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15 Best Toddler Travel Toys (for Babies to Preschoolers)

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The best toys for traveling with toddlers are simple, lightweight playthings that bring joy to the journey without hassle. Whether you’re embarking on a plane ride or a family road trip, ensure a happy vacation with these toddler travel toys for young children, from babies to preschoolers. Of course, you’ll want to bring your child’s favorite stuffed toy, but a few surprises go a long way. Look for double-duty toys and avoid noisy or bulky activities. This list includes 15+ entertaining options to make your family trip easier and more fun!

Beach ball, a fun toddler travel toy
A beach ball is a compact, fun toddler travel toy (Photo credit: FamVeldman, Depositphotos.com)

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1. Manhattan Toy’s Skwish (Ages 0+)

I have yet to meet a baby who isn’t mesmerized by the Manhattan Toy’s Skwish, a modern and innovative take on a standard rattle. This toy’s wooden beads feature non-toxic water-based finishes, perfect for teething tots. Choose from Artful Wooden or Color Burst.

Manhattan Toy Artful Skwish Wooden Baby Rattle
Manhattan Toy Artful Skwish Wooden Baby Rattle

2. Stroller Toys (Ages 0+)

Stroller toys easily attach to a stroller or car seat so babies and toddlers stay busy and content wherever they go. Children tire of these over time, so swap them out regularly to keep their attention. Get a new stroller toy or two before your travels.

Euyecety Baby Spiral Plush Black White Stroller Toy Stretch & Spiral Activity Toy for traveling toddlers
Euyecety Baby Spiral Plush Black White Stroller Stretch & Spiral Activity Toy

Babies see contrasting colors like black and white better than muted shades. Vibrant colors help with brain development, too. With that in mind, this Euyecety Black and White Spiral Stroller Toy is a great option.

Lamaze Fifi the Firefly Clip On Car Seat and Stroller Toy
Lamaze Fifi the Firefly Clip On Car Seat and Stroller Toy

This Lamaze Fifi the Firefly Clip On Toy makes a popular choice with its vibrant color patterns, multiple textures, crinkly wings, and attached mirror.

The First Years Stack & Count Stacking Cups, simple toddler travel toys
The First Years Stack & Count Stacking Cups

3. Bath Toys (Ages 1 to 3)

Don’t forget to bring a few bath toys for toddlers on your family vacation. If you keep them stored separately at home, children will be excited to be reunited with their travel bath toys on each trip.

Sometimes, the simplest toddler travel toys are the best. A set of First Years Stack & Count Stacking Cups is so much fun in the bathtub and beyond. Kids can create a tower during air travel, nest the cups on a car trip, or scoop sand and water on the beach.

TOYMYTOY Bath Swimming Toys, 8 Assorted Mini Pool Toys 3 Racing Car + Train + Boat + Hovercraft + Helicopter + Fighter
TOYMYTOY Bath Swimming Toys

Discuss all the types of transportation used during your trip with your young children when they play with vehicle-shaped TOYMYTOY Bath Swimming Toys.

Disney Winnie The Pooh and Pals Bath Set for Baby
Disney Winnie The Pooh and Pals Bath Set for Baby

Younger children adore the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood. Get this Winnie-the-Pooh and Pals Bath Set for Baby. It is especially fun for a trip to Disney World or Disneyland with toddlers. The toy set comes with a bucket for easy storage and packing, which doubles as a cup for washing your child’s hair in the hotel room bathtub.

Sloosh 24 Pack 2oz Bubble Liquid Clear Bottle with Wand Set for Kids
Sloosh 24 Pack 2oz Bubble Liquid Clear Bottle with Wand Set for Kids

4. Bubbles

When traveling with toddlers and babies, bubbles are a must. Bubbles work wonders in entertaining young kids at pitstops or while waiting in theme park lines. Toss a Sloosh Bubble Liquid Clear Bottle with Wand Set in your diaper bag for use on the go. (Keep it in a zipper-lock plastic bag if you’re worried about spilling.)

