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The Ultimate Travel Companion: Why You Should Pack Toys and Games for Your Next Holiday

Traveling with children… as a father of four, I know all of the challenges! 

I have taken enough long haul flights, train journeys and car journeys (are we there yet?),  to know that if your children aren’t occupied 100% of the time, you can be moments away from the dreaded….I’m bored (are we there yet?).

We all know that traveling with kids can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. One minute they’re gazing out of an airplane window in awe, the next, they are fidgeting in their seats with boredom, annoying the person in front by pressing their feet against the seat or doodling on the complimentary sick-bag in the seat pocket! 

Whether you’re planning a road trip, boat trip, camping holiday or a week away in the sun, having the right toys and games on hand can be a game-changer (pun intended!). 

Let’s dive into why you should never leave home without them.

Keeping Kids Occupied on the Journey…  (no more ‘are we there yet’)!

Aeroplane journeys can be long and tedious, even for adults who have downloaded the entire content of Netflix onto their iPad. For children, confined spaces leads to restlessness. Enter toys and games! 

From travel-sized board games to engaging puzzles, having a selection of entertainment options can keep your little ones busy and happy. Oh and let’s be honest, we don’t want them spending the whole flight glued to a screen (although there is a temptation there…!) 

We have worked hard to ensure that everything you need for your getaway can be found right here at The Happy Puzzle Company. 

Have a look at our brainteasers selection on our website for small and portable activities that can keep even the sharpest of minds entertained.

Card games

Portable and generally easy to play when space is limited, we have loads of ideas! 

Screen-Free Fun

While tablets and smartphones are handy, it’s great to have some screen-free alternatives to keep your kids entertained. Unusual fidget toys are perfect for this. They’re not only fun but also stimulate creativity.

Whilst Away…

A bucket and spade are great for a bit of downtime (unless you are on the beach in Brighton!), but there are lots of outdoor activities you can do with your children. Perfect for the beach, pool or garden area, have a look at the outdoor and garden games section of our website for some really great ideas. I have been taking the Trampoline Tennis sets away with my family for years. They are lightweight, portable and suitable for both children and adults alike. What’s more, you can get them wet, so they are perfect for the pool as well as the beach. 


The Holiday Must-Haves

Unplug and Connect

Holidays away from home are the perfect time to unplug from devices and reconnect as a family. Board games, card games, and cooperative puzzles offer a fantastic way to spend quality time together communicating with each other and working as a team.

Rainy Day Rescue!

We all hope for perfect weather on our holidays, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Having a stash of toys and games can turn a rainy day into an opportunity for indoor fun. It’s also a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and activities.

Encourage Creativity and Learning

Toys and games aren’t just about keeping the children occupied, they are also tools for learning and development. Building sets, educational games and creative toys like modelling clay or colouring books can keep those young minds engaged and learning, even on holiday.

Top Travel-Friendly Toys and Games

For Children and Adults

  • Lost 4 Words: Hours of fun for all ages. 500 challenge cards mean you certainly wont run out.
  • Itchy Feet: This is the perfect family travel game to play round the pool or of an evening.

For Toddlers

  • Tobbles Neo: Simple and versatile, great for imaginative play.
  • SmartMax My First Totem: Lightweight and easy to pack, with 24 challenges that can be played again and again.

For Young Kids

  • Waxidoodles: Hours of fun and creativity with minimal mess.
  • The Genius Square: This is a must have for any vacation. Hours of fun for all the family


So, next time you’re packing for a holiday, don’t forget to include a selection of toys and games. They’re the ultimate travel companions, ensuring that your journey is smooth and your holiday is filled with fun and memorable moments. They have certainly helped me over the years.

Happy travels, and don’t forget to check out our amazing selection of travel-friendly toys and games at

Safe travels and happy playing!

Published: 3rd June 2024