Do you have a kid in your life who loves to travel? What about a niece or nephew? Sometimes figuring out what to buy for kids can be challenging. I am a big fan of practical gifts – I like to purchase gifts for kids that I know they will appreciate, enjoy and use often. I don’t want to buy a gift that they’ll play with or use only once and then forget about it.
- 28 Best All Year-Round Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 1 – 5
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 5 – 10
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 10 – 15
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 15 – 20
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 20 – 25
- Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 26 – 28
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28 Best All Year-Round Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel
If you are buying a Christmas gift, birthday gift, gift for good grades, or even a gift just because, then this list of best all year-round gifts ideas for kids who love to travel is perfect for you!
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 1 – 5
Passports for Kids
Every kid who loves travel, dreams about going on an international trip one day. The best thing you can do for a child who loves to travel is to give them the gift of a passport. Although passports for children are only valid for 5 years, it is an investment worth spending on. You can visit the U.S. Department of State website for exact instructions on how to apply for a passport. My 5 year old is a dual citizenship and has 2 passports; an American and a Nigerian passport. This made it easy when we traveled to Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon as he didn’t need a visa for any of those countries.
Passport Holder for Kids
As soon as kids receive their passport, they will be excited to put it in a special case or passport holder. You can get a personalized passport holder or even a cool passport holder such as this world map passport holder.
Tablets for Kids
Electronic items such as tablets are a life saver on long flights. Kids can read books, or even play games. With Netflix, you can download TV shows and movies that your children can watch while on the plane, bus, train or even on a cruise. It’ll help the time go faster, and reduce the amount of “Are we there yet?” questions. The Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and Apple iPad are great durable tablet for kids.
Headphones for Kids
When traveling with kids, headphones are a must have. They can listen to music on an MP3 player, watch videos on their tablet or even watch the in-flight seat back entertainment. The CozyPhones Kids Headphones are good for younger kids, while the BestGot Kids Headphones are great for older kids. Bluetooth earphones are also a great gift idea for kids who love travel such as the Mpow Bluetooth Headphones, and these more expensive but very durable JBL Bluetooth Headphones.
Watches for Kids
A kids watch is a great gift idea for a kid who loves to travel. With all the travel and change of time zones, a watch will help kids better understand time. Plus, this is great so they can start learning to tell time. A regular watch like the Quartz Kids Water Proof Watch and a smart watch like the Vtech Kidizoom Kids Watch below or Garmin Kids Smartwatch will do the trick.
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 5 – 10
Backpacks for Kids
A good backpack is very important for a kid who loves to travel. You want to make sure to buy a backpack that fits well with their body size as well as has good back support such as the Osprey Jet 12 for younger kids and Osprey Jet 18 for kids over 7yrs old. A backpack is a great gift idea for kids who love travel because they something to pack all their travel essentials as well clothes in it if they need to. Other great travel backpacks are the Osprey Pogo, and this Cat Face Water Proof Backpack.
Luggage for Kids
Every kid who loves to travel would jump in excitement at the thought of having their own every luggage. Most kids share a luggage with their parents and are excited for when they can break free and finally have their very own luggage that they can pull through the airport. A few great luggage options for kids are; Paw Patrol 18in Luggage, Kids Carry On Luggage With Backpack, and the Trunki Ride-On Kids Suitcase. Older kids may prefer a cross body style bag. Don’t forget to check out this list of “Best Luggage For Kids Of All Ages” also for more options.
Packing Cubes for Kids
Packing cubes are a must have for every young traveler who has their own luggage. It will ensure that everything stays organized during travel. The best packing cubes are Shacke Pak Packing Cubes and Gonex; they come in every size.
Globes for Kids
In order for kids to better understand the world that they live in and plan to travel, it is important that they own a globe. Most kids don’t know that the world is round, however having a globe will help give them a better perspective of the world. Now my kids want to visit Antarctica because it is at the bottom of the earth. This GeoSafari Talking Globe and Illuminated World Globe are both really good for kids.
World Maps for Kids
A world map is a great addition to any home décor, including your kids’ room or even their classroom if they are homeschooled. It gives them a bigger picture of the world and continents that they can refer to when making travel plans. This World Map Decal, and especially this Talking Interactive World Map are great options.
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 10 – 15
Scratch off World Map
A scratch off world map like the one below from Landmass is a great gift idea who kids who love travel. They will be eager to travel just so that they can scratch off all the countries they have been to. My kids are ready to scratch off the whole entire map and keep asking what country we are visiting next.
Comfortable Shoes for Kids
Kids do a lot of walking when they travel, so it is important to buy comfortable and travel friendly shoes. You’d hate to be on a trip and have the kids complain about walking because their feet are hurting. Buying kids who love travel comfortable shoes is a travel game changer; and it’s a plus when they are stylish enough to dress it up or dress it down as well.
