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24 Travel Toys And Games To Avoid Hearing “Are We There Yet”

You'll thank us later for these boredom busters.

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1. A Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza card game perfect for some fabulous family bonding time during vacay. It'll have the whole squad in tears from *belly laughing* so hard.


Pass out all the cards to the players and keep all the stacks face down. Everyone takes a turn putting a card down in the middle while saying "taco," "cat," "goat," "cheese," and "pizza," in that order. If the picture on your card matches the word that's said, everyone races against each other to slap their hand on the central pile of cards. Whoever is last must take the pile of cards and add them to their stack, and the person who runs out of cards first wins!

Promising review: "It took about three minutes to learn the game, and we started playing. We laughed the whole time, had a great time, and played a total of five times in one day! It has now been moved to our 'always travels with us card games' box. It is fun, fast-paced, and one of the best card games that we have played as a family. If you like simple family games that pack tons of fun, this is a must-buy game. Our 6-year-old, 9-year-old, and 11-year-old absolutely loved it and did not want to stop playing." —Erik

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

2. A Grab and Go Connect 4 because who wouldn't love battling their kiddos in this miniature version of the classic game? Besides, it's as portable as a passport.,

Promising review: "Perfect travel game! My son loves playing Connect 4, so this was the perfect travel toy for us to play on the plane. I took it out of the box and put it into a ziplock bag. A zip-top bag is a must because the little discs fall out of the holder when tossed into a carry-on bag. It worked perfectly and we played this game numerous times. The little slide on the bottom releases the discs. Sometimes the discs would get backed up and not fall out of the rows. If this happens, you just wiggle it a bit or pull it down and they will fall down. Highly recommend for anyone who loves to travel and loves Connect 4." —soccer mom

Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

3. A magnetic travel tangram puzzle you can take anywhere to challenge your child's imagination while they attempt to recreate up to 360 patterns using the seven foam shapes.


Promising review: "My boys have used this while traveling since they were 4. We have used this for long-distance air travel, car, everywhere. It is lightweight and small enough to pack, the magnets allow everything to stay together so nothing is ever sliding off. This is the second one we have bought as a gift, and will continue to do so!" —Jessica Armstrong

Promising review: "Fantastic activity for traveling. Ordered this before a 10-hour car ride for my 3-year-old and she loved using it. The magnets are easy to use, but also stick securely to the board so they aren't easily lost. Endless opportunities for imaginative play!" —Grace Kerrigan

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

4. And a wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screentime.


Reviewer's say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3 to 12.

Promising review: "I was looking for stuff that will keep my kids entertained without electronics and this is one of the things I got them. From my 5-year-old to my 10-year-old, they’ve all sat down and played around with it. It’ll be a great road trip game as well. Small. Compact. Has a bag to carry the game." —MGS

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

5. A Road Trip Box with 60 activity ideas and fun discussion questions to grab at a moment's notice when you run out of ideas for entertaining the kiddos.

Wooden coins in a box
The Idea Box Kids / Etsy

The Idea Box Kids is a small biz based in Wilsonville, Oregon, that specializes in kid-powered, secretly educational activities.

Recommended for ages 3+.

Get it from The Idea Box Kids on Etsy for $24.99.

6. A Paint by Stickers book so sticker-obsessed kiddos can create 10 pictures, one sticker at time, by matching the number on the sticker to the number on the page. I think it's safe to say it will keep them busy...for a while.


Promising review: "We had seven flights over two weeks — this book saved us. Our 5-year-old happily played with this book for hours— we bought all kinds of activity books and activities, and she chose this one again and again. Her 1-year-old sister enjoyed playing with the sticker scraps. We will be getting more of these in the future. They are great if you have a kid who likes puzzles." —Brisco

Promising review: "Great activity for travel! Kept my very wiggly 6-year-old busy on a series of flights. I am ordering another one for travel next week." —Anonomom

Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

7. And a value pack of reusable 500+ puffy stickers that won't leave a residue on car or plane windows and will keep your toddler engaged for hours, which is nothing short of a miracle, TBH. Plus, they're easy for little ones to peel, stick...and restick all by themselves.

