A lot of us travel anyway, so why don’t we just buy something for the kids they can use during our travels? Both useful and fun, with happy parents because they needed it anyway! The kind of gift will depend of course on the type of travel. Families that are travelling for a long time want to travel light. If you are heading to the campground with your own car, there might just fit a bit more in the trunk. But in the end, they all have to be small, light and be an asset to the travels instead of holding you back. The products we mention are either items we use during our travels or stuff we heard really good things about. Let’s discover our top choices for the best travel gifts for kids!
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Luggage – Organisers
Kids always like to have their own backpack, even if they are very small. Our girls never went anywhere without their own backpack, filled with stuffed animals, a few toys, a water bottle and some other things. It is one of the best travel gifts for kids. Our top choices are:
Skip Hop Toddler Backpack: Toddlers will love this backpack. They come in all kinds of animals, such a unicorn, dragon, dog, butterfly, fox, zebra, … For really small kids, they even have a front clip that secures the two shoulder straps and a leash for parents who want to use that in crowded places.
Check all the Skip Hop Toddler Backpacks or click the picture for this cute unicorn
Check all kids’ daypacks by Osprey or click the picture for our choice
The longer the kids want to handle their own suitcase the better for the parents. So we better buy them an attractive one. We found some amazing suitcases for kids, we wish our kids would have had!
Organisers – Accessoires
OK, maybe this gift is one we actually want for ourselves. But you’ll love your packing cubes and other organisers when you’re travelling! And if we buy them in an attractive colour or print, our kids will love them too 😉. We use them all the time! They’ve made our lives so much simpler! No more messy suitcases or backpacks and you will save lots of time when packing or unpacking!
For Travel Days
Those travel days… Hours of waiting, being on the plane, sitting in the car, … Whiny kids, tired parents, … There are lots of ways to make it more pleasant for everybody. Toys and distraction are one of course, but we’ll speak about those products later on. Luckily there are also a few gadgets that make the perfect travel gift for kids, that will distract them or make life a bit easier.
Kids and their toys… You can’t leave without them! But especially when you travel far or for long, they’ll have to be light and small. Buying or taking the right toys can make so much difference! A holiday will be much nicer when the kids play for hours in the car, at the dining table, in the garden, … And they make great travel gifts for kids! Something every child likes to get!
Our girls play for hours with their card and board games. It’s also a fun activity to do as a family! A good tip when travelling is taking the games out of their original boxes and put them in small bags. They will fit way more easily in your suitcase or backpack.
Check out other great card games or click on the pictures below for our favourite ones
Check out more great board games or click on the pictures below for our favourite ones
Check other Lego sets or click the picture for thos basic set
Find more pencil roll-up cases or click the picture for this colourful one
Although during our travels, the kids mainly use their Kindle e-reader, there are some great books that would fit any suitcase or backpack. Choose whatever you prefer, most books can be bought both as paperback or ebook. And if the child has an e-reader, it does benefit the weight of the luggage to buy an ebook of course. One of the best travel gifts for kids!
Lonely planet – National Geographic
Electronics – technology
Living in the 21st century, technology and electronics are present everywhere. And that means also in our travels. As we work and travel, we have a lot of technology with us. The kids can’t stay behind. So here are some of the top things we use during our travels. And they make great travel gifts for kids, as they all like to get electronic stuff as a present!
Photography – Video
Anyone who follows our Instagram can see we take a lot of pictures. Which means the kids have to be in the picture or have to wait while I’m taking one. Initially, that was the reason why we bought them their own camera. But the wonderful thing is, after travelling a lot, they have now developed a love for pictures themselves! Our tip when buying a camera for kids, make sure it is a robust one and being waterproof is a nice plus! Our kids were so proud to take a picture of a sea turtle when snorkelling. You’ll probably find cheaper cameras than the ones I’ll suggest, but out of my own experience, I can really advise a slightly more expensive one. The pictures will be so much better (and you don’t want a blurry picture when you finally meet that manta ray) and you can be more relaxed about the waterproof aspect.
A great travel gift for kids and an essential item in our backpacks! Our kids love to have their own headphone, makes them feel grown-ups. And they can use them on the plane, in the back of the car or anywhere else where they want to listen to music or watch a movie. And we can have a decent conversation in meanwhile 😅.
This is definitely an item we use a lot during our travels! If we’re in accommodation with good WiFi, the kids always turn our Bluetooth speaker on to listen to their music. Buy a waterproof speaker, and you can even have your own music by the swimming pool or at the beach!
Tablet and accessories
We all want to reduce the screen time of our kids. But for us, the tablet is an essential part of our suitcase. We use them to homeschool, look something up on the internet and it is also the only screen the girls have. No television in our lives. Luckily, when you’re travelling, screen time is less of an issue, as they are so much more outside and experiencing other things! But anyway, a good tablet and some great accessories can be essential for your travels in the 21st century.
In our eyes, the one electronic item you should take along during your travels if you have kids that can read already! We started our travels with one but soon bought another one because the girls were fighting all the time over who could use the e-reader. They are ideal for those long hours in the car, when you have to wait, before bedtime or anywhere else! It made them really good readers, way ahead of the level they should be at for their age.
Discover other e-readers, a lot of other brands have some amazing e-readers too
A great travel gift for kids is an ebook, check out the huge range of ebooks here
For little adventurers
Kids need to be outside! One of the main reasons we travel is to let our girls explore more, let them experience nature and all it has to offer! So some of the best travel gifts for kids are items that encourage them to play outside and go on an adventure.
Buy an activity
Our kids love to be active! Snorkelling, swimming, riding their bikes, explore nature, go on a walk or any other activity! They’ll love if you give them one of these travel gifts!
Do your kids like to be outside too? Our girls are the happiest when they can explore outside. Here are some of our favourite travel gifts for kids that they can use to explore the outside. Whether it’s for camping, looking for animals or discovering all those amazing details nature has to offer.