Kids love to travel, but sometimes trips can seem awfully long, particularly on a long car trip, train ride or flight. Taking along some toys to keep kids entertained can be a savvy strategy for preserving parenting peace of mind. Smaller toys that can fit in a carry on are perfect for planes, but smaller sizes are good for any travel. Also, consider toys that combine storage and carrying, like this Thomas the Tank Engine toy. Moreover, take-along toys give parents options for screen-based entertainment and can foster more family interaction. Our video reviews of the most popular toys for travel will help you find the right one to keep your kids playing and your trips entertaining stress free.
Not sure where to begin? Use the category sorter on the left to help narrow your search. You can refine the results by age, brand and even the type of toys they normally enjoy. When you see an option that looks good, click on it and we'll share with you all of the details to help ensure it's right for your travel. When you're done with the review, look to the right and discover where that travel toy is available and at the best price. Keeping your kids busy while on a trip has never been easier, or more fun, than when you use TTPM's video reviews.
from Melissa & Doug $4.99
from Lee Publications $9.98
from Lee Publications $6.96
from Magformers $99.99
from BubbleBum USA $29.99
from Plus-Plus USA $6.99
from Orb $6.99
from Jaq Jaq Bird $26.00
from Jay @ Play $19.99
from SackPals $39.95
from Flambi Toys $17.99
from Just Play $12.99
If you want to avoid the dreaded question, "Are we there yet?" you may want to plan your activities while traveling as carefully as you plan your trip. Especially if you're going to be spending a long time in a car, train or plane or there's a lot of waiting time involved places, keeping kids entertained can minimize stress for everyone. Of course, the trick is finding the right toys. Here are some ideas:
1. Portability counts. With space in carry-ons limited, you'll want to think small. Card games are great for this. Even if you have a game with a lot of cards, pick out a few and put them in a plastic bag or with a rubber band, and you can get several rounds in as you're on the move. Many travel games are miniature versions of larger favorites, and they've been designed so that the pieces all stay together. Magnets can be very helpful, and games like Magnetic Backgammon deliver a fun experience, and you won't lose the pieces behind the car seat.
2. Think about interaction. Games that more than one kid can play - or that the family can play together - are always a good option. Of course one can't underestimate the benefits of family interaction in terms of communication and making memories. There are lots of classic games like the license plate game, to 20 questions, storytelling and others that don't need any kind of toy, for example.
3. Find alternatives to screens. Yes, we know today's kids love to be on their phones and devices. Many cars have built in entertainment systems, but fun as those are, they can actually get boring on a long trip - as can app play. Diversifying the play experiences makes the time go fast. Though, when you're ready for some quiet time it's more than okay to haul out the screens. The idea is to create balanced play experiences that combine solo play, social play and family time.
In addition to your peace of mind, there's another benefit to travel games: creating traditions. These are important for families, creating a family identity and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Use the buying guide above to find the right one and then our real time price comparisons to find the right travel toy at the best price.