Best Toys for Car Trips to Buy Before You Hit the Road

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Planning a road trip with kids? If you're stressing about what to pack to keep your family happy in the car or minivan, fear not. Whether you're planning an epic multi-state vacation, a camping weekend, or time away at grandma's house, you're going to love our picks for the best toys for car trips.

The best toys for car trips with kids

Best Toys for Car Trips with Little Backseat Drivers

Your child will enjoy pretending to drive just like Mommy or Daddy with the VTech Turn and Learn Driver. This toy allows your toddler or preschooler to steer, while moving a cute little dog character back and forth with sound and music. For a more peaceful drive, there are two volume settings or you can turn the sound off all together. (Recommended for kids ages 6 months to 3 years.)

Of course, your little backseat drivers will need a set of their own keys, too. The B. FunKeys are more appealing to children because they look and feel more like real keys than the standard all plastic ones. (Best for kids 6 months to 3 years.)

If your kiddo can't really drive the car, at least they can make believe with a Magnetic Fun – Cars Planes and Trains set. (Ages 3+)

And if your children are going through that phase where they simply can't part with their beloved toy cars, bring them along in a Hot Wheels Molded Car Case. It holds up to 48 cars. You might want to buy a few new Hot Wheels cars to bring on the road, too. You could dole out one new vehicle every hour as a reward for good behavior.

Best Toys for Car Trips with Budding Artists

Perfect for budding artists on the go, ALEX Toys Artist Studio Car Valet attaches to the rear of the front seat and folds down for easy access to art supplies. Kids can choose what goes inside, so all their favorites can ride along with them on trips. Great to keep kids occupied in artistic pursuits, off-screen. (Good for kids 3+.) Add some markers, crayons and paper for oodles of creative fun.

Best Toys for Car Trips with Mini Engineers

A box of loose LEGO bricks is perfect for keeping minds active on the road. The LEGO Classic Brick Box does not include character mini-figures, lessening the potential tantrum drama of losing LEGO Batman or Hard Hat Emmet. Get a LEGO baseplate to help builders stage their creations. (Ages 4+.)

Best Toys for Car Trips with Game Lovers

Card games are back! Deckopedia's Road Trip Games contains 50+ travel games in one compact deck of cards. Recommended age varies depending on the game but some games start for kids as young as 4 years old. Kids will have fun while boosting their memory and logic skills.

Classic board games come in travel versions, too. Choose from such options as Checkers, Backgammon, ChessConnect Four, and more travel board games. (Ages vary.)

Even the driver can get in on the fun with Mad Libs. Fill in the blanks to create all sorts of wacky stories. (Kids 5+.)

Best Toys for Car Trips for Character Play

Kids who like playing with characters love Playmobil sets. Choose from a variety of themes to spark imaginative play. Get a Take Along set with its own carrying case for travel ease. Great for imaginary play, Playmobil offers all sorts of themes to please boys and girls. (Ages 4+.)

No Mess Toys for Car Trips

Clean freak parents will love AquaDoodle Travel Doodle. This portable drawing tool and doodle mat doesn’t make a mess. Just wet the tip of the doodle pen and your young one will be drawing a masterpiece before you hit the highway rest stop. Tip: Buy and pack extra AquaDoodle pens. (Kids 4+.)

If your children want to make artistic creations but you're worried about ruining the leather upholstery, get a Crayola Color Wonder set. The special markers work on Color Wonder paper but will keep the car and the kids nice and neat. (Ages 3+.)

The right toys make car trips with kids so much more fun for everyone! ~ Best Toys for Car Trips with Kids

The right toys make car trips with kids so much more fun for everyone! (Photo credit: altanaka,

For more ideas, check out Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens!

Which of these toys for car trips would your kids like most? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons. She started traveling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about the travel experience and the value of traveling as a family. She is the founder of, and contributes to many online and print media publications around the world. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom or Instagram as @itsclaudiatravels.

  1. Super great suggestions! Will surely try these in our road trips. 🙂

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