My First Smartphone by Stone and Clark
My First Smartphone by Stone and Clark

5. Play Smartphone (Ages 1 to 3)

All little kids want to play with their parent’s smartphones. Keep your technology safe from drops and drool. Give your baby or toddler My First Smartphone by Stone and Clark instead!

Kids can learn numbers, listen to songs, and have pretend conversations on this plastic play phone. This great toy delights children and encourages imaginative play instead of providing actual screen time. Although not adjustable, the volume level is low.

VTech Brilliant Baby Laptop
VTech Brilliant Baby Laptop

6. Make-Believe Computer (Ages 6 months to 3 years)

Toddlers like to imitate mom and dad. For many families, that means typing away at a computer. The VTech Brilliant Baby Laptop has many buttons, songs, and lights — everything small children love. Volume can be reduced so you don’t annoy other passengers on the train, airplane, or other public transport.

Ultimate Stationery Dot Markers for traveling with toddlers
Ultimate Stationery Dot Markers for Toddlers

7. Dot Markers (Ages 1 to 3)

Little hands not yet coordinated enough to color or draw can still get creative with Ultimate Stationery Dot Markers. Children dab paper or coloring books to form dot artwork with these washable, easy-grip toddler travel toys.

Crayola Triangular Crayons for travel with toddlers
Crayola Triangular Crayons

8. No-Roll Crayons (Ages 4+)

Most preschoolers love arts and crafts on vacation. When flying, choose activities that work well on an airplane tray table. Anti-roll Crayola Triangular Crayons make a good choice.

Dot Markers Activity Book Animals by Happy Kids Press
Dot Markers Activity Book Animals by Happy Kids Press

9. Coloring Books (Ages 1+)

Add a coloring book or two to help your budding artist create on the go. The Dot Markers Activity Book Animals has 50 cute animal images with large dots for toddlers to fill.

Simple & Easy Coloring Book for Toddlers by UniMuni Publishing
Simple & Easy Coloring Book for Toddlers by UniMuni Publishing

This Simple & Easy Coloring Book for Toddlers offers 100 pages of uncomplicated images of everyday objects like vegetables, fruits, animals, and different shapes.

A to Z Alphabet Travel Coloring Book by Stuffed Suitcase Travel
A to Z Alphabet Travel Coloring Book by Stuffed Suitcase Travel

Older children (ages 3 to 6) will love this adorable A to Z Alphabet Travel Coloring Book. Coloring pages feature a travel theme with images of planes, globes, national parks, and more.

Peaceable Kingdom Press /Sticker Fun! Ocean Animals Reusable Sticker Tote
Peaceable Kingdom Press /Sticker Fun! Ocean Animals Reusable Sticker Tote

9. Sticker Scenes (Ages 3+)

Sticker books with different scenes are also a big hit with older toddlers. Children love making pictures simply by arranging reusable stickers on the pages.

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Fun! At the Airport Reusable Sticker Tote
Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Fun! At the Airport Reusable Sticker Tote

Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Fun packs vary from Ocean Animals and Magical Unicorns to At the Airport, Space Adventure, and beyond. These reusable sticker sets come in their own carrying totes.

Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Activity Books Set: Dress-Up, Princess, Mermaid
Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Activity Books Set: Dress-Up, Princess, Mermaid

Melissa and Doug sticker scenes are lots of fun, too. Get Animal Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad or a trio of Puffy Sticker Activity Books featuring Princess, Dress-Up, and Mermaid.

Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring, Blank Coloring Pages
Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring, Blank Coloring Pages

10. Crayola’s Color Wonder Crafts (Ages 3+)

Parents like that Crayola’s Color Wonder doesn’t make little fingers messy. Meanwhile, children are amazed by Color Wonder’s “magic” ink.

