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When packing games for a trip, there's always the frustration of not having enough room. Sure, lots of games come in small boxes and there are many great card games, but sometimes you just want something more.

This is a list of some games that can be minimized easily to fit in a suitcase or backpack. Please feel free to add any that you're fond of packing.

The negative among you may refer to these as "games with wasted space," but I prefer to think of them as extra games I can cram in my bag.
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1. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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This one works perfectly as just a deck of cards and money. They even supply you with card versions of the round-leader markers. You'll have to remember how many cards to put out, but just use pad and pencil for the scores.
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2. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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Although the newest release of this is helpfully packaged very tightly, any edition can be reduced to small bags of cards and chips.
 
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3. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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There are many tile-laying games that could probably fit this list, but I chose this one because it is more unusual. Also, despite the quantity of components, they really don't take up that much space. Once all the pieces are in a giant Ziploc bag, you'd be surprised at how little space they use.
 
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4. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2530]
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This is a good game in its own right, but the real beauty of it is the box. Once you bag up the chips and cards, the box is the perfect size to fit in a bunch of Adlung-Spiele games. My box currently has Meuterer, Verrater, Von Cap Bis Cairo, Pisa, Die Fugger, and Sh*t. Quite a lot of games for a pretty small box.
 
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5. Board Game: What Were You Thinking? [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:3583]
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This one is easiest to pack because it requires... nothing. We've always just played this using pencil and paper, letting each player have a go at making up a category.
 
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6. Board Game: Medieval Merchant [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1657]
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You definitely need the board for this one, so that can be a problem, but all the rest of the pieces really take up very little space at all.
 
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7. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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This one could really use a nice travel edition. All you really need is the cards, but a nice, easy way to keep track of the scores helps a lot.
 
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8. Board Game: Verräter [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1339]
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These two Adlung games are the hands-down champs in this department. Depth in the ballpark of modern Euros - Settlers, f'rinstance. Size on par with... a pack of smokes.
 
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9. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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See above.
 
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10. Board Game: Catan: Portable Edition [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1477]
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worked fine for me !
 
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11. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
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With Wyatt Earp, you only need the deck of cards and a tally sheet to keep track of the rewards for each Outlaw. I've just posted an Outlaw Reward Tally Sheet as a player aid for travelling. This eliminates the need for the Reward Posters and reward counters. I used it yesterday, and it worked very well.
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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Leaving the box, this game can be easily stored in ziplogs and the boards slotted into a sleeve file to prevent it from being damaged.
 
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13. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Obvious choice. Fits in a really small box.
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14. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
Joe Childers
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Here is an example of a board game where the board is largely superfluous. To make UP travelable, take just the stock cards, trains and money. All that is really happening on the board is that the number of trains in each company is growing, and the track cards are really just a layer of fiddle added onto that. So just play as normal, but skip the track cards; instead, when someone wants to draw a card, they just place a train from the bank onto the table. Everyone can see how big each company is, perhaps even easier than in the game--you just have to remember to add one for the home station. Indeed this to me seems a classic swap between theme and portability.
 
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15. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Citadels is a card game, with extra bits. Throw the cards, and maybe the king marker, into a cardbox to go. The rest of the bits are character markers (rarely used by us), plastic 'gold' (substitute any standard score marking accessory - I use a snack tub full of pennies as counters/markers for any number of games), and bonus award chits (by the time you get to scoring, gold is useless, so use gold to tally score, or just count up the cards and add the bonuses)
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16. Board Game: Scrabble Dice [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:13144]
David Staley
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Good variation of a classic that is easy to take along with you.
 
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17. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1193]
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No need to break down this game at all; it already comes in a very small box. If anything, this game is underproduced, and I'd actually like a larger board, but there you are. This little game has a lot going on: the cards serve multiple purposes, the board gains you special abilities as you sail around it, collecting the abilities as you sail, how you load your goods for shipment and how much you trade with other players all affect your score. I also like that you have to pay Victory Points (Ducati, the currency in the game) to gain more cards.
 
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18. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:911]
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Pack the bits and cards in a ziploc bag; the board folds down fairly small. Con: The game only supports two players. Pro: It's got enough tactical play on the board with the bridge placement to transcend the card play.
 
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19. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:4286]
Richard Lyon
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Or, carry one piecepack and get more than 100 games into a very small package. Next week I'll be in Mexico on business and I'm carrying this, and rules for 12 solitare games that it can be used to play.
 
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20. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2092]
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Free, downloadable, make yourself, and pretty entertaining 1-2 player game. Packs fairly small - this is the second (and last) game going to Mexico with me.
 
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21. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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Small, nice travel box.... biggest drawback is that its 2 player only.
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22. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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I have small steel box version of Mamma Mia! with expansion. Good for travel.
 
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23. Board Game: Little Italy [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:9672]
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lots of air in this box
 
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24. Board Game: Tides of Time [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:836]
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So Small only 18 card. 2 players draft game with a lot of strategy.
 
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