It's holiday season, you've got travels to do, and you've got board games to bring along. But you can never seem to fit as many games as you'd like—after all, you never know the mood people will be in, so you like to have a variety of options.
Fortunately, we at iSlaytheDragon have your back. I've been spending some time looking into great ways to make your games a lot more portable. If you missed it, check out Part 1: Boards to get ideas on packing up those obnoxiously large boards that oh-so-many board games seem to require. Today, let's take a look at what is probably the toughest to pack up efficiently: the bits.
|You've got a variety of options|
So instead of dumping all your bits into a bag and calling it a day, a little effort can get you an excellent, workable organizational system. You might even end up using some of these to permanently organize your bits!
If you want to go the cheapy-cheap cheap route, which is always legitimate (more monies for more board games!), you can simply use a generous amount of Ziploc bags (again, doesn't have to be Ziploc brand). Did you know that there are a multitude of sizes of those resealable bags out there? They have snack size, sandwich, quart , gallon... I'd recommend storing individual sets of bits in small snack bags (if they don't already have baggies supplied) and keeping each game in a separate quart or gallon bag. You can also use quart or sandwich bags for those large bits that just don't seem to fit anywhere.
|These are great for many token sizes|
While board gaming stores don't offer a whole lot in storage other than cards and miniatures, hardware, fishing, and craft stores all have bits of their own that demand storage. I'm going to focus on craft stores, because I've found the best items there.
I'll give you one word here: beads. Yes, that's right, beads. As it turns out, some crafty people do crafty things with beads. And they like to organize those beads. You know what's kind of like beads? Board game bits. The storage containers are perfectly compatible.
These containers come in a wide variety. There are rectangular boxes divided into dozens of little sections. Made for organizing beads, these could instead organize bits. These things come in different sizes—you could get a small one for a single game, a medium one to fit multiple games, or a large one to suit your wildest storage needs. This type is great for anything from cubies to something larger, like Small World tokens.
|This is grea,t but might not fit bigger tokens|
|These could work well for bigger tokens|
The best way to get what you need is to take a look at the bits you have to bring and then go to the store. Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and JoAnn Fabrics had some pretty useful stuff, though JoAnn's had the best selection. Hardware stores will tend to have the large, sectioned cases (designed for screws, nails, washers, etc.) but are more limited with smaller storage (often requiring you to buy all the screws and nails inside to get the case... lame...). Fishing gear had some decent, smaller packages, but again—you might have to buy some fishing supplies you don't need to get the actual storage container.
Check back for part three, in which i'll discuss some great ways to store cards.