The 24 BEST 2 Year Old Travel Toys

Author: Celine Brewer

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Traveling with toddlers doesn’t need to be scary. I’m here to share my experience traveling with a toddler, which will help you to be more confident to do the same. What can be tricky is those long travel days and you should be well prepared to keep your toddler occupied with this list of the best 2 year old travel toys.

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 toddlers contained in one seat during a trip can prove to be quite the challenge for parents.

When choosing the best travel toys for 2 year-olds, we first start with the development milestones and cognitive development shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics to give us some clues. A 2 year-old can match shapes, sort and do simple jigsaw puzzles. Also look for fun options for coloring (or scribbling) and building. At this age, cause and effect toys can be engaging (wind up toys, etc).

toddler in luggage size checker at airport
Traveling with a 2 year old.

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Best Travel Toys for Two Year Olds

It was only a matter of time before travel toys became one of our top travel essentials for toddlers when packing for a trip. Carrying some toys can definitely come to the rescue during a long flight or a car trip.

Like I mentioned in our post on flying with a toddler, your time flying is going to now be spent cycling through all the toddler activities. But I also like finding fun, interactive 2 year old travel toys that will keep them occupied even for small portions of time (giving you a breather!).

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Here are all our recommendations for the best 2 year old travel toys:

2 year old travel toys we packed.
Here’s an example of what we packed for our 2 year olds travel toys.

Keep in mind, 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.

Don’t pack everything from this list! Just a few toys for your 2 year old, some coloring and sticker options, plus some snacks is all your likely going to need. Pair that up with a few fun ipad apps, like those we mention in our favorite airplane activities for babies and toddlers, some shows and a pair of comfortable toddler headphones!

toddler on plane wearing headphones for toddler
2 year old wearing headphones on flight back from Thailand.

Books are a also great screen-free option for travel because of how engaging and enriching they are. They also help in maintaining a familiar bedtime routine which can help get toddlers to sleep on a plane. Investing in a good toddler airplane bed like the flyaway kids bed is another good idea for getting your kid comfortable on a plane. And with all that sleeping, you won’t have to pack too many different ways to keep your toddler occupied!

inflatable bed for airplane
Toddler on Flyaway Designs airplane bed watching the ipad.

My Top Picks for the Best 2 Year Old Travel Toys

While your toddler may enjoy some activities more than others, here are my top 5 picks to pack in your toddler’s carry-on. If you want an easy option, these Keep em Quiet Packs are perfect for busy parents!

LEGO DUPLO – Duplo can be used for sorting and building. It also makes a great toy for the hotel room.

Magnetic Puzzles – Challenge your 2 year-old to recognize the shapes and put these puzzles together.

Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! – While a coloring book and crayons are so worth it, your toddler can scribble away without making any mess in these!

Gel Clings or Reusable Stickers – For the airplane, gel clings let your toddler play and create scenes. You can do the same in a reusable sticker book.

Toddler Books – With newly developing hand and finger skills, your toddler can be an active participant reading books!

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Best 2 Year Old Travel Toys

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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