Traveling with toddlers doesn’t need to be scary. If you slow down and take this time for what it is, time to take things slow and see things from your toddlers perspective, you’ll enjoy this stage of traveling like any other. What can be tricky is those travel days.
Getting them to sleep during travel, and ensuring they are kept occupied and busy the whole time may even sound impossible at first, but fear not. Because whether your child loves to travel or not, with a little planning, flying with a toddler can be made much easier.
Part of that planning entails picking out and packing toys that will keep your toddler entertained. Our list of best travel toys for 2 year olds below will help you choose the right ones for both car and plane travel!
Two year olds have very short attention spans and are way more active and playful than babies. They love to move around and explore, and are more likely than not going to be very stubborn about doing so! Keeping these independence-craving little tots contained in one seat during a trip can prove to be quite the challenge for parents.
Especially since the more mobile they get, the more time you will need to spend attending to them!
So it was only a matter of time before travel toys became one of your top travel essentials for toddlers when you’re packing to leave home, and we can’t blame you. Carrying some toys can definitely come to your rescue during a long flight or a car trip. They help kids be entertained and occupied for a little while, and we all know a little while can make a big difference during travel!
However, the only way carrying a bunch of travel toys for 2 year olds makes sense is if they are compact, and easy to carry, take out and put away. You should be able to fit your toddlers travel toys in your backpack diaper bag or better yet in your toddlers travel backpack.
Now that you know what makes a travel toy good, it’s time to check out our own curated list of best travel toys for 2 year olds! These are assured to make flying with toddlers so much easier for traveling with parents, so you can go on and have the best vacations with your toddler in the best of places!
Counting bears are the perfect travel toys for 2 year old toddlers who can use them for playing and learning. They offer an abundance of play possibilities where kids get to learn colors, counting, addition/subtraction, grouping, and patterns. This set of bears comes with a nylon tote bag for storing after kids are done playing with them to ensure that they don't get lost. This makes them especially perfect for travel with toddlers!
Lego Duplo sets are one of the best travel toys for 2 year old toddlers. They can be used on the plane and in the hotel room. They're perfect for little hands to play with and come in plenty of options to choose from. Duplo is easier for toddlers to build with and there so much imaginative play that can be done once they are put together.
The Minnie's Birthday Party set is perfect for getting toddlers excited about that trip to Disney! We also love that it contains fewer than 25 large pieces, making it ideal for travel and minimizing the possibility of losing pieces!
Jigsaw puzzles are good travel toys for 2 year old toddlers that parents can do with their little ones. They're a great way to get them away from their screens for a bit, and help them develop their spatial reasoning skills, improve their patience, and practice problem-solving. These puzzles fit together magnetically, have rounded shapes, and no sharp edges or small pieces, making them perfect for little hands to play with.
While we love the Magnetic Jigsaw Puzzles above, they aren't always available. These are another option for magnetic puzzles for toddlers. Because they are magnetic it makes them one of the best toys for travel with 2 year old toddlers, since you don't have to worry about the pieces always ending up on the floor!
This Animal Playset has 32 different wild animals with some trees, fence and grass pieces. These small, hard plastic toys offer many possibilities for sensory and imaginative play. They are a good choice when you want to teach your child about animals, and they’re even better for when you need to keep them occupied during long plane or car rides. They are also excellent for bath time.
This is a great plush activity-toy for toddlers who love to pretend play. It's like a toddler busy book and doll all in one. Watch them improve their fine motor skills as they pull the zipper up and down, tie the doll’s hair bow and open and close the doll's button. Its toddler-friendly size and carry-along clip make it one of the best plane or car travel toys for 2 year olds. It would also make an excellent toy to keep your little one occupied in your travel stroller.
Just make sure there are no loose pieces that may be a choking hazard.
One of the most popular toddler travel toys! Help your little one learn to "snap" and "click" buckles with the easy-to-carry, fun and engaging Buster the Buckle Toy! This plush toy has vibrant colors with a bunch of buckles in clasp style that encourage toddlers to strengthen their pincer grasp and improve their hand-eye-coordination. The toy is easy to strap onto your toddler travel stroller or backpack, making it convenient to carry during your travels as well.
Now, how about a buckle toy that also carries other toys - perfect for long flights and to keep little hands busy? The Buddy Activity Backpack features a bunch of colorful buckles in clasp style, along with an easy glide zipper and snap pocket for storing all the things your little one might want to carry along.
The soft, colorful backpack is also decorated with numbers and shapes on the outside for keeping children curious and engaged. And the adjustable straps make it easy for toddlers of all ages to carry it with ease when traveling with their parents.
At around this age, toddlers start to love spending time drawing and coloring, making activity books like the My Best Toddler Coloring book from Happy Toddlerz one of the best travel toys for 2 year olds. This preschool workbook introduces kids to early counting, simple word skills, basic addition, letters, numbers, shapes and animals while making sure to keep the learning fun and approachable.
Every page of the book is fun to color, and presents information using super cute images, making it super enjoyable for toddlers.
Are you tired of broken crayons littering your bags and your home? These super jumbo crayons from Melissa and Doug are totally non-toxic and made of totally break-resistant plastic, not wax. The triangular shape of the crayons makes them easier for little hands to hold, and they are the perfect kind to carry during travel because they don’t roll away and ending up on the ground!
