Gateway Games: Best Travel Games

Gateway Games: Best Travel Games

February 12, 2019 Off By Tifa

Gateway Games is a series of articles aimed at helping you find the games that are right for you. Today, I’m going to provide you with some game ideas that are great to take with you on the go.

Everyone can benefit from having good go-to games for traveling. Not only are these games applicable to actual travel, like road trips and long flights, but they are also great for taking to conventions, out to bars, and even for a dinner date. Board and card games have a huge advantage for interacting face to face with folks, versus staring at electronic screens for hours on flights or in the back of a car. Here are some games that can easily help pass the time. They all play fairly quickly, can easily be stopped and put away if needed, are compact and easy for storing.

Jungle Rummy

Jungle Rummy is a family favorite in my house. This game was designed by a Jungle Cruise Skipper, combining elements from Hearts, Rummy, and Uno. Thematically it feels like you are on an adventure in the jungle, isolated from civilization and surrounded by hippos. Since the game takes inspiration from classic trick-taking games, it is very easy to learn with very little set-up time and only requires a small space in order to play. While the game can play up to four players, it’s a fantastic two-player game. My husband and I usually play it anytime we fly. The game ends when three volcanoes have been revealed, which can turn up at any time, keeping the flow exciting and unexpected.

Love Letter

You might remember Love Letter from my social deduction game post. I thought it was worth bringing back because it makes a great two player game on an airplane ride and it’s a fun game to bust out at a dinner table with up to four people. I actually kept a copy of Love Letter (the wedding addition, as seen above) in my purse for a long time. Most versions of Love Letter come conveniently packaged with a portable little bag like the white and pink one above. The gameplay is the simple mechanic of draw a card, play a card every turn with hand sizes always being one or two cards and you don’t need a large area in front of you in order to play.


Fluxx is a small, fun card game with ever-changing rules. The main mechanic of the game is that the win condition is always changing based on the cards you play. It starts out with only a couple of cards out on the board, but as the game goes it can get chaotic. This can be challenging in a small space, but it actually kind of adds to the silliness of this wacky game. One of the best features about Fluxx is that you can find the game in any theme you want! We own Batman Fluxx and Adventure Time Fluxx, but there are dozens to choose from depending on what you are into.

I hope this article helps you find some games for your next trip!