The Best Travel Toys for Toddlers on a Plane

By Abi King | Family Travel

Dec 10
Toddler Travel Toys

Toddler Travel Toys

With the right travel toys for toddlers, a flight can switch from misery to merriment for all concerned. Here's THE best travel toys for toddlers list 2019.

The Best Toddler Travel Toys 2019

With the right preparation, travelling with a toddler can be great fun. Or at the very least, simply part of everyday business. But a little preparation goes a long way. And apart from playing with your child or stocking up on snacks, buying the right travel toys helps enormously. 

We've written a complete guide to flying with a toddler over here which includes tips and tricks for the airport and on the flight itself. 

Here, you'll find our list of the best toddler travel toys, updated in 2019.

What makes a good travel toy?

What works well as a toy at home, doesn't always translate to a great toy on a plane. 

Essentially, travel toys need to be non-messy, easy to find in the dark, hard to break and quiet to avoid annoying everyone around you. 

It's also good if they don't take up too much space and don't weigh too much but, quite honestly, these are secondary considerations!

And, of course, they have to be able to pass through airport security. 

The Travel Toy Checklist

  • Not messy
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight
  • Fairly small
  • Easy to find in the dark
  • Hard to break
  • Able to pass through airport security

The Best Travel Toys for Toddlers Shopping List: Tested to the Max

With that in mind, here's my recommendations for the best travel toys for toddlers on planes. We've flown long and short haul with Baby Lab and tried and tested these to the max!

I've also included the Amazon link because, let's face it, chances are you're reading this on your phone with a toddler nearby or in the dark while breastfeeding or cramming all your life admin into 10 minutes so who has the time to wander off shopping elsewhere?!

If you buy through these links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. However, all of these products have been tried and tested by our own toddlers, on a flight, and we're only recommending the ones that worked!

The Airport Busy Book

Airport Busy Book - a hard board book for younger, enthusiastic fingers with moving parts and flaps. 

This is a great way to prep your toddler for the upcoming flight as well as explain parts of the airport and takeoff. 

It's robust and interactive. Always a hit. 

Aquadoodle: Art on the Go

Aquadoodle - draw with water, no need to worry about getting pen and crayon everywhere!

Plus, the travel version comes in a suitcase so they can carry it themselves and feel as though they're joining in the airport extravaganza.  

Puzzle With Connected Pieces

Worm on a string - develops fine motor skills and concentration and coordination without dropping small pieces on the floor. Also, strangely therapeutic as a stress reliever for parents as you thread the worm in and out and in again...

Airport Sticker Book

Airport sticker book - one step better than an ordinary book, this sticker book makes it easy to talk to toddlers about what's going on around them. 

Washable Crayons and A Colouring Book

Washable crayons & small colouring book - more for restaurant use after you've ordered a meal than on the plane but can work for both. I was skeptical at first but they really ARE washable. 


About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more. Find out more.