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9 Gifts That Keep Kids Busy While Traveling

Traveling with kids can be an adventure. It also can be challenging. Whether you're planning a day-trip, road-trip, cruise, or cross-country flight, these nine gifts will help keep them busy (which means a better traveling experience for all).

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iZel Smartphone and Tablet Stand

This handy stand is a simple but smart design. Like an easel for your smartphone or tablet, it holds devices securely in either portrait or landscape position. Perfect for watching while videos on-the-go. ($24.95) Shop Now

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Numerical Tile Game

Möbi is a fun, fast-paced tile game that helps kids (and grown-ups) learn and apply basic math skills. Packs away in an adorable blue whale bag, and it’s ready to play on any flat surface. ($19.95) Shop Now

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i-Loom Bracelet Maker

Friendship bracelet making jumps into the 21st century with this interactive bracelet maker. Your iPad locks into the i-Loom device—which is also your work station, complete with thread organization. This handy travel case makes it easy to take anywhere. ($39.95) Shop Now

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Brush and Stylus

This digital paintbrush truly captures the tactile experience of painting—it’s like a stylus for artists. Completely mess-free this is a great way to allow kids to get creative while leaving the box of crayons at home. (Starting at $14.95) Shop Now

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Magnetic Writing Toy

Keep little ones buys with this magnetic toy. A magnetic stylus pulls beads up to create solid lines. Kids writing their first letters will get helpful up, down and sideways instructions via easy-to-follow arrows. Erases with the tip of a finger and packs away neatly. (Starting at $23) Shop Now

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Roll-up Travel Games

There’s nothing quite like playing classic games—like checkers, chess, or backgammon—on a high-quality board. When you want to play on the go, Sondergut makes beautiful, lightweight travel boards that you can roll up and take anywhere, ($39.95)  Shop Now

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Modern-Twist Mark-Mat
Dry-Erase Placemat

Doodle-friendly kids' placemats, perfect as entertainment in restaurants and on long trips, amuse and nurture the inner artist in every child. ($25) Shop Now

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Smart Numbers & Letters

Marbotic uses wooden letters and numbers that look like traditional toys. But these pieces are more than classic—they’re connected. The letters and numbers act like a stamp on the screen, their movements make things happen in the digital world. (Starting at $35) Shop Now

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InRoad Toys PlayTape
Roads & Rails

Printed to look like a road, PlayTape Classic Road is a roll of removable tape that is perfect for playing with toy and model cars. PlayTape is a fast, fun way to lay down instant roads anywhere for creative play. (Starting at $13.95) Shop Now


Ready for your next family vacation? If you're looking for even more ways to keep kids busy this summer, check out our eight products for getting kids unplugged and outdoors. 


  • Marni Says:

    Good Morning Tori,

    I love all the ideas you have here.. I'd like to suggest one more. The Petpak. The Petpak is a pet, pillow, pack and lap tray that inspires adventure and makes it fun to roam. I'm bringing it market now and our first shipment arrives at the end of July .. I'd love to share more with you if you think it's a good fit for your product line.

    Thanks much,

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Marni, Thank you for sharing your product with us. I encourage you to submit your product for consideration here: http://www.thegrommet.com/citizens-gallery/partner/new/

    You will also want to visit our partner page to learn more about how we work here: http://www.thegrommet.com/become-grommet

    I've asked the team to watch for your submission, and it won't go unnoticed. Thanks for thinking about The Grommet as the place to launch your product.

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