10 portable travel toys for kids

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When travelling with children, pack toys that are small and versatile. Put each one in its own sealable freezer bag, for easy access—you won’t have to search your luggage for each piece of Lego.

Here are 10 top ideas that take up very little space in your bag:

1. Lego, but don’t take too much because you will be constantly bending to pick it up.

Stick to a mini figure or small set in one ziplock bag.
Stick to a mini figure or small set in one ziplock bag.

2. Playing cards or flashcards.

Learn new words, or new foreign words.
Learn new words, or new foreign words.

3. Some farm animals or plastic dinosaurs.

Dolls, farm animals, dinosaurs… anything small is fun.
Dolls, farm animals, dinosaurs… anything small is fun.

4. Colouring in books and crayons.

Colouring in books never get old and you can stick with a holiday theme too.
Colouring in books never get old and you can stick with a holiday theme too.

5. Felt boards.

Make your own or buy a travel sized felt bag from somewhere like http://www.feltfantasies.com
Make your own or buy a travel sized felt bag from somewhere like http://www.feltfantasies.com

6. Matchbox cars.

All kids love shiny little cars. And they're so portable.
All kids love shiny little cars. And they’re so portable.

7. Books, digital books and talking books.

Books like The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore changed the way kids read forever.
Books like The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore changed the way kids read forever.

8. A little doctor’s kit.

You can find small cheap ones in $2 shops.
You can find small cheap ones in $2 shops.

9. Paper dolls, and small plastic dolls.

Paper dolls are for boys too. And you can also make your own.
Paper dolls are for boys too. And you can also make your own.

10. A magnetic writing board. In my opinion this is a MUST for every parent. I bought a small one for $2. My son used it on planes, trains, cars and standing in queues all over the world.

Our magnetic board was small and came EVERYWHERE with us.
Our magnetic board was small and came EVERYWHERE with us.