It’s family vacay season, and when you hit the road with kids, you’re gonna need backup. These travel toys are compact, cleanish and (probably?) entertaining enough to engage kids for 20 minutes at a stretch. Happy adventuring! 

Sweeten the prospect of a long trip for your 2-year-old with Peaceable Kingdom’s Topper Takes a Trip. In this carry-along game, which fits into an adorable suitcase, kids pick a destination (like Grandma’s house or the beach), select and match the items they’ll need to pack along, and playact the vacation of their dreams. At iSpark Toys.


Take the waste out of on-the-road entertainment with Jaq Jaq Bird’s Bored Boards, games edition. These sturdy, reusable tiles, featuring classic travel games like 4 in a Row and tic-tac-toe, come with four pieces of ButterStix no-dust chalk, and they wipe clean in a jiffy. At Hammer and Jacks or jaqjaqbird.com.


Make new tracks wherever you roam with a compact roll of “classic road” PlayTape, perfect for recasting a car window or airplane seat into a mini car or school bus super-highway. When you’re done, peel it off, throw it out, and be on your merry way. At Hammer and Jacks and inroadtoys.com.


Markers? Paints? Pastels? Whatever they are, Chunkies Paint Sticks by OOLY rule for long road trips. These quick-drying, rainbow-hued sticks glide smoothly onto any surface, from coloring books to in-flight magazines, and they last for eons if you remember to cap ’em. At Collage or ooly.com

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