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. Spot It! On The Road

    from Blue Orange Games for ages 7 and up

    MSRP: $12.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Spot It! On the Road plays just like the original Spot It! game only with a road trip theme and an additional game variation. The game…

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  2. Travel Blurt!

    from Educational Insights for ages 10 and up

    MSRP: $12.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Travel Blurt! tests your word knowledge while you're on the go. The object of the game is to be the first player or team to reach 12…

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  3. The Amazing Spider-Man On-The-Go Travel Pad

    from The Horizon Group USA for ages 5 and up

    MSRP: $4.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Based on the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man On-the-Go Travel Pad is an activity toy that kids can take in…

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  4. TrayKit

    from Kids Preferred for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $29.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The TrayKit is an all-in-one backpack and play space for on-the-go kids. Kids can pack their favorite toys, books, writing utensils,…

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  5. LapFit

    from LapFit LLC for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $19.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: LapFit is a lap tray and desk designed to make it easier for kids to eat, play, and do homework in the car. There are two LapFit…

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  6. Desk to Go

    from Alex Toys for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $19.95Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The Desk to Go has a sturdy surface for coloring, drawing, and writing. There are elastic straps on the writing surface that will hold…

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  7. Car Valet

    from Alex Toys for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $38.95Compare Current Prices

    What it is: With the Car Valet, kids can play games, create art, or keep their gear within easy reach whenever they are in the car. This portable,…

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  8. Glow Crazy Glow to Go

    from Techno Source for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $14.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: With the Glow Crazy Glow to Go, kids can create works of art with light anywhere they go. This portable activity kit comes with four…

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  9. Scrabble Slam

    from Hasbro for ages 8 and up

    MSRP: $6.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Scrabble Slam is a fast-paced card game. The game includes a deck of 55 cards with letters on each side of the cards. To play, pick…

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  10. LEGO Star Wars ZipBin Millennium Falcon Storage Case

    from Neat-Oh! for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $14.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The LEGO Star Wars ZipBin Millennium Falcon Storage Case is shaped like the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars movies. It holds 27…

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