- Shoes – Plae, Toms
- Sandals – Birkenstock, Conguitos, Salt Water Sandals
- Water Shoes – Native Jeffersons
- Water Sandals – Teva, Birkenstock Rio, Birkenstock Milano
- Boots – Dr Martens, Polo Kids Boots
- Hiking – Merrell, Teva, Keen
Scooters for Kids
Most people don’t even know that you can travel with a scooter. My kids have traveled all over the world with their Razor Scooters, from Morocco to London to Florida. This is a great gift idea for a kid who loves travel, and one gift that they will use for years. The kids usually fold it up and put it in the overhead compartment of the airplane and then use it when we get to our destination. Scooters have eliminated strollers for us. PS: Make sure the scooter is foldable before you purchase it – for example, the Razor A3 Scooter is foldable.
Travel Subscription Boxes for Kids
While waiting on their next trip, kids will love receiving these kid friendly travel subscription boxes. Little Passports has activities for kids that teach them about the world, and MunchPak ships out awesome snacks from all over the world. You don’t even have to travel, all these travel subscription boxes for kids can be shipped directly to your door.
Travel Toys for Kids
This is a short list of great educational travel toys for kids who love travel. They can be used while on the go or even when at home. For a more detailed list you can check out “How To Keep Your Kids Entertained On Flights.”
- Travel Toys For Planes, Trains, Buses etc
- Writing – Crayola Markers & Paper Set, Melissa & Doug Water Wow
- Card Games – Spot It, Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game
- Crafts – WikkiStix Traveler Playset, Stencils & Drawing Art Set
- Manipulatives – Lego Brick Case, Zoob Builder, Magnetic Building Blocks
- Miniature Toys – Safari Ltd Around The World, Safari Ltd In The Sky, Super Wings
- Travel Toys For The Home
- Puzzles – US Map Puzzles, World Map Puzzles
- Legos – Lego Duplo Airport, Lego City Airshow
- Manipulatives – Take Apart Airplane, Aircraft Engineer
- Playsets – Commercial Airport Playset, Super Wings Airport Playset, Playmobil Cruise Ship, Kidkraft Train Set
- Airplane/Bus/Train – Airplane Airbus Toy, Electric Toy Train, Airplane Toy Set
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 15 – 20
Travel Beach Toys for Kids
If you are shopping for a kid who loves travel, a beach set is a great idea especially if they have an upcoming trip to the beach. The 18 Piece Beach Sand Toy Set both come with bags which makes it easy to carry for travel, and the Collapsible Buckets are great because they can fit in any luggage or even a backpack. Don’t forget to get a Microfiber Beach Towel as well as it is portable, great for the beach and dries very fast.
Travel Car Seat and Booster Seat for Kids
If your kids love to travel, then a portable travel car seat is a must have. We do not use the same car seats to travel that we use at home. When getting a travel car seat as a gift for a kid who loves travel, the most important thing to think about is the weight. You want to make sure that you get a car seat that can be easily carried through the airport. If traveling with a car seat isn’t an option, then consider the Airplane Travel Harness to made to keep kids safe on planes. For more, check out my post on “How To Travel With A Car Seat.”
- Portable Travel Booster Seat – Mifold, Bubblebum
- Portable Travel Car Seat – Safety 1st My Guide (forward & rear facing), Evenflo Maestro (forward facing).
- Car Seat Transporter – GoGo Babyz Airport Car Seat Transporter, Brica Smart Move Car Seat Transporter to easily wheel the car seat.
- Car seat travel bag to keep your child’s car seat clean during travel.
Travel Experiences for Kids
Sometimes, experiences are worth more than material items. A great gift idea for kids who love travel is an experience such as a Pizza Making Class in Italy, a Private London British Museum Tour for Kids or even a Kids Private Louvre Tour in Paris. If they have an upcoming trip planned, a gift to an experience they will enjoy will be so worth it.
Travel Books for Kids
Kids who love to travel will also love to read about places they can travel to or want to travel to. You can check out this list of Travel Books That Will Ignite Wanderlust In Your Kids and find the perfect one for your kids. A few of my kids favorite travel books are; Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid, and 50 States: Explore the USA.
Travel Toiletry Set for Kids
Kids love having their own toiletry set. When I got my kids their first toiletry set, they were very excited – no more having to share with Mom. If you need a gift idea for kids who love travel, then this Peppa Pig Travel Kit. I got my girls the Women’s Premium Travel Kit and the boys got the Men’s Deluxe Travel Kit – what I did was I just took out some items they wouldn’t need such as shaving stick etc. and kept the rest.
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 20 – 25
Pilot Costume for Kids
If you’ve got a kid in your life who loves flying, then this gift idea for kids who love to travel will be ideal for them. A pilot costume is perfect for kids to wear on their next flight or just around the house when playing pretend. If you prefer, you can always just buy a pilot hat. The kids favorite is the Melissa & Doug Pilot Costume.