A Sticker Book is the perfect thing to buy whether you're flying long haul with your toddler and want a non-screen time activity you can do together. Sticker books are one of our favorite travel toys for toddlers!
This book includes 75 stickers of fish, sharks and whales, and features several scenes to place these reusable stickers within its pages. The stickers are large enough for small hands to use and are also easy to peel and replace!
Easily one of the best toddler travel toys! These on-the-go painting activity books from Melissa & Doug are great toys for toddlers aged two and up. Each of the six themed pads - sports, occupations, adventure, safari, under the sea and animals, includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen.
The pen is used to color in each scene, and with each stroke reveal more details and vibrant colors. You can let the pages dry without a worry, because once dry, toddlers can color them in again and again.
These are also ideal travel toys for road trips with toddlers. Easy to carry around and keep clean, this is the travel companion artsy toddlers will want to keep with them all the time! As a bonus, parents will love them because they are mess-free!
These window clings make excellent toddler travel toys for airplane travel! You have a window right there for your toddler to decorate again and again!
These cute bug shaped gels are well suited for learning and entertainment. Just peel them off and stick them onto any surface you wish, like airplane or car windows, fridges, bathtubs, walls and more. They are also easy to reuse, remove and replace over and over again, without leaving behind any residue or mess. This makes them perfect for whipping out whenever (and wherever) your little one gets bored.
We love this maze puzzle as a travel toy for toddlers as it helps develop their fine motor skills. Toddlers get to guide the beads through the maze with the help of a magnetic wand in this fun Go-Fish-Go Maze Puzzle toy by Hape. The game provides endless entertainment and is great for toddlers who are just learning to problem solve. It is also highly durable, and the carrying handle makes it easy to take along wherever you go. Add this one to your toddler travel toys for your next trip!
Toddler busy books make excellent travel toys for toddlers! This Busy Book for Kids is an educational book for children ages 2 and up. This almost indestructible activity book comes with 12 pages of fun, sensory-oriented learning. Toddlers will learn colors, letters, vehicles, planets, and more through matching games. Whether it's for a long car ride or keeping toddlers entertained on the plane, toss this one into your hand luggage.
Packed in a compact travel-size carrying pouch, this set of six heirloom-quality magnetic blocks by Tegu is as attractive as it is entertaining for young children. Great for supporting open-ended and unscripted play, this toy helps kids develop skills like pattern recognition, balance and sense of scale while keeping them occupied.
The safely embedded magnets make the blocks harder to drop on the floor, making them great airplane travel toys for 2 year olds.
Wikki Stix is the perfect choice for sensory play! Each pack of Wikki Stix comes with 24 sticks in a variety of colors. Children get to exercise their creativity by molding the 6 inch long sticks into different shapes and objects like glasses, necklaces, watches and more. The sticks are convenient and fun to use, and even easily adhere to flat surfaces with nothing more than fingertip pressure. What's more, they come in a compact tube that makes it easy to carry them along in your backpack during travel.
While Wikki Stix are rated for older children, they still make excellent travel toys for toddlers when you are right there to keep an eye on your little one. We don't recommend these are toddler travel toys when your child is unsupervised.
A magnetic puzzle game that works on every level - it’s simple to use and kids love it! In this fun STEM game from HABA, kids use a wand to help the differently colored balls navigate their way back to their matching color garages. It requires no setting up, is lots of fun to play, and is a great way for toddlers to work on their strategic thinking, dexterity and spatial skills without even realizing it. It's compact too, and can be easily slipped into a backpack or diaper bag, making it the ultimate travel toy for every vacation.
Small cars and vehicle toy sets are some of the best travel toys for toddlers! Each of the four trucks in this fun, brightly colored toy truck set from The Storybook Kids Explorers Club have different names and functionalities. The set comes with a storybook that explains all of this and more through a fun story. Kids get to enjoy working on their hand-eye coordination and imagination while they play with their tractor, cement mixer, dump truck and bulldozer, and even create new stories by matching their trucks to the book.
Grab a pack of the pom-poms below and your toddler can have the trucks carry them around!
These bright, multicolored pompoms are great for toddlers as they are soft and perfect for sensory play time. With a little bit of imagination, they make wonderful 2 year old travel toys that keep toddlers entertained for long periods of time.
Toddlers can use their pompom set for counting and sorting, or driving around in their construction trucks. As an added bonus, these are easy to pack! Just make sure to always supervise their playtime when they are busy getting creative with pompoms to ensure they are staying safe.
The Double Doodle Board is a sturdy, compact toy, and makes for a great car travel toy for 2 year olds. It's easy to clean, and includes a sealed gel surface for doodling with little fingers on one side, and a reusable drawing surface for use with three washable crayons on the other side. This drawing board is easily one of the best screen free travel toys for toddlers.
Books are another of our favorite activities to entertain toddlers on plane rides and long car rides. Choose a few favorites and maybe buy a few new ones! Toddlers love being read to and talking about all the pictures!
Just like in our post on 1 year old travel toys, snacks are still super important! Trust me when I tell you that snacks are one of the best distractions for traveling with toddlers! Pack some cheerios in these snack cups and you won't have to worry about them ending up all over the floor! These were one of our top toddler travel items! Seriously, we never left home without it...