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10 Best Travel Gifts for Kids (And Travel-Loving Families)

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Want to teach the lil’ ones in your life how awesome travel is?

These travel gifts for kids (or traveling families) could be exactly what you need.

Not only will they fill them with wanderlust and curiosity about our wonderful world…but they’ll also make travel more interesting and fulfilling for the entire family. (Jeez, just thinking about it makes me wanna start having kids of my own! 😍)

Whether you’re looking for a present for your own kids or someone else’s, these gift ideas will help them learn to love travel.

Need even more travel gift inspiration? Check out these overall top travel gift picks!

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mom with baby in field with text overlay super fun travel gifts for kids

#1.) Thought-Provoking Conversation-Starter Game for Kids 

OUR MOMENTS Kids: 100 Conversation Starter Cards for Families and Kids - Relationship Building - Car Travel, Road Trip & Card Game for Healthy Loving Family - Questions for Family Activities

This travel gift idea is awesome for helping families build stronger relationships while traveling the world. 

When traveling with kids—whether that be a cross-country road trip, summer vacation, or round-the-world adventure—there is a lot of downtime.

The Our Moments Question Game helps take advantage of that downtime to bond with each other. It includes a set of cards with 100 thought-provoking conversation starters that will help the family get to know each other on a deeper level (and practice communication skills). 

#2.) World Map Coloring Poster

Travel is Life World Map Coloring Poster X-Large Gift Map with Advanced Mandala Designs for Kids & Adults 24' x 36'

Here’s another unique travel gift for kids who love art.

This giant world map coloring poster is perfect for those who are in between trips and in need of some “wanderlust therapy”.

It’s specially designed to be fun and challenging for both kids and adults.

#3.) Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World

The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world (Lonely Planet Kids)

Help fire up the wanderlust in your favorite kiddo with this travel present. 

The kid’s travel book is jam-packed with fascinating facts about each country in the world. From interesting cultural customs to unfamiliar foods to crazy festivals—this book will open a child’s mind, expand their worldview, and inspire them to go see these amazing places for themselves!

#4.) Mad Libs on the Road

Mad Libs on the Road: World's Greatest Word Game

I’m a firm believer that kids and cell phones should not mix. It’s ruining society’s social skills and ability to focus and learn (but that’s a rant for another day).

The point is, when they’re traveling, get them off that dang cell phone! Show them it’s fun to use their mind in other ways, like with a good ol’ book of travel-themed mad libs.

#5.) Space Slippers

ESTAMICO Girls Cute Slippers with Memory Foam Kids Plush Warm Winter House Shoes

Aren’t these things just the cutest?

If these slippers came in adult sizes, they’d be on my feet right now.

#6.) Ekster Bluetooth Tracker Card

Ekster Wallet Tracker Card | Small Wallet Trackers Device with Bluetooth Technology | Solar-Powered Wallet Finder Tracker | Voice-Control & Selfie Mode Wallet Tracker for Men | GPS Wallet Tracker

Bear with me here…this one’s a bit creative (but possibly genius?).

Normally, This credit card-sized Bluetooth GPS tracker is used to track your phone, wallet, luggage, etc…but it ALSO could be used to track humans!

Just make it into a necklace or something and put it on your child. If they go missing while traveling, simply check the app to see their location on a map. From there, you can even call the tracker to make it ring, pinpointing the their exact location (in case they’re hiding).

It’s not so much a travel gift for kids per se, but they’re parents are sure to thank you for it!

#7.) WixGear Universal Airplane Device Mount

WixGear Universal Airplane in Flight Tablet Phone Mount, Handsfree Phone Holder for Desk with Multi-Directional Dual 360 Degree Rotation, Pocket Size Travel Essential, Fits Devices 3.5' to 7.67” Width

Here’s another one that’ll benefit both kids and parents.

I always get disappointed when I board a plane and see there are no TV screens on the seatbacks (#spoiled). Unfortunately, this is becoming increasingly more common with budget flights.

Having some inflight entertainment just makes the whole experience more enjoyable—for both kids and adults. That’s why the WixGear Universal Airplane Device Mount is awesome. It’ll keep kids occupied so that their parents won’t have to chase them around the plane.

It mounts to the seat in front of you so you can watch a movie on your phone or tablet.

#8.) Magnetic Travel Dominoes

Magnetic Travel Dominoes Game - Car Games , Airplane Games and Quiet Games

Speaking of games to get kids off the phone, here’s a classic. 

This dominoes set is specifically designed for travel. It has a magnetic board that prevents pieces from sliding around while playing on the road, comes in a pocket-sized carrying case, and is super fun!

This company makes all sorts of other magnetic travel games for kids as well, so be sure to check out all the other options.

#9.) Biodegradable Sunscreen

Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30+ (2 Pack) - Natural, Travel Size, Water Resistant 40 Minutes, Moisturizing, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Coral Friendly Mineral Suncream from Reef Repair

So this eco-friendly travel gift idea isn’t necessarily for a kid’s enjoyment (well, they’ll probably enjoy not getting a fire-red lobster sunburn), but it gives you the opportunity to teach them why it’s important to protect the environment.

Unlike normal sunscreen, this biodegradable sunscreen doesn’t include chemicals that damage coral reefs and other important marine life. (Some touristic aquatic sites even prohibit non-biodegradable sunscreen).

If the family you’re buying for spends a lot of time by the water, check out these other gifts for beach lovers.

#10.) Lingo Language Playing Cards

Lingo Japanese Playing Cards | Travel Flashcards | Learn Japanese Vocabulary in A Fun & Easy Way | 52 Essential Translations

I don’t care how addicted we’ve become to our phones—a good old fashion game of cards will NEVER go out of style (especially where there’s no wifi!)

These special playing cards are perfect for lil’ travelers (or adults) to help them practice the language of the country they’re traveling in. Each card has a common phrase in the target language, as well as the phonetic spelling.

11.) Car Seat Travel Trays

Lusso Gear Kids Travel Tray for Toddler Car Seat, Lap Tray for Airplane, Kids Travel Desk Essential Accessories, Carseat Table Tray Road Trip Activities (Red)

This fun car seat travel tray will keep toddlers occupied (and keep you sane) during long road trips.

Whether they want to watch a movie, draw on the dry erase board, or eat on the food tray—this tray is a travel gifts for kids that everyone will enjoy.

It also helps keep things organized and within reach, so you won’t have to constantly search on the floor and in the seat cracks for missing gadgets.

Travel Gifts for Kids Recap

As you can see, some of these gifts will inspire kids, some will keep them occupied during travel time, and some will bring the family together on the road.

Whichever you choose, just know that your small gift has the potential to open up them up to an entire new world and impact the rest of their life!

Happy gift hunting!

Need even more gift ideas? We’ve got ya covered. Choose the type of traveler you’re shopping for below:

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Flexjobs - Find remote jobs without having to sift through crappy ones.
Skillshare - Free trial to take unlimited classes that teach digital nomad skills.
Wise - Send and receive money abroad cheaply (great for freelancers).


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