20 sheets of stickers

The stickers feature letters, numbers, vehicles, butterflies, deep-sea life, animals, fish, dinosaurs, and more.

Promising review: "These are great little stickers. Good quality and great value. There are a ton in the package and they provide hours of fun. I bought them along with a little notepad for my 2-year-old son to use on a long plane ride and he really enjoyed pulling them off the backing and sticking them onto the notebook pages. They're thick enough for little fingers to grasp and and they stick very well but can also be peeled up and moved to a different surface." —NA Costa

Get a pack of 20 sheets from Amazon for $6.99.

8. A scavenger hunt card game for parents who wanna take "I Spy" to the next level. This comes with 54 cards that'll keep little ones sooo intently on the lookout, you'll wonder where the time on the road went.


The goal of the game is to find the objects on your cards. To play, each player takes five cards and tries to locate various roadside objects. Every time a player finds an object, they yell it out and show the card to the other players. If everyone agrees the object has been found, the player places the card into their discard pile and selects another card from the top of the deck. The first player to discard 10 cards wins. Recommended for two or more players, ages 7+.

Promising review: "This game is SO MUCH FUN! My 8-year-old used to complain about being bored in the car. After we get tired of telling her to look out the window, we usually hand her the iPad to keep herself entertained. But now we have this awesome game! We keep it in the back seat and play any time our car trips last more than 30 minutes or so. We usually pair up so the driver can play too. We all end up laughing and being truly creates some wonderful family memories. Even my 17-year-old enjoys playing! I wish there was an expansion pack." —MommaKess

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

9. A set of Crayola Pip Squeaks Washable Markers that not only fit little hands perfectly, but also snap into the durable travel case so they don't get lost during a trip. Win-win.


The set includes 25 washable mini markers and 40 sheets of paper in a travel case.

Promising review: "Airplane sanity saver. Perfect size for a child-size backpack. We used this to keep our 5-year-old occupied on a flight. She used it for 1.5 hours straight both flights. The markers snap into place and we used the 'lock' for the airplane seat tray to hold it in place. Great buy." —MiyazakiFan

Promising review: "I'm pretty sure I've bought this set at LEAST three times for my different kids. Part of me hates that I'm too lazy to just be that Pinterest mom who throws together markers we already own and paper in a cute way, but let's be real, if I'm prepping for a trip with three kids that is exactly the last thing I feel like doing. This is easy, premade, at just the right just-slightly-overpriced price point, and convenient. It has a good variety of marker colors, in perfectly tiny-hand sizes, and stores them securely in place in a way you couldn't easily engineer your PinterestFail into doing. The case has a handle for carrying and snaps to keep it closed. It's sturdy but light weight, and flat enough not to take up your entire carry-on bag. Honestly, I price shopped 'travel'-type pencil boxes for other activities: They are not cheap, and they are a lot thicker. Even with a Michael's 40% coupon, by the time you throw your own set together, you're going to be right around the same price. Always a great throw-in for a trip to keep little people occupied; guess that's how I always end up buying more." —koyangi

Get a set from Amazon for $12.99.

10. An eight-piece Tegu magnetic wooden block set in a travel-friendly felt pouch that'll entice the kids to put down the iPad and build things. The best part? The blocks have no lead, no plastic, and a nontoxic, water-based lacquer finish.


Promising review: "Perfect for restaurants and travel. I was hesitant to buy these, since they seemed so pricey for such small toys. I finally bought it to help entertain my 2-year-old in restaurants on vacation, and I'm so glad that I did. They are really fun little magnet toys, and they are the perfect size to travel with and to keep in a backpack or diaper bag. I did some research on the company, and the highish price is due to the fact that they actually pay a fair wage and do community building. That's the kind of company I don't mind supporting. This toy will be a big help on our upcoming plane flight. (It's also been an addictive game for the grown-ups to fiddle with. We might need to buy another set.)" —Teacher Lady

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

11. A scratch paper art set so mini Picassos can create vibrant rainbow art anywhere by scratching on the surface to reveal the colors underneath.


Promising review: "Super cute. Got this for my 4-year-old niece while she was visiting and she LOVED it. Great for travel. Perfect for vacations, car rides, plane rides, etc. A little messy with the black shavings but an easy cleanup!" —Astral Quest

Get it from Amazon for $16.79.

