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DIY Travel Games – Make your Own Games for Trips & Vacations

Since we’re headed to the airport this afternoon, travel is on my mind today!

Although the trend seems to be to plug in your headphones and travel in electronic solitude, trips can be a great time to connect with your traveling companions.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, DIY travel games can be a lot of fun! 

You can play your pocket-sized games on the plane or during a layover, plus it’s always nice to have something non-digital to share while you’re actually on vacation (especially if you’re weird like us and headed off for a vacation sans electricity!).

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While many of the games in this roundup are family-friendly, they are not specifically kid-oriented. Adults need time to play, too! I hope you enjoy this roundup of DIY travel games tutorials. šŸ™‚

DIY Travel Games - travel games for adults

Scrabble games with my husband are always amusing. I am the world’s worst speller and English is his second language! As soon as I saw this MYO magnetic Scrabble board from Busy Kids, Happy Mom, I wanted to make it.

Was anyone else obsessed with Duck Tape in high school? My best first entered the Duck Tape prom dress scholarship challenge! This Duck Tape DIY checkers game from Mod Podge Rocks brings back memories!

If you’d prefer something softer, this woven felt checkers set with a drawstring back from Simple Shoe Boxes is for you.

Chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, and backgammon can all be shrunk to mint tin size?! This Instructable shows you how to make an Altoids tin into a variety of travel games!

This assortment of DIY travel games for kids from PBS looks pretty fun for adults, too! I can easily imagine playing q-tip pick up sticks with my husband, and since we shop at Costco we have approximately 1,000,000 extra q-tips at home.

Although this mini pool table in a tin from Crafts Unleashed may be more cute than practical, it still seems fun!

This DIY travel dice game from Making Nice in the Midwest is a bit more polished-looking than some of the other games, and it comes with a set of printable rules!

This felt travel memories game from Kids Activities would be fun for littles!

These DIY vintage wood travel games from Make Life Lovely are also cute! The instructions even show you how to make the wood box.

While it isn’t actually a DIY, I had to share this travel cribbage set from Yellow Birch Outfitter on Etsy. My husband’s two favorite games are Dominos (he’s Cuban and it’s basically the national game of Cuba) and cribbage (from his years on a submarine.)

They’re not DIY, but I don’t even know how many hours I’ve passed in the car with one of these little games!

Regal Games Original Travel Bingo 4 Pack - Great for Family Vacations Car...
  • This durable 4 Pack Assorted 6.75 x 6.5 inch Travel Bingo Cards are perfect for Roadtrips (Includes a mix of Auto Bingo Cards and Interstate Cards)
  • Spot Items from your Travel Bingo card from the Backseat on your Roadtrips
  • Mark the Items with the Fingertip Shutter Windows

And, of course, the other classic – Mad Libs!

Unicorns, Mermaids, and Mad Libs
  • Price Stern Sloan
  • Billy Merrell
  • Publisher: Mad Libs

If you’re looking for more ways to stay entertained on your trip, please stop by my list of best crafts for traveling!

5 Best Crafts for Traveling - Portable crafts for travel and vacation

As a quick note – we’re headed to the airport soon, but The Artisan Life will be busy while I’m away! There are plenty of posts scheduled for the next month, so please make sure to check in! 

What’s your favorite way to stay busy while you’re traveling?

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  • Sarah June 16, 2017, 02:05

    These are all such fab ideas – and really cute too! I admire people that do so much hand-making around the home. I never really seem to find the time šŸ™‚

    • Natashalh June 16, 2017, 11:50

      It does tend to take more time, but I’m addicted to making as much as I can myself!

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