Playing Cards: These are a no-brainer. They take up hardly any space and, especially with playing cards, the games are nearly limitless.
Yahtzee: Another must-have. Roll the dice and try your luck. Points are scored in various combinations of the die, including straights, three- and four-of-a-kind and the elusive Yahtzee.
Monopoly Deal: You’ve got it my friends, Monopoly has been dissected and put into a travel friendly box of cards! It’s a great game for just 2 people or an entire group. You get all the fun of the classic game with some great twists!
LCR: LCR is a tiny game and a ton of fun. It has three dice, each marked with three dots, plus an L for left, a C for center or an R for right, which is where the name comes from. Each player has a predetermined number of chips (or coins, or pretzels, or M&Ms …). Each player takes a turn rolling all three dice. If an L appears on one of the die, then that player must give on chip to the player to his or her left (or to the right if an R appears). A dot means the player can keep their chips that round. Last player still with chips is the winner.
Jenga: An oldie but goodie. Jenga is a tower of fun! Each player must take a piece out of the tower without knocking it over, first player to make the tower fall loses, pretty simple. If you want to kick it up a notch you can write truths/dares on each piece that the player who pulls it must complete!
Apples to Apples: We have this card game with us on every trip. The party game consists of two decks of cards: Things and Descriptions. Each round, the active player draws a Description card (which features an adjective like “Hairy” or “Smarmy”) from the deck, then the other players each secretly choose the Thing card in hand that best matches that description and plays it face-down on the table. The active player then reveals these cards and chooses the Thing card that, in his or her opinion, best matches the Description card, which he awards to whoever played that Thing card. Once a player has won a pre-determined number of Description cards, that player wins. If you don’t have this game, you need to get it. There’s an Apples to Apples Junior version, too.