting older now.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      It’s amazing how kids change. The minute we think we’ve got this parenting thing down, the kids change and so must we!

  13. Great ideas. We are always looking for games that will keep our tween/teen entertained.

  14. Mandie Stevens says

    This is awesome. We’re headed to Tennessee for Christmas. It is a looong drive from Florida!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Enjoy your holiday travels, Mandie! I hope the travel games make the journey more enjoyable!

  15. We travel quite a lot so if I can find some games that will pass the time I will definitely do it. This is quite a great list of games to play. I will definitely be pinning this.

  16. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    This is such an awesome resource! I love that you included games for all ages. Kids get bored, not matter how old they are, and no matter how old they are, when they get bored, they get annoying. Bwahahahaha.

  17. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    So true, Trisk! Thank you for your comment!

  18. A refreshing list of some great travel games to carry. I especially loved that you indicated the recommended age for each toy. Most of these toys are useful not only during travel, but also keeping kids engaged during the trip.

  19. Mad Libs in paper and app version are staples on our trips!

  20. We love Mad Libs! Kids can start with them in preschool and never grow out of them. They are a family road trip staple for us.

  21. Amie O'Shaughnessy says

    Awesome! Always great to get recs from other families …

  22. Some great picks here!

  23. There are some of our family favorites on here. We are also fans of card games so I often pack Uno and SkipBo. For the car I have a deckopedia box of road trip games that comes in very handy.

  24. Amy Whitley says

    Have you heard of Munckin? Our older kids are loving this strategy game, and it’s easy to travel with because it only involves a deck of speciality cards. So fun!

  25. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    Great list – there are so many great games out there now that didn’t exist when my kids were young! I think my tween/teen girls would enjoy Loaded Questions – it sounds like fun!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      My husband and I love to play the board game version of Loaded Questions on game nights with friends. Super fun!

  26. Carcassonne can be a winner for teens too. It packs down small, but isn’t good for in-flight or in-car gaming as a table is needed.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I’ve never heard of that game, Craig. (But I did visit the town of Carcassonne in France years ago!) I will have to go look it up!

    • Oh, and something like Bohnanza is a great single-pack-of-cards game perfect for most ages.

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