Unique and useful gift ideas for kids who love to travel

Looking for gift ideas for kids who love to travel?

As a mum of two little globetrotters, I love it when my boys receive useful or quirky gifts from family and friends that can be used whilst we are on holiday.   (Rather than more toys to add to their huge collection!)  I also really enjoy giving, and my boys receiving, gift vouchers for experiences that will create lifelong family memories.  Below I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for kids who love to travel – thoughtful gifts that will inspire a child’s interest in the world and also gift experiences that encourage kids to try something new.  I hope you find it useful.  Happy shopping!


Unique and useful gift ideas for kids who love to travel

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Useful and unique gift ideas for kids who love to travel

– Gifts for kids to use when travelling

A travel journal is a lovely way to document family holidays and encourage your kids to continue writing whilst not at school.

Anything that encourages my boys to sleep whilst we are flying gets my approval!  We never fly long haul without taking their character neck pillows and travel blankets.

Drinks bottle and packed lunch boxes – I like to buy character themed gifts which are always a huge hit as a birthday gift.  My boys love these Paw Patrol and Pokemon ones…

Travel games come in very handy during long road trips, train journeys and flights. My boys love playing cards such as UNO.  Magic water books and sticker books also keep them entertained for hours!  This water magic book is such a genius and mess free idea, perfect for kids who love arts and crafts.  Ours has been used again and again to keep our boys entertained whilst we have been eating out in restaurants.


– Kids luggage

Novelty kids travel bags are a great travel gift that can be used for years.

Trunkies for Tots and Young Kids –  My boys love their Trunki’s.  They come in lots of different styles, including one you can design yourself which we reviewed here.

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Cool bag for tweens and teens – I love these bags by Zinc Flyte which ooze style for a trendsetting tweens and teens.

– Gadgets & gizmos for kids who love to travel

Kindle – Perfect for kids who love reading (and adults who want to avoid lugging heavy books around).  Prior to a trip you can download their fav books onto a kindle for hours of peace on your journey. Kindles come in a variety of colours including blue and pink…







Kid friendly camera – My eldest has a VTech KidiZoom Duo Camera in blue (also available in pink).  For a 5/6 year old it’s great, easy to play games on, fun for adding filters to photos and creating short movies. It’s also robust so you don’t need to worry about it being dropped. Unfortunately, I don’t think the photo quality is great for a budding photographer and therefore older kids may prefer a compact camera like the Nikon COOLPIX, (available in various colours too). 

Games console – We recently gave in and bought our eldest son, who is nearly 7, his first game console – a Nintendo DS XL.  We restrict how much he uses it so he hasn’t spent that much time on it since Christmas however so far we are impressed how easy it is to control what he is playing on by the game’s rating and also regulate the use of his wifi access.   Of course you can also buy a regular 2DS XL, (non Pokemon version) too which is cheaper. 

Flashlights and head torches – My boys love playing with torches even when at home but particularly when we are camping.  These make fun and inexpensive gifts for school buddies…

– Travel clothes for kids

There are some gorgeous holiday clothes and travel essentials for kids.  Here are a few of my favourites that would make ideal gifts for kids who like to travel.

Summer holidays travel gear for kids – I love these beach towels with hoods (available in different colours) to wrap them up warm after the pool/ocean and crocs are both stylish and easy for kids to wear whilst on holiday.

Winter holidays travel gear gifts for kids – Waterproof’s are always handy for family days out, particularly in the UK and of course wellies are a must for jumping in muddy puddles and exploring whilst on holiday.  I love the Hatley wellie range, they come in a whole range of bright colours and designs.

Passport holders.  Essential?  No.  Fun? Most definitely!  Novelty passport holders and luggage tags are a cute idea for a little wrap up (or pass the parcel present).

– Gift experiences for kids who love to travel 

Tickets to sports games are always popular with active kids.  In the past I’ve wrapped up (in huge boxes!) tickets to attractions and festivals such as LegolandCBeebies Land at Alton Towers and Thomas Land at Drayton Manor.  For special birthday treats you can find some really unique experiences such as being a Zoo Keeper for the day or feeding penguins, bathing elephants or even adopting an animal.  This is the link for the experience days and unique gifts at Chester Zoo, most wildlife parks offer something similar.

To save money remember to check your Nectar and Tesco club card points.  We recently exchanged £5 worth of club card points for a £20 voucher to visit one of our local attractions, Birdland in the Cotswolds.    We regularly exchange Tesco clubcard points to visit Prezzo.  To buy a gift voucher for attractions world-wide check out Get Your Guide.

– Travel books, puzzles and magazine subscriptions for kids who love to travel

There are several magazines/activity packs that offer an annual subscription and make lovely gifts for travel loving kids.  Go Jetters is a popular kids TV programme which features famous landmarks from around the world.  National Geographic magazines feature incredible stories from around the globe to inspire kids and Little Passports explore different countries and traditions in their monthly activity packs.










A children’s picture atlas is a timeless gift that will inspire kids to learn about the world and different cultures, traditions for many years.  My boys also love their Lonely Planet travel book and Big Earth book. 

Globe and world map jigsaw – A globe is a great visual tool to help kids learn about the world in a fun and engaging way.  This world map jigsaw by Orchard Toys was one of my eldest son’s (age 5 at the time) fave Christmas gifts one year. He still plays with it regularly now.


I hope my gift ideas for kids who love to travel have helped you with your last minute shopping dilemmas!  Please do let me know in the comments below.

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  1. 5th March 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Oh I love the idea of a travel journal – I will definitely be getting my daughter one before our next trip!

  2. 5th March 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I think I’m going to have to send this on to all my family for birthday and Christmas inspiration! I know Tot would love her own camera. The Tech one looks great. And we love our Amazon Fire for Kids!

  3. 5th March 2018 / 11:51 am

    How cute is the unicorn passport holder?? I know my daughter would love that. Unicorns are band on-trend right now!

  4. 5th March 2018 / 10:52 am

    Some great ideas and quite a few which are on our list too – we have the Vtech camera and it’s been great for my daughter to play around with (age 3/4/5) as she loves the effects and something sturdy is essential! I agree, once they’re older, you can find better quality options though.

  5. 5th March 2018 / 9:55 am

    Great items. My littles bday is coming up so this is great inspiration

  6. 5th March 2018 / 9:30 am

    There are some great ideas here! I love giving gifts of experiences rather than more toys too. My girls are just starting to get the travel bug so I love the ideas like passport covers and luggage tags. We always get a travel journal if we’re heading off on a trip somewhere new and my daughters really like filling them in, sticking in photos and making scrapbooks of our adventures.

  7. 5th March 2018 / 7:43 am

    A fantastic list! Realised we have quite a few of these ourselves. The tablets go EVERYWHERE with us – we even took them hiking in the Himalayas. And the Trunki is still an old favourite in airports. I need to stock up on some more magazines and activity books for our next trip!

  8. 4th March 2018 / 7:44 pm

    What a great selection of travel gifts for kids. You have also helped me decide on a camera for my 10 year old who has a birthday coming up, and anything that saves me time with present buying is brilliant!

  9. 4th March 2018 / 7:12 pm

    This is awesome. We’ve been thinking about getting our little one a camera for a while now. It’s such a great way ya engaging them in some parts of travel that they may not otherwise appreciate at a young age.

  10. 4th March 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Fabulous ideas! I spy a few items we have! The Lonely Planet books are always good and the kindles are serving us well too!

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