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CAMPERVAN GAMES TO MAKE YOUR ROAD TRIPS EXTRA FUN

Breathing in the scent of pine trees, crisp mountain air or a salty sea makes getting away on a camping trip a delight to the senses. In fact, even just planning a road trip can make you happy. Playing fun campervan games is just another way you can recharge and develop closer relationships with your loved ones. Relaxing at the end of the day with laughs and a friendly competitive challenge is another element that makes camping so enjoyable.

There are many studies that show that playing board and card games lower stress, increase cognitive abilities and increase your ‘feel-good endorphins.

Because you are on the road and have limited space, you will want campervan games that take up little space and are easy to store in your campervan, motorhome or travel bags.

In this article, we have included all of our favourite campervan and motorhome games, those recommended by other motorhomers, and have also scoured the internet finding those that we think you’ll enjoy. Thus saving you precious searching time and providing you with a fun range of travel games to choose from for plenty of entertaining playfulness on your next camping road trip. 

We’ve sorted these campervan games into three categories to make things easier for you:

CAMPERVAN GAMES FOR 2 OR MORE PLAYERS

DOBBLE 

Dobble has been one of our favourite games as a family. My adult sons absolutely love it and it is a fabulous all-rounder. It comes in several different themes, including Harry Potter and a Waterproof pack It is a fun game that can be played with 2 or more players. Great for exercising the brain, improving reaction times and having some friendly competitive fun. Great for any age and one of those perfect games that are suitable for 4-year-olds to 90-year-olds.


CODENAMES DUET

Codenames is a really cool game where you give one-word clues to your partner and hope to solve the puzzle together. I found this really helpful and thorough video on how to play here. You have limited turns and it’s a fantastic game of focus and fun for two players.

Ideal for playing in a motorhome, as you need a table or flat surface to lay out a grid of cards.


TRAVEL SIZE HIVE

The fun strategic game of Hive now comes in a smaller size with a drawstring bag for easy storage. No board is needed, just a flat surface to place your tiles.

The aim is to stop your queen bee from being completely surrounded by the other insects in the hive. The insects can make different moves depending on what they are, some can even land on opponent tiles which adds another dimension to this almost chess-like game. 

A great campervan game for two players who love a bit of strategising. 


BANANAGRAMS

You can’t get a word game much more compact or easy to travel with than the award-winning word-building game of Bananagrams. The fun banana-shaped travel case is a terrific shape for fitting into small spaces which is perfect for travel games to take on your road trip.

The game is a little like Scrabble but without the board.


ESCAPE ROOM MISSION

Love Escape Rooms? Take one away with you in your campervan for a fun sleuthing time. There are several types to choose from and come in an easy to pack bag, full of clues, posters and secret codes to help you solve the problem and ‘escape the room’. 

Try this Mission to Mars, or solve the mystery of Flight 937 or The Bank Job


YAHTZEE DICE GAME

Yahtzee involves 5 dice and a scorecard and is a game involving predicting possibilities and odds. It’s a little complicated to get the hang of but a great game once you grasp the rules and how to score.

It comes with a natty little bag that is light and easy to tuck into travel bags. One or more players.


I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT

A box of trivia card questions of things you really ‘oughta know. Points are subtracted for every wrong answer.  The box is only 14cm x 14 x 4 cm so easy to slip into your travel bag or to pack in your motorhome, RV or campervan. 


TRAVEL RUMMIKUB

Another travel version of a favourite strategy game, where you make ‘sets’ and gradually get rid of your tiles. Supplied in a sturdy tin, this is a great campervan game for 2, 3 or 4 players.


TRAVEL BOGGLE

A fantastic campervan game that takes up very little space and gets the old grey matter working while trying to form as many words as possible from the shaken letters. 


PASS THE PIGS

An addictive dice game for 2  to 4 players. Its small plastic case makes it easy to carry and a terrific travel game to have with you on a camping trip. Points are gained and lost depending on how the pig has landed.


QUIRKLE

The new Travel Quirkle — an easy to play game that can be played as simply or as strategically as you like. The aim of the game is to create rows of similar shapes or colours. Therefore it is great for all ages and is now the perfect size for a campervan game.


QUIDDLER

We’ve not played this game yet, but so many fellow travellers have recommended we add it to this list so it must be good.

It’s a fun word game that is quick to play and challenges the brain matter. Suitable for 8 years and up and from 1-8 players.


MONOPOLY DEAL

MonopolyDeal is the most popular of the Monopoly card games. It is just as much fun for two players as five. The game takes about 5 -15 minutes (longer with more players) and the aim of the game is to collect three sets of properties. 


MAGNETIC TRAVEL CHESS

There’s nothing quite like a game of chess to focus and quieten the mind. This easy to store magnetic board makes it easier to play without knocking the pieces over and therefore makes a wonderful game to have in your camper, motorhome or travel bag. 


TRAVEL SCRABBLE

Scrabble. There isn’t a day go by that I don’t play a Scrabble move in my online game with my youngest son (He’s in his 20s). I love this game, and the more you play the more strategic you become. This is a great travel version that keeps the tiles in place and comes in a compact case. Wonderful for keeping the brain active and just the thing to wind down after a day on the road.

There is also a deluxe travel version available if you want to really want to splash out.


Who Knows Where

The Who Knows Where game isn’t small, but we love it so much that I’m including it here because it is perfect for those who love to travel. It could be packed in a motorhome cabinet and although we won’t have room for it in our bush camper, if we had a motorhome we would definitely be bringing it along.

The World version tests your knowledge of places around the world, with all players placing their pyramid on a square on the map. Both questions and photos have you guessing locations around the globe. This is one of our all-time favourite games and it can be played with easy or hard questions and the board can also be turned over for an even more difficult game.

