10 travel-sized board games to throw in your suitcase

Who said board games weren’t for adults? Strategy, cooperation, negotiation have no age… For beginners and experienced players, GQ has selected the best board games in XS format for a few hours of relaxation (or boxing) with friends or family during the holidays. Here are the essentials to get you to the game without overloading your luggage!

1. Monopoly

Monopoly Voyage Hasbro Gaming



in the program? Beware of bankruptcy! The most famous board game has you walking the streets of the capital where every real estate deal must be studied with a magnifying glass to buy, sell or negotiate at the right time and try to win the game!
Number of players: 2 to 6 players
Duration of a game: 30 minutes to 2 hours

2. Scrabble

in the program? Since his arrival in France, very precisely on January 19, 1955, the rules of this transgenerational game have remained unchanged: Collect points thanks to your letters drawn by lottery by creating words on the grid, where the boxes are more or less rewarded (such as .the famous: words count double). Adopted by more than 95% of French people, it might be time to start working on your vocabulary!
Number of players: 2 to 4 players
Duration of a game: 30 to 60 minutes

3. Cluedo

Cluedo Road Trip Board Game



in the program? It is the most famous investigative game in the world where you have to solve a committed crime. It’s up to you to use deduction and observation to first uncover the killer, the crime scene and the weapon used to solve a sordid affair in the English mansion.
Number of players? 2 to 4 players
Duration of a game? approximately 30 minutes

4. Mimetix

in the program? A must play with friends or family, this mime game with French expressions guarantees you a good dose of laughter. Switch to “literally rather than figuratively” mode to win or give your tongue to the cat…
Number of players: 3 or more players
Duration of a game: 30 to 60 minutes

5. Border limit

in the program? For evenings with friends, this party game can be very effective in triggering some giggles… The idea? The boss draws a gray card which shows the beginning of the quote. Each player draws 7 red cards which complement the boss’s gray cards to try to be elected boss in turn by being the funniest. For example, are you the type to get up at night for an autofellatio or a threesome with joined sisters?
Number of players: 3 to 12 players
Duration of a game: 15 to 30 minutes

6. The 6 who take

in the program? If you want to have the smallest pack (the small bull heads at the top and bottom of the cards correspond to the number of points: from 1 to 5), at all costs avoid placing the 6th card in a line, otherwise you will you the whole row… In short, collect as few points as possible by placing your 10 cards dealt at the start of the game. The cool thing is that it can be played by all ages. You just need to know how to put the numbers from 1 to 104 in order…
Number of players: 2 to 10 players
Duration of a game: 30 to 60 minutes

7. Mixmo




in the program? Draw 6 letters per player to start the game. When all these letters have been placed in the form of a crossword grid, shout “Mixmo”. Then all players must remove two new letters from the pile to form their own grid and so on. What we like? Being able to move and replace their letters ad infinitum as quickly as possible to try to announce “Mixmo” before their opponents. Be careful, this highly addictive game will give you an adrenaline boost to take with you everywhere!
Number of players: 2 to 6 players
Duration of a game: 15 to 30 minutes


in the program? In this card suite game designed by the creators of the famous UNO, at the start of the game you will have 5 cards in your hand and a “stock” (a deck of about 20 face down cards that will act as an individual draw deck) . The goal is to be the first player to get rid of his stock of cards by completing sets (the 4 piles in the middle of the game) in ascending order (from 1 to 12). Any tips for winning the game? Take a look at the visible card on the neighbor’s heel to block him in his progress!
Number of players: 2 to 6 players
Duration of a game: 30 to 60 minutes

9. Werewolves




in the program? Perfect for packing in your bag for a weekend away with friends, this board game takes place in a small village where you’ve fallen prey to werewolves. Be careful, as a villager you decide not to let it go and the serious stuff begins! Each player plays a role, and two sides compete to find out who the werewolf is behind this terrifying hoax game.
Number of players: more than 10 players
Duration of a game: 15 to 30 minutes

10. Life

SMILE LIFE board game

in the program? Play the right cards to build and succeed in your life. Love, career, studies, hobbies, money, family… Collect smiles to access your dream life, but beware of the unexpected (dismissal, divorce, prison, etc.) and pitfalls of other players.
Number of players: 2 to 6 players
Duration of a game: 30 to 60 minutes

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The best board games for adults

For the holidays or just a rainy day, here is the guide to the best board games you can afford and to offer for an evening with friends or a Sunday afternoon with the family.

The best board games for adults

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