Traveling with your family is one of the best ways to unwind, experience a new culture, and enjoy wonderful places. It’s also a great chance to make it up for your kids who are so happy spending quality time with you.

While traveling, there are moments when everyone just wants to hang out in your hotel and rest. This can be boring especially for kids. You have to make sure they have some fun things to do to keep them busy. Playing card games is one way to keep boredom away and enjoy each other’s company.

Card Games for Kids

Let’s have a look at some of the most wholesome card games you can play with your kids while on a trip:

Exploding Kittens (Age: 7+, 2-10 players)

Beware that this game comes in both a family and an NSFW (Not Safe for Work) version, so make sure you pick the right type for your gaming group. This game is simple to learn but competitive enough to make you want to win by being the last player to not explode. It is fun to see cards themselves feature very creative illustrations of various felines.

The Crew (Age: 10+, 2-5 players)

A unique take on trick-taking games like spades. What’s really fun about The Crew is that you can keep doing missions that gradually become more difficult as they progress. Great cooperative game… as long as you can work well together as a team while not talking to each other.

Sleeping Queens (Age: 8+, 2-5 players)

Even though this game was invented by a child, Sleeping Queens is enjoyable for all ages. The goal here is to wake up as many queens as possible before your opponent using strategy and a little luck. Don’t pass up this family game.

The Mind (Age: 8+, 2-4 players)

The Mind is a cooperative game like The Crew, which is being played without talking. This may be challenging for kids, but that’s the purpose of the game. You are not allowed to make noises and gestures when someone makes a move that you know will be against you.

Silver and Gold (Age: 8+,2-4 players)

Who doesn’t want to find treasure while on vacation? This game requires dry-erase markers (included), so keep that in mind for younger players. Silver and Gold is ideal for when you’re out to dinner and need to keep hungry kids occupied to divert their attention while waiting for the food.

Dungeon Mayhem (Age: 8+, 2-4 players)

Dungeon Mayhem is an easy-to-learn elimination card game that adds fun to any gathering. Each player chooses one of four well-known Dungeons & Dragons classes: Wizard, Paladin, Rogue, or Barbarian. Because it’s easy to set up and play, it’s great to keep your family occupied while waiting for your rental car.

Card Games for Adults

When you travel with friends or colleagues, of course, you cannot play any of those listed above. Here is another set of card games I found in my favorite resource well suited for your age bracket:

Cheat

In this game, every player must aim to be the first to get rid of all the cards.

1. Shuffle the cards and distribute all of it evenly among the players. Players need to reshuffle their cards in descending order such that the aces will be at the bottom rank.

2. Starting with Aces, the first player deals his card facing downwards and states how many Aces he has. He can try sneaking in another card by pretending it’s an Ace.

3. If one of the other players believes the first player is lying after he turns the card, that player can utter “cheat”! Then, the first player will be required to reveal their discarded cards. If the first player was telling the truth, the other player takes the entire discard pile into their hand. If the first person lied, he can take the discarded pile.

4. The game continues until one person has no cards left – and that person wins!

Old Maid

To win, the players need to discard all their cards. The person who still has a Queen card is the loser.

1. Jumble and deal all cards. Players examine their cards and discard any pairs they have. A pair can be two clubs or two queens, for example, regardless of the color.

2. The game begins with the person on the left side of the dealer. He (the first player) turns away from the second player to whom he offers his card. The second player must not see what the cards are. He takes one card from the deck and adds it to his cards. If he has a pair card, it will be set aside.

3. The cycle continues until such time that all card pairs have been eliminated. The person who still has a Queen card is the loser.

Crazy Eights

The goal of Crazy Eights is to get rid of all cards.

1. Shuffle all of the cards and deal seven to each player. Leftover cards are stacked face down so that no one except the top card, which is face-up, can see the next card.

2. The top card is dealt face-up to start the game. The person to the left of the dealer starts making a move.

3. Examine the cards you were given to see if they match the top card. For example, if the top card is a red Five of Hearts, you can play a red, a five, or another heart card. If this is not possible, draw a card from the stockpile, and the game moves on to the next player.

4. However, if you have an Eight, you are in luck because an Eight can be played on any other card, allowing you to choose a new suit.

5. Play until someone runs out of cards – then that person wins!

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