There is also a UK version of the game.


Mapominoes

Mapominoes is similar to Dominoes and it is good for those wanting to increase their knowledge of flags, capitals, seas and knowledge of which country borders which.

It took us a few games to get the gist but with continued playing, you start to think more strategically. The game has a few alternative rule options to keep things fresh.

It’s a neatly compacted card game so easy to take travelling.


FAMILY AND GROUP CAMPERVAN GAMES

The first few games listed in this section are just awesome, and we have them all. Not only are the games awesome but we love to recommend this company, Gamely, because of their ethos. They give 10% of profits and thousands of games to charity, as well as planting 10 trees for every one they use in the production of their games.

The icing on the cake for us, as travellers and road trippers, is that Gamely Games are all compact and therefore absolutely perfect for taking on road trips, packing in a backpack and stashing in a campervan or motorhome.

Click this link for the whole range of Gamely games.

Randomise

Randomise comes in a small package but packs a huge bundle of fun. We love this game which combines mime, drawing and describing hilarious random characters.

As the game box says, ‘Big laughs in a small box. Randomise is guaranteed to make everyone smile‘… and that’s exactly what it is.


Soundiculous

Another hilarious and fun game, Soundiculous is for 4 or more players, easy to learn and can be played at various levels. You need to make a sound that can be guessed by your teammates.

From the easier noises such as trains and monkeys to the more difficult of wrestling or scuba diver. This game will have you in stitches as the noises that come out of your mouth don’t quite match what you might have in your head 🙂


Six Second Scribbles

The game of fast draws and quick thinking deciphering. Everyone plays at the same time with one minute to draw ten items. To win points players need to guess what has been drawn.

Another totally entertaining game by Gamely that will have you scribbling like crazy and scrambling your brain to work out what on earth it is you are looking at. One of my favourites, and I can’t draw to save my life! Playing this was so much fun, my sides hurt from laughing.

Again, super compact and perfect to take travelling and as a campervan game.


TRAVEL PICTIONARY

Always sure to get the merriment moving along is this fast-paced game of Pictionary with a twist. Clues are given using a mixture of cards and charades – no drawing required.


TRAVEL TRIVIA QUIZ

A compact Trivia game – The Travel Quiz Card Game that will put your geography knowledge to the test. Great game to play with friends or family.

There are 140 travel themed questions in this pack, but you can also choose from a whole range of other themes including;


EXPLODING KITTENS

One of the latest games to hit the world by storm is the card game, Exploding Kittens. It’s sold over 10 million copies and is an Amazon Bestseller. The aim of the game is to not get blown up but you can get help from old Back hair, rubbing the belly of a pig-a-corn or seeking out the wisdom of a Goat Wizard. 

Fun for all the family, easy to learn and takes 15 minutes to play. 


SASQUATCH CAMPING THEME CARD GAME

Get your ‘roar’ on with this fun family card game. Similar to the card game of rummy but with camping themed cards. The Sasquatch is the fun wild card. This game can be played anywhere and is nice and compact making it just right for a campervan game.


ARTICULATE

Articulate is one of my all-time favourite games. You can buy a travel version of this game but there aren’t many cards in that version so it is well worth investing in the full-sized game.

Inside there is a large box of Articulate Cards — so just take that smaller box with you on your road trip and use a point system rather than the game board that it comes with.

‘You have to describe a word without actually saying it’ –  when you’re racing the timer, it’s not as easy as you might think. 


TRAVEL UNO

I used to play UNO with my kids all the time when camping. It’s the classic family card game that’s easy to learn and fun to play.

This travel tin version is the perfect size for taking on your road trip as a handy travel game. 

You can use strategic tactics with special action cards like skips, reverses, draw twos and colour-changing wild cards. 

This is a fun family camping game for adults, teens and kids 7 years old and up. 


Monopoly bid campervan game

MONOPOLY BID

Monopoly Bid is an offshoot of the classic board game Monopoly and although similar to the Monopoly Deal, it is easier to play and more fun with more than two players. Suitable for 7-year-olds and up,  straightforward rules and the game takes about 15 minutes.

If you want to take the board game on your travels then consider this Monopoly Travel Board where pieces stay in place while you travel!


OUTDOOR CAMPING GAMES

BEAN BAG CORNHOLE GAME

This is a travel version of the Cornhole bean bag game that comes in a convenient travel case and is easily assembled and collapsed. The aim of the game is to score points by throwing the bean bag into the hole. A great way for all the family to practise their coordination and throwing skills.


BOCCE BALL

Who doesn’t love Bocce? Fun for 2 to 8 players this set is a terrific addition to any campervan game kit … if you have the room. It’s also a pleasurable way to while away the time at a campsite, on the beach or in a park. Encourage your fellow campers to join in the fun and get social. 

A game that can be enjoyed by all ages. 


QUOITS

Another fun game to take camping which everyone can enjoy. This pack is easy to assemble and comes with its own travel case. 


CAMPERVAN GAMES — WIN-WIN

Creating this post, with all of our favourite games and researching other great campervan games, has inspired me to take some of these back to Africa when we return to our 4×4 bush camper and continue our Overlanding Africa trip. I want all of them!

I must admit I am, and always have been, a lover of games and they go perfectly with a road trip lifestyle, where you don’t always have access to electricity and wifi. I keep a keen eye out for games to play in a motorhome and two-player travel games. I’m not even that competitive — though my family may disagree with me on that. I just enjoy the whole process and like sharing the moment with my loved ones or friends.

These campervan games are equally great as gifts as they are for collecting your own stash of fun travel games.

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