The Tot 10: Travel toys and activities

Traveling with kids? Don’t leave home without some winning travel toys. You’ll pat yourself on the back when your little ones are so engrossed that they forget to ask, “Are we there yet?”

kids travel toys

Need advice on on how to keep your kids busy during long trips? I’m your woman. Not only do I have three preschool-aged children, but we live a 12-hour car ride away from my husband’s family and a 24-hour plane expedition away from mine. You could say that travel toys are my thang.

There are a few criteria I look for in travel toys and activities: they have to be compact, light, portable, self-contained (magnetic is a bonus!), durable and non-toxic. Here are 10 awesome selections that tick all my boxes.

Bajo Fire Truck


Tiny tots will delight in making the bell jingle, the ladder move and the hose spin on this eye-catching fire truck made from FSC certified wood. From 18 months.

Playon Crayon Primary Crayons


As if crayons weren’t awesome enough already, Playon Crayons’ set features 12 colors that are non-toxic, stackable and easy to grip. Ages 2 and up.

Moulin Roty La Grande Famille Baby Valise


Watch your tot’s eyes sparkle with wonder when they discover baby Nini Mouse and all her accessories hiding inside a gorgeous suitcase. Ages 2 and up.

OMY Pocket Games 

 OMY Pocket Games Activity Set in Fantastic

Unravel the OMY roll to discover coloring, riddles, games and a multicolor pencil. So much fun to be had! Ages 3 and up.

Petit Collage Magnetic Dress Up

 Petit Collage Fairy Tales Magnetic Dress Up Play Set

Fairytales come to life with Petit Collage’s adorable dress-up set. It contains two magnetic dolls, two wooden stands, 52 magnetic pieces and a carry box that doubles as a play scene. Ages 3 and up.

Jaq Jaq Bird Doodle It Books


Jaq Jaq Bird’s cheerful doodling and coloring books come with four dustless chalks for a mess-free creative experience on the go. Ages 3 and up.

Young + Wild and Friedman Waldorf Kit

 Young Wild & Friedman sensory play kit

Little ones will love discovering and manipulating all the objects in this sensory play kit. It includes non-toxic play dough, rocks, wooden objects and so much more. Ages 3 and up.

Bajo Lace Up Christmas Tree

 Bajo Lace Up Christmas Tree

Bajo’s bright lace up tree activity keeps small hands busy! It promotes hand-eye coordination and develops the fine motor skills needed to do everyday activities like tying shoes. Ages 3 and up.

Petit Collage My Little Town Sticker Activity Set

 Petit Collage Sticker Activity Set in My Town

Featuring engaging town scenes printed on FSC-certified paper and over 100 stickers to decorate them with, Petit Collage’s sticker activity set will buy you hours of peace. Ages 4 and up.

Olli Ella Pack N Play – City 

 Olli Ella Play N Pack Activity Backpack in City

A bag full of travel fun for little adventurers, the Play’n Pack is a backpack filled with imaginative play for small folk. Whether you are on the road, boat, plane or at your favorite cafe, the Play’n Pack will bring hours and hours of creative fun for your little one. Ages 3 and up.

Sunny life Travel 4-in-1 Games 

 Sunnylife 4 in 1 travel games

The Sunnylife Travel 4-in-1 game set brings four times the fun wherever you go. From card games to dominos, it’s perfect for families on the move. Ages 6 and up.