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When travelling with my family I like to take along a game or two to help fill in the 'down time'. The criteria for the games are:
1. Compact. It doesn't take up much space when packed away and you don't need much space to play it.
2. Sturdy. It won't get broken or otherwise unusable even if you play it outside and the wind is blowing or there's a chance of rain.
3. Quick. The game can be played in 15 minutes or less.
4. Replayable. The game can be played a few times back-to-back with the same opponent(s) and not get redundant.

My additions to this list tend towards tile-laying games. Please add your own ideas!
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1. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14962]
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One of the original tile-laying games. Nice because there are many variations of the game that can be played.
 
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2. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2164]
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Another tile laying game. The puzzles that are included in the instruction book make this a great individual (or cooperative) challenge too.
 
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3. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3157]
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Yet another tile laying game. Its only a two player game but its usually quick enough that its fun to watch also. The kids also like making patterns with the tiles.
 
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4. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1381]
Mark Saya
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Take It Easy mostly fits your criteria. Another tile laying game: here everyone plays on their own little board. Works well solitaire too.
 
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5. Board Game: Leapfrog [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5875]
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A lot of games fill your criteria #1, 3, and 4, but #2 (sturdy) is somewhat restrictive and seems to negate any game with cards or small bits. Leapfrog is a bluffing / guessing game that is all plastic and a couple of glass beads, and comes in a sturdy cassette case. Plays from 1 to 6 players, each round takes only 5 to 10 minutes, and players can jump in or out anytime without disrupting the game because any non-player pieces are moved randomly. Works very well for adults to play with kids, and I've played with children as young as 6 who liked the game a lot.
 
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6. Board Game: Cinq-O [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:10532]
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Another all-plastic game, even comes with a keychain for ease of travel. And another game that kids enjoy a lot and adults will have fun playing with them. This is a push-your-luck dice game that plays very quickly and is surprisingly addictive. You need a pad of paper and a pencil to keep score.
 
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7. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:771]
Jody Ludwick
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Travel Blokus (2-player)

Perfect!
 
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8. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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Why didn't I put Hive on here?
 
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