Crayola Color Wonder Travel Easel Frozen II
Crayola Color Wonder Travel Easel Frozen II

Get a Color Wonder Travel Easel for easy use on a car trip or plane ride. Replenish with Color Wonder Pages.

Crayola Peppa Pig Color Wonder Toddler Coloring Kit
Crayola Peppa Pig Color Wonder Toddler Coloring Kit

Or buy a new Color Wonder Activity Pad before every family vacation. Select from different themes like Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses, Paw Patrol, and more.

Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Activity Set (30+ Pcs)
Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Activity Set (30+ Pcs)

In addition to a carrying case, this Color Wonder Activity Set comes with a stamp pad, four stamps, a stamp holder, a 24-page blank Color Wonder book, three sticker sheets, and five Color Wonder markers.

Melissa & Doug Lace & Trace Activity Set: Pets toddler travel toys
Melissa & Doug Lace & Trace Activity Set: Pets

11. Lacing Boards (Ages 3 to 5 years)

Lacing boards provide an engaging activity to take on the road without taking up too much space. They help preschoolers work on their fine motor skills through play.

The Melissa & Doug Lace & Trace Activity Set: Pets gets high ratings on Amazon and is the lightest option made by this popular brand, weighing in at just over half a pound (9.6 ounces). It contains five lace boards for preschoolers.

Stephen Joseph Zoo Lacing Cards toddler travel toys
Stephen Joseph Zoo Lacing Cards

For an even lighter option, buy Stephen Joseph Zoo Lacing Cards. These animal-shaped cardboard lacers come with a handy travel bag and weigh just .44 pounds (7 ounces).

Pack of 24 Wikki Stix in Neon and Primary Colors travel toys for toddlers and children
Pack of 24 Wikki Stix in Neon and Primary Colors

12. Wikki Stix (Ages 3+.)

Colorful Wikki Stix are bendy craft items sure to inspire your child’s imagination. Use them to build a variety of 3-D crafts. These work well as fidget toys, too.

Wikki Stix Traveler
Wikki Stix Traveler

For even more fun, buy the Wikki Stix Traveler. This red carrying case is loaded with 144 Wikki Stix in 16 Colors, two connect-the-dot sheets, and an activity book of games and different activities.

RIY Old Macdonald Had A Farm Educational Puppets
RIY Old Macdonald Had A Farm Educational Puppets

13. Finger Puppets (Ages 3 to 5 years)

Sing along to “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” with these darling RIY Farm Finger Puppets during a road trip with toddlers.

20-Piece Story Time Finger Puppets Set for traveling with toddlers
20-Piece Story Time Finger Puppets Set

Distract young children with make-believe stories during airplane take-offs and landings with a 20-Piece Story Time Finger Puppets Set. It includes animals plus family member characters. These toddler travel toys make the perfect travel companions!

Intex 24'' Glossy Panel Beach Ball for travel with toddlers
Intex 24” Glossy Panel Beach Ball

14. Beach Ball (Ages 1+)

Bring along road trip toys for pit stops when planning long car rides. A Beach Ball works well for toddlers and preschoolers. This collapsible item is perfect for playing at the hotel pool or beach. Even older siblings can use this compact toy while traveling.

Maisy Goes On a Plane
Maisy Goes On a Plane

15. Children’s Books (Ages 0+)

Don’t forget some children’s books for your travels. Bring along a couple of favorite titles as well as a few new stories to entertain kids during the journey and before bedtime. Board books make sturdy choices but can be quite heavy to tote, so keep that in mind when packing.

Maisy Goes On a Plane prepares toddlers for their first flight and entertains children in the air, too.

Going on an Airplane: A Toddler Prep Book
Going on an Airplane: A Toddler Prep Book

Going on an Airplane: A Toddler Prep Book is another hit with young travelers for a long flight.

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z

Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z makes a good pick for long road trips and will please little ones interested in all things with wheels.

