The best games for Airbnb and Vrbo vacation homes

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What’s the universal goal of a vacation? Answer: To make lasting memories. While buying games for your vacation rental may seem like a frivolous detail, they’re actually a savvy way to set the stage for fun and laughter. Which in turn leads to happy guests who leave 5-star reviews (or even repeat bookings). In other words—games can be a game-changer.

However, they’re not one-size-fits-all. The games you love to play aren’t likely the same ones your teenager gets a kick out of. Let’s review some things to think about. Let the fun begin.

How to choose the right games

Don’t just pick out any game or simply throw in a deck of cards and call it a day. Anything you do to improve your guest experience and keep your guests happy requires some consideration. Here’s what to think about.

Your type of vacation home

You don’t need a dedicated game room to keep guests entertained. Even 1-bedroom condos and small cottages can still offer big doses of fun. Simply stick with compact and versatile games that guests can play in a smaller space, such as Scrabble, chess, Uno, and checkers.

Have a larger space—even an extra room that you can turn into an official game room? Think bigger. Pool tables, video game consoles, ping pong, air hockey, and foosball are all popular with guests.

Your type of guest

Think about who typically books your vacation home. Families with kids? Then stock your home with games the whole family will play. Include classic crowd-pleasers like Life, Jenga, and Operation. Plus, more modern kid-friendly games, including Throw, Throw, Burrito; Sushi Go!, or Karuba. Extra perk? Parents will love that you kept their kids preoccupied and off their devices.

Does your Airbnb attract people in their 20s to 40s? Games like Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, or Taboo can make your game night hilariously comical.

Typical number of guests

For large groups, games like Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, and Pictionary pull everyone together. While two-player games such as checkers, chess, and conversation-based games provide the right amount of entertainment for a couple.

Video games

Some kids (OK—let’s be honest—many adults) won’t want to leave home without their Playstation, X-Box, or Nintendo. You’re not expected to provide any consoles or controllers. However, update your vacation rental listing and make sure to mention your smart TV that guests can hook up their video games to and your blazing-fast WiFi to keep up with all the action.

Amount of storage space

No game room? No problem. Create a dedicated "Game Nook" with comfortable seating and good lighting to showcase your game collection. Games can get old, so organize and maintain your games regularly to ensure pieces are complete and in good condition. Consider rotating and updating your game selection to keep it fresh for returning guests.

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Top indoor games for Airbnb and Vrbo homes

Make sure guests always have fun at their fingertips, no matter the weather.

Board games

Games like Scrabble, Chess, or Settlers of Catan are great for small groups of 2-4 players.

Consider games like Codenames, Pictionary, or Taboo that can accommodate larger groups and encourage teamwork.

Card games

Games like Uno, Phase 10, or Exploding Kittens are fun choices for 3-5 players. Card games like Cards Against Humanity, Monikers, or The Voting Game are great for larger groups and can be hilarious pastimes.

Party games

Games like Jenga, Connect Four, or Boggle are classic choices for 2-4 players. Games like Charades, Cranium, and Minute to Win It games can entertain larger groups and create a lively atmosphere.

Puzzle games

Consider providing a few small tabletop puzzles or brain teasers that 1-4 players can enjoy. Meanwhile, puzzle games like Escape Room kits or large jigsaw puzzles can be engaging for larger groups to work on together.

Game room games

Go bigger when you have a designated game room. Filling the space with arcade games, foosball, shuffleboard, air hockey, ping pong and more can make your Airbnb or Vrbo stand out from the rest.

Top outdoor games for Airbnb and Vrbo homes

Have some extra lawn space? Make the most of every inch and fill it with fun including:

  • Cornhole
  • Bocce ball
  • Lawn darts
  • Giant Jenga
  • Giant Connect Four
  • Croquet
  • Putting green
  • Ping pong
  • Volleyball/badminton set
  • Frisbee/disc golf
  • Giant outdoor checkers or chess

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