12. An LCD writing tablet that'll keep future Einsteins busy practicing their numbers and letters whether they're in a car or plane. They might even consider trading their iPad for this cool gadget.


Promising review: "We bought this pad to take on a long car trip with our 4-year- old granddaughter. She is usually traveling with her nose stuck to an iPad, I was looking for something to get her out of watching iPad all trip. This did the trick! She drew all kinds of things, practiced her numbers and letters, and played games with me. It was great to have something that didn’t need to be charged." —Trudie Paschetag

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

13. A rainbow puzzle ball where the end *goal* is to match all 11 balls to their corresponding color rings by pressing and sliding the balls through the open slots. It'll give your kids' brains and hands a heck of a workout no matter where they are., Amazon

Promising review: "I was doubtful that my 5-year-old would like this, but took a chance. It took him a little bit to figure out how to push the balls around, but once he got the hang of it he didn't put it down for days. It challenged his thinking and also was cause/effect solving too. It was perfect for our car trip. Great purchase!" —Timothy Mitchell

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

14. A pack of Melissa & Doug Reusable Water-Reveal Activity Pads aka a *godsend* in a car, plane, or restaurant. Just fill the pen with water and watch the kiddos color ~over and over~. Who knew you could enjoy a glass of wine without fearing a crayon explosion?


Promising review: "My family and I went on a 27-hour road trip for the Christmas holiday. Needless to say I was a bit anxious over the idea of traveling with a 4-, 2-, and 1-year-old. These things were a lifesaver! I had bought quite a few other activities for them to do but they kept returning to these. I love that there is no cleanup and they are reusable. I also thought the pen storage was a really nifty idea. The pages are a thick chipboard-like material so that there is no water leakage between pages. We still use these. Sometimes I pull them out while I'm getting dinner ready and it keeps them occupied. All in all, a great buy, and Amazon had the best deal on them." —Dina

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $17.76.

15. And a pack of Melissa & Doug Take-Along Magnetic Jigsaw Puzzles that'll have Paw Patrol fans squealing with delight. It's designed like a book that unfolds and has a carrying handle, making it perfect for travel.


Each book includes two magnetic jigsaw puzzles, 15 pieces each, featuring friends and scenes from Paw Patrol.

Promising review: "I bought this for our 4-year-old grandson who loves Paw Patrol. It's heavy and looks well made. Hopefully it will keep him entertained for a while on long rides to visit us." —Tracy Crump

Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

16. A puzzle game in a teeny-weeny tin aka Iota, which is basically Qwirkle in card form.

small tin that says iota

For two to four players. Recommended for ages 8+.

Promising review: "We just got this tiny little game to bring on a family trip. We have a 5- & 7-year-old and I must say that this game is a great fit for our WHOLE family. One of our children is a very sore loser & it's hard to find games that don't make her flip out. We play this with no point scoring so it's more collaborative than competitive...and we can all have fun. It's challenging for the 5- year-old and for us grown-ups too. I plan to buy more packs of this inexpensive tiny little game to give as gifts. Very fun." —Mel W.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

17. A Montessori busy board for keeping ~busy little bees~ occupied figuring out the mechanics of zippers, buttons, laces, and buckles. It also folds up conveniently with handles — making it easy to carry on the go.,

Promising review: "This busy board is hands-down our most favorite for our 1-year-old toddler! Whether we keep it at home or bring it in the car with us, it keeps our little toddler busy by playing with the various buckles and zippers for long periods of time. The busy board is a good size and fits most diaper bags. It is designed with materials soft to the touch and is accessible and easy to use for any ages! Also it is a great alternative to using a tablet or smartphone, especially in public places because it’s very quiet to play with. Overall we’re very pleased with this product and the quality of it. We definitely recommend it to any parent!!"—Vianne Bratsis/Angelo Bratsis

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

18. An animal card game, a ~wildly fun~ road trip activity that'll challenge kids to ask up to 10 questions to guess the animal on the card. Psst, they'll memorize all the fun facts on the cards to win (but hey, who's complaining?).

