Best Baby And Toddler Travel Toys

Updated March 2018 – All items have been bought by me and tested on long haul flights of 12 hours and more. This post does contain some affiliate links, which will cost absolutely nothing to you. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Looking for some ideas for the best travel toys?

You are in the right place. In this post you will find tried and tested travel toys for children on flights and car journeys. The baby travel toys are listed first, followed by toddler toys. Included are some cheap and easy to make options too.

You may also find my post on age-appropriate apps useful for the flight too. 

Useful travel tip!

  • The following travel toys have worked well for myself and other Mums. I highly recommend wrapping the smaller items in paper and tape as this provides extra entertainment for your little one and their inquisitive fingers. (Obviously not practical to wrap loads if you have several tots – but a couple of small surprises for all really does help in moments of need!) They are available at the time of writing from and Work is in progress to make an age-appropriate list. Please let me know in the comments if a toy was invaluable for your flight, train or car journey and the age of your baby or toddler.

If you are concerned about other possible issues such as sleep on the plane or your kids playing up on the flight you may find the highlighted links useful too!


Best Travel Toys For Babies


1. Tiny Love Spin Ball. This is a great sensory toy. Makes a click clack sound with its moving segments and also has a mirrored inside. The bobbles on the outside are great to develop the sense of touch, the colours are great and my little one has played with since about 4 months and at a year still loved it. For 6 months +. 

2. Stacking cups. Little ones love putting things in them and taking them out again. I particularly liked this bath set from Munchkin, which is neatly stacked for hand luggage and ideal for in and out of water. Also great to play with in a bath or a pool at the destination too. Gorgeous bright colours to practice naming them with your child and also motor skills when stacking them. They also have the option of being stuck together to form a caterpillar and for pouring water with different perforations.


3. Baby Einstein Lights and Melodies Mirror My little one just LOVES this. Babies seem to love looking at themselves in the mirror, and this has a few bonuses.  Don’t be alarmed with the word ‘melodies’. The beauty of this product, is that you can choose the option you want, with lights only, lights and melodies, learning colours in English, French and Spanish., or the all important off button. It has a strap which can be used to attached to car seat head rests, which you can try to attach to some tray tables if you don’t have the bassinet seat.

4. Sassy Ring-O-Links Teethers.  A firm favourite since she was a tiny baby and she still loves them now.  The bright colours engage and provide visual stimulation, whereas the links have different textures on which appeals to babies sense of touch. All linked together they can be used as a rattle, or separately as a teether. Another very versatile toy. They work brilliantly on airline bassinets!


5. Buckle Toy Whale. My 1 year old LOVED this and it kept her so busy. So many people have sung its praises to me after purchasing it. I firmly believe it’s one of the best travel toys for 1 year olds! The Buckle Toy Whale has several buckles to do up, and a zip. The only issue is once they master the buckle, you may get asked a few times to unbuckle it, until they discover that skill too! Nonetheless, it has easily occupied her for over 30 minutes. A firm favourite on all our journeys, car included. 


Travel toys, Buckle Toy Whale- ideal for keeping toddlers and older babies busy on a flight or long car journey.

Buckle Toy Whale


6. Soft cloth book- One of my favourites is Good Night, Teddy. Available from Amazon. My 7-month-old loved watching me taking the teddy out and putting him in a different place on each page.  A great interactive and educational book.

7. Some favourite books include the ‘Find The .. series  Lots of things to spot on each page.


Find the Duck - great book for babies and toddler when travelling.

Find the Duck


8. and also the Julia Donaldson ‘Lift the Flap’ series. Fox’s Socks, Hide and Seek Pig etc.  Again lots of things to spot and fun lifting the flaps to see who is hiding. The pictures are by Axl Schelffler and are so engaging.

Best Travel Toys For Toddlers

For toddlers, a little more entertaining is required. Good ideas for travel toys for toddlers on airplanes include:-

Loobani Wooden Cheese Activity Toy – A friend recently recommended this threading block plus it’s very quiet!

2. Gel window stickers or gel clings These are reusable, mess free and very handy if you have a window seat on a plane, or even for the destination if in a car or coach. These are better for older pre-schoolers.


gel window stickers - travel toys


3. Duplo – my one-year-old and four-year love Duplo. The number train is easy to pack and fun too. (We just discarded the box for easier packing).

Duple number train - best travel toys



4. Crayola Colour Wonder colouring books and pens. ‘Magic’ pens which only show the colour on the special colouring book and not on clothes, seats etc.


Travel toys


5. Tomy aquadoodle water mini mats. Great re-usable colouring in mats, which just use a water pen. Suitable from 18 months plus

Travel toys, best toddler toys Tomy mini water aqua doodle mats

Tomy Water mats


6. Sweetie’ necklace with strawberry laces and Cheerios. I also liked this activity my friend suggested –Some Cheerios or any cereal with a ring shape and a sweetie lace.  Great for fine motor skills and the kids like making and eating them too. Plus it takes a bit of time.


Travel toys, toddler toys


7. Anything from a $ or £ store. We also really liked these little cut out people which you can dress and the cardboard tube/paper cup characters. There are plenty of art and crafty bits in there, meaning you can raid the aircraft loo’s for more cups to use.


toddler toys


8. Paper dolls with stickers from Tiger. Lots of stickers to design your own paper chain.


toddler toys



9. This Farm in a Tin, has been SO popular with my daughter from the age of two. It does have small parts ( especially the 3 ducks)  but it’s such a compact toy, which has been handy to have in my bag and whip out if there has been a flight delay. It’s also been great for her to play with whilst away on holiday. Even at home it’s played with frequently.



Other favourite toddler travel toys are the mini figurines;  such as the Happy Land characters from the Early Learning Centre (UK) or the  Fisher Price Little People.(Worldwide)  These have been played with SO much on all modes of transport and are a firm staple for us.                                                                                              


More Travel Toys Ideas

  • Stickers
  • Fuzzy Felt or similar
  • Melissa and Doug reusuable stickers.
  • You can also make puppets out of the on-board sick bags or paper cups if you are feeling creative!
  • Interactive Apps – See my separate post on Apps.
  • Magnetic boards e.g Imaginets.
  • The humble balloon! I always pack a few, and there you have a game of catch whilst waiting for a plane or train!
  • Finger Puppets
  • Busy Books

Have I missed any top travel toys that have worked for you? Please do comment below so I can add them.

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  1. Hi Carrie

    Thank you so much for this entire blog. I've just read every post. My husband and I are travelling to the US with our 10 month-old daughter in a couple weeks and this site has been a lifesaver! Thanks for putting so much helpful information out there. I feel more relaxed about the entire journey now 🙂

  2. Hi Andrea,

    Many thanks for your kind words. It's lovely to know it's helped. Please let me know how your flight went and what was the most useful for you. I've just updated the baby milk and foods post with details on what's available in the USA, UK and Australia, with more to come.

  3. Hello! Here are three more suggestions for toys that are amazing for traveling toddlers and their mommies (and daddies too). Hope it compliments your page.

    Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad

    Crayola Wonder Markers


    Great page! Great information! Keep it up!


  4. Thanks for a really helpful blog.
    My 2 year old loves busy books? A box with a story and figurines – we have a Disney Princess one which she plays with all the time and have bought a Paw Patrol one for our flight to Cyprus next week. They are great and about £5. Will be wrapping ours for the flight what a good idea 🙂
    Will be buying a couple of the suggestions above for our 4 month old. Thank you x

    • Thank you. Ooh yes, I forgot about busy books. We have the Frozen ones and the Barbie. Great for entertainment. Its really cute watching them role -play too! have a great trip to Cyprus and do let me know how you got on.

  5. Thank you for all these suggestions! I can suggest one more cheap and entertaining activity for a toddler. I usually pack an empty spice jar (with several holes on the top of it) and a bunch of toothpicks (not sharp) or matchsticks. My daughter can stay occupied for at least 30 min putting the sticks through the holes of a jar. And then you can empty it and repeat the process again!

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