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25 Best Travel Toys for 3 Year Olds

If your toddler is anything like ours, then you know what it’s like to travel with a mobile, inquisitive and talkative little person. While he has a much longer attention span for watching shows and movies, we still like to pack travel toys for our 3 year old.

We found, like many of the other toddler stages, traveling with a 3 year old just needs a little bit of planning and preparation. To help other parents, we’ve come up with this list of the best travel toys for 3 year olds. We’ve traveled with so many of these 3 year old travel toys, so we wanted to share some favorites from our trips!

Everything we packed for our 3 year old travel toys.
Here’s one example of what we packed for 3 year old travel toys.

When it comes to packing, parents know that toddler travel essentials for 3 year olds go beyond backpack diaper bags and travel strollers.

Children in this age group are naturally curious and have an insatiable appetite for learning new things, so choosing the right travel toys for 3 year olds to keep them engaged and occupied is just as important as keeping them fed and healthy on a trip! However, picking toys that are engaging, yet quiet; intriguing, yet not too stimulating, certainly takes time to master, and that’s why we’ve done the work for you!

mother wearing backpack carrying 3 year old

Keep reading to learn all about why these travel toys below make our list of best travel toys for 3 year old toddlers.

3 year old on train drawing in activity book
Our 3 year old occupied with the Dot-to-Dot activity book on a train.

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Best 3 Year Old Travel Toys

3 year old playing with Lego Duplo - best 3 year old travel toys
Our toddler building with the Duplo we brought on our trip.
3 year old and older sibling playing with Melissa & Doug Reusable stickers - best travel toys for 3 year olds
Our toddlers playing with their Melissa & Doug reusable sticker pads.
3 Year Old Activity book being used on family vacation
This dry erase Dot-to-Dot activity book was a great activity for our 3 year old toddler.

If you are looking for more information or even more options, we have loads of tips for flying with toddlers, and even more ideas on screen free toddler travel toys, airplane travel toys and the best toddler travel toys for car trips that will definitely help make that easier.

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The Best Travel Toys for 3 Year Olds

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Celine is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's been helping new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site, 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