Making travel memories with your kids is priceless, but getting well-armed with boredom-busters for the waiting and queuing is critical. As we all know packing light is nigh on impossible with a family, we’ve picked our top travel toys that are space-saving too. So you don’t need a Mary Poppins bag to bring 'em along for the ride.
We’ve picked our top travel toys that are space-saving too.
1. PEN & PAPER
Crayons and paper have been the fall-back to ban boredom since we were all kids - and some things never change. Colouring-in books can help them really focus but are best for older kids, or placemats like these by Moulin Roty that can be coloured in are genius. (Lots of kid-friendly restaurants supply their own.)
2. TONIE BOX & YOTO PLAYER
A Tonie Box audio player might not be tiny, but they are very robust and portable and can keep kids entertained for hours, in the car or otherwise in transit. A Yoto Player is another option - they are slightly smaller and Yoto does a mini version on the player too.
If they're part of your bedtime routine, it's handy to take those same toys with you.
Both brands are hugely popular because kids are completely in control of the playlist, which makes them happier for longer, don't you always find? And if they're part of your storytelling bedtime routine, it's handy to take those same toys with you. Top tip: if you think you'll go mad if you listen to the Gruffalo one more time - kit them out with their own headphones too!
It's no surprise Janod's Magnetibooks are one of our best-selling items, year in and year out. They're just the right size for taking in the car, on trips, or to nanny's house and there's a whole range of games and puzzles to choose from. The sturdy board box has a magnetic lid that flips up into a playing surface and all the pieces can be packed away nice and easily. Educational, fun and practical. Bonus points all round!
4. PUZZLES & GAMES
We're also a big fan of easy and timeless diversions like games and puzzles when we travel, especially ones that come in neat boxes or carry cases. Look for games where anyone can join in and the games can last for as little or as long as you like.
5. FOLDAWAY BUCKET & SPADE SET
KIDLY Label's award-winning twosome should be at the top of any packing checklist if you're heading anywhere near the beach. It's the most portable bucket ever: designed to hold lots, but it folds down to just 5 cm tall. With a light but sturdy and easy-to-hold deep-scooped spade, it's a brilliant piece of kit for holidays that's also a hit at home in the garden, park or toy box.
So there you have it, some handy boredom-busters that won't take up too much space but might keep you from going loco on vacay! And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team is always here to help, 9am-5pm, every weekday. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.