The animal planet card game

Promising review: "This was an easy game (boredom buster) for my 6- & 10-yr-old in long car ride. They knew all the animals so it could have been a little more diff but we have a more knowledge of animals than some others. I would recommend this, especially for road trips. Turn off the electronics!!!!" —jules1976

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 14 styles).

19. A pack of stretchy fidget noodles they can twist, pull, and twirl to their heart's content when they get bored and fidgety on a looong journey.

a model stretching the noodle like toy

Promising review: "I purchased these for our 10-year-old son with ADD. He absolutely loves them and definitely recommend them!" —Connie McElwain

Promising review: "Very durable, lasts a long time. My 10-year-old uses it for her anxiety and it really helps." —Holli Ciresoli

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99.

20. And a pack of sensory tubes because these pop, stretch, bend, and snap together to make all kinds of shapes. These will inexplicably capture their attention right from the get-go.


Promising review: "These entertained my 1-year-old and 4-year-old on a road trip for literally hours. Honestly, they entertained me, too. Even the 8-year-old and 10-year-old cousins love these. They are so fun and are surprisingly very open-ended toys. The only thing that I HATE about them is they are perfect sound magnifiers. My 4-year-old figured out how to snap them together and scared the crap out of me while driving because he slid it right up next to me and talked into it, making me think there was something next to me... My kids also love to use them as trumpets... Good, clean fun for the kids; not so much for the driving adult LOL. Otherwise, they're great!" —Kayla Sullivan

Promising review: "These are magical. I don't understand what it is exactly, but these are one of my kids' favorite toys. I bought these for a cross-country road trip with my 1-year-old and 3-year-old and we are still playing with them months later! They love stretching them out, talking through them, connecting them, making necklaces/crowns, the list is endless. My daughter and I used them as whisper phones from the front to back seat while we drove. This is a wonderful open-ended toy that is great for all ages! I would definitely purchase this again." —AMA

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in an eight-pack and 30-pack).

21. A pack of brightly colored stacking cups that'll nest within each other taking up minimal luggage space and keep little babes enthralled with open-ended possibilities. Just trust the 60,000 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said, "This is the best $4 I've spent on a toy.",

Bonus: These have holes in the bottom for water play and come with a cute star ring to keep them together so they don't get lost during travel.

Promising review: "Of all of the expensive toys around our house, this is my baby's favorite. We recently took these cups on a week long beach vacation and they kept my 13-month-old (and a 2-year-old she made friends with) busy all day for seven days! They're perfect for playing with in the water or on dry land. These are a classic for a reason!" —Michael D Eisenman

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.99.

22. A necklace activity set in a convenient carrying case so mini style mavens can mix and match colorful beads and charms to create their own chic bling en route to their destination. The best part? It's under $15.


Promising review: "This activity kit was perfect for my 3- and 6-year-old. The beads were easy to thread through the rubbery string pieces. We used the case like a tray to contain the beads. Bought this to bring on the plane with us and both girls had a wonderful time. They wore their necklaces immediately and other passengers seated nearby complimented how cute they looked." —mama

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 13 styles).

23. A pocket-sized version of Jenga ideal for some stacking-and-toppling fun on the go.

small wooden jenga game

The box comes with 18 mini Jenga blocks. Recommended for ages 6+.

Promising review: "I bought this as a stocking stuffer for my daughter and it was just perfect for the occasion. She, and her college mates, have it handy in their dorm room now. Great little gift." —Kevin Wilson

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

24. A set of games for the road that'll cut down on screentime while traveling and prevent nonstop cries of "I'm bored."

the car game

Promising review: "For a quick and convenient game that can literally be taken anywhere, this game is perfect! The cost was great and the games are fun, quick, and can be played by kids and adults of all ages. I would love to see families pulling these cards out while waiting for dinner at a restaurant or while sitting in the subway together rather than everyone pulling out their iPhones! These fun interactive games will get the whole family talking and playing together. Love it! I did notice that on a couple of the cards my daughter, who’s 8 years old, had to read the card a couple of times or hand it to me to explain to her, but once I read the directions she was good to go. Overall a great purchase!" —Julie

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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