There is a huge choice of travel accessories for children available, including practical suitcases, travel games and soft toys. They will all offer comfort and give a child a sense of independence whilst keeping them occupied during a long journey.
If you purchase a child sized piece of luggage then he or she will be able to carry their own personal toys and essential snacks. Check with the company about the luggage restrictions when travelling by plane or coach. These restrictions can be based upon weight or number of items.
As you have paid for a seat for your child then you may feel that the restrictions are unfair but remember that you must be able to carry your own luggage and any additional items if necessary. Tired, cranky children often simply give up and refuse to carry their luggage any further.
The small wheeled cases aimed specifically at children are attractive and easy to transport, they can pull it along themselves but weigh almost nothing if you pick them up yourself. Any child over four would probably be better to choose a rucksack that fits snugly on their back and can be ignored whilst they take time to explore the airport lounge or walk to the bus or plane. Parents will also be able to pick up the rucksack with their own bags if necessary.
Small toys and interactive games are very useful travel accessories for children, it will not matter if they are sitting in the back of the car, waiting in an airport lounge or sitting in a seat, these products are small enough to be carried and can be used in most situations. If you choose a pack that has a theme linked to your destination then you will be preparing your child for the end of the journey.
You can find travel versions of popular board games and although the pieces are often small and easily lost, this will not matter so much when you consider the minimal cost of the item.
Modern electronic games including DVD players and hand held battery powered puzzles are widely available and can be a good buy for children who are accustomed to playing these types of games at home. But paper based games and activities are excellent travel accessories and just as easy to transport and have proved popular with families over many years.