Booking Trips for Kids
A trip is one of the best gifts you can give a kid who loves to travel. Kids who love traveling will be excited to visit someplace new, or someplace they’ve been to before that they enjoyed. In our home we give the gift of travel all the time, especially for birthdays. You can book an affordable trip by using the simple tools below:
- Find affordable tickets by searching Skyscanner. Make sure you also download the FREE Skyscanner App
- Book your hotel on TripAdvisor, HotelsCombined or Vacation Rentals
- Secure a car rental on Car Rental 8, Rental Cars or Skyscanner Car Rentals
- Schedule activities by searching Viator or Get Your Guide
- Find the best deals on Cruise Direct
- Purchase must have travel insurance through Allianz
Cameras for Kids
A great way for kids who love travel to document their trips is to have a camera of their own. This will give them an opportunity to document their travels from their own point of view. I love looking back at all the photos the kids take and I am always amazed and amused by the photos. A few great kids cameras are the Vtech Kidizoom Duo and Fujifilm Instax Mini, and Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam. If you have older kids, then consider purchasing a Canon PowerShot.
Travel Journal for Kids
A travel journal is a great way for kids who love to travel to document their trips. This is a great way to make a trip educational. Kid’s Travel Journal and Adventure Awaits Travel Journal are great gift ideas for kids who love travel.
Travel Pillows for Kids
Every traveler has to be comfortable on flights, so a travel pillow is a great gift idea for kids who love to travel. The BCozzy Kids Neck Pillow is great neck pillow for kids. A foot rest pillow such as the First Class Kids Pillow is also a must have gift for ever kid who loves travel to ensure that they sleep comfortably especially on long flights.
Best Gift Ideas For Kids Who Love To Travel 26 – 28
Travel Stroller for Kids
Any kids who loves to travel, will be excited about getting a new stroller to travel around the world with. And this is a plus for a parent too. This list of Top 10 Best Travel Strollers For Kids is a great place to start. Do keep in mind that one of the best strollers is the GB Pockit due to how lightweight it is.
Travel Shirts for Kids
Every kid who loves to travel will love to travel in style by wearing a travel shirt. A travel shirt simply adds to excitement of an upcoming trip, so make sure to check this list of travel shirts and grab one for your kids.
Travel Accessories For Kids
Other great travel accessories that kids who love to travel will appreciate are sunglasses, sun hats for the girls and fedoras for the boys. Swimsuits also. If heading to a country in Europe, make sure to search the Children’s Place website as they usually carry shirts for each country.
As you can see, there are so many gift ideas for kids who love to travel. Make sure to go through this list and find something your kids, or nieces and nephews will love! Because my kids love to travel and have enjoyed using each of the items on this list.
Booking Your Trip – Tips & Tricks
How To Book Cheap Flights When You Travel
If you are looking to book the cheapest flights you can possibly find on the internet, then make sure to use Skyscanner when searching for flights. Don’t forget to download the Free Skyscanner App also which is very handy. This is how I was able to get $12.40 airfare from Los Angeles to London, as well as $9.40 airfare from London to Italy.
How To Book Affordable Accommodation When You Travel
When booking accommodation, TripAdvisor is the way to go because you can read reviews and see photos from other travelers to get a feel of where you will be staying. Other great sites to book hotels are HotelsCombined, Booking.com and Hotels.com. Don’t forget to check HomeAway and VRBO for house and villa rentals too. Perfect for when you travel with a large family, and also to save money when hotels are expensive. Another favorite of mine is BookVIP – they offer huge resort savings.
How To Book Activities When You Travel
My favorite website to search for activities, tours and especially skip the line tickets is Viator and Get Your Guide. This makes trip planning so much easier because you don’t have to search several sites as both websites have several options to choose from. Same also goes with TripAdvisor Attractions – you can search and book activities as well as read reviews.
How To Book Rental Cars When You Travel
Instead of checking every single website, I use RentalCars.com, Car Rental 8 and Skyscanner Car Rentals to find car rentals all over the world with just one click. If you plan to park at the airport, visit Airport Parking and make a reservation.
Why Travel Insurance Is a Must When You Travel
People book trips and forget the most important part, purchasing travel insurance. Because we travel often, I purchase our travel insurance through Allianz for a year at a time which means that we are covered for all trips within that year. Travel insurance will protect you and your family against theft, injury illness, flight cancellations and so much more. It is a MUST!
Looking to save even more money when you travel?
Visit my Travel Resources page to see all the reliable and trustworthy brands that I use to book my travel with. I only recommend brands that I’ve used and can vouch for, so you’re in good hands! ? Also check out these posts below:
- How To Save Money On Flights
- Best Websites To Find Cheap Flights & Error Fares
- Tips On How To Make Travel Affordable For Families
Top Travel With Kids Tips
Traveling with kids and have a few questions you need answers too, these posts below will help your trip run smooth.