It is an essential for travel. You can travel without one or wrap your belongings in newspaper. Though you would be able to travel further and with more stuff if you take a travel bag with you. And while a satchel or plain bag or suitcase would do, a bag that is multi-functioning would do a lot more on your next trip.
VTech - Baby's Learning Laptop
My kid loves this one. It has traveled to grandma's on several occasions and than just stayed there. The most interesting part she found about it is turning it off and closing the lid :)
Connect 4 Fun On The Run Game Travel Edition
This one of my favorite games growing up. Found out about in junior high and played all through that. It is for ages 7 and up. Compact size easy to set up and breakdown for quick games on the road