Top Travel Toys

Travel is exciting and fun – and challenging. When you’re traveling with kids, you probably know all too well how imperative it is that you keep them entertained, or else there’s the possibility of them driving you bananas.

You’ll want to be able to provide varied play experiences and have things that are small enough to take along. And you’ll want something that isn’t necessarily a screen. Many kids feel more secure when they travel with their favorite toys. While kids may want to take a ton of toys with them, you’ll want to set some limits. For children 4 and up, one good rule is that they have to carry whatever they want to bring. (Of course you’ll help at times, but setting the rule can be good practice to get them thinking about limitations.)

Self-contained games, cards, crayons in a travel portfolio or a zipper plastic bag all make good additions. The idea is to keep the size down and keep any pieces together.

Flying on a plane is an entirely different type of travel with children. In a car, they can spread out a little more and you’re not as limited in what you can bring. On a plane, there is limited play space and limitations of what you can carry on. We always thought lighter and smaller when thinking of toys to pack for a plane. Remember to limit small pieces, and items that pack up easily and are self-contained are always important considerations. You also want to consider the overall play experience. Toys and games that can be shared among kids.

The following is our list of some of the best, new toys for traveling. These will keep your kids busy and entertained and having a variety of different experiences. We’ve also kept an eye on finding affordable products that deliver a lot of great fun. You’ll see a lot of classic play in these, and that’s a great addition to a summertime trip. And, yes, they will also provide parents with a little peace and quiet on their family journey.

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  1. Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go

    from Crayola for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $8.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Kids can have mess-free coloring fun on the go with the Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go. This portable kit gives kids a writing surface…

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  2. Play-Doh Makeables Primary Pets

    from Hasbro for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $2.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Play-Doh Makeables are small Play-Doh kits that come with everything kids need to mold three creations. The Primary Pets kit comes…

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  3. Outfitters Mancala

    from Front Porch Classics for ages 8 and up

    MSRP: $13.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Mancala is an ancient game of strategy for two players. There are many different versions of Mancala and board sizes, but Outfitters…

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  4. Waterfuls Pelican Catch

    from TOMY for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $10.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Pelican Catch is part of TOMY's Waterfuls line of toys that use water to get the play started. Just lift up on the white flap, fill…

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  5. Zuca Sport

    from Zuca for ages 5 and up

    MSRP: $147.50Compare Current Prices

    What it is: If your child's backpack is loaded with heavy schoolbooks, the Züca Sport rolling bag might be a way to alleviate back pain and…

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  6. Magnetic Play & Go

    from Schylling for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $24.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Preschoolers can practice spelling words no matter where they are with the Magnetic Play & Go. This set includes 36 magnetic tin…

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  7. True Heroes Construction Build and Go Tray Table

    from Kids Only for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $12.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The True Heroes Construction Build and Go Tray Table lets kids build on the go. This tray table fits over a child's lap and includes…

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  8. Zuca Mini

    from Zuca for ages 4 and up

    MSRP: $135.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Whether kids are traveling across town to grandma's house or all the way across the globe, the Züca Mini makes traveling easier.…

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  9. SuperTips Washable Markers & Paper Set

    from Crayola for ages 4 and up

    MSRP: $15.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Aspiring artists can take their tools with them wherever they go with the SuperTips Washable Markers & Paper Set. It comes with 25…

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  10. Travel Easel

    from Faber-Castell for ages 4 and up

    MSRP: $34.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Faber-Castell Travel Easel is a 37-piece art set to take on the go. This art set stores all your creative supplies right inside.…

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