Esjay Toddler Busy Board is filled with toddler travel toys
Esjay Toddler Busy Board

More than simply a book, the Esjay Toddler Busy Board entertains toddlers during long journeys. This busy book improves hand-eye coordination with toddler sensory activities like buckles, a zipper, a clock, shape matching, and more.

Want more story ideas? Take a look at the best travel books for children.

Teddy bear on a road trip
Don’t forget your child’s favorite stuffed toy! (Photo credit: EdZbarzhyvetsky, Depositphotos.com)

Travel Toy Tips

Now that you know which toddler travel toys to buy before your next family trip, here are some tips to get the most value from your purchases.

Keep a Hidden Stash of Toys for Travel

I advise parents to keep a separate stash of toys, quiet books, and games specifically for travel. This way, you don’t have to run all over the house pulling these items together for every trip. Plus, as we all know, children tire of their toys quickly. Hiding these playthings makes them seem new again.

Busy bag packed with toddler travel toys and activities
Bring a busy bag packed with toddler travel toys and activities (Photo credit: romrodinka, Depositphotos.com)

Pack a Busy Bag for Each Child

A little planning goes a long way, especially when traveling with kids. Bring a few favorites from past trips and a few new toys.

For long trips, splurge on a few new toys to be unveiled on the go. You can wrap these presents in gift paper to buy extra time and add to their magic. Save time by using tin foil instead of wrapping paper.

Toddler traveling on airplane with CARES harness
My toddler in his CARES airplane harness (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Learn More Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

Keep your child safe while flying! Read my review of the CARES airplane harness for toddlers.

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Best Toddler Travel Toys

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Which of these toddler travel toys looks most engaging to you? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Lavanda Michelle says

    As a mom planning our next family adventure, this list is a lifesaver. It’s so helpful to have lightweight, entertaining toys to keep my little ones happy and engaged during our travels.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Lavanda – So happy to help make your family’s travels a little easier and more fun! Thanks for your comment!

  2. Thanks for the toddler travel toy suggestions! Now I know what to buy for my nephews.

  3. These all look like great toys for the kids! Love your list thanks for sharing this!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Adriana – Happy to share these favorite travel toys with parents and caregivers! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Traveling with little ones can be really difficult so this is a great way to keep them entertained and calm. Lots of good suggestions.

  5. Archana Singh says

    I love all these toys. They are enticing me to go back in my childhood days to play with them. These are so cool to keep the kids entertained.

  6. Jupiter Hadley says

    So many wonderful toys from classics like bubbles to newer toys like those paint pens! Thank you for sharing your recommendations.

  7. I am nervous about taking my toddlers on a long flight. You are correct, a bag of travel toys! Each one to keep them busy. Thank you.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Clark – No need to be nervous! Your kids and you will do great on your flight, I’m sure!

  8. So important to have toys for the little one. The right toy can keep them entertained for hours, which is essential so that mom can get some ‘me-time’. Always good to have lots of choice.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Kimberly – So true! My parents never brought toys or crafts on our family trips…I don’t know how we (or they!) survived! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. I super love all the selections, they’re awesome! I should get them all lol…I know this will make my life a lot easier lol lol lol

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Karen – I hope you will get a few of these travel toys for your kids! They (and you!) will thank me on your next trip! ๐Ÿ˜

  10. I love the finger puppets. Older kids can play with them, and parents can use them to entertain the smaller kids.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Claudia – Exactly! Finger puppets are so great for imaginative stories with the help from parents or older siblings, or just self-directed playtime!

  11. A smartphone with apps for the kiddos is such a great idea! Kids that age love all the lights and buttons with phones.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Beth – This “smartphone” isn’t so smart…it’s really a toy for make believe play, not passive entertainment with lots of apps. ๐Ÿ˜† Better for little ones, if you ask me!

  12. great ideas all easy to take along side and able to keep the child entertained. Thanks fro sharing I enjoyed seeing you ideas and agreed with many of them

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