Travel toys for toddlers need to tick a lot of boxes to make the cut. Our kids are 3 and 1 years old, so we need items to be compact, low on the mess scale, entertaining enough to schlep, ideally playable for both ages, and have the fewest amount of pieces that can be dropped on the airplane floor so we can avoid bringing home The Plague along with our travel souvenirs. Like a millennial’s Starbucks order, this is a nonfat, no room, orange mocha frappuccino level order to fill. To help with this vente request I’ve found that bringing just a few parts of some toys is enough. For example, it’s hard to find small coloring books, and I don’t need a 50-page monstrosity taking up their entire bag, because once they’re over that activity they’re over it like palatzo pants. So if I can’t find a small coloring book, I’ll just rip out a few pages of a larger one to bring along. With that in mind, while this list contains the full products, I’ll rarely have it all in our bags so we can stay light and agile, similar to a pregnant cat.