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. Tag Along Teddy

    from Tag Along Teddy for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $21.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Tag Along Teddy is a backpack that is both fun and functional and that comes with a stuffed animal. Tag Along Teddy backpacks are made…

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  2. Travel Qwirkle

    from Mindware for ages 6 and up

    MSRP: $14.95Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Qwirkle is a game where players match colors and shapes while using tactical manuevers and well-planned strategy. You can play Qwirkle…

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  3. Table Topics

    from Ruby Mine for ages 0 and up

    MSRP: $25.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Table Topics is all about starting meaningful conversations. There are a variety of Table Topics themes, and each theme contains 135…

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  4. Lay-n-Go Lite

    from Lay-n-Go for ages 5 and up

    MSRP: $24.95Compare Current Prices

    What it is: With the Lay-n-Go Lite, kids can play for hours and clean up in seconds. This 18-inch travel/personal activity mat lets kids bring…

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  5. Create n Play Build n Go Pad - Boys

    from MEGA Bloks for ages 4 and up

    MSRP: $9.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Create 'n Play Build 'n Go Pad - Boys lets kids build on the go. The set comes with 75 blue, black, red, and white pieces,…

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  6. Original Fuzzy Poster Travel Book

    from RoseArt for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $4.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Kids can get creative on the go with the Original Fuzzy Poster Travel Book. This compact book comes with 10 fuzzy coloring pages, 10…

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  7. Skootcase

    from Diggin Active for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $69.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Skootcase is a ride-on scooter and pull-along suitcase. Designed to look like an Italian scooter, the Skootcase is a ride-on with…

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  8. Words with Friends To Go

    from Hasbro for ages 13 and up

    MSRP: $14.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Words with Friends was originally launched by the gamemaker Zynga on Facebook, and it became popular due to its fluidity of social…

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  9. Artist On the Go!

    from BeginAgain Toys for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $25.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Artist On the Go! is a complete art kit for families on the go. The natural cotton carry case is equipped with built-in crayon and…

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  10. Scrabble Boggle

    from Hasbro for ages 8 and up

    MSRP: $14.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Everyone knows that Scrabble is a classic word game, and Boggle is a timed word game that has to do with cubes and making letters.…

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