Vacations are probably at the top of everyone’s favorite thing to do, but when you’re traveling with kids it can get really overwhelming. Every parent has their own rules about screen time and I’ve noticed even the strictest can become lenient on the screen time when it comes to long plane or car rides.
If you’re like me, you want your kids to have other options beyond the usual travel activities of reading a book, coloring or electronics. You also don’t want to worry about batteries, chargers, cords, and complaints. I don’t want to think about coloring books that get boring and crayons that won’t stay on the tray in the plane or the cup that is absolutely going to spill in the next 5 minutes if it isn’t tossed down their throat immediately after being received. I don’t want to wonder how long I have until I have to fail at trying to personally entertain my kids just to realize it’s only been an hour and we have a very long way to go.
Over the last few trips, I decided that this was no longer going to be a problem in our lives. I made an investment in my mental health and found some great options for the kids that work not only while en route to our destination but were great fun during downtime while we were on vacation as well. Here’s my list of 12 kid travel must-haves that don’t require batteries or a charger.
12 Kid Travel Must-Haves That Don’t Require Batteries or a Charger
1. My Brick Case – This case has lego-style surface on the INSIDE. Yes, you read that right. You can both carry and build with legos or other similar style blocks on the go with this case. Not only does it make building simple, but the blocks won’t just fall under airplane or car seats never to be seen again. The sides of the box keep all your pieces in place.
2. Wikki Stix Traveler Playset – Another great kit that is packed up for on the go play. Wikki Stix are great for sculpting and molding without the tiny pieces that fall off from play dough or clay. With 144 sticks, an activity book, activity sheets and the carry case, you really can’t go wrong.
3. Connect 4 Grab and Go Game – There are a lot of Hasbro games out there that are made in travel form, but we happen to love Connect 4. There are plenty of others, but listing them all out would’ve taken up this entire list, so pick your favorites and have a travel blast.
4. Travel Spirograph Playset – I have to say that this mini spirograph set is very fun and keeps kids entertained for hours. The only thing to keep in mind is you need a LOT of paper and it can create a bit of a trash pile, so I suggest reserving this for road trips over flights.
5. O-Sip! Silicone Sippy Lids – These lids are fantastic. They attach to just about any cup and make the cup spill free. My favorite part is that they are easy to store and clean so they quickly became a go-to in our house for EVERY excursion and not just for vacations.
6. ZOOB BuilderZ Traveler – ZOOB BuilderZ are a great building toy that uses joint-like connections. A little more flexible than bricks for some additional imagination play. Creating robots and monsters are super easy with this style of builder. The travel kit makes it easy for travel and the foam base keeps the pieces easy to track and stay in one place.
7. Tangram Travel Games – Tangram tiles are magnetic which makes this travel set a great option for younger kids. It comes with a book that provides items to try to recreate and a space to stick the tiles. It’s a great educational toy for on the go play.
8. The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book – This book has puzzles, activities, quizzes, and games that will keep them entertained for hours, but keep in mind some items may require additional resources like paper and markers. There’s plenty to do in here, however, so even if you forget something, it won’t be the end of the world.
9. Travel Toys and Games (4 pack of different games) – This set includes Tabletop Fishing, Triangle Trick, Pocket Disc Drop and Let’s Fish. It’s an inexpensive set for younger kids that don’t require a second player and can keep them busy for quite a while.
10. Kids Travel Lap Tray – This lap tray has it all. Sides to keep toys on top, a cup holder and side pockets for paper or books. It’s a great option to keep crayons from rolling too far and not have to stress about the tray table going up during take-off and landing.
11. Games on the Go! – This set is filled with 50 silly guessing games, perplexing word games, mind-bending memory challenges, wacky trivia questions, searching games and more. It’s a lot of fun to play with multiple people and really makes you use your brain. It’s also less than $10 so you really can’t go wrong.
12. Noodle Head Snuggle Paws Dog – This is a cute stuffed animal/pillow and blanket set that packs itself up for travel. It’s a little on the expensive side, but will make your life quite a bit easier when the younger ones get cranky and really need something to curl up with to relax. Taking it on the go is easy with it’s little doggy handle and arms that curl up around the blanket.
What are your travel must-haves for kids?