Make it a little easier to travel with the kids with my go-to list of toddler travel toys. These will help keep the kids entertained and happy on road trips, on planes, and anytime you’re on the go.
Toddler Travel Toys
We have traveled a lot with kids over the years, and I’ve come to rely on a set of trusted toddler travel toys to help us get to our destination with a little more ease. While traveling with kids is usually exhausting, there are things I have found that can help a lot.
In this post you’ll find my top 10 travel toys for kids, including both electronics and device-free options so we have a mix to choose from. I also tried to include options that work for a mix of ages and that last, so you can use these items for years to come.
All of my favorites are linked below, or you can find them in my Amazon Storefront.
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These no-mess coloring books, which work with water pens that you fill with water, have saved more trips than I can count. They work for kids age 1 and up (and still work well with my youngest child at 4 years old). You can take them on an airplane or pack them in a road trip bag.
This is one of the best travel toys for kids, hands down.
Stickers are a constant source of entertainment for kids, and this book has a surface that allows the stickers to be stuck and restuck over and over again. This is a fun way to work fine motor skills—but since the stickers are puffy, they’re easy for little fingers and older toddlers to move.
We’ve used these for long car rides and long layovers at the airport, and they’re thin enough to fit into a kid’s backpack.
When stuck in a seat for a long period time, a fidget spinner can give little bodies have an outlet for their energy. These have suctions on the base, so they can be stuck to windows, an airplane tray table, or another surface for endless fun. And they are large enough that they’re easy for babies and little hands to use.
Loaded with pockets, puzzles, laces, sensory toys, buckles, shape sorters, and more, a busy board bag can help provide a lot of entertainment for curious kids. This one is made from fabric and a mix of textures, which can help hand-eye coordination—but is mostly fun to explore.
This type of quiet book can fit into a child’s backpack, or you can pop it into your diaper bag.
Easier to keep track of than crayons and paper and mess-free, this LCD tablet is so fun for kids of all ages. They can color, scribble, and reveal colors over and over—and erase the image to start again. This has been useful for quiet time in hotel rooms, while on road trips, and while waiting in lines at the store.
A smaller, more portable version of classic Magnatiles, these 3-D magnetic blocks are great for problem-solving skills and work like magnetic puzzles to take on the go. We put them into a small zipper bag for easy transport and count on this compact toy to keep us busy when we’re bored from traveling.
Tape is the unsung MVP of traveling with kids, so here’s why you should consider including it in your kid’s bag on your next trip: It’s endlessly versatile and can be used to make mess-free pictures on paper or small roads for cars. This is the thing I pack to pull out when nothing else is interesting for the kids.
We sometimes even use it on restaurant tables to make shapes when the wait is long.
Designed to tell stories, play music, and share podcasts for the kids, this kids player is a forever favorite. It can be used at home, but it’s also a perfect travel toy to take on the go.
Comfortable headphones are essential for making tablets and devices easy for the kids to use—without making everyone else around us listen to Bluey. These are inexpensive and comfortable for toddlers and big kids.
Affordable, durable, and full of kid-friendly shows and games, the Amazon Fire Tablet is one of the most helpful travel accessories to pack for trips.
I’d love to hear what you would add to my list, so please comment below to share.