Best Gifts for Kids Who Travel [2020 Guide]

If your kids love to travel, buying travel themed gifts is always going to be a good idea.  The great thing about travel gifts for kids is not only do they make good presents for kids, they are useful and practical too.

In this article we share some of the best travel gift ideas for kids, tweens and teenagers. We have personally tried and tested many of these products over the years and we think you will love them too.

Whether you are looking for Christmas presents for kids, unique children’s gifts, fun travel gifts for teens or adventure gifts for kids, we are confident you will find something on this bumper list of great gifts for kids who travel.

Best Experience Gifts For Kids Who Travel

Our favorite kind of travel gifts for children are experiences. What I love most about buying an experience gift for kids is the wonderful memories that just keep on giving long after they have been consumed.

Our kids still talk about the camel ride in the desert near Jaisalmer, India we gifted for my daughter’s 10th birthday on our family gap year. They also loved the Water Park in Singapore, a cool birthday gift for the kids from their Nanna.

It is true your two year old is unlikely to appreciate travel experience gifts as much as a new teddy. But, as the kids get older there are plenty of experience gift ideas they will love and they are the perfect travel gifts for teens.

I used to worry that experience type gifts can’t be instantly enjoyed on Christmas morning. But the kids always receive other small gifts (check out our list below!) and they don’t seem to mind the wait.

I just make sure to print off details of the experience, design a voucher and wrap it like any other gift.

To help you come up with some ideas, here are just some of the best experience gifts for kids:

  • Water or amusement park entry tickets
  • Entry tickets to a local attraction
  • Sailing day out
  • Ziplining
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Tickets to a musical theater production
  • Concert or movie tickets
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Cooking class
  • Food related walking tour
  • High Tea at a city hotel
Camel ride - adventure gifts for kids

Where to Buy Experience Gifts

Tinggly

If you are unsure what experience to buy, Tinggly Experience Boxes are the perfect gift idea.

Tinggly offer a huge range of experiences in more than 100 countries. Simply decide how much you want to spend, choose between an e-voucher or a cool gift box and that is it!

The gift recipient can then choose the activity they would like to book. We have a teenage girl and in our experience this is by far one of the best gifts for teens.

With gift vouchers valid for 5 years it is certainly one of the more flexible and unique travel gifts for kids.

>> Click here to see the amazing range of Tinggly experiences.

Other Experience Providers

If you have a particular experience in mind, there are number of other companies you should consider. We have listed our recommendations by region below.

North America

For family activity gifts in the USA and Canada, Viator is the premier choice for top experience gifts.

We booked with Viator on our road trip through the South West and loved the range of experiences on offer. 

>> Click here to check out the fun activities on Viator.

Asia

For trips to Asia and within Australia we regularly book outdoor experiences online with Klook.

We have booked fantastic activities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and Bali, but they are great for everywhere in Asia.

>> Click here to find a unique experience with Klook.

Europe

For travel to Europe, Get Your Guide have the best range of kids experience gifts. From walking tours to cooking classes and everything in between, we love the choices on Get Your Guide.

>> Click here to find amazing Europe experiences.


Travel Gifts for Kids Who Love Books

Books always make great kids travel gifts for any age child. Whilst electronic readers are fantastic for kids who travel, some hard copy books are always a good idea and make it on our travel packing list. Here are some of the best.

Lonely Planet Travel Book

Our 9 year old boy carried this Lonely Planet Travel Book around the world in his backpack on our family gap year.

Full of facts, statistics and pictures for many countries around the world, it is one of the best travel books for kids.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

National Geographic Kids Almanac

If your child loves geography, animals and facts, the National Geographic Kids Almanac is a great travel related gift idea.

Full of facts, photos, games and stats – this is the perfect gift for kids who love to travel!

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

Mission Series Books

Do your kids struggle to engage with city sightseeing, museums or gallery visits? Mine sure do! If you are looking for a way to make cities more interesting for kids, these Mission Books by Catherine Aragon are a lifesaver.

Search for clues at galleries and museums, earn points for finding landmarks and hunt for items at locations around the city.

The Mission series of travel guides for kids are simply the best gift for kids who are reluctant tourists. Cities in the series include Rome, Paris, London, New York and others.

>> Click here to find a Mission book for your next city trip.

City Trails Series

Lonely Planet have a huge range of travel books for kids and the City Trails Series is a great option for little travelers.

The City Trails Series focus on a city and are full of information about the food, culture, history and sights. Available as a paperback or on Kindle, they are suitable for children aged 8+.

>> Click here to see the range and check the price

Atlas Obscura Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

If you are keen to spark a love of travel in your kids, the incredible Atlas Obscura Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders is likely to do just that.

With dazzling photographs, maps and descriptions of some of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious places, you might find yourself sneaking a peak at this gorgeous book yourself.

>> Click here to read more reviews and check the price

Best Travel Journal For Kids Who Like To Travel

Keeping a journal is a fun way for kids to create their own unique memento of their travels and they are great travelling gift ideas for kids.

To make it fun (and increase the chances your kids will write it), the best travel journals for kids are more than just a diary.

The best kids journals have room to sketch, paste, color and write. Here are some of the best kids travel journal options.

Kids’ Travel Journal

This journal by Peter Pauper has everything you need for kids who want to keep a journal on their trip. 

With space to sketch, paste photos or tickets, and a place to rate each day it is a great option for kids aged 5-10 years.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

Travel Journal for Kids

This travel journal is good for reluctant writers who just want to record just the basic facts and highlights from the trip.

It has sentence prompts to complete like “The best thing I did today was…” and plenty of pages to paste memorabilia. A good option for younger travelers.

>> Click here to see the price

I Was Here Travel Journal

If you are looking for good travel gifts for tweens, the I Was Here travel journal is a more grown up journal option.

This travel journal encourages your tweens and teens to explore and record the unusual discoveries they uncover on their travels.

>> Click here to see the range

Best Tech Gifts For Kids Who Travel

Technology accessories are a great travel gift for kids. Some tech gifts make long haul travel on planes and trains and long layovers in airports a little easier.

Others like travel cameras and headphones are great for every day use when out and about.

They do tend to be some of the most expensive travel presents, but they can be used at home, on trips and generally last a pretty long time.

Kindle

A kindle is by far one of the best gifts for travelling kids. Wherever you are, your kids can read their favorite book or even listen to an audiobook (on the new kindles).

Our kids each have a kindle. It is a good idea to also set up family sharing so they can share books across devices. Kindles are simply the best travel gifts for kids EVER and are also on our list of essential travel accessories!

>> Click here to see the price and read more reviews

Mpow Bluetooth Cordless Headphones

Over ear headphones are essential for kids and these bluetooth headphones by MPOW are my daughter’s favorite new travel accessory.

The sound quality is very good, they come in a range of colors, fold down small and are super comfy to wear. They also come with a cord, which removes the issue of recharging them or them running flat when you are on a road trip or plane trips.

Perfect for on the plane and in the car, they are ideal travel presents for traveling kids.

>> Click here for color range and price information

Kids Waterproof Camera

If your older child is a budding photographer, a waterproof camera is one of the best kids gifts. For teenagers we recommend the GoPro (below).

There are a lot of options, but many are quite expensive. This one has all the basic functions they will need, without the high cost.

It shoots high quality images and full HD digital video, is waterproof up to 10 ft and has a small LCD screen.

>> Click here to read more reviews and check the price

Best Subscriptions For Kids

Monthly subscriptions for kids are a great way to give travel related gifts all through the year to enjoy while at home or away.

Kindle Unlimited Membership

If your child already has a kindle and you are planning your next trip, the Kindle Unlimited Membership is one of the best family travel gifts.

My daughter reads a lot, and fast. So when we travel, she reads so many books. The cost can really start to add up!

An unlimited kindle membership means your kids have unlimited access to millions of ebooks and audiobooks when they travel.

It is one of the best subscriptions for kids and the gift that keeps on giving when you return home!

Click here to purchase a 6, 12 or 24 month membership plan


National Geographic Kids Magazine

Inspire your kids year round (without a screen in sight) with a subscription to National Geographic kids magazine.

Full of great articles and facts about the world and beautiful photography too, this is a great gift to broaden their understanding of the world they live in. It is a super affordable gift idea for kids to enjoy throughout the year.

>> Click here to check the subscription price

Amazon Music Unlimited

If your kids and teens love to listen to music, an Amazon Music Unlimited membership is a great gift idea for a teenager and kids too.

With tens of millions of songs to choose from, those long car and plane trips will be much easier to cope with.

Try if for free for 30 days before signing up.


Best Travel Games For Kids

If you are on the road, you need fun travel games that are lightweight, compact and hopefully keep the kids entertained.

Here are some of the best travel games for kids, certified by our kids as fun.

Best Card Games For Travel

Who doesn’t love a good card game? We play cards in airports, train stations, on trains and planes, when camping, on lazy afternoons.. the options really are endless. 

Card games are good, cheap gifts for kids and make great stocking fillers at Christmas.


Other Travel Games for Kids

SmartGames IQ Puzzler Pro

SmartGames have an entire range of single person travel sized brain teasers perfect for kids and adults. The puzzler pro has 120 challenges in both 2D and 3D – plenty to keep the kids busy for weeks.

My son has one of these puzzle kits and LOVES it. It is perfect for in the car, rainy days and when you just need some time to yourself when you travel. They are one of the best road trip gifts for kids.

>> Click here to see the range and check the price

Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a modern and travel friendly version of Scrabble, but way more fun. The aim is to build your own crossword grid of words in a race against the other players.

Great for families with older kids, we have this game and always pack it for our vacations. Be warned it is slightly addictive.

>> Click here to check the price for the banana

Best Active Gifts For Kids That Travel

If you are looking for gifts for travelling kids who love being active, travel gear is a great choice. Here are some good gift ideas for young travellers for you to consider.

Kids Full Face Snorkel Mask

Teaching my kids to snorkel was tough. Not only do they need to adjust to the feeling of being in deep water, wearing a life vest and peering under water, they have to manage the mask and snorkel too.

The full face snorkel mask makes snorkelling so much easier for kids. They can pop it on and breath normally. No need to learn to breathe through a snorkel and with full 180 degree field of vision. You still need to keep a close eye on them, as with any water sport.

If you are heading someplace with snorkeling, this is without doubt one of the best active gifts for kids.

>> Click here to see the full color range and price

CamelBak Kids’ Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

For families who enjoy hiking, a small travel backpack is a great gift for kids who love the outdoors.

My son was very pleased to receive his own small pack with hydration reservoir. We love the CamelBak kids range as they include a water reservoir and are sized perfectly for kids.

>> Click here to check the price and color options.

Salomon Unisex-Kid’s Trail Runners

If you are looking for hiking gifts for kids, trail runners are a good compromise between hiking boots and runners for kids, especially when their feet grow so fast! 

Our kids have Salomon shoes and wear them both when on day hikes and when exploring the city.

The Salomon XA PRO 3D are our favorite model. They come in a large range of colors, are lightweight, have easy tie laces  and there is even a waterproof model too.

>> Click here to see the price and color range

Aerobie Pro Ring Flying Disc

Whenever we travel, this frisbee is packed in my son’s luggage. They are inexpensive gifts for kids that are also perfect for passing the time when traveling.

Lightweight and really easy to use, it is a fun family activity and they make great road trip gifts for kids. The Aerobie Pro is my son’s favorite frisbee because they go so far!

>> Click here to see the price and color options

CamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottle

If you are heading off on a road trip, a good quality, no leak water bottle is essential for little kids.

I love these ones by CamelBak – just the right size for little hands, they are BPA free, spill resistant and have an easy to remove and clean tube and valve.

There are also dozens of fun patterns and colors. So whether your little one loves unicorns, animals or flowers, you are sure to find one they will love.

>> Click here to see all the fun designs and check price

Best Adventure Gifts For Kids

Do you have an outdoorsy child, tween or teenager who loves camping, hiking and generally exploring? Here are some of the best outdoor gifts for kids.

Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight

Our kids each have their own head torch and love taking them away when we go camping or hiking.

Early morning hikes, trips to the campground bathroom, reading under the covers at night – they have a million uses and are great outdoor gifts for kids who love to travel.

The Foxelli is super bright, lightweight and waterproof and comes in a range of colors.

>> Click here to view the color range and price


Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife

A swiss army knife is a great outdoor gift for teenagers in particular, although my younger son also has one. They are also surprisingly inexpensive and a very useful travel present.

There are so many different styles to choose from, but a good option is the classic.

If your teenager loves fishing, there is one with special tools for fishing. If your teenager loves camping, there are knives for camping.

We pack an army knife whenever we travel and use it most days and think an army knife is one of the best travel accessory gifts for teenagers.

>> Click here for more information and color options

Compact Binoculars

If your child is an avid game or bird watcher, or you are looking for safari themed gifts, a set of binoculars is one of the best adventure gift ideas for kids.

These compact binoculars by Dreamingbox have 10x magnification, soft rubber eyepieces and an easy to hold non-slip design which makes them really easy for kids to use.

The rubber coating helps make them shock proof for the inevitable drops to the ground and the high quality lenses help make everything crystal clear.

They come in a huge range of fun colors and are perfect for kids aged 4 – 12.

>> Click here to see the color range and check the price

Best Travel Accessories For Teens and Kids

There are so many travel accessories for tweens, kids and teens on the market.

Many of them aren’t very practical for travel, so here we have listed just a couple of great travel accessory gift ideas.

Scratch Off World Map Poster

If you are looking for unique travel gifts for kids, scratch maps are simply awesome travel related gifts.

My son has this map and he loves scratching off each new country we visit. This one has all 50 US states to scratch off plus all the country flags as well!

>> Click here to check the price

HotHands Hand Warmers

Some people just feel the cold more than others. And there is nothing worse than cold and miserable kids or teens.

If you are planning a skiing trip or plan to be outdoors in the cooler months, your kids will love these instant hand warmers.

They take about 30 minutes to warm up after shaking, but then they stay warm for up to 10 hours. We use these when we ski in Japan and they are the BEST. A great stocking filler for Christmas.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

Eco Friendly Flatware Set

Encourage your teenager to travel in a sustainable way by gifting them this bamboo cutlery set.

Complete with knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and straw, it is lightweight and comes in a roll up pouch. Bamboo flatware sets like these are great international travel gifts, particularly for Asia.

All utensils are dishwasher safe and long lasting. It is an easy way to reduce single use plastic and is one of the best eco friendly gifts for kids that travel.

>> Click here to check the price and color range

Best Travel Backpack for Kids Who Travel

There are two kinds of travel backpacks for kids. Actually three.

The first is the small hydration type pack like the CamelBak listed above.  Small backpacks like these are great hiking gifts for kids.

The second is a small day pack. These are good for longer trips with younger kids who can’t carry a  lot of stuff when you travel. They are also good as carry-on luggage, or for older kids when out and about sightseeing.

We love Deuter day packs and these ones are perfect for kids aged 5 and up. Click here for more information and reviews.

The third are travel backpacks for stowing all your gear when you travel. Our kids both have 30L backpacks from MacPac. They are good travel backpacks for school aged kids who can carry their clothes and small travel items.

My daughter is fast outgrowing this backpack and I have my eyes on the Ace 50 by Osprey.

Osprey make some of the best travel backpacks for kids and teens and we are looking forward to purchasing the next size up for our daughter (so she can carry more of her stuff!). If you are looking for the best backpack gifts for teens, you can’t go wrong with an Osprey pack.

Check the price and more reviews here.


Best Travel Gifts for Tweens

The tween years can be tricky – no longer a kid, but not yet a teenager. Fortunately buying travel gifts for tweens isn’t too difficult.

Bago Hanging Toiletry Bag

Hopefully your tween is carrying their own luggage – and they may want a bit of independence to carry their toiletries separately too. If that is the case fashionable toiletry bags are great travel accessories for tweens.

The Bago Hanging Toiletry bag is one of the most highly rated toiletry bags on Amazon. Lightweight and waterproof, it is roomy inside and leak proof too. It comes in a range of colors to suit your fussy tween.

If you are looking for a practical travel gift for teenager girls or boys, a fashionable toiletry bag is a good option.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

PopSockets Collapsible Grip & Stand

In the age of selfies, YouTube and Netflix, it is no surprise Popsocket has been hugely successful with this collapsible grip and stand.

Designed to make it easier for your tween or teen to grip their phone, tilt it for watching videos and taking the odd selfie, your teen is sure to love this small travel gift.

>> Click here to see the huge range of colors and designs

Birkenstock Sandals

When my daughter hit her tween years, practical travel shoes were not considered good travel gift ideas for kids. They had to look good too.

Thankfully she loves her Birkenstock sandals and thinks they are the best travel shoes for kids who don’t like wearing our other favorite sandals (not so cool), Keens.

Birkenstock sandals are extremely comfortable, durable, come in a range of colors and styles. They have the tween girl stamp of approval.

We traveled the world with our birkenstock sandals and highly recommend them as good gifts for travel.

>> Click here to see the range and check the price

Travel Gifts For Teenagers

We now travel with a teenager and believe me, they are very particular about the types of things they like to do and buy!

When it comes to travel gifts for teenagers, there are heaps of great ideas they will love – here are some of the best.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Portable bluetooth speakers are great christmas gifts for teens. Our teenage daughter loves her Ultimate Ears Wonderboom portable speaker and it always travels with us. 

Waterproof, rechargeable, 10 hours of battery life and a range of up to 100 feet (30 metres), the Ultimate Ears range of portable speakers are one of the best travel presents for kids.

The Wonderboom comes in a range of fun colors and different sizes. Guaranteed to as one of the best gifts for teens.

>> Click here to see the fun color range and designs

Patterned Navy Blue Lightweight Infinity Neck Scarf with Hidden Zipper Pocket

A scarf is so versatile and is one of the best travel gifts for teenage girls. Your teenager will love this neck scarf with hidden zipper pocket.

Super soft and lightweight it comes in a range of patterns and colors. The hidden pocket will fit a smart phone or passport, cash or credit card.

>> Click here to see the color range and latest price

GoPro HERO5

If your teenager loves taking photos or video, we think the GoPro HERO5 offers the best combination of digital image quality, flexibility and robustness.

Your teenager can carry it hiking, bike riding, surfing, snorkelling and when exploring the city streets.

There are newer models available, but we think the HERO5 is a good gift for kids who travel.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

bagsmart Travel Foldable Jewelry Case

Your teenage girl will love this foldable jewelry organizer.

With 5 zones for organizing rings, bracelets, necklaces, watch and hairpins, it is a compact size with a gorgeous quilted fabric.

>> Click here to see the color range and price

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit

If your teenager wants to travel light and take great photos, the Xenvo Pro Lens kit is a good gift idea if they already have a mobile phone.

Compatible with all iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and many others it has both a macro and wide angle lens included plus an LED light clip.

Your teen can experiment with their travel photography, take great close ups, stunning landscapes and quality wide angle photos with the Xenvo Pro.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews

So that completes our kids gift ideas. We update the list whenever we discover more great finds.

We hope you found something for your kids who love to travel and hope they love their travel gifts as much as we do! See all our travel gear recommendations here.

What is on your list of travel present ideas for kids? Let me know in the comments as we are ALWAYS on the look out for new travel gifts.

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About Rachel Rodda

Rachel is the founder and writer for Adventure and Sunshine. She has been exploring the world with a backpack since her early twenties and threw it all in to take her kids around the world on a Family Gap Year in 2017. She is passionate about family adventure travel and helping others adventure more.

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