Here's How To Keep Your Kids Busy During Holiday Travel For Just $15 Or Less

Holiday travel is stressful enough, but add kids to the mix and it's a whole other ballgame. Not only do you have to make sure they're packed and ready, but if you're flying, you have to rush to the airport and make it through security — and all the way to your gate — on time. And that's before you even get to the traveling part! (Not that driving is easier, with the multiple bathroom stops and backseat sibling battles.) Once you're finally on your way, the last thing you want to deal with is a bored, cranky kid (or kids) fussing and complaining nonstop. So whether you're going on a road trip or taking to the skies, you need some cool toys to keep your kids busy during holiday travel.

Don't feel like giving your kid an iPad or tablet to stare at for hours? These 15 products under $15 are quiet, screen-free ways to keep your kids entertained while traveling. Not that there's anything wrong with screens necessarily, but if you wanted to go for something more interactive (or if you have really young children), these toys are great alternatives. Plus, you don't want to risk the chance of breaking or losing the electronics when you're away from home.

There's something on this list for kids of practically all ages, from babies on up. From stickers and puzzles to coloring and activity books to finger puppets and more, these products could be your ticket to friendlier skies and smoother roads ahead. They may be inexpensive, but on a different level, they could be absolutely priceless.


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