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Travel Card Games to Keep Children Occupied

Whether it’s on a classroom field trip or a flight to your next vacation destination, children can get restless. As much as you can understand that feeling, it doesn’t change the fact that the last thing you want to hear is, “Are we there yet?” Keep kids occupied with something that will take their mind off of the time until they reach the destination while also keeping their critical thinking and memory skills sharp. Check out our top picks for the best travel card games.

You’ll get 54 cards in this travel card game that’s designed for children ages seven and up. As long as you have at least two people, the fun can begin!

This travel card game comes with 71 cards and a total of 355 questions. While you can shuffle through to easier questions if kids don’t know the answer, these are best for kids 12 and up.

We think this is a great travel card game for the whole family. As long as your child can read or associate images with items, they can play — making it an easy, mess-free game.

One thing to note with this travel card game is that the bingo cards come with chips, which could get lost under car or airplane seats.

Best for Building Skills

Each card in this travel card game set picks a specific item that your child needs to find. While they’re having fun, kids will improve on their observational skills and attention to detail.

Expert Commentary

Traveling can become very boring if you don’t have any activities planned for the journey. That is why you need these interactive, engaging and easy-to-carry card games. Whether you pick the scavenger hunt card games or choose the bingo or trivia ones, these games provide enough material for the entire family to have a fun-filled, exciting trip.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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