Must-Have Travel Gear

As every parent knows, traveling with little ones can be extra challenging. To help you get through the busy holiday season, we've put together the best gear to make travel easier, safer and more fun – at least for your kids! By Danielle Friedland


Activities like paper dolls and puzzles keep little hands and minds busy. And don't forget the power of stickers.
We Like: Some kids like to color, some prefer puzzles – why not have both options with Color Me Puzzles ($15, plus save 10% with CELEB, and free shipping). The set includes a 24-piece two-sided jigsaw puzzle that you can color yourself, and comes with five jumbo wipe-off crayons. You can flip pieces over and assemble the pre-colored pieces to see the same scene.
We Also Like: Mudpuppy's Magnetic Figures ($14) and Lee's Publications Travel Magnetic Tins ($10), versions of which include many cool characters, from robots to fairies. Older kids will enjoy the conversations that Kids Topics To Go- by TableTopics ($9) will stimulate; the take-along plastic cube is filled with great questions to get kids chatting – topics include, "What do you think parents have forgotten about being a kid?" and "What would you do if you were invisible for a day?" Yamodo Good To Go ($12) is similar but will get them doodling instead.