I like looking into which boardgames work for taking on family summer vacations. The last time I looked at this question was July 2012. This year we have plans to visit points of interest in southwest Virginia - the Skyline Drive, Lexington, the Natural Bridge, and Monticello. We specifically will be leaving laptops at home. Anticipating some quality family downtime, of course that means boardgames.
I was a little less methodical in coming up with the boardgame packing list than in previous years. I came up with a few off the top of my head, others that I'd flagged in a list of games that my 18- and 13-year-old sons might like. I ran the list by the family and had them cross off anything they would refuse to play. Here